CyberFair Project ID: 4929

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Zuoying Water Caltrop
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Kaohsiung Municipal Jia-Chang Elementary School
    Kaohsiung, Taiwan, R.O.C

5 students, ages 11 to 12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 14, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2006

Classes and Teachers: Shu-fen Wang, Shu-Mei Wu, Shu-hui Chen

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our community is developed earliest among all districts of Kaohsjung City. It was the military-political centre of The Old Fengshan County in the Ching Dynasty. Now, it remains a important military station of Taiwan.

Our community owns precious cultural heritage and natural beautiful scenery. To attract more tourists, Zuoying has gradually transformed and its tour industry has been under development in the last few years.

2. Summary of Our Project

The water caltrop of Zuoying is quite famous. Lots of foreign tourists bought water caltrop as a souvenir while they visited Zuoying. Last year, it ,Zuoying water caltrop, won the award of the ten best Kaohsjung City's Specialties.

Few people know why Zuoying Water Caltrop is famous; therefore, we made the study enable more people to know what 'Zuoying Water Caltrop' is.

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

Interviews Problems: Interview is an important topic of our project, because we want to know more about Zuoying Water Caltrop through the water caltrop vendors. For time is limited, how to get in touch with those vendors and how to complete those interviews are difficult works. In addition, transportation is also a big problem for us!

Solution: We made a list of our subjects and draft a questionnaire before each interview. Our team members worked together on a project but did different things at the same time. So that we have completed our missions efficiently in our limited time. As for transportation, We asked voluntaries to provide vehicles before each interview.

Technologies Problems: Though we had accepted the training of interview in fifth grade, but we were still nervous because it was the first time for us to close-up interview.

Solution: Before each interview, we surfed Nets about water caltrop and collected related materials of Zuoying; Then we edited these materials and made interviewing question. Because prepareing in advance, we had enjoyed interviews each time.

Data Assortment Problems: We have only five people, so eachone had lots of works to complete.

Solution: First, we planed the studying category. Second, everyone had his own categorical data to collect. Finally, we discussed, analyzed and reorganized these data together.

Software 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.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

From the study, what we learnt is not only the skill of webpage making, but also have learned lots of valuable knowledge by doing this project. Now, we have known the water caltrop which once drove Zuoying's economy is a great significance to Zuoying.

United is an important factor in a group, and it inspired us to worke harder in our daily life. It is a special experience which we could not learn in our school.

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

1. 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. 2. 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. 3. Via interviewing some of the community's people, we started to have cognition about our community and have interest of giving oure care to our people in the community.

Project Elements

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

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

In the study, we all drafted the studing outline together. After determined the studying direction, we collected materials about water caltrop from Nets and library, we interviewed vendors or experts face to face, and we did fieldwork rain or shine.

In order to understand more information of the Old Zuoying, teachers arranged an interview of Professor Zeng for us. Professor Zeng led us to visit water caltrop fields and vendors, he made us know the history of Zuoying, and he also made us understand the reason why water caltrop fields is declining.

By this precious opportunity, we hope more people to know Zuoying Water Caltrop and to be fond of our community.

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

Zuoying Water Caltrop is quite famous. Last year, it won the award of the ten best Kaohsjung City's Specialties. From the study, what we learnt is not only the good attitude of handling affairs, we also have changed our impression on Zuoying Water Caltrop. It once drove Zuoying's economy; It was a great Zuoying's significance; It is Zuoying's good friend forever. By our study, we hope more people to know what 'Zuoying Water Caltrop' is.

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

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

When we drive pass through Banpinshan Natural Park, we always see those aunties who sell water caltrop to work hard. Before participating in the CyberFair, we had never thought why Zuoying Water Caltrop is famous. But through the study, we found and understanded the reason. Being famouse of Zuoying Water Caltrop is everybody's efforts; therefore, we should continue the efforts to make more people be fond of such wonderful food.

Besides, we have learnt how to divide the work , how to cooperate with each other, how to coordinate our efforts , and how to encourage each other. We worked hard to reach the goal and we have really enjoyed the course.


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