CyberFair Project ID: 8390

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Historical Backtracking of North Taipei City
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: Taipei Municipal Zhong Shan Girls High School
    Taipei, Taiwan, Taiwan

6 students, ages 15~16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 3, 2018. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2017

Classes and Teachers: Szu-Ching, Chen / Class Li

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Zhongshan District is located in the north of Taipei center, is the earlier development of Taipei City. The Construction of Zhongshan District was started during the Japanese occupation period. At the moment, historical buildings such as parks, monasteries, churches, shrines, hostels, civilian quarters, consulates and school buildings are still visible and most have been designated as historic sites. Because of the passage of Chokushi Kaido, the most important traffic route during the Japanese occupation, Zhongshan District is the most prosperous area in the city of Taipei during the Japanese occupation. Even more valuable is the fact that it shows the diversity and mobility of urban functions. Though in this such a small area, cultural experience and historical patrimony has been covered in its ordinary lanes and streets. The ZhongShan district is undoubtedly the most exotic and humanistic region in Taipei city.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our research centers on the monuments in Zhongshan District and explores its historical value and the spirit of cultural convergence behind it. Through field visits, we have investigated the past and present of historic monuments and have run into the new era. While exploring new possibilities, we also hope that through such investigations and studies, we will arouse people's memory of monuments and attach importance to its preservation. We use the culture behind the monuments as the cornerstone and think more about the foreseeable future.

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:none

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. Research team composition and work division aspect: In the beginning, we did not really know how to edit web pages, create questionnaires, and analyze them. But we were very fortunate to have a very kindly computer science teacher who taught us on improving the information technology and network technology. Questionnaires are required to ask teachers to review, discuss, modify, to complete it. Fortunately, we are from the same class and the leading teachers are also our tutors, the teachers gave us nice instructions and we divided the groups according to the personal ability in terms of the work division. 2. Research time arrangement aspect: It was difficult to arrange project research and manufacturing time. All of the members have numerous schoolwork and activities, it was not easy to find a common time to conduct the research, which was not a simple thing. We usually got together for fieldwork and discussion at weekends, that everyone could participate in and decided to develop more efficient work division within limited time.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

It is a very precious experience for us to learn new different things and some know-how. During this research project, we have learned how to coordination with partner is a very important part. We work as a team through teamwork, all the members are willing to devote almost the free time on doing this project well and get it done smoothly. We rediscover the meaning of historical landmarks existence in the day time, and we wanted to share it to more persons thought the website. We surely are very grateful for parents, teachers, and team members who have joined us to do this project. We want to say thank you for all your support and forgiveness.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Research project of the eight historical landmarks is based on history of Zong-Shan district and construction purpose of Zong-Shan district as topics which reveal the spatial expansion in the Japanese colonial period of Taiwan. We team members not only learn history through the textbook of society, but also more directly absorb the history. In addition, by information skills and team work. We learned communication skills, schedule planning, thinking training, observation and record, data collection, data typesetting, interview, and so on. We tried to introduce the characteristics of the place by web page design, videos, 3D drawing during this Cyberfair project. This research has profound historical and cultural connotation, which leaves us with deep impression. This is a valuable experience for all of us.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Our school has five computer classrooms that including more than 200 computers with good configuration. School provides Wi-Fi to the internet. Telephone, Computer, Internet, Photoshop, Word, Digital camera, Pen and paper. We use computers to compiling articles, pictures and charts into our web pages. Besides, we also use digital cameras and cellphones to take pictures for recording the special scene and wonderful moment. In addition, photocopier and printer are used for printing out questionnaires, USBs and Dropbox are used for saving the pictures and files, inclusive of our data and information; cell phones, Gmail, Line, Facebook are used for communicating with project partners and regulatory commission. The computer software we have used for building the website are Word, Excel, Adobe Dreamweaver, Fire alpaca, etc.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

Before we started this research, people only knew Zong-Shan District as the most exotic and humanistic region in Taipei city. We discovered the old map to prove it was actually full of large tracts of farmland before Japanese colonial period. Afterwards, we found out all the historical sites in Zong-Shan District which are still exist and promote them to the public. We could see how people surprised to recognize Zong-Shan District is not only a bustling place, but an important key area to understand the urban sprawl of Taipei city in Japanese colonial period. The roles we played were the cultural promotion ambassadors of Zong-Shan District. As we interviewed the vendors, most of them were delighted that by doing this project, we could popularize how China, Japan, and Taiwan cultures intermingled without losing their separate identities in Zong-Shan District to the world. Besides, when doing on-site survey, we encountered some foreigners who were so passionate that they had several conversations with us. We told them that we were doing this project and made an introduction of the history and specialties of Zong-Shan District to them. After visiting the historic relics with us, they also shared their feelings, impressions and experiences with us. It's so-called people-to-people diplomacy, and so-called preserve and unite.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

First of all, we let more people know more about the history and historic relics of Zhong-Shan District. Before people head to this area, they can gain some information through this project we made so that walking in streets can be not only entertaining but also educational. People can understand the value of preserving and conserving the stories of monuments. Additionally, they can explore the spirit and meaning behind it. Secondly, with this project, the residents can introduce the historical background of monuments easily to the visitors. Last but not least, people in our community also participate in raising public awareness in cultural and heritage conservation.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

To complete this project, we got many helpers in the process. Without their assistants, we couldn't finish this project. Some vendors were willing to share their stories and experiences during the past several years. In addition, the maintainers of historic relics also gave us some advices and guidance. Furthermore, some local residents volunteered to fill in the questionnaire for us. Thanks to their helps, we eventually finished our project.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

The process of doing the project was tough and exhausting sometimes because we had to make a balance between our schoolwork and the project. After several months of efforts, we have learned the skills of data collection and webpage making and also gone through setbacks, bad mood, mutual encouragement and the growth process. However, it was extremely rewarding. We've also learned a lot from the project and enhance our abilities on various fields. The experience we gained was very precious. Additionally, not until we had a quarrel with one another did we realized the importance of cooperation. Well goes an old saying,' Union is strength.' Hence, only with our collaboration can we make our project more smoothly. Fortunately, we cooperated with one another and achieved our goal in the end.


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