1. Description of Our Community
Our community is located in Changhua County with many classic antique buildings, such as Yongjing public school dormitory, Beidou red brick market, Chung Shan north classroom and Changhua Art Museum, etc… Most of these buildings were constructed in Japanese colonial period. We can sense the ancient atmosphere and warmth which high storied buildings are devoid of. Age has left traces on these buildings which continue to bring people sunshine.
2. Summary of Our Project
We learned the history of Taiwan under Japanese rule in social study class, collecting the data of historical buildings. Through field study, we learned their preservations, features, usage situations and historical traces. We should not forget or ignore the importance of these buildings since they are the witness of many ups and downs in history. A city is an organism, we wish to use unlocking the history of the land as a start, then bring some new values to people.
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:1
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):
Chung Shan Elementary school uses a 100MB fiber-optic scholastic network, with full internet coverage in every classroom. School also provides Wi-Fi with laptops or mobile devices for us to look up information at anytime. We save most of our files on cloud storages. Because of our excellent internet access, we can update our data with ease.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
(1) Difficulty in collecting data: we could not find much information about linbaoguan on bureau of cultural heritage website. Only thing we had is the linbaoguan facebook fan page.(https://www.facebook.com/linbaoguanch/?fref=ts), therefore, we wanted to build a webpage for people also interested in its information. (2)Difficulty in field study: some buildings like Changhua railway quarters and Gaobinge were surrounded by fences when we went on our field study. We were only able to see it from outside. (3)Difficulty in finding field study location:we could not find the location of “Changhua shrine.” Later we learned from the internet that it has already been demolished.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our participation has drawn attentions from the school and from the community, and has made people realize that we can do our best to revitalize old buildings to show their new value. By taking part in the project, students feel they are part of the community and are responsible to pass the community history to the next generation.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
(1)How does this project meet the needs of your school? The historic building “north classroom” in our school is used as gallery of history. But due to the teacher responsible is not employed in our school anymore, it becomes deserted. Maybe we can revitalize north classroom like other historical buildings, by transforming it into exhibition venue or senior center.
(2)What new skills did you learn? 1.Learning how to organize data and write reports: we had to organize the data collected. Reports had to be short, concise and well-structured. 2.Learning how to work as a team: throughout the process of our field study, we had to distribute the works according to our specialties. By using google cloud drive and facebook group, we could organize and upload our responsible segments, avoiding the chance of missing files. 3.Learning about field study methods in the process of field study, we had to find some extraordinary buildings, also collected data about buildings as thoroughly as we could.
(3)Were there any problems in the current educational system which you discovered during the course of your research? We learned many extra-curricular knowledge and skills through this project. We learned how to categorize historical sites, the difference between historical sites and buildings, and the characteristics of Japanese occupation era buildings. Furthermore, we learned how to conduct interviews, writing reports and drawing mind maps. These skills, maybe not on textbook is indeed very useful.