CyberFair Project ID: 4600

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Dancing the Folk Sports • Expressing the Artistic Talents
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Da An Elementary School
    Taipei, no, Taiwan

18 students, ages 11~12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 16, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): no

Classes and Teachers: Shu-Yu Chen, Hong-Miao Chen,Jing-Yi Huang

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Promoting folk sports for over twenty years, the Taipei Municipal Da An Elementary School is the focus school for evolving and developing Taiwanese folk sports. Pupils participated in this project are all present members of the Da An Elementary School Folk Sports Team, rope skipping, diabolo spinning, and shuttlecock kicking. They obtain deep emotions to the folk sports, and from practicing rope skipping and diabolo spinning, they cultivate interest extending to other related activities of folk sports, and further intend to study folk sports. More importantly, Da An Elementary School has a long history of outstanding performance on folk sports, and thus would like to make efforts to integrate and to digitalize such rich local resources. In so doing, on the one hand, we may inherit the historical culture of Da An folk sports, and on the other hand, may promote such artistic cultural beauty of the folk sports to every corner of the world.

2. Summary of Our Project

Sports Blending with Art-The Folk Sports on Taiwan

In the past agricultural society in Taiwan, when the technology was underdeveloped, people treated the Chinese traditional folk Sports just like toys and games. Along the changes of social structure, the folk sports has moved from leisure activities toward artistic skills, then to performance, and eventually developed to aesthetics. In the past some thirty years, Taiwan has continuously promoted the folklore physical culture in all efforts. The Youth Folk Sports Group has visited various countries every year. It not only comforts the overseas Chinese, but also facilitates the international cultural exchange numerously. This project intends to record the process of the refinement of folk sports. By way of promoting the beauty of the folk physical culture, we expect to have mutual international interaction, and further to surge the new life of innovation, continuation, exploration, and development for the folklore arts.

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:more than 6

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

There are three computer classrooms in our school, consisting of 107 computers. They regard Switch Hub as the network backbone (100MB). Our school’s LAN is connected with Taipei City Education Network Center via EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network), and in turn, linked to Taiwan Academic Network. Apart from the computer room, computers in faculty offices can also be hooked on the internet. There are File Servers, WWW Servers, Proxy Server, E-Mail Server, etc.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1) It is not easy to get in touch with another school. Supervisor Jin-Fu Zheng from Hong Dao Junior High who was the administrative coach when Zhu-Yu was in the folk sports class, in her junior high years. Thanks to his help in providing contacts of other important coaches, for us to get the interviews. (2) Too many contested pupils and interviews, the schedule was difficult to arrange. We divided the interviews into A and B groups, and “responsibility system” was taken, so the arrangement for the schedule was solved at that time. (3) Too many contested pupils, the dispatching task was complicated. For our theme study, the contested pupils must write many learning sheets, interview records and thoughts, the task load was impressive, so we decided to set up a “single window”. All the work was to be in electronic files, and sent by email to Zhu-Yu´ s mailbox. This way, not only the issue was solved, the efficiency was also increased.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

When talked with the school principals and the coaches about their promotion of folk sports, we could feel their passion and the dedication giving in this field! We deeply felt that to record the development of folk sports was a very meaningful thing. We also hope that this thesis can attract more people to pay more attention and caring in the folk sports, to allow this wonderful tradition to recover their past glory and achievements. We also hope this beautiful traditional art can continue in the life of our future generations.

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

We put folk sports into the lessons for all grades in our school. This type of sports is one of the special features of our school. The folk sports match totally with the arts and humanity, health and physical education, set forth in the nine years in one curriculum, presently in force. During the planning of this project, we learned how to collect and organize information, courtesy and techniques for our interviews, the key points to consider during the records, and the technology of web page production and photography. All these contents also match the fields of language, variety, social studies, computer science and other fields. Taking Da An Elementary School for example, our folk team not only performs at the school anniversary, school variety show every year, it is sometimes invited to perform in other places, to exchange culture in other communities. Also, it is given a great opportunity to present the aesthetics of folk sports in front of more people.

Project Elements

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

1. Telephone:Contacting and discussing with interviewers and team members. 2. Computer:Making web pages, uploading photos, and integrating articles and information. 3. Disc, flash driver:in storing documents to facilitate work processing. 4 Internet system:searching related data, learning from the past works, filling out progress report, and contacting members and submitting reports. 5. Printer: printing references for discussion. 6. Recorder:recording the interviews for paper writing. 7. Digit camera:taking photos of visiting, interviewing, and discussions. 8. DV:filming the demos of shuttlecock kicking, diabolo spinning, rope skipping, and tan tui. 9. Computer software:employing softwares such as Flash MX 2004, PhotoShop7.0, PhotoImpact8.0, Dreamweaver MX 2004, and Word to take care images, making webpages, dissecting images, and films. 10. Scanner:scanning photos and related data to increase the richness of contents.

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

The ambassador of folk sports, Da An´s folk sports origin serves as our base, in coordination with the personal folk sports background of the instructor. Then we call the supervisor Zheng of Hong Dao Junior High, asking him to provide us with the information of the visiting groups in the past. And through Zheng, we have obtained contacts of other important coaches, whose help relieved us from the hard work of finding related data. On the other hand, through Da An alumni, Jung-Lung Chen and Yi-Wei Zhao, our national sportsmen, who gave us abundant valuable information. Yi-Wei came back to his alma mater to perform, his performance made an unforgettable impact on our contested pupils. Last but not the least, our Chief Mrs. Liu and our Principal, Mr. Zhang helped to interview the former principals, Mr. Wu, who is now in his 80s, and Mr. Hong, who are the living witnesses of the historical development of the folk sports. When we finished our interviews, the interviewees always asked us to send them a copy of such a precious records, so moved by the contested pupils´ interest in studying the folklore. For this reason, whether it is for the school legacy, or the cooperation between schools, even for the exchanges in the communities, we play a very important role to make it all happen.

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

During the process of this project, we gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of folk sports. From a game which very few was interested in, the folk sports have now developed into a folk performance group which is full of skills and artistic aesthetics. The group has even successfully promoted this beautiful traditional art in foreign countries. Besides, we see the continuous dedication and the fighting spirit of the folk sports promoters, they make us realize the significance and the importance of this theme study. Along with the changes in current social structure, we see the difficulty in the development of the folk sports. For this, we hope to raise the attention and caring about the importance of the folk sports through this study.We also hope to promote the folk sports skills as many places as possible, to allow the spirit of this tradition to be passed on forever.

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

Thank for all the teachers accepted our interviews and offering us website resources! In addition, for Principle Wen-Hong Zhang, Director Bi-Xian Liu, Teacher Zheng-Shan Liu, Teacher Li-Hua Wang, Teacher Wen-Hui Hong, Teacher Ya-Zheng Yang, Teacher Shu-Zhu Chen, Teacher Yu-Li Huang, Teacher Mei-Ling Tang, Teacher Shuo-Ci Wu, Teacher Jin-Fu Zheng of Taipei Municipal Hong Dao Junior High School, Ms. Shih-Fan Yang, Ms. Rui-Zhu Lin and Mr. Yi-Wei Zhao who have always supported, encouraged, and accompanied us, we also want to express our sincere appreciation for their warmth and kindness. It’s all because of their timely help that we can obtain such rich and valued information, which makes our website much more colorful and meaningful. Their help and encouragement really makes us keeping the efforts. Once more, we must say “thank you so much” to all of them.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

It is easy to make a web page, but to make one that is both profound and meaningful, is extremely tough. At the beginning, we only planned to present the folk sports development in Da An Elementary School and in Taiwan, little did we think that through interviewing folk sportsmen, we got to meet more and more principals and coaches who, from the passive written texts and photos, turned into living people who shared their love, experiences and dedication of folk sports with us. Each of them is an outstanding spokesperson of folk sports; each story is an emotional history that puts us in tears! As for our contested pupils, their work really surprised us. From the questions to records, they did all by themselves! We are only left in awe and happy by their unlimited potential! Up to the last minute, we deeply feel the importance of “contacts!” Could we not gather all these wonderful people, our web pages will not be this rich and spectacular! To meet a person is like opening a new cave full of treasures, we have to seize every opportunity to learn, for the surprises are always there, waiting.


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