Doors to Diplomacy Project ID: 7130

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Making-up Times: Consecutive Excellent Operas
Category: 8. Arts and Culture

School: Daan Elementary School
    Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C

4 students, ages ages 13 years worked together to complete this Doors to Diplomacy project on March 16, 2012. They have participated in Doors to Diplomacy in the following year(s): 2009, 2010

Classes and Teachers: Mr. Kuo-ching Yang, Ms. Guei-fan Lin, Ms. Yun-chieh Huang

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Yen-Chiu is the team leader of our group, responsible for data collecting, analyzing, and report writing. Shin-Je is responsible for data sorting, report writing, and webpage art work. Ze-Wei is responsible for making web pages and corresponding to the visiting units. Rong-Ling is responsible for taking pictures, image treatment, and making web pages.

2. Summary of Our Project

Ever since Ching Dynasty, drama performance transmitted from Mainland China was popular on Taiwan. For the past hundred years, all kinds of theatrical performance were played on the stage of this land prosperously. This led to the colorful and abundant Taiwan play world. At that time, the interactions between the Straights were frequent, Taiwan normally invited play groups to perform here, including the most popular Chinese opera ones. Due to there were abundant performance and musical elements that had influence on Taiwan opera. Each opera group absorbed the musical, playing, and staging characteristics to create more attracting performances. Along with various newly arisen entertainments of today, audience has more choices, that led Chinese opera lost its audience rapidly. Therefore, we wish to select the topic of Chinese opera to introduce its history, performance, and music and artistic features, to let more people to know and to appreciate Chinese opera. In addition, via the introduction of GuoGuang Opera Company and the interviews of its figure, to better understand how they progressively open the modernization door to the traditional opera and the create new lights to meet the needs of modern audience.

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

a. It is not easy to arrange the visiting time. It is uneasy that Guoguan Opera Company, National Taiwan College of Performing Arts, and DaDaoChen Opera House were willing to accept our interview, but we had a big trouble at that time. For we had to go to class everyday, we only had Wednesday afternoon that we did not have class that we tried our best to go to visit and interview. But these units were not able to cope with the timeframe. So we delayed our visiting time. Fortunately, teacher Yang coordinated with class mentor to borrow class time in usual day that we finally could go for interview. Thus, our project was continuously conducted.

b. It is not easy to arrange the discussion time in-house. Usually we had to finish the project by using space time, but we also needed to take care of school work and various examinations. Some still needed to go to cram school after school. All of these external factors made the team members tired and troubled. Other times, we might face difficulties and time conflict, and intended to quit. Fortunately, with everybody’s insistence and the encourage of the teachers, we had the belief and dedication to accomplish our tasks.

c. the difficulties of making web page It is completely new for us beginners of web page making to design the web page, treat the pictures, edit the contents, and do the animation effect. Therefore, in the Wednesday afternoons, teachers would arrange computer lessons for us to learn about web page making techniques to let us gradually know about the operation skills and knowledge. Plus the repetition of practice and exercises, we gradually overcame the difficulties we encountered.

d. It is uneasy to sort out huge data. After determining the topic, we began spending lots of time looking for the related data of Chinese opera, from internet to library, we acquired the data we needed. Due to the richness of data, we spent lots of time to read and sort out them in this period of time; and we also …

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We felt that we learned a lot in participating in the research project, for we absorbed plenty knowledge, enriched experiences, and knew more people. We further learned the web page making, interview techniques, and team work and so on. In fact, the entire process was pretty tough. We met plenty setbacks, but we were not afraid and overcame them one by one to achieve our goal by stages. Such enjoyment is beyond words. In the process, there were many unforgettable things. Remembered when we went to each class to promote the Chinese opera activities and made presentations, it was both nervous and exciting. We would never forget it. Finally, we wish to make a web site that is both of artistic substance and liveliness.

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

A. To combine with the Language field Through group cooperative learning method, students made progress drastically in terms of expression, communication, using information, reading articles, and sorting capacity. Especially in writing research reports, making presentation, and oral report skills. B. To combine with the Art and Humanism field We made web page of data sorted during the research process and the reflections and photos of those people and things of visiting Guoguang Opera Group. We wish to share the fruits with everybody. In order to let the cultural art of Chinese opera known by most people, we especially invited two classes to appreciate “Plot in the Scheme of the Three Kingdom,” and made presentation to them. In so doing, we wish to let the peers to further understand Chinese opera, and let everybody enjoy the performance delightful and easy-going, and eventually to dig out the beauty of the traditional art of Chinese opera. C. To combine with the Information field We used the digital camera to collect every bits of people and things we ever visited,a nd at the same time to recorded our interviews by digital recording pen. We also search the data via school internet, and put the sorted data on the web page. More importantly, we made the project web page with our research fruition by the knowledge and techniques that we learned about the web page making software. In doing so, we shared our joy and fruits with one another.

Project Elements

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

The information hardware facilities in our school are complete. Each class has computer. Besides three computer classrooms and a multi-media classroom, there are intranet (fiber framework and 100M ) for teachers and students of the entire school, internet (10M fiber to access off-campus) and hard disc space of internet as well. Therefore, in terms of collecting data, software teaching and web page making, things are convenient.

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

The research project not only let us understood the cultural art of Chinese opera, but also wishes us to share what we know to schoolmates. Through our presentation of introduction of Chinese opera, and the children’s Chinese opera “The Plot in the Scheme of Chinese Opera” to let everybody appreciate the art beauty of Chinese opera, originally we thought that the peers would be bored, but what a surprise, they thought it was so interesting. We then realized that the success of an opera is not only interestingly performed but also suitable to the children. We may see the efforts of Guoguang Opera Company that they constantly launches various good operas to attract more audience.

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

To participate the project, we not only know better of the beauty of the traditional art culture of the Chinese opera, but also understand the issues of the cultural heritage and transformation of the opera that the Chinese opera faced. Therefore, by way of the activity, we intend to make our research production to web page to let more people know and appreciate the Chinese opera via internet communication.

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

Thank you for providing needed data in our study process. Whenever we across problems, you always offered opinions to us and accepted our inquiries in a timely manner. Thank you. Thank you for Professor Qiu-Gui Lee and Iu-Li Chang in National Taiwan College of Performance Arts. Thank you both! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and views on so-many-your studying Chinese opera at your busy schedule, and arranged us to watch the Chinese opera of the“Handsome Monkey King”played by the DaDouCheng Opera House at the Taipei Culture Center, and let us personally experienced the procedures of make-up and costume, and learned playing the special instruments. Thank you both. Instrutors of the research project— Guo-Qing teacher, Zhe-Chang teacher, Un-Jie teacher, and our volunteer parents and Shih-Fan Mom. Thank you all! Thank the three teachers in sacrificing plenty of their time to hard-working instruct us in order to let us accomplish the task smoothly. In addition, Shih-Fan Mom often accompanied us to visit the organizations, and took care of us. Thank you all! Instructors of our class—teachers in their names of Mei-Lin, Shu-Fen, Qi-Hong, Mei-Jing, Jia-Lin, Ia-Ling, and Gui-Fan, thank you all!

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

In the process of the research project, it let us to know that the activity as such takes the team cooperation to accomplish, just a couple people, it won’t do. This activity let us not only learned the computer knowledge, but also many other knowledge that textbook never taught. In the research activity, besides we learned much precious knowledge and experience from teachers and other schoolmates, we also obtained deeper understanding of the immense artistic substance of Chinese opera through data collection. We then would like to get acquainted to Chinese opera, and watch a good opera. So, please treasure the Chinese opera and to develop the traditional opera culture altogether.


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