CyberFair Project ID: 5030

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Wingless Angels
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Sandwo elementary school
    Shulin City, Taipe, Taiwan

24 students, ages 11~12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2004

Classes and Teachers: 3

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our community, Wen-Long, being located at Taipei County in Taiwan .Wen-Long was an excellent graveyard filled with the spiritual influence that could bless the posterity of resident to create a new ruler. But in Manchu dynasty, Emperor Guangxu built the railroad to destroy the spiritual influence and divided Wen-Long into three administrative areas. From now on, Wen-Long became a area that nobody wanted to be responsible for. There is factory everywhere at Wen-Long, eighty percent of the resident is out -comer .Not knowing the history of this area, they do not work hard to safeguard and cherish the environment. Therefore, Wen-Long has lost his elegant appearance at present. But a lot of the resident still fell hopeful about the future of our community; they are pleasure to devoting himself to make the area beautiful and glory again!

2. Summary of Our Project

We visited nine Mouth & Foot Painting Artists(MFPA) who lived at Taipei County City,ROC. After losing their hands,they learned to draw and paint with the brush held in the mouth or with the toes. Being disabled is not their symbol,they live a more optimistic and bright life than others. We would tell you their moving stories about how to overcome all obstacles and look the sunny side of the world.

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:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. Limited resources of the information: Internet is a powerful tool, but we found nothing about MFPA(Mouth or Foot Painting Artist).To complete the project , we had to do the first hand investigation by interview. Luckily they were ready to help us by telling their stories. 2. Many places have to go: At first, we thought MFPA painted at the association, we would meet them all here. But it was wrong, they all worked at home. To interview them, we had to go many places. We planed to interview two MFPA whose residence are near on the same day. For example, Wei-De Chung and Chun-Wei Li live at Taipei city; Sheng-Lung Lo and Ruei-Chin Liau live at Hsinjuang City. Thanks for their cooperation. 3. Have not ever interviewed: Due to interview others for the first time, we are all nervous. While interviewing, we made the notes slowly and often wrote the misprint. However, through practice repeatedly, we finally overcome the obstacles. To advice our parent to interview the patent is another big problem. We spend much time finding out the data to approve that leprosy would not influence easily. At last, we make it. 4. Problem of communication. Mei-Huei Chen and Ruei-Chin Liau cannot speak because of illness. We had understood their situation in advance, so we asked their sisters and teacher come to help when we interviewed. But Mei-Huei Chen and Ruei-Chin Liau were not absent from interview, they made efforts to answer by drawing or writing with their foot. 5. Problem of transportation: We have twenty members and all of us can not go to interview at the same time. That would make MFPA ‘s house overcrowded and we don’t have so many cars to transport. Thus, we divided into four groups. Interviewed groups had to report and share their experience to other un-interviewed groups. We also borrowed some videotapes about MFPA from AMFPA in Taiwan and broadcasted to all members.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Every time when we fail or feel upset, we recall the song of “The Prince of Egypt”. That is “Though hope is frail, it is hard to kill. Who knows what miracle you can achieve? You will when you believe.” That’s right! Be confident! You will when you believe.

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

1. To combine with life education: In our daily life, we would meet the unexpected obstacle. To give up or insist to go, this is a question .The young is often called” Strawberry Generation” because they stop to try again easily. From the story of MFPA, we learn to be courageous and look the bright side of this world. 2. To combine with language: We held a Reading Club to read the book” I am Kuen-Shan Shie” in our class. Each of us had a book which bought with our pocket money. We had to read one chapter every week and share what we had found. We learn more new words and proverb and ho to share your opinion clearly. Besides, Kuen-Shan Shie was reported in our Language Lesson Book when we were grade four. Through the project, we get in touch with him and respect him more. 3. To combine with computer education: Lots of our parent regards computers as another game machine, and they avoid us getting in touch with. But we proved the technology itself is neutral, we can use it to learn by our own and make better interaction with society. We applied what we learned from the project and felt that these techniques were close to our lives more.

Project Elements

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

Interview: Visit MFPA and their family, AMFPA in Taiwan, and other interviewees. Tape recorder: We use three tape recorders and lots of tapes during our interviews. Digital camera: Most of our photos are taken from the digital camera bought by our teachers. Video player and TV: Watching videotapes about MFPA which were borrowed from AMFPA in Taiwan. Telephone:We always use telephone to contact interviewees to arrange time. Computer and Internet:Find out the necessary information. Scanner: Scan the pictures, photos and information. Notebook and projector: We use them during the circuit lecture at our school. Broadcasting: We were invited by China Broadcasting Corporation and Police Broadcasting Station to share our experience of getting touch with MFPA on the air. Software: Use FrontPage2002, Photo Impact 8, Word, WsFtp. Books and Reports: Collect related information.

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

We visited MFPA and their family and they were glad to know that there are lots of elementary school students concerned their stories. They were honored to be good examples by never defeating to the destiny. We were invited by CBC (China Broadcasting Corporation) and PBS (Police Broadcasting Station) to share our experience of getting touch with MFPA on the air. They were surprise to know that elementary school students begin to care about the welfare of the disable. They admired us and promised to help us to propagate the importance of Facilities Accessibility as possible.

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

Your life is not only belonging to yourself. Think about your family! Don’t make your family and you regret lifetime for your slipup. After experiencing the physically handicapped, we realize the unconvinced of the disable and value our bodies more. Besides, we become the propagandists of the importance of Facilities Accessibility at our school. We take advantage of Broadcasting and circuit lecture to propagate our ideas and we hope everyone can value it, too.

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

We want to thanks many persons helping us to complete the project. They are as follow: MFPA (Kuen-Shan Shie, Sheng-Lung Lo, Jeng-Lung Liu, Mei-Huei Chen, Ruei-Chin Liau, Wei-De Chung, Chun-Wei Li, Shih-Feng Chen, and Ren-Chieh Liu), Miss Yuan-na Shih of China Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Ming Liu of Police Broadcasting Station, Miss Li-Chu Cheng, Su-Ling Feng and Huang-Fen Chang of AMFPA in Taiwan, Mrs. Julie Chien, wife of the Control Yuan Minister of Taiwan, Miss Chia-Ling Huang and Ju-Ying Chen of Graduate School of Visual Arts Management, Miss Lin, the attendant of the Assistive Technology Device Exhibition. At last, our parents always support us and give us many suggestions. Without their help, we can not finish the project. Thank you very much.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Life is impermanent; you have to appreciate your life and others. Disabled is a characteristic of body, just like the nearsighted need to wear glasses, the lame need the wheel chair certainly. As for performance of work, they are not different from the normal. Besides, be voluntarily to help the disabled is natural, not giving.


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