1. Description of Our Community
Changhua County, in central Taiwan, is an abundant agricultural county which is famous for various delicious foods and many ancient monuments. Many tourists are attracted by its beautiful scenery, and always come here on holidays. Changhua county is close to Taichung county in the north, next to Nantou county in the east, and beside to Yunlin county. In addition, because of combining mountain line and coast line, Changhua is also the transportation center for Taiwan Railroad.
Our hometown, Tianjhong township, is located in southeastern area of Changhua County. The total area of Tianjhong covers 34.6056 square kilometers. In addition to Tianjhong train station, the Changhua high-speed rail station located in Tianjhong is also established. On account of the railway, the transportation of Tianjhong is very convenient.
Tianjhong is also close Shetou township in the north, Mingjian township of Nantou county in the east, Sijhou and Ershuei township in the south, and Tianwei township and Beidou township in west. Tianjhong is a abundant and diverse town with various business organizations, such as Weilih company(producing instant noodles), Taisun enterprise(producing foods or drinks), and Shenghong hosiery company(producing socks). Among these local specialities in Tianjhong, socks are the most representive. In addition, Soxlink tourism factory(Shenghong hosiery company) is also the most famous socks factory showing the art of socks hosiery for tourists. Due to these business organizations, Tianjhong is getting more and more abundant and prosperous.
2. Summary of Our Project
Compared with other clothes, socks may not be so much important to common people, but they are necessary in our daily life. As the saying goes, thousands of miles begins with a single step. A pair of good socks can not only protect our feet, but also keep feet warm and provide specially healthy functions. Tianjhong township, the kingdom of socks in Taiwan, is famous for its socks, and most of socks in Tianjhong are made by Shenghong hosiery company.
In the beginning of 1960s, scarves with patterns of national flags, made by Shenghong hosiery company, were well-known to everyone. Besides, to show the fine art of producing socks to tourists and sell its vary creative products, Soxlink tourism factory, located at the junction of Tianjhong and Shetou township in Changhua county, was established in 2011.
In order to explore the mysterious art of the king of socks, our team searched a lot of online materials to prepare our project before the meeting with chairman Hsiao. Then, we paid a visit to Soxlink tourism factory and luckily were interviewed by the Chairman Hsiao. By the visit, we learned that how difficult a pair of socks was produced, and realized that we definitely cannot enjoy the precious consequence without wisdom and efforts of ancestors!
Therefore, to let people all over the world could understand the traditional sock weaving industry, we decided to create the website to spread the related information of Soxlink. By uniting the power of network with the introduction of our project, everyone can understand “who” the king of socks in Taiwan is!
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:dedicated connection
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):
Although we tried to use computers at school to complete the most of our project as quickly as possible, working time was still very limited. We just could use our lunch break to search information, discuss materials we got, and construct the website. Besides, when going out, we also used notebooks or smartphones connected with 4G mobile network if there was no WiFi hotspot. To finish the project, all the team members work very hard.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
There are two main problems we had to overcome during the period of researching.
1. Time Limit
Although we consulted Mr. Yang and Ms. Tsou to direct us, the first thing we had to overcome is to collect historical materials related to our theme in very limited time. Because so many elements had to be concerned about before the deadline, sometimes we almost gave up! For we should attend the addition classes on Saturdays. The pressure of schooling was very heavy. Therefore, it was difficult for us to visit Soxlink tourism factory in leisure time. Fortunately, owing to the encouragement and inspirations of theachers, we overcome every single problem gradually. Moreover, chairman Hsiao welcomed and inspired us, which gave us strength to go on the project. With constantly searching, brainstorming, and discussing, we finished our project finally!
Since we wanted to participate in the cyberfair 2017, we finished Chinese version of our project first, and then translated it into English several weeks later.
2. Website Building
For us, website building is the most difficult element of the researching. It is because all of us were not familiar with the web page building software. Mr. Yang, Our teacher of information technology, decided to divided us into two groups. Yu-Chieh, Hsin-Yu, and Ju-Ying collected the online information and typed into TXT files as much as they could. On the other hand, Yi-Chun and I(Chia-Yi) tried our best to learn how to operate the web page building and multimedia processing software. The main web page building software we used was Artisteer, and PowerDirector was used to deal with our films. Indeed, website building is really a time-consuming task! However, Mr. Yang gave us a big hand whenever we encountered any difficulties, which really helped! Little by little, with the construction of web pages, the website of the project was established.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Knowledge is power. However, understanding is deeper than knowledge. Our main reason to do the project is to let people all over the world deeply understand the traditional sock weaving industry. Nowadays, many traditional industries have perished or disappeared. Only through uniting the power of the network, people in Taiwan can cherish this kind of traditional weaving art and pay more attention to Soxlink tourism factory. The more people understand that, the longer the traditional industries last! Therefore, no matter how difficult the project is, we still tried our best! Even if it took us so much time to finish the project, the experiences were unforgettable.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our teacher often wanted us to do projects about local culture, people, or specialities, so we asked our teacher for information about the sock weaving industries in Tianjhong during the process of researching. This special project could be also as our local education homework handed in later.
Before the visit to Soxlink tourism factory, we consulted our housekeeping teacher about types and differences of silk materials. Therefore, when looking around there, we confirmed what we had learned in school. It's really a very special experience for us!
Linguistics and Performing Arts:
In the past, we just learned in the classroom, but this time we went out of the classroom and played little reporters, which was really exciting for us. Except the interview with Chairman Hsiao, we also interviewed a few consumers, which we randomly met. We not only practiced our communication skills and but also showed some body language to get some active responses.
Web page production wasn't easy task, for we had to learn and put into practice in short time. Thanks to Mr. Yang's patient teaching, we made progress gradually and had done a great work at the last! Maybe what we had done is not perfect, but at least we have tried our best! It's worth it!