1. Description of Our Community
Our school, Taipei Mingde Junior High School, is located at No. 50, Mingde Road, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan. This time we are in collaboration with neighboring Digital Art Center (DAC), Taipei (address: No. 180, Fuhua Road, Shihlin District, Taipei City, Taiwan) for carrying out the International Schools CyberFair project. The two neighbors are separated by a distance of about 650 m, which takes a walking time of only 8 minutes. DAC, Taipei is located in the neighborhood of Zhishan Station of MRT Taipei, close to the Shihlin-Tianmu Commercial Center with conveniences in transportation. Earlier, the location of DAC, Taipei was the Fifth Wholesale Market of meat products of Shihlin District, Taipei City. However, in the “2004 Network New City Policy Project”, the Taipei city government had timely decided to establish the Digital Media Center. Based on the results of comprehensive evaluation, this place was finally chosen as the base of DAC, Taipei. It was then officially open on June, 28, 2009. The task is from the viewpoints of digital aesthetics to construct novel space experience in response to the operating direction of DAC. Due to its excellent location, the DAC has the potential to become a hotspot of visit for culture and arts. In addition, through the brand new exterior design that is full of digital sense, it will be able to attract lots of tourists. DAC, Taipei plans to hold open-type Digital Art Festival of Taipei every year. Its short- and medium-term goals are to connect with other art galleries, commercial spaces or public facilities so as to break through the space limitation of the DAC.
2. Summary of Our Project
A. Presentation of Our International Schools CyberFair Project 1. CyberFair Project Information 2. Outline of Our CyberFair Project 3. Elements of Our CyberFair Project 4. About Our CyberFair Project Team (1) Introducing ourselves (2) Work logbook of our CyberFair project (3) Description of contributions to our CyberFair project B. Digital Art Center, Taipei 1. Introduction 2. Education Promotion (1) Lectures (2) Exhibitions (3) Workshops (4) FabLab Dynamic (5) Lessons learnt from visiting C. “Program” Study Tour 1. IronCAD (1) IronCAD lessons learnt (2) IronCAD works collection 2. Little Bits (1) Little bits (2) Works collection D. Program Little Podcaster 1. Teaching (1) Little bits (2) Teaching films (3) Lessons learnt from teaching 2. Collection of Fine Works (1) Lessons learnt from learning (2) Works collection E. We’re Makers F. Integrating with Teaching Curriculum of Our School G. Field Trip Teaching (1) Visiting exhibitions (2) Noisy coffee shop (3) FabLab Dynamic (4) Learning list
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 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:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Internet environment: campus network part (1) to connect Taiwan academic network way: T1 (2) ordinary and specialist classrooms online rate: the school general and specialist classrooms a total of 90, has a total of 90 campus network.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Time: Time arrangement is a common problem. During school days, we have unanimously decided to sacrifice our noon break time so that we will frequently have opportunities for exchange and learning. In addition, we have used communication software of cell phone for discussion of various work items. Sometimes we need extra time, such as participating in the activities of DAC. In such case, we have to consult and get along with others for fear that someone may have difficulty or need to attend cram school. Also, the Fab Lab is scheduled to open only on Thursday and Sunday, and maybe not every project team member is compatible with this timetable. By means of conducting discussions and examining all the time schedules together, we have managed to find some available time that is suitable for everyone to carry out project activities. Skill Differences: Not every team member possesses the same degree of skill development. Some students are more talented and have participated in many similar activities before; however, some are less skillful and are unable to exploit more abilities. We employ the format of study group to let team members exchange with and learn from each other. In this way, it not only promotes the centripetal force but also enhances the growth among our project team members.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Individual: By taking part in this International Schools CyberFair project, we all have learned a lot, such as application of various software programs including ironCAD, Sketch UP, Photoshop, Kodu Game, Little Bits, etc. Everyone not only has a significant harvest but also enjoys substantially from learning. These pleasures are something that cannot be supplied by a general school curriculum. Campus: The CyberFair project topics that we have performed not only let us have a fruitful harvest, but also through the use of website let the whole campus understand the so-called “digital art” and fill with a cultural atmosphere. Community: Our school campus and DAC, Taipei is less than 600 m apart, and, in fact, we belong to the same community. We also hope that, via the format of website, we can share it with more people to make the whole community full with beauty.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Small Group Learning: In the Fab Lab, we understand the creative concepts of the arts, as well as the use of a 3D printer and its debug methods. During the guided tour, we are able to explore the mood and ideas of the arts. At the Little Bits workshop, we have learned the basic circuit and completed a set of our own R2D2 robot. During the whole process, we have learned to use the following software: 1. Sketch UP 1. Sketch UP 2. Photoshop 2. Photoshop 3. Kodu Game Lab 3.Kodu Game Lab 4. IronCAD 4. IronCAD Small group cooperation: During the working cooperation processes with all group members, we have realized that each of us is only a small screw or a piece of gear of this giant machine. Although everyone’s job responsibility maybe small, this machine will not work and our project activities will be halted if a piece of screw is lost or a blade of gear stops functioning. Thus, we all have to keep in mind that the cooperation is of vital importance for our team. Intellectual properties of website contents: All the website contents, concerning the DRC, Taipei, have been authorized by DRC with its written permission. The writing sections of the website contents are all prepared by our team members, first by gathering information, rearranging materials, and then transforming into articles. Integration with curriculum: In our school, we have arranged those students of the “Program Club” to visit DRC, Taipei. This is to introduce and promote DRC to more students as well as to teach them how to make use of this valuable public facility, which is only 600 m away from our school campus. According to the present educational system of Taiwan, if students do not have the habits of searching more web information or reading extra-curriculum books. Instead, all the concepts and contents will only be conveyed through school textbooks. However, at DRC, particularly in its Fab Lab, there are many people coming from all places. If you have any question, ten people …