1. Description of Our Community
Taipei is one of municipalities and it’s also the most prosperous metropolis in Taiwan. In this capital, it has its own development in history, then many historic downtowns are deep inside, and Dihua St. is one of it. Dihua St. is locatedin Datong district, and it’s the most preserved and historical significance in Taipei. It’s long been famous for Chinese New Year’s market and people are familiar with the so-called “Dihua St. shopping square”. In 1970, to meet the governments space reconstruction plan, people use modern art to the existing streets not only to keep old streets culture and history but to add something new to give new energy to activate them. Dihua St. is the most distinctive in Taipei; therefore, we want to know the effect of its space reconstruction.
2. Summary of Our Project
Dihua St. is located in Datong district over one hundred years and is also one of the most preserved historical streets. Every year on the coming of Chinese New Year, here is the big well-known street to do shopping. People highly demand in purchasing; the big street is crowded. People jostle in the crowd and are very hard to walk. It’s curious that why people will flock to this big street for Chinese New Year’s shopping each year. Dihua St. has a long history. With the time changes, are the stores popular and are tourists as many as usual? Space reconstruction is a new phrase in metropolis. For the space reconstruction in Dihua St., is it good as we expected? Does it bring better style, features and opportunities to local residents and stores? These questions are the key to push us want to explore further and we’d like to find out whether the space reconstruction in Dihua St. is successful or not.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We connect internet through optical fiber in school’s computer lab. The server is where we store project webpages and produce data. Optical fiber is the medium of core node. The connection speed is 1G bps. Besides, most students use computer appliances to surf the internet in class; another time is after school then we can make use of it to produce webpages and flash in computer lab. In team member’s home: Team members use social networking site and APP to discuss, collect and sort out all the information very effectively. After each of us finishing the job we are in charge, we can have further discussion in class and show it to teachers.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We don’t have many team members. Each of us has limited abilities, but we solve every difficulties together. You can see the difficulties we met as below: 1.The place we choose: Dihua St. is in western Taipei. Though the traffic is convenient, we seldom visit Dihua St. except for Chinese New Year. 2.Technical problem: We never have experience in making webpages and flash. After teacher’s instruction, we practice more , through trial and error to be familiar with the software. 3.Academic stress: Team members have to deal with the project production, our own school work, computer skill evaluation tests, all kinds of exams at the same time. There is little time for all the preparation, but we pull it through. 4.Team work: We didn’t assign well in the beginning, so our individual work were overlapped. It lead to waste some time and delay the schedule.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
After joining in the big competition, we know how hard it is to produce a webpage. We do not only collect all kinds of information but sort out the essential part from the data. Besides, interviewing shop owners, giving out questionnaires are new experience. We went to shops one by one to ask them if we can interview them. Although they often refused us in the process, we never give up. We also learn the communication skill from the experience that we can’t learned from books. At first, we also have no idea about the competition rules, and teachers lead us to finish the production attentively. It’s not easy to build an exquisite website. To make a good one, we have to pay mental and physical efforts comparatively. Though the process is really difficult yet when we see the project, it’s so great to have such a sense of achievement!
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
When we took history courses last semester on 11th grade, history teacher assigned us a term paper about historic streets over one hundred years in Taipei. We decided Dihua St as the topic of our projec. For the paper, we visited the shop owners in Dihua St. first, and designed the questionnaires for visitors and local residents to know the influence for them and for shop owners after old streets’ space reconstruction. In the end we added computer skills and use these data to set up a website. Making use of new technology to introduce the change of hundred-year old streets is a brand new experience for us.