1. Description of Our Community
We live in Gueilai community, located in the east-southern Pingtung City. Gueilai community is a naturally formed farm village, called Qizailun in the Ch'ing dynasty.
In recent years, young people had continued to leave hometown for development. A negative population growth was evident. The aging community was forming. The Gueilai community development association was committed to participation in rural regeneration, hoping to slow emigration of young people, and tries to attract young people to return home to participate in community empowering.
Below is the image that people of Gueilai community have in common: In the morning, misty Dawu Mountain rare emerges under blue skies. In the Pingtung Plain, Mazu Temple guards Gueilai for a few years. A Plumeria of three hundred and sixty years stands rooted in this land. Under the sun, the gesture of Plumeria’s white petal with yellow heart is more attractive and charming, revealing the deep underground mystery of this land. Burdock, green onion and yam beans are main agricultural products of Gueilai, what we called “Three treasures of Gueilai”.
2. Summary of Our Project
A group of children brought up by burdock grow up. Many of them have outstanding achievements in the professional fields. Mr. Chen, Chien-Hsing, one of them, takes burdock farming as his life career. The protagonist of this thematic study is Mr. Chen, Chien-Hsing, the winner of the '2013 Shennong Award '. He is the first farmer who wins Shennong Award due to planting burdock in Taiwan.
This thematic study explores the course of Mr. Chen, Chien-Hsing's returning hometown and the difficulties he encounters after returning hometown. The course and current situation of the establishment of Gueilai Delisen burdock are will also be discussed. In the course of the exploration, we also want to know the current challenges of burdock development and all the achievements made by Mr. Chen, Chien-Hsing in burdock industry. To finish our thematic study, we use the literature, interviews, field visits, video recording and so on.
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
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
First, some of our teammates were unable to join the team activity to go to record the video or the visiting activity. Our Solution: We carried out the main activities and interviewing on Wednesday afternoon because we had no class at this time. Then, we had to group by tasks and our talents. Our teacher divided our team into several working groups and each group had its own task to be done.
Second, sometimes, it was not easy for us to catch the main points of our reviews and thoughts. Our Solution: Our teacher guided us by provided writing outlines for us. We also shared our writings and checked our reviews with the teammates. By this way, we had the opportunity to learn from good writings and then improved writing our skills.
Third, we were not familiar with how to use Mandala thinking. Our Solution: Our teacher showed and guided us to find keywords according to the plot from the video for the first time. After the first practice, our second work was to finish semi-finished Mandala thinking worksheet. With hints of the first-layer keywords, we were getting better and better.
Fourth, collecting first-hand information through the interview is an important activity of thematic study. However, we have no experiences about interviewing someone. We have no ideas about what questions to ask, how to interview, how to present our results of the interview and so on.
Our Solution: First, our teacher guided us to figure out our interview questions according to the Mandala thinking worksheets. Then, we learned how to interview through simulating the day of the visit. During this activity, we learn how to ask questions clearly, what manners we should behave, how to ask further questions to make clear and how to express our thanks for his help. We also record our interview by video with the consent of Mr. Chen at that day. By doing so, we can type and finish our parts of the interview afterward without being rush at that day.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
1. We personally visit Mr. Chen, Chien-Hsing, the winner of Shennong Award in Taiwan, to collect first-hand information. 2. We want to tell the story of Mr. Chen, Chien-Hsing’s leading farmers and revival of Gueilai burdock industry. 3. Enhance everyone's understanding of the great treasure of Gueilai, Burdock. Mr. Chen, Chien-Hsing is one of the most professional people in the field of burdock. 4. Through this thematic study, we can develop the school's special courses and activity. 5. To contact the community leader to get support for our school’s activities: Through our face-to-face interaction and interview with Mr. Chen, we enhance mutual understanding and recognition for the support of the activity and development of the school curriculum.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We have engaged in the following learning activities: A. Language: 1. Reading references and summarising the materials. 2. Writing the reviews and sharing thoughts with others. 3. Learning how to interview and practicing asking good questions for answers. B. Social Studies: 1.Understanding the hometown specialty, burdock and hometown burdock industry development. 2. Understand the story of the main character who contributes to the hometown burdock industry. 3. Writing and telling our own hometown story about burdock industry. C. Health and Physical Education: 1. Understanding the traceable agricultural product of burdock. 2. Understanding organic and traditional ways of growing Burdock. 3. Making healthy and delicious burdock waffles. D. Information Technology Education: The software we used to complete this project: (1) Drawing Mindmap by FreeMind, (2) Editing images and drawing comic pictures by PhotoScape, (3) Designing the webpage’s templates and icons by Inkscape, (4) Making our web pages by Dreamweaver, (5) Editing our film by CyberLink 8, (6)QR Code Generator and QR Code app. The hardware we used to complete this project : (1) Digital camera, (2) Digital video recorder and (3) Smartphone.