CyberFair Project ID: 4640

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Sweet Memory of Teresa Teng
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Lu-jhou Elementary School
    Taipei, Taiwan, Taiwan

20 students, ages 10-13 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 17, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): no

Classes and Teachers: Chia-ying Wu, Guan-rog Lai, Chiu-jin Lai

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Lujhou is a low and plain sand bar along the Dansuie River. There were puddles everywhere and lush reeds grew and nodded with the winds, along the river bank. In the old days, this place was known for “reeds under the silver mood”. Luihou was plagued with floods in the past because of the alleviation of the river. Today, due to appropriate urban planning, Lujhou has transformed itself to a prosperous city from a flooded area. The rapid growth of Lujhou was followed by a gradual expansion of culture scenes. Under the planning for Taipei County 18 Cultural and Artistic Routes, Lujhou Elementary School became one of the important historic spots. Among all the displays, the exhibit of Teresa Teng is our research focus.

2. Summary of Our Project

Teresa Teng has a close tie with Lujhou. She graduated from Lujhou Elementary School, and grew up in Lujhou. Lujhou is her hometown, and there are still many fans of hers visiting her old residence in Lujhou today. Therefore, as the natives of Lujhou, we study her past associated with this place, as well as the attractions and features of Lujhou. This research project serves as a vehicle to establish a clear picture of Lujhou through the story of Teresa Teng.

We attempt to gain a better understanding of Teresa Teng through field research and interviews. Teresa Teng was an ordinary girl that grew up in military dependents’ village, but became a well-known singer, and remained a super star to all Chinese around the world even after her death. The charm of this eternal star is unfolded in our research.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

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):

Our School has a 100MB fiber optic network connecting to the Education Network Service Center of Taipei County. The participating members of this project have access Internet via 56K dial-up, ADSL or community internet services. Meanwhile, we also used the FTP provided by the School to establish a back-up file system and to organize the homework. Internet photo album sites and blogs were utilized to store images and documentations.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1)Tight deadlines & the need to juggle with a variety of activities:Teng’s Investigation Team met up during lunch breaks and sometimes morning study time to accomplish the majority of the work. The teachers would squeeze some time during classes and the short breaks after finals to guide us through the story of Teresa Teng and instruct us on the promotion of the project. Of course, we needed to spend time logging on the Internet for documentations of status reports. We have learned a great deal and found the project very interesting, even though it demanded a fair amount of hard work. (2)Difficulties in communications across different grades:We split into study groups to carry out this project. The teachers divided us into three groups across different grades. Sometimes it was impossible to assemble all the members at the same time to conduct field investigations so our team leaders would coordinate the communications and manage the to-do list. Meanwhile, we also communicated via the bulletin board that was exclusive to Teng’s Investigation Team so that we could post our messages on the board. Our teachers would also post announcements under the section News so that we knew what was expected of us. (3)Lack of experience & difficulties to establish text files: Our solution was to come up with a schedule to spell out our activities and follow the calendar for the implementation details. In this way, we would not feel disoriented or lost and our teachers could monitor our progress against the schedule. (4)Insufficient technical competence & difficulties in website deployment: We sought assistance from the School. Mr. Wu, Teacher Lai and Teacher Wu recruited a couple of computer whiz kids from the sixth grades. After the screening process, we established five IT teams, a boost to our website production efforts. Meanwhile, the teachers also gained knowledge from various workshops and transferred such knowledge to us. more in

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our biggest learning throughout the study of the story of Teresa Teng was her dedications. Born in a poor military village, Teresa made it in the entertainment business with her efforts in learning performing techniques and songs from different countries. We believe that her dedications in career are a fine example. Therefore, we would like to demonstrate the same dedications in Cyberfair by putting our best efforts in all activities and assignment as a team.

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

Languages: ? We are now able to independently complete a comprehensive report after rounds of status report compilations, practices in reading and writing and feedbacks from the teachers. ? We developed the abilities to listen carefully and articulate our ideas during the process of interviewing and promotions within the School. We have learned to be patient and pay attention to the content when speaking to experts, as well as good story-telling techniques to express our own ideas.

Math: We learned how to apply statistics techniques to estimate the number of people after our counter-signing campaign.

Social Science: ? Human, space & time: We learned to how analyze the problems associated with the development of Lujhou and devise the ways to make improvements after we came to a good understanding of the evolutions and cultures of Lujhou through information gathering and interviews.

? We learned the workings of democracy via a series of debates. We know how to communicate rationally and respect each others.

Liberal Arts: We learned how to listen and appreciate music from the music legacy of Terasa Teng. We used a variety of tools and exercised our imaginations to depict the life story of Teresa Teng and produced a drawing book.

Summary: We learned how to express ourselves during the process of study. We shared experience after each event and fostered a culture that we respected each other’s opinions. Also, we learned how to actively engage in all kinds of activities and savor life outside the School. We also learned to be responsible for our own behavior.

Project Elements

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

Tool- Source- Usage- ?Telephone School, home ?Communicating with team members and interviewees ?TV School ?playing films ?DVD player School ?Playing films ?CD player Teacher ?Playing songs ?Camcorder School ?Recording the interviews and field investigations ?Digital camera Teacher,students?Taking photos of the activities ?Recorder pen School,teacher ?Recording the interviews and field investigations

?USB School, teachers ?Storing data ?Related photos Mr. Lian-fu yang, Teacher Han-chuan Liao, school historical room ?Photo collection ?Internet School, home ?Writing progress report, data collection ?Scanner School, home ?Scanning learning slips, photos ?Computer software Namo, Word, Photoshop, Captivate, Dreamweaver, Photoimpact ?Creating webpages, editing photos, making invitation cards ?Internet photo album, blog Wreth ?Storing photos and text files more in

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

We came to know a lot of stories and antidotes about Teresa Teng in Lujhou and her affiliations with Lujhou. We visited Mr. Lian-fu Yang, Teacher Han-chuan Liao and Teacher Li-shu Weng or phoned our contacts to schedule interviews and visited them for first-hand information.

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

? We came to know a lot of stories and antidotes about Teresa Teng in Lujhou and her affiliations with Lujhou. We phoned our contacts to schedule interviews and visited them for first-hand information. ? We organized an exhibition of Teresa Teng and a counter signing campaign in the campus to bring back the memories of the sweet songs of Teresa Teng to students, teachers and parents. We hoped to advocate our proposal to maintain the residence of Teresa Teng in Lujhou so that Sanchung remains a cultural route for historical heritages. Many teachers, students and local residents agreed with us and expressed their support.

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

?Parents, and teachers of the school: Principal Bin Ke Director Cheng-hsiung Wu Director Jhung-shi Yang Group Head Fang-yuan Chiang Teacher Yi-shiou Wang Teacher Mei-ling Li Teacher Hsian-hsian Wen Teacher Wen-jhung Tsai Teacher Jun-hong Hsia Teacher Cheng-yi Guo Teacher Ching-hsiung Tsai Teacher Yi-chang Li Teacher Chi-hao Hsu ?Contacting interviewees; Providing transportation; Planning and consultation; Support; Providing resources; Technical advising ?Community residents: Mr. Lian-fu Yang Teacher Han-chuan Liao Security Guard of the school Teacher Li-shu Weng of Lujiang Elementary School ?Providing information;Accepting interviews ?Visual designer Ying-jia Su ?Assisting in webpage creation?Others Shiou-hui Chen Yi-jun Tsai Shu-ya You ?Assisting in activities and IT Group more in

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

(1) Interpersonal Skills: We learned how to get along with students from different grades and realized the importance of team work. We learned how to distribute workload within the groups based on the expertise of each groups so that we could follow the schedule and meet the deadlines. Meanwhile, we came to know the importance of manners to seniors, teachers and peer classmates.

(2) Software: We learned to use a number of software applications, including Medi@Show, captivate, namo, photoshop, photoimpact and dreamweaver. We developed the abilities to utilize IT products and produce web pages. (3) Teamwork Because the team members come from different grades, we divided the team into different groups for different assignments. ? Division: IT Group, and Activity Group, Activity Group was responsible for the research work, IT Group was responsible for typing and webpage creation. ? Activity Group (interview): We divided into three subgroups. Since our project comprised mostly about interviews, each member of the group had a chance to interview. The subgroup that did not go on the interview was the Art Group, responsible for designing Thank You Card or invitation card. And another subgroup was responsible for organizing the interview records. ? Activity (setting up stall): We assigned an Art Group to decorate the stall, and took turns to attend the stall to introduce our exhibition. ? Activity (story-telling): Some members were responsible for telling the story, some were responsible for the quiz. ? Activity (debate): We were divided into groups of pro and con, and searched for information.

(4)Event Planning: We knew that to accomplish a campaign, schedule planning, prior preparations and recaps are required. For example, when we conducted interviews, we had to gather information and outline our questions beforehand, as well as to design the Thank-you cards and workflows. After the interviews, we would meet up to review our own forte and weaknesses so that we could constantly make improvements.


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