1. Description of Our Community
Hong Kong is an international city, and is able to incorporate different cultures with different regions, each with their own specific landmarks and specialties. However, one common problem still occurs, which is that some people get injured occasionally. Hidden in the bustling streets of Sham Shui Po are Die-da (Pronounced D-ye-da) practitioners, who are able to treat people and help them recover from their injuries within a short period of time.?
These Die-da practitioners are practicing an ancient form of Chinese medicine, passed on for thousands of years, and their existence in Hong Kong makes it clear that it is local special culture that must be preserved.
2. Summary of Our Project
First, the project goes in-depth, analyzing the history of Die-da, including it’s background, it’s involvement in ancient China, and it’s influences in the modern world.? Next, we will introduce how the methods of Die-da developed as the world is increasingly modernized, including the materials and treating methods used, and talk about how effective the treatment is.? At the same time, we went to interview students from other countries at the AFS Intercultural Fair to introduce Die-da to them and promote it, hoping that they would spread the word and preserve Die-da.? Overall, this project’s main objective is to promote Die-da as a local specialty that is unique to Hong Kong and should be preserved as such, through introducing Die-da to people from other countries and an interview with a local die-da practitioner, and hope to remind people that they should also unite and preserve the local culture that is unique to them.
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:not sure
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
One of the problems we had to face is during the research phase is how hard it is to look for accurate information regarding die-dá. There are a lot of information to sift through before boiling everything down and refining the information into one simple webpage. In the end, our webpage is one of the best we have ever produced, and presents all information as detailed and accurate.
The second problem is communication. During the sixth-month period of our project, we are constantly slammed by our daily school work, as well as holidays, therefore we had to try to meet as much as possible, or complete our tasks at home and communicate through text or Skype.
The final problem is during the creation of the website. Only two to four people are familiar with HTML and CSS code, and since our time is very limited, we had a lot of difficulty trying to create the website, especially when our goal is to create a more modern website. There were certain technical difficulties including trying to merge our work and making sure that our external CSS code is working well but in the end we got it all working.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Taking part in International Schools CyberFair means learning how to conduct research, how to present information through creating webpages, and most importantly, how to preserve culture that is important to us.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We made sure to share die-dá to as much people as possible, therefore we went to the AFS Intercultural Fair and shared our research and findings with people from other countries, as well as to other people. While some have learnt more about research skills, some have learnt how to conduct interviews and some gained knowledge into what it takes to create a website, all of us understood the importance of sharing and uniting to preserve culture and things that are important to us. We practiced group concepts through weekly meetings as much as possible, as well as distributing fair and equal work to each and every teammate. Our school is at its 60th Anniversary, and our slogan for it is Unity, Gratitude, Development and Contribution. Through this project, we have tried our best to base our webpage on these elements, uniting ourselves and be grateful for the things that our past generations have left us, develop ourselves as students and ultimately, contribute back to society by passing along the culture we were able to preserve on the Internet, and hopefully physically as well.
Using the Internet for teaching and learning has been much more effective than before. In teaching, teachers no longer have to confine theirselves to teaching pure text and graphics, and present video, audio and animations into their curriculum, bringing more interactivity and creativity within the students, which enables more efficient and effective learning.