1. Description of Our Community
Tamsui has been a general name of a place and it refers to the village constructed along Tamsui River Basin. It is located at north coast of the mouth of Tamsui River in northwest of Taiwan. It is between Datun Mountain and Tamsui River and the old name was “Huwei” translated from Ketagalan language. The etymology is “Hobe” which means river mouth. In Tamsui near the mouth of river, there is not only the popular and crowded old street and the landscape with extensive view, but also the Cloud Gate Theatre with cultural characteristics. It is the first creative park of performance art in Chinese world and is the significant cultural landscape of Tamsui.
2. Summary of Our Project
Everything is difficult at the beginning! “A good start is half done”. Thus, we spent plenty of time when developing the topic! We brainstormed to find an organization which represented Taiwan the most. Finally, we all agreed that “Cloud Gate Dance Theatre” is the best choice! In addition, this year is significant for “Cloud Gate Dance Theatre”. At the end of this year, Mr. Lin Hwai-min who has founded “Cloud Gate Dance Theatre” for 46 years will be retired. Mr. Cheng Tsung-lung of “Cloud Gate 2” will succeed Mr. Lin Hwai-min as the artistic director.
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:2-3
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Data processing of the members: We sent the files by Gmail to share and reorganize research data. By USB, we could manage data in school or at home or discuss the related content by video meetings of cell phones.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
In the period of studying Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, we encountered various obstacles. The most significant difficulty was time. We were in the first year of senior high school and we were always busy. We could work until midnight for the homework. In the busy study life, we should manage clubs, extracurricular activities and competition and we were even occupied on the weekend. Thus, it was extremely difficult to arrange the time and we realized the importance of time management.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
After studying well-known Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, we recognized the cooperation of the dance troupe on the stage. Mr. Lin Hwai-min persists in his dream. The splendid performance is the result of the dancers’ time and efforts. The impressive pieces are the creators’ hard work and the essence of combination of modern elements and traditional culture. The surprising performance for the audiences is the teamwork of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre!
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We collected and read related information by different groups and planned the subjects and designed the questions. In the interview, we not only obtained oral expression skill, but also enhanced logic thinking. After accomplishing the activities, we filled in meeting records and reports of progress. We transformed our acquisition in words which enhanced our writing competence. In Cyberfair project, we made progress in competence of listening, speaking, reading, writing and generalization in Chinese learning.