CyberFair Project ID: 8634

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: A Passionate Educator That Revived a Dying School
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Tong-An elementary school
    Changhua, Taiwan, Taiwan

3 students, ages 9-11 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 14, 2022. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2020,2021

Classes and Teachers: Chiang, Wen-Hsiung

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Tong'an Elementary School is located in Fenyuan Township, Changhua County, Taiwan. Located on the east side of the Bagua Mountains, it is about 200 meters above sea level and belongs to hilly land. Administratively under the jurisdiction of Fenyuan Township, Changhua County. The school was established on April 1, 1922, with the name of the Fenyuan Public School Tonganliao Branch. In order to make it easier for the students to study, the residents of Tong'an Village and Zhonglun Village jointly created Tong'an, which has become the second primary school with a long history in Fenyuan Township, and has many alumni since the Japanese era. Before the Restoration (Japanese Occupation Era), there were 17 sessions, and it has entered 99 years of history. In recent years, due to the low birthrate problem and the increase of new communities in the branch campus, in 2012, there were only 30 students in the main school and 51 students in the branch campus.

2. Summary of Our Project

In 2016, the Changhua County Government considered the abolition of Tong'an Elementary School. The reason was that there were too few students in Tong'an Elementary School. This move caused panic among the community and teachers. Therefore, parents transferred students to other schools, and teachers were also due to job uncertainty. They were transferred to other schools. In the case of extreme disappointment, the community set up a self-rescue society to continuously fight against the county government, so that the county government agreed to send a new principal to take office. The new principal lived up to everyone's expectations, actively transformed the school and sought support from all walks of life. The characteristic courses developed finally showed results after three years, attracting parents from outside the school district, and the number of students increased year by year. Instead, it has become one of the most distinctive schools in Changhua County and a model for other schools to learn.

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:more than 6

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

Since Mr. Shi Huangyu was already the principal when we came to study at Tong'an Elementary School, we couldn't feel that Tong'an Elementary School was once faced with the dilemma of being abolished. Because Teacher Wu asked us not only to look for information on the Internet, but also to ask school teachers for relevant photos and records of the past, and also to visit the people in the community. But because of covid-19, often because of time can not cooperate, making our whole process very difficult.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We hope that by participating in the Internet Expo, we can let everyone know the efforts made by the principal to transform the school. This serious, responsible and ideal spirit is worth emulating and learning.

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

We discussed during our lunch break, using websites making skill in computer class, analysis skill in business class, and language logic in English class. In addition to teachers help, we also visited businessmen, made some investigations ,found some books and looked for studios to learn how to make hive ,and we gained a lot.

Project Elements

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

Device name Tools Notes Hardware Computers, Laptops Execute all softwares Printer Print data and questionnaires External Hard Disk Store data, photos,videos Fiber Optical Network Network Communication Software word Word Processing photocap Image Processing and Edit Namo WebEditor ?Dreamweaver Webpage Design and Edit General Device Phone Contact Digital Cameras, Video Recorder Take photos, Record videos

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

Tree climbing and coffee brewing are one of the many features of Tong'an Elementary School, so many schools come to visit Tong'an Elementary School. The teacher asked us to be teaching assistants, and the task was to teach students in other schools how to tie a knot to climb a tree, and how to grind coffee beans to brew coffee. The teacher said that our role is to represent the school to show the results of the course, and to let more schools have a deep understanding of the characteristics of Tong'an Elementary School.

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

After our research, we have a better understanding of the school's process and admire the principal's ideals and perseverance. We found that the community is also more actively involved in school affairs because of Principal Shi's efforts, such as the improvement of school facilities and the participation in activities. . Even parents from other places actively want to transfer their children to Tong'an Elementary School, because they believe that Tong'an Elementary School is a dynamic and distinctive school under the leadership of Principal Shi.

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

When the village chief's wife knew that we were going to do this topic, she was very happy and actively helped us, including providing us with information and helping us contact other interviewees. The PTA president was also very proactive in driving us to visit the interviewee's home.


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