CyberFair Project ID: 4506

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Taipei 101
Category: 3. Business and Community Organizations

School: Taipei Municipal Ren- ai Elementary school
    Taipei city , Taiwan, Taiwan

9 students, ages 9-10 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 13, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2004

Classes and Teachers: Wang Mei-lan / Hsiao Chia ju

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Taipei city, the international center of Taiwan, is the place where we learn and live. And Taipei 101 is the center and landmark of our community. As it was just built up, many people doubted “ What can the strange tall building bring for our community?” But later on because of he multiple functions of Taipei 101, it becomes part of our community. Besides, Taipei 101 is no doubt the “top” place where we have activities and festivals. And the image of this tallest building in the world catches everyone’s eye when it appears on TV , newspapers and ads. So in our project, we want to show people around the world more details about the most important skyscraper.

2. Summary of Our Project

Many people think Taipei 101 is a must-visit tourist spot. But in fact the official name of Taipei 101 is “Taipei Financial Center.” It combines the functions of finance and recreation. In Taipei 101 are a department store, a supermarket, a bookstore, restaurants and upscale boutiques. We like to shop, eat, and get the whole view of Taipei city from its observatory with our parents there. But we want to know more about this special building, not just something about food and play! So in order to make us understand how many functions Taipei 101 has, our teachers teach us how to study Taipei 101 within different subjects like language, math, technology, art, society, and local education. We worked as teams to research this local financial building. By taking the pictures of Taipei 101 and writing down what we found about this tallest skyscraper on the worksheets and our website, we recorded interesting detailed information you may not know about Taipei 101!

During the process, we used many technology tools and software. And we also gained lots of information by surfing the internet. We wrote and draw what we found on the papers or the computers. And our teachers helped us how to organize our research content on our website.

To know people’s impression about Taipei 101, we did the survey of many visitors’ opinions about their favorite parts of Taipei 101 and interviewed the employers and employees to get further information. And we even tried our best to interview the foreign tourists visiting Taipei 101 in English. (Our teachers taught us how to ask questions in English first.) Except studying our project through “learning by doing,” we’ve also learnt many essential skills of doing a research. We discussed a lot through MSN and interviewed people to develop our negotiation and communicative ability. We build up our skills of using technology and software by writing, drawing, taking pictures, managing files and editing films and photos.

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:4-6

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

We surfed the internet through ADSL and Cable mode. And MSN Messenger 7.5 is our on-line communication tool that we often used to have meetings and discussed project progress with our members even when they were in other countries. The Adobe photo editing software helped us a lot when we had problems of fixing the pictures of Taipei101.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Our 9 members are from 7 classes so it’s not easy to get together for meeting, not to mention interview training, making survey, and writing practice. So from May 2005, we started to use Email and MSN. But later on we still faced a few problems:

A. Language limit To know more about Taipei 101, we took more efforts on the development of bilingual communicative ability because we needed to interview our local residents but also 230 foreigners. It was a great challenge for us since we didn’t have much opportunity to communicate in English before. Fortunately, we made the simple and clear English survey for foreign visitors so that they could read the questions on the survey and answer directly. We still could talk with them in simple English. In fact, some foreigners and our local residents thought our English is not bad! B.Interview limit Taipei 101 is the commercial center of Taipei city and also one of the most famous tourist spot with many well-know boutiques. So it also has the restrictions on interviewing and shooting. We spent lots of time negotiating with the managers, telling them what we wanted to show Taipei 101 more people around the world and finally we got the permission of interviewing the staffs and taking pictures.

C.Time limit Many of us have many busy school life and even after school and on weekend we have to study math, language or practice playing the piano. So we spent most of our summer vacation (2 months) practicing some basic skills and doing most of our project.

D.Ability limit Every one in our team has different abilities but also lack some other abilities. Our teacher told us we needed to work together and assisted each other. Plus, we improved our abilities to achieve the goal of self growth.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Be brave when facing the difficulties. Be grateful. Be active in exploring new knowledge. Although we are little, we can tell everyone what we know!

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

Although Taipei 101 is the landmark of Taipei city and also the tallest skyscraper in the world, not many people know much about it. We spent half a year doing the in-depth research on Taipei 101 by gathering lots of information about its structure and commercial activities and knowing the foreigners’ impression to Taipei 101 and being the ambassadors to introducing its features to the people in our community.

Project Elements

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

1. The internet: The internet is the most important tool when we were doing our project. We could gather much information we need. And most amazingly, instead of traditional face-to– face meeting, we could have the on-line meeting whenever or wherever we are. So we still could update our project progress even when we were in other countries. 2. Digital cameras: It is not easy to take pictures of a very tall building. But with the aid of Digital cameras, we could take as many pictures as we wanted and edited the pictures easily. Besides, we used scanners to scan down our drawing of Taipei 101 so that we could put it on our website. 3. Digital video: We recorded the activities inside Taipei 101 by digital video. We also learnt how to use digital video editing software to make the size of the films smaller. 4. Website: It is very convenient to share our ideas with many people around the world through the content and the pictures on our website.

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

In our community, We did many surveys and had interviewed with many people of different background and at different ages and wrote down their opinions. In summer, four of us took a trip to LosAngels and Paris and never forgot our mission: Making more people know more about our community and project. So we asked more than 100 local people there their impression about Taipei 101 or introduced them the tallest skyscraper that we are really proud of.

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

We’ve learnt lots of precious and interesting experience since we were engaged in this project. Just before this project, we cared nothing but playing games. But now we like to discuss what are happening in our community especially when we read the news about Taipei 101. At the beginning, many of us didn’t know how to write well. Now we have improved our writing and reading ability and even speaking ability after being exposed to many news and articles about 101, practicing writing again and again, and interviewing with many visitors and our major. Furthermore, to gain more information much more effectively, we worked as teams, which made our learning depend on each other and become good friends.

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

First, we want to thank Taipei 101 for allowing us to take pictures and gather resources. And we also thank many architects to tell much information about the structure of Taipei 101, Taipei city government for offering some precious films of Taipei 101 shaking in the typhoon and major Ma for accepting our interview. And the people we thank most are our parents and teachers. They supported us all the way, and assisted us to take pictures or make the website.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

There is no gain without pain. Our research about Taipei 101 is not only a project but also a learning activity that introducing our tallest building to people around the world. We have overcome many difficulties. Just like conquering the tallest mountain, we are proud of ourselves getting through this project.


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