CyberFair Project ID: 2945

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Yang Gan-Lin, a doctor for the trees
Category: 1. Local Leaders
Bibliography: No bibliography page cited

School: Taipei Private Fu-Hsing Primary school
    Taipei, Taiwan, Taiwan

5 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 21, 2003. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2002,2003

Classes and Teachers: Teacher:Yi-Ping Lin;classes:Jack ,cindy ,Nathan Hsu,Jerry,Steven

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Fu Hsing Primary School is the leader of the private school in the top district of Ta An of Taipei City. Our school is next to the lively commercial center of Chung Hsiao. The nearby streets are decorated with many amazing installations. In the avenue, the most important and significant installations are all kinds of colonnades on the central pavement. When you drive a car and pass by this area, we are sure that you will have an impression of calmness, peace and pleasure. It was said that "trees are the lungs of the city". Except parks and schools, the easiest contact trees are the colonnades on the sidewalk. Fortunately, our school is surrounded by two famous avenues of Taipei City, Tun Hwa South Road and Jen Ai Road. The flourishing colonnades with defoliation, florescence and fructification are just like the old kind neighbors which accompany us in the different seasons

2. Summary of Our Project

After seeing by chance the monographic report of "Yang Gan-Lin - a doctor for trees", we just know that trees are just like human being which will get sick and need a doctor to cure them. The trunk with a disease also needs "by surgery" to be cut , the wound swathed in order to recover branches and flourishing leaves. Because of building the house, they maybe need to be replanted by some necessary procedures to let their life continue.

Right now, Doctor Yang plays an important role. The job which is about the life should be respected. Doctor Yang is just like a pecker which can catch the pests in the tree and let dead branches be implanted with a new life. We appreciate his having no regrets and his time devoted to the life of the tree.

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):

School: We use the line "T1" in the school, which is connected to the academic university network of Taiwan. The students take advantage of the afternoon break, the end of the day's classes and the holidays in order to design their homepages in the classroom of computer.

Home: Five persons on the team use "ADSL" and cable modem to connect to the internet, and then they use a software "cuteFTP" to upload and exchange each other the data and the homepages.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The biggest difficulty for us was that we could not make an appointment with Doctor Yang who was always busy. By making stead efforts of Mrs. Chiu and Mrs. Hsu to communicate with him, we could finally visit Doctor Yang at his home in Hsinchu on New Year's Day in the year 2003. During the interview, some children could not speak Taiwanese and attendant mesdames had to translate every Taiwanese sentence into Mandarin Chinese word for word. Besides, We had heavy rains the day when we visited "New Garden City", where the children with raincoat saw Doctor Yang diagnose the trees. The children paid attention to the explanation despite wetting all their cameras. Finally, we thanked Mrs. Hsu and Mrs. Lin for their help to offer the car and let us accomplish successfully every visit.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

1. One generation plants the trees under whose shade another generation rests.

2. Protecting trees is more important than Planting trees; If we want to save trees, we have to first of all know how to cure them.

3. If we have a love of the earth, we have to first of all green our environment. Let us together hand in hand care for the natural world.

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

Over the monographic study of Doctor Yang's respect for the life of the trees and over the observation of the population by the 6th grader, we can know deeply the close relationship between human being et the trees.

During the outside visit, we allocated duties in advance: recording, taking the picture, asking ...everyone did his own job. Householders charged themselves with the communication, the vehicle and the board. During the communication, because we did not know the persons who would be visited and everyone had his work to do, they always disconnected the telephone with so little conversation. Therefore, how to use some little time to explain clearly our intention, and introduce ourselves again and again to accomplish the collection of the information and the appointment, which let us know, besides the knowledge in the school, mutual communication is very important.

In the monographic study and project, we used some computer skills to produce the animation, to transform the digital recording into CD, to intercept the image from CD, to compress and analyze the data from the scanners, and to carry out the OCR in Chinese...etc. We collected the data about how to save the trees by Doctor Yang and abridged all the data into only one CD. Over the system of video-conference in the school, We broadcasted this Doctor Yang's CD for all the students during the time of learning by themselves in the early morning. We designed some questionnaires about the old trees and sent the e-mails to twenty management offices of primary school in Taipei City, but the feedback was not good.

In the monographic study and project, Doctor Yang exclaimed that students were always taught to be the number one in the exam, but they lacked the respect and the practice to the life.

Project Elements

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

1.Oral interview:Interview of Dr. Yang

2.Internet:Inquiry relevant information on the Internet

3.Books, magazines & newspapers:Search relevant books to reinforce the knowledge for the target of interview

4.Tape recorder and digital cudgel of the recording: Record the content of the interview and transform to the computer audio files

5.Digital camera:Record the course of the interview

6.Scanner:Process the image treatment

7.Printer:Exchange the information

8.Telephone and cell phone:Contact the target of the interview

9.Software:Flash、 FrontPage、 PhotoImpact、PhotoShop

10. Car:The vehicle for interview

11.Projector and the DVD player:Watch the documentary files of Dr. Yang

Remarks: The major equipments are tendered by students parents of the school

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

A.Live interview --- Members of the whole team, incl. volunteer mothers, set out to Tzu Tan Lu, National Taiwan Normal University and Huei Yuen Shin Chen and interview all of relevant staffs and understand in-depth the process of curing trees. The visited units are as follows: Taipei City Cultural Bureau in Taipei city government, and Da An district office and Corporate Seven Star Green Environment Foundation. We inquired them relevant information about old trees and pavement trees in Taipei city and obtained the data to become the reference information of our web page.

B. Apply technologies of the communication--- The people whom we cannot visit in person, we contact them via telephone interviews or Fax to send information.

C. Internet--- The collection and transmission of information are conducted by Internet.

D. Collection of CDs---Through the students parents, we procured the CDs of ETTV’s program, i.e. “Taiwan’s Most Beautiful ”in which introduced Dr. Yang’s career and history and through The Chairman of the Association of Taipei City Landscape, we obtained the CD of “The Final Term Report of Precious Old Trees in Taipei City”

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

This project lets us firstly realize the trees also have an innate intelligence and vitality. We should contribute in daily life equivalent respect as those of human being. We although live in the bush of city, we must have the compassion for the great Nature. When one enters or rushes out of school in passing the peripheral environment of Tunhwa South Road and Jenai Road everyday and we goggle and observe the health of each trunk of camphor trees, if we discover any of them to have been infected disease of the shell virus and we must promptly notify The Bureau of the Roads and Lamps of Taipei City Park Office and demand their assistance

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

In the process of constructing our website, many community people have participated and provided assistance for us, they are as follows: Dr. Wong in Hwa Yuen Shin Chen, Wei-hsiou for the Secretary General of the Cultural Association of Tzu Tng Lu, Miss Hu in the Department of General Management of National Taiwan Normal University, Miss Hu in Cultural Bureau of Taipei City Government, Mr. Yue for the Chairman of the Department of the General Management of the Chin Mei Primary School, and Uncle Neo in the An Keng Butterfly Ecological Park, they also make use of our webpage as schooling material. We discover the message dropped by Mr. Yang, Chou-li for the Chairman of the department of the general management of the Sishan Primary School who reported their old trees have constantly fallen leaves and we promptly sent the phone number of Dr. Yang to him, then they immediately conduct the process of salvation.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

It is true that the trees are the most everlasting living creature on the earth, throughout hundreds or thousands of years under the wind blowing and rain beating down, they still stand erectly and do not fall down. They merely require us to pays more concerns, and we can let them last longer life.


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