1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Tools and Techniques Purpose telephone, e-mails and cell phones to contact about interviews, and make a dates digital cameras and tape recorders to record interviews, and interview people computers, scanners and printers to edit web pages and classify the information books, newspapers and brochures to collect related documentary of the project Yahoo, MSN to discuss the work of our web pages
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
It was an encounter by accident, that we had a great helper in our team to support us to be ambassadors. When one of our members, Yu-wen, told her father that she would like to become a participant of CyberFair Contest, her father decided to help us as a volunteer.
When we wondered where to start out project, Yu-wen's father recalled that he once lived in Tzuo-ying, and studied in the local high school for three years. After graduation, he had lived near the Tzuo-ying Stone Tablet Area (Zen-fu Temple) for more than eight months. He is quite familiar with the local situation and thinks that Tzuo-ying is a place full of beautiful scenery and nice people.
It is worth discussing and exploring, and we can study Tzuo-ying's past and present. He offered this idea to the whole team as a suggestion. At that time, one of our members, Yu-lan, told us there would be a one-week long Wan Lien Festival coming up. Thus, we decide to study the local features. Yu-wen's father went along with us, becoming the ambassador of our project naturally.
He helped us to collect the information pamphlets and brochures, also helping to interview people. Not until we devoted ourselves to this project do we know the hardness and pains of our own studies. We had the thought of giving up several times, but Yu-wen's father always encouraged us to keep it going, and told us that he believe there will be a great outcome. We were inspired, and decided to hang on this project and finish it. Honestly, speaking, Yu-wen's father is our most important supporter who help us to stick to our goal.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
We learned a lot of experience that we hardly meet in our daily life, during the making of the project, such as keeping a collection of information and interviewing someone live. These are very precious experiences that we will recall in the future. By doing this project, we keep digesting different knowledge's to understand the human culture, geography, features, and its beauty and tears of Tzuo-ying. Those are ones we had never discovered before.
In recent years, Tzuo-ying started to hold the Wan Lien Festival and try to unite people's power and belief to rebuild the beauty of Tzuo-ying. Besides, they want to construct a prosperous future of Tzuo-ying and make in known in the world.
We hope that whomever views our pages, can really understand and realize the beauty of Tzuo-ying. Not just to know more about her history and culture, also to cherish it to our offspring's.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
During the process we met a lot of problems. The first thing we thought is to ask help from our instructors. We really do appreciate our instructors for devoting themselves through day and night in this project and helping us thoroughly.
We learned how to beautify our web pages and solve problems. Moreover, our teacher reminds us to work on schedule, which is really a big task, too. Undoubtedly, we want to thank people who live in the Lotus Lake neighborhood and the chief of Tzuo-ying. Without their help and advices, we could never had made it. We appreciate the chief, telling us every thing he knows, remembers, and shares in his experiences of the Wan Lien Festival with us.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
What we learned about Tzuo-ying on the text book before was not enough for doing this project. We knew it as a delicate picture on the book and a military base in the Ming dynasty. To us, Tzuo-ying is nothing but a ancient military town on the map.
However, this old town Tzuo-ying is still standing in our life, and on our earth. Though we are gradually forgetting the value of this old town, and no longer remember its history. It is still a classic ancient town built by ancestors tears and laughter's.
In this research, we take the positive character to study. We surf on the internet every day, go to the libraries on weekends and holidays. Just like playing a jigsaw puzzle, we put piece and piece together to construct this plan. When we really concentrated on the writing, we found out that Tzuo-ying is a beautiful place that we had never learned before. It's value of history and humanity is worth our concerning. A so-called classical site cannot be just about architecture. It should be a vivid text of history and we have to pay more attention to it.
After this project, we want to say that the final goal is not to have a nice product. It is the spirit we hold to do this research worth praise. To apply what we learned in our academic performances, we believe that study can be a more interesting thing.