1. Description of Our Community
Searching for the remnants of the previous generations of Kaohsiung City, we were shocked to find that Lan-Tian Village of Nanzih District, originally belonged to Ren-Shou Village, Wan-Nian County, and was the most ancient centralized place of the Han people. And Hou-Jing and You-Chang were adequately developed at the Ming Dynasty period of Taiwan, listed number three with Zuo-Ying, and had honorable positions in the developing period of Taiwan.
You-Chang has been a place propitious for giving birth to great men since the early times. There are a few scholars that were born here. This made the people living in You-Chang feel very honorable.
2. Summary of Our Project
He, is blind, but lights up the road of life for lots of people that can see. He, has jerked arms, but has become the main drummer of a musical group, and has held two pottery exhibitions. He, can't speak clearly, but is very humorous, and even sings for people. He, needs other people’s help, but is like a soldier, and donates money to lots of people. He, has fought three times with Death, but he never gave up easily. He, is John; his road of life isn’t easy to walk, but he is very happy……
Seeing John smiling resplendently, listening to John’s skillful drumming, admiring John’s lively pottery, and reading John’s touching story, we will understand deeply, what’s called “finding the exclamation mark of life in the calling of love”. John was born in 1964 A.D in You-Chang. He started a miserable life of sickness, for the cause of a small fever when he was young. But he loves his life fervently, and adores sharing his happiness of life to other people. Besides, being the main drummer of You-ChangChurch’s Choir, John has been to schools, jails, public welfare groups and further more units monthly to share his story of life, and perform his skillful drumming permanently. This touched lots of people. Instead of introducing what John has done and influenced our society, we have also interviewed teachers and students of our school, aiming to find out how they think about John and other handicapped people. The teachers have held an activity to let the Bright Class students understand how to do things when they are handicapped. John has now become a leader of peoples' lives. Therefore, when John is guiding us to the light of life, we write down his precious story of life for everyone in Taiwan, and everyone in the world to know about this great warrior of life.
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:more than 6
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):
School: We have two computer classrooms and each classroom has 80 computers to provide the students to use it. The computers in the school have been connected; the team members usually use the computers to search for information and printing out the documents. Home: The team members mostly use ADSL to surf the WWW at home. After they leave school, we use the school's mailbox and webdisk to continue our research.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
This activity deeply let us understand that if we have disability, it will make our living very inconvenient; we also admire the braveness and willpower of the handicapped people. This is maybe the thing we learned for undertaking the disability experience camp too! But,there are still a lot of troubles during making the website; among them, the most troublesome one is the pressure of school work! Especially when it was monthly test time, we cannot work at all, because schoolwork is really annoying. It often let us feel that we don’t have any time to rest. On the computer skills and dividing works, the teachers have arranged lots of courses to learn the skills, but we still met some small problems on working, for instance: The computers at our house often crashes, causes the work cutting off; The computers of the school installed a” Recovery Genius Program”, so we have to reset the settings of Flash again every time. Plus, when we do the assignments at home, the assignments that are needed to upload to the database of the school, often occurs upload failing and mistakes too. Also, when we go to interview people, the recording pen was operated incorrectly, and caused us unable to record the content of the interview completely, so we had to interview the people again. When we were writing the manuscripts, we often don’t know how to begin. It is a blessing that we had the teachers and parents’ assistance, so we could finish the manuscripts easily.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our project is to contact with this great warrior of life by interviewing him; we can unfold John’s story of life completely before our community and everyone in the world, and arouse everybody's attention to the handicapped people, give the handicapped people help and encouragement at the right time, cherish our own lives more, in order to let our own life more splendid.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
From collecting the information, drafting the questions of the interview, composing the diary and progress report, to interviewing the people in our community and the integration of our contents of the website, all promote our ability of analyzing, generalizing, arranging and composition. Via interviewing some of the community’s people, we started to have cognition about our community and have interest of giving care to the handicapped people in the community, which helps us build up our feelings to our community. Through the WWW, computer, interview recording, video recording, taking pictures with a digital camera, the skills of making our website...etc, it cultivated our ability of the using the internet technology. Through holding the disability experiencing camp, we experienced the inconvenience of a being handicapped; in order to, cultivate their of life, is it train same heart to use, study how to show your care to people. Via observing John's pottery works, we found out the maker's intention and clever thought, and learned how appreciate the beauty of art. From the performance of the Kiwi Orchestra, we realized the meaning of the life and value of existing, and then train our respect of our own lives. Through the research, we learned how to divide the work and cooperate, communicate to coordinate, support and encourage each other to power up and using the power of the group to reach the goal.