1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Before we started the interview, we prepared mobile phones and digital cameras, and borrowed tools such as tablet computers and computers from our schools. We hoped in the actual interview, we could record what the interviewees said at the moment to provide absolute help for making webpage. During the process, the most valuable tool for us is a smart phone, because we could take good photos and record video anywhere. In addition, we also think Internet is the most useful because there is a lot of information, which cannot be collected during interview. Mobile phones are really convenient because they have built-in camera and recording function and can be used to find data via Internet, uploading data is also convenient, and the convenient functions are better than other tools.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
We introduce Xizhou’s Black Mud Festival to promote the local tourism and let more people know the township of Xizhou which is loved by the river of mother. The local people need to know the industrial and cultural development in Xizhou because we live and grow up there. Outsiders can also participate in the Black Mud Festival and our interview to understand specialties and unique culture of Xizhou, and experience a different Xizhou. In this study, I actually feel that many people put in a lot of efforts for this land, and many people absorb nutrients from the soil and grow. We believe Xizhou Township's passionate folks can make Xizhou become one of the most distinctive township.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Because of the interview with the Black Mud Festival, after the end of the activity, we wanted to know more about our hometown. Therefore, we have further contact with several communities in the township. For example, we visited Xicuo Community to learn about recycling of water resources (the rainwater storage tower), fish and vegetable symbiosis system, making of sweet potato noodles, as well as some stories which we had not known before; only when the classmates living in Dazhuang village asked the elders about the experience of water conservation, we knew that 7 years ago (2011) ,our fathers, mothers, grandfather and grandmothers came Taipei many times to protest against illegal diversion of agricultural water by Central Taiwan Science Park. The elders said they were surprised but very pleased to see that we take the initiative to understand this history. Meanwhile our affection and sense of identity for our hometown are also enhanced. As we recorded the Black Mud Festival in detail, and the classmates, parents and even the neighbors of the village can know the Black Mud Festival by browsing the webpage at any time. Our special webpage can make people know more about local culture and features of Xizhou.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
Thank you very much: We would like to thanks the Director of Remembrance of Troy one of performances of Golden Bough Theater for accepting our interview, further analysis of the plot, the play and Xizhou culture, authorized photos and allowing us to visit backstage equipment, costumes and preparation work; Paddy Fields Narrator for introducing Taiwan's unique native plants, non-toxic ecological environment and insects; Farmer's market workers for sharing their environment-friendly farming, helping the elderly to go out of home to participate in making and processing of local products to make us know about and taste local products and pay attention to care of the elderly. We also thank for the schools and baking club and development association in the community for accepting our interview, and Chef Contest for sharing their scoring criteria and suggestions; The township head and township office workers in charge of the Black Mud Festival for inviting the troupes for performances, and introducing the origin of the Black Mud Festival; visitors for giving us encouragement and feedback on Cyberfair content, and the online communities for providing performers background information, song information and related images.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
In this process, We have learned the structure shall be determined before writing report, or we may be confused, and care and attitude are important: Do not give up and believe I can do and can do well. In fact, we once wanted to give up, but everyone sticks to the idea of 'Persistence!' Finally we completed the tasks. Optimism is also important.