1. Description of Our Community
Neihu district, surrounded by mountains of the east, west and north, locates in the east side of Taipei. It has two parks around the lakes: Tahu Park and Bihu Park. Neihu owns the natural beauty of mountains and lakes, and becomes the marvelous garden of Taipei City. Approximately 60% of this district is the forest protection area, which is a unique treasure shared by Neihu residents. There are some buildings in this district listed as the relics: Tomb of Lin Hsiu Chun (the third grade historical sites declared by Ministry of Interior), Quarry in Bei-shi Lake in Qing Dynasty, Conference Room of Nei-Zhuang Service Center, Ancient Mansion of the Guos (the municipal relics declared by Taipei City Government)
2. Summary of Our Project
Taipei City Wall was built from January 1882 to November 1884 in Qing Dynasty reigned by Guangxu emperor. This City Wall has been built for 120 years till now. Our major points in this research is to make things clear that how ancient people get the stones from Jin-mian mountain, and how they deliver the stones through water and land route. With the strong support of teacher Jin-zan Chen, who teaches in Neihu Communitiy Colleage and directs the Literature and History Studio in Neihu, our group investigated on the spot, and took part in the activity “Wall Stones in Legacy” , which was held by Department of Urban Development Taipei City Government. We did our best to reproduce the hard-working process of digging and delivering the stones.
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:1
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
(a)Construction of the Project website: We constructed a project web-page of “Astonishing Stone”, which is made according to the condition of popular browsers, in case that users with lower computer equipment cannot browse fluently. We tried to offer the information that everyone can easily approach. (b)Network Environment at school: We completed most of our research at the computer center at school, since one of our counselors is the director of the computer center. The network at school is District Academic network, so it is very convenient to search the materials and transmit. (c)Network Environment of Team Members: The six of us sometimes produced the project web pages at home, sometimes discussed at school using the materials we had searched through the net, and sometimes discussed through the msn since we all used the ADSL.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
• Hard to collect the historical pictures: The subject we selected can be traced back a long time ago, and the related pictures were hard to get. Fortunately, with the instruction of teacher Chen, and the reference of his book “heirloom of Neihu”, we had found a lot of useful sources. • Not enough time to discuss: It was already late to get the information of this competition, and we also had to face the coming midterm and final term exams. We could hardly get enough time to discuss and construct the project web pages and briefing-pages. Basically, we had three hours to discuss at school every week. Sometimes we had to take a leave on Thursday’s practical training course because we were running out of time. There were so many things to prepare and to take into consideration. Besides, we had to visit on-site, which always took us at least half a day. It was definitely not an easy job to do! • Lack of the experience in web-page making: Most of us had no web-page making background before. Only one member owned a little knowledge. So, in the first beginning, it took us a long while to learn how to make the web pages and start to run the project in division of labor. Those who were not that talented in web pages construction were allocated to find the reference sources. • Reflection: This competition, for us, is a wonderful experience. Our counselors told us to hold the motto “Aiming at taking part in, but not winning”. What we have learned is beyond description. For example, we had to learn how to contact with people, and we had to make appointments with Teacher Chen so we could consult him the related questions. We also had to formulate our schedule, to hold the team meeting regularly, and to acquaint ourselves with the measures of arranging materials. The most important of all, we had learned some skills, which were once all new to us, like web page making, flash, film editing, etc…. We had learned so much invaluable experience through this competition. Although we did encounter a lot of difficulties, we faced and resolved them positively. We are so thankful to our counselors, and those who ever helped us when we were in need.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Getting to know better about the quarry: By doing this project research, we get to know better about the history of the quarry. We believe that this project will be the most completed internet material so far about “Quarry in Qing Dynasty” . Realizing the importance of cultural heritage: While we were doing our research, we could feel that a lot of people were very concerned about the future development of Neihu. “How to protect the cultural heritage” has been a subject people care for in the recent ten years. We hope that we could make people understand more about the history of “quarry in Pei-shi Lake in Qing Dynasty”, and at the same time, cause more attention on our invaluable cultural heritage.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Learning out of the classroom: There is a tremendous difference from learning in the classroom of out of it. Through this project research, we have learned the method of data-collecting, how to conduct an interview, and how to organize our materials. These are all very useful and important abilities to acquire.
Integration of activities: “Wall Stones in Legacy” , under the auspices of Department of Urban Development Taipei City Government, is an activity for celebrating the 120th year of construction of Taipei City Wall. We feel very lucky that this activity accords with our project target. We participated in the whole course, and took a lot of pictures and films. In order to manufacturing the web pages, we consulted the Director of Computer Center, teacher Lai, about the usage of some software, such as the editing skill of Ulead Video Studio and photo-editing skill of PhotoImpact. We also learned how to operate the digital camera and DV when we interviewed. Besides, we learned the advanced techniques of taking pictures. Those above are all very useful in our daily lives.