CyberFair Project ID: 4039

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Brick at Gueishan
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Shou Shan Junior High School
    Taoyuan, Taiwan, Taiwan

7 students, ages 13-15 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 21, 2005. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005

Classes and Teachers: Mrs.Su Ping Ju , Ms. Hou Mei Ju , Ms. ChiuFang Yi

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Have you ever been to “Gueishan Township” – a place that seems not to be noted for any special artifacts? In fact, Gueishan is the birthplace of the redbrick industry in Taiwan. The local residents are very proud of this cultural activity. For a long time, they also make much effort for this brick kiln culture dearly. We love our hometown – Gueishan so much that we would like to invite you for a redbrick tour. By doing so, you may realize the development of this brick kiln culture. Truly, the brick is not only the building block, more important; it is a considerable cultural tradition.

2. Summary of Our Project

In this project, we visit the brick kiln factory in Gueishan Township. Thus, the history of the brick kiln will be introduced. Traditionally, most of the houses in Taiwan were made of redbricks. During that period, it is the so-called golden age of the redbrick. However, as more and more modern buildings are formed, the demand for the brick is reduced day by day. As a result, the brick kilns are on decline gradually. Indeed, the history of a brick kiln also shows the changes of the whole society in Taiwan. “Chun Hsin Chi”, the largest brick kiln factory in Taiwan, is in Gueishan Township. As the good time and the bad time go by, how could it still stand erect and not be shaken? In what ways does the founder create the new changes for the factory? What kind of perceptions do the members of the factory hold during those days? Through the web site, let us tell you this marvelous story between the brick and Taiwan!

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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:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

There is a computer center, which also opens to the public, in our school, with 40 computers and Fast Ethernet LAN connection linking to TANet.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The arrangement of time: Teachers reminded students to arrange time by themselves. Students had to concentrate on studying as well as to perform and canvass our project after school. To obviate troubleshooting of the computer: Sometimes, the computer may shut down or operate abnormally. Teacher would obviate troubleshooting or plan the reserve scheme right now. We met up some setbacks when we found the 'Sin Min Culture Documentary Team' that produced the documentary 'Red Brick'. It is exciting that we were authorized by Huan-Yue Liou (the cineaste of 'Sin Min Culture Documentary Team') and we can broadcast the documentary 'Red Brick' on-line. To overcome the fear of high-temperature: We were in the brick kiln factory and walked in tunnel kiln that has high-temperature in 900 degrees. If we were not careful, someone may lose in the fire. We were really scared. Finally, we all overcame the fear of high-temperature. It is the most unforgettable experience.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We want to introduce the bricks of Gueishan everyone and let people know our traditional industries. We also want to show ours project and teamwork during last six months. Our project: All articles in our homepage were collected by students. About our homepage: The teachers took the productive model which student's directed. When you visit our website, the every part you saw is students' ideas and inspirations, we hope that you can appreciate the beauty of the red bricks.

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

We have a specific ides and a new skill when we make “brick at Gueishan”, such as “on-line teaching.” Our teachers majored such kind of computer subjects.

Project Elements

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

1.Call phone: To keep contact with people for nterview and to arrange schedule.

2.E-mail: To communicate and publish the news,sometimes it’s used for check the progress.

3.FTP Server: To exchange the data between members. It’s also used to backup our project.

4.HTTP Server: To display our web site and used to debug homepages.

5.MSN Messenger & Yahoo Messenger: It’s used for communication between members.

6.Digital camera system: To shoot the process of research and to pick up figures from books.

7.Computer & the Internet: For collecting or uploading data and to edit photos and written journals.

8.Computer software: Microsoft Office series, Ulead PhotoImpact 8.0, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX Macromedia Flash MX.

9.Voice recording: For interview.

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

Through interview to communication with people,and use a lot of IT tools to finished our project.

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

1.Our project can correspond to the educational policy of the government.

2.Beside, we can research our living area and share informations about the community.

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

The parents joined the visiting with us and supported the students. Chun Hsin Chi provided the information about bricks. As for teachers, they helped the on going process.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We are surprise at our good friends-aborigine while we research our websites, we invore to aborigine life. We find that aborigines are interesting and their life styles appeals to us.


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