CyberFair Project ID: 5025

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Tibetan culture in Gui'de
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Hedong Xiang Center School
    Xining, Qinghai, China

4 students, ages 14-15 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 7, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): none

Classes and Teachers: Wang Zi-li; Kong Yu-xia; Li Xiao-chun; Xing Xiu-hua

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

===PLEASE VIEW THIS SITE WITH INTERNET EXPLORER.=== Gui'de County is located at northeast of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, which has five towns and 100,000 population. The whole area is 3600 sqkm2 and the altitude is more than 2500m. It belongs to plateau continental climate, which characterizes in strong sunshine, dry in winter and spring, cool and wet in summer and autumn. In Gui'de County, the natural environment is beautiful. It's rich in vegetables and fruit. Different ethnic groups live together, including Han people, Tibetan, Hui and Mongolian. Among them, Tibetan population occupies 33.48%.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our project title is Tibetan culture in Gui'de County, in which Tibetan occupies a large part. We mainly research on its history, folk traditions, living environment, festivals, place of historic interests, culture and art. We have acknowledged the importance of teamwork in addition to improvement on making website. At the same time, colleagues from Town and Talent Co., Ltd have given us a lot of support and help. And our main purpose is to make more people know about the Tibetan traditions.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

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:4-6

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

With the help of Town and Talent Technologies, we set up LAN in campus. We have computers having access to internet with the broadband system at the speed around 2M and our team members learn much computer skills through this international web site making competition.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

website: 1.problems:Not clear about project title analysis:1.lack of experience in participating in Cyber Fair. 2.Team members don¡¯t know much about the Cyber Fair. solution:1.Get information of Cyber Fair from TTT staff-Mr. Zhangyan and Ms. Li Zhi-hua.2.Discuss with instructors. 2.problems:Not skillful in web page making and other computer skills. analysis:Team member are different in computer skills. solution:1. Instructors guide team members how to use computer in spare time. 2. Team members learn computer skills by ourselves in campus. 3.problems:Team members have little commonly free time apart from the time for group activities. analysis:1. Students in grade nine have less time in group activities. 2. the schedule of interview is not arranged well. solution:Communicate with teachers in Grade Nine, who arrange team members study and spare time; call the interviewees in advance. 4.problems:classifying material analysis:Team members have no experience of lassifying material. solution:1. instructors guide us to search information on books and on internet.2. encourage team members to do interview. 5.problems:language analysis:1. team members don't know Tibetan, so we can¡¯t communicate with Tibetan people.2. We don't know how to solve language problem. solution:The translation teacher introduces Tibetan traditions to team members and encourages us to overcome the problem.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We have got a better knowledge of Tibetan traditions. The activity has enhanced our teamwork spirit and improved our communicating and interpersonal abilities. We have learnt a lot about communication with others. Although the process of research is harsh, we know that there is no harvest without sowing. The sweet fruit comes only with hard work. We have also gained the valuable experiences of interacting with others; this ability will be a long-life benefit for us. By working together on the project, we have a fresh knowledge about ourselves. We not only see the merits of others, but also realize the strength of ourselves. With a common goal, we learn to respect, communicate, be considerate and understanding.

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

Through the Cyber Fair, we learn to practice, self-questioning, exploration and innovation. We break out of the classroom, and learn from the real-life environment and experiences and from various experts in history and culture. Through this research project, we have learnt how to search for information, how to conduct an interview, how to organize information. These abilities will become our life-long assets. Although due to the busy study, we had to do the work at noon break time and weekends and sometimes we were very tired, we have a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.

Project Elements

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

website: 1.Facility category:Hardware facilities--Computer, digital camera, scanner, flash disk. 2.Facility category: Computer software: Adobe Photoshop CS2--for graphic processing;Macromedia Flash 8--For flash processing; Word2003, Dream weaver MX 2004--for webpage editing and textual information editing; Ulead Video Studio 9.0--For video processing. 3.Facility category: Common facilities: TV--Search relevant information; Telephone--Arrange interviews; Recorder--Record interviews; Digital camera--Take pictures. 4.Facility :newspaper, magazine, library, meeting room and computer room--Those things are offered freely by school.

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

We consider it our responsibility to make the public understanding Tibetan traditions, thus we should play the role of 'community ambassadors' and reveal this history to others. Our interviewee-Wande Cairang is the relative of our translation teacher, who told him the sense of participating in the Cyber Fair. Wande's family is 12km away from our campus and we team members walk to his house in Nov 6. After returning, we realize our research result in the form of signboards, as well as a homepage hosted by the school website. Apart from being a resource for countryside education, the homepage also allows citizens to deepen their understanding of the local history through the Internet. The website we make is believed to make more people know about Tibetan culture.

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

Through this research project, we have come to know more about Tibetan tradition and culture. We are fully confident that our work, when finished, would be the most exhaustive online resource on Tibetan culture in Gui'de County at the moment. In the process of research, we find that many Tibetan traditions have disappeared with the development of society. Many electronic objects appear in Tibetan family, which is a symbol of social development and also a shock to Tibetan culture. Many young Tibetans think that their traditional food is less delicious than Han people's diet. Therefore, protection of cultural assets has become the most concerned issue in the past decade. We hope that our project would not only deepen the public's knowledge, but also arouse their recognition and passion for cultural assets. We all have a kind of passion and confidence unique to ourselves. Through this project, we have established good interaction with the community. Our actions are full of passion, and we behave with full confidence.

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

First of all we would like to thank Town & Talent company.From them we learnt about Cyberfair and have made many good suggestions on this competition. They provied us the support of computer,and helped us to carry out registration in Cyberfair. Give thanks to Wande Cairang's.They gave us a cordial reception on interview.We got a taste of one day Tibetan life. We want to express our sincere acknowledgement to Luohantang Village, Minzu Middle School, the Pearl Monastery in Gui'de County; Town and Talent Technologies; Zhang Yitian; Suonan; Agepai Quejijianzan; Cai Rang-jia; the head of Luohantang Village; Zhujun and Wande Cairang's. Thanks our headmaster,Yang Cheng-xiao.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We have got a better knowledge of Tibetan tradition and culture. The activity has enhanced our teamwork spirit and improved our communicating and interpersonal abilities. In our research, we found that seniors would like to keep traditions, while youths like to pursue fashion. Many Tibetan traditional tools are abandoned. We feel quite pity not to take pictures of these tools.


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