1. Description of Our Community
85 Sky Tower is located next to Kaohsiung seaport. It is surrounded by Kaohsiung Exhibition center, Main Public Library, Maritime Cultural & Popular Music Center, and Kaohsiung Port Terminal. With a newly constructed light rail, 85 Sky Tower has become a new landmark of Kaohsiung City. Meanwhile, this area is also called as “Asia New Bay Area” in Kaohsiung City. Lingzhou Elementary is located at Kaohsiung Lingya district, which is known for having lots of department stores. One of the famous department store areas is called “Sanduo Shopping District”. 85 Sky Tower is also located within few blocks of that shopping district. We would like to use “our neighborhood and 85 Sky Tower” not only to make friends with the world, but also introduce the beauty of our city. Our Neighborhood --- Kaohsiung City
2. Summary of Our Project
For Lingjhou Elementary school, in order to interact with different domestic and foreign schools, the school blends in the environment of 85 Sky Tower as part of school culture. It takes the idea of creating a good tourist attraction environment, which not only having a detail tourist information map, but also blending into the local perspective, idea, and culture. Therefore, it helps to people not just see the surface of Lingjhou Elementary school and 85 Sky Tower, but understand more in depth about it background and history. Here are our three main goals:
Understand our Neighborhood – the culture, tourist attraction, and history about Asia New Bay Area & 85 Sky Tower.
By using the Sketchboard sharing, it helps Lingjhou students to interact with its own sister schools, and learn from each other.
By using various sharing communication techniques, such as webcam, letter, and Sketchboard…etc, Lingjhou students not only experience the interaction with foreign students, but also introduce Kaohsiung to them
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:4-6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Discussion/meeting times In order to meet with everyone’s time zones,we will meet every Thursday at noon. If there is a holiday, we will make appropriate changes. In order to complete this on time, sometimes we need to make sacrifices during our class times and make up those class times at a later date. We must work together!
Communication Difficulties Special thanks to Kaohsiung Girls AJET Society Teacher Ms. Li Mi Lin (now retired) and Ms Tou Gou Li for connecting us with Australia and Korea. Although the time difference is manageable (2 hours for Australia, 1 hour for Korea), the language barrier will be a challenge in the communication process.
Lack of Computer Expertise Everyone’s time and computer experience varies, so there might be some difficulties in collecting data and creating our website. The learning process may be hard, but after many discussions and modifications, we will be able to create our very own website.
Interview Fear In addition to interviewing local residents and tourists, we can also interview people globally via webcam. This way it will be much more interesting! Although we will not get a response immediately, interviewing by video is very interesting!
Inadequate English Ability During the process of this project, teamwork will give us strength. Even though the language barrier is always a challenge, spending a lot of time learning grammar and vocabulary. English teachers will need to help us a lot! It seems we cannot be lazy when it comes to learning English! But through this project, I feel like it is a very interesting way to learn English!
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The CyberFair participation represents the pride and effort of students want to promote its neighborhood to the world.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Language After each event and interview ends, write a reflection log, organize research, and practice interviewing techniques to enhance our reading, writing, thinking skills.
Mathematics We calculated the necessary cost for the implementation of the study. We planned events under the circumstance of limited money. We analyzed questionnaires, gathered statistics, and presented the results by charts.
Comprehensive Activity Of Study We obtained social resources, visited and interviewed people with proper manners, and built up the ability of integration.
Science & Technology Through Internet searching, using digital cameras and making the post-production, using a computer mind map, and creating our team blog and web pages, we explored related issues and presented our study results. We also cultivated the ability to use technology and information in our daily life.
Social Studies During this research project, saw Kaohsiung, Busan, Brisbane, and Toowoomba come together to create a story for each city. Arts and Humanities Road trip bookmark design, painting, thank you cards, gift wrapping, trying a variety of mediums, triggering a wealth of imagination, experience joy and joy of creation.
Health and Physical Education The ability to be able to use the limb, field visits, engage in appropriate exercise and cultivate healthy attitude towards life.