CyberFair Project ID: 1963

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Dedicated Love of A Lifetime~Tsao Ching
Category: 1. Local Leaders
Bibliography: No bibliography page cited

School: HSinYi Elementary School
    Chungli City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan

12 students, ages from 9 to 12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 28, 2002. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): no

Classes and Teachers: Ms.Chang Jui-fen,Ms.Ku Yueh-hui,Mr.HO Chin-Kang are 12 three to six-graders(names are in the website's TEAM Members page.)

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

We come from Chungli City of Taoyuan County in the northern Taiwan,centered in Taoyuan County with most population of the County, more than 329,000 people. There, commerce and industry are prosperous, crowded with large shopping malls and department stores and entertainment centers nearby, and convenient in transportation, where most train lines stop and separate into front and rear station areas just as other cities. Our School,HSinYi Elementary School is actually a wonderful school and covers the school district including Puchan Borough, HsinYi Borough, and Mingte Borough, with distinguished students and parents mostly engaging in commerce and industry, usually generous in school and community affair participation.

2. Summary of Our Project

(1)In an unanticipated occasion, we watched a report about Grandfather Tsao and were so touched, stimulating our intention to make a special project.We would like to explore how an ordinary man to do such a social service job "others don't even think about" with his little pension, how he accompanies the "vegetalive" to get through the difficulties in the hard way, and how he helps those trashcan-checking homeless, used to hide in the dark and be forgot by the world, to find back their dignities. We sincerely wish to seed "the love of Grandfather Tsao" in everyone's heart field, letting it grow, strengthen, and pass away.(2)With understanding about Grandfather Tsao and The Creation Social Welfare Foundation ,we decided a meaningful menu on the front page, and invited the teacher to design it as a bed of the "vegetalive" through the whole team discussion. The following is Teacher HO's design idea and explanation for the menu: "Drip-feeding" represents the source of passion from Tsao and the Foundation "dropper" below of the bed, curve and long.The up menu connects to the next page.The leaves on the "dropper" means "new life", using curve instead of straight line to show its difficulties."The bed" reveals "vegetalive" in need of cares can feel Tsao's passion.

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:none

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

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

The location we created the Homepage is the computer room of School, which sets up two fully equipped computer rooms. Computers here could provide network environment and connect to Taiwan Academic Network through school internal-regional network with a T1 ISDN.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1)Member's working schedule:

It used to take time to collect us range from Third Year to Sixth Year,usually going to caring classes and skill classes after school, for discussion and declaration. Noon rest,Wednesday afternoon, or Saturday were thoroughly used for communication, homepage skill learning, and interviews.

(2)Time and transportation problems:

The interviewees scatter in places,so time arrangement, student safety, and transportation were the tough things to resolve, lucky to have generous helps from parents, including Yu-Cha's father,Chi-Wei's father, Chun-Yin's mother, and Wei-Chi's father as the drivers.

For interviews, we always took personal responsibilities to collect information and organize questions in advance, from unfamiliar to ripe, and finally could perform so well to discover all want to know. The spirit we had is "one step, one foot print; the track must stay when walking through".

(3)The skill of homepage making:

Members had different computer skill backgrounds, a half without homepage experiences. Since the instructors scheduled courses about homepage arrangement, and picture scanning and figure editing, we gradually picked up the computer skills. For example, we had problems about figures cut too small and unclear, and unmatched color and illustrations, to the best that Teacher Chang provided helps.

In conclusion, we all took efforts for the Project, and with which all problems were overwhelmingly resolved one by one.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

After the Project participation, we really know the importance of "brain protection", "Even Einstein's Brain could not suffer any attack". Protect our gold brains and take care of our safety.

Maybe we are not best, but it is fairly good to work together, and take all efforts for problem solving.It is too good to describe with words. With such a short two-month period, we finish the tough job with time, effort, and full heart and thus get some precious experience and knowledge for everyone's best memory. Finally, we wish to promote people's concerns for the "vegetalive" and the Foundation through the homepage. Please donate your invoice, and save the "vegetalive", and let's all participate the social work…

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

(1)Coordinate with the "Nine-Year Through Courses" at school in Taiwan

The Nine-Year Through Course more emphasizes coordination than before, that is, shifting from "7 learning fields" to "10 basic abilities". Our Project "Dedicated Love of A Lifetime~Tsao Ching" covers broad topics, and students learn "portable" practical abilities through participation and practices.

(2)Promote "Life Education"

The Education Ministry had actively promoted life education to schools since 2001, and expected to educate children with life value. We explore weak and changing lives through practical teaching, engaging in, experiencing, and serving in the Project, and further concern, respect, and cherish life glory and find out life meanings.

(3)Research Teaching—"mobile research"

From plan organization to homepage completion, and from "non" to "all", our members show the team cooperation and really participate in activities, such as personal recording, collecting and analyzing data, to know what is the "vegetalive", working for volunteer jobs, and doing social and community promotion. The "mobile research" is fairly proper for exploration and research teaching.

(4)Coordinate with information education:

We started to learn about computers since our Fifth Year, and applied those skills into the Project research and further also experienced homepage making, data collection, document editing , and so on.

Project Elements

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

1. Tape Recorder-Decided questions in advance and went to visit Grandfather Tsao and relevant persons.

2. VCR,TV-Watch videos and CDs about the Foundation.

3. Telephone-Contacted with interviewees, team members, and the service desk of the Exposition.

4. Fax Machine-Faxed information and visiting request.

5. Digital Camera and Camera-Recorded the process of research and interview. We used to bring two cameras to avoid accidents during recording.

6. CU-SeeMe video-Recorded the conditions about homepage making and discussion in the computer room.

7. Computer and Internet-Checked and proceeded the information we needed through computer and internet.

8. Scanner-Scanned photos and figures we collected, and drawings of Grandfather Tsao.

9. e-mail-Got activities photos from The Creation Social Welfare Foundation.

10. Printer-Printed out the information we got from the internet or we needed.

11. Computer Software-Software we used most included Frontpage 2000, ID5.0, Word 2000, PhotoImpact 5.0, and Cute FTP.

12. Books and Newspaper Cut Out-Expanded our understanding about the Foundation and Grandfather Tsao through books "Life, Seeking, and Love" and "Love for the vegetalive", and related reports.

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

Upon deciding the topic "Dedicated Love of A Lifetime~Tsao Ching" who full-heartily devoted himself to the vegetalive, the lost-minded old, and the homeless without regrets, we had full expectation in hearts, wishing to spread his love story over the world and call out more concerns.

During the period,we started from zero and finally made up our minds on the research topic through discussion and communication. When collecting information, we used to visit by ourselves and expressed our intention. To the best luck, our parents were so concerned that they physically supported the whole process through participation and consultation.

The interviewees included Grandfather Tsao, social workers, family of the vegetalive, Huang, Shu-Chin in Buddha Light Board, Law Maker Chen, She-Shun and Pon,Ten-Fu, Reporter Shou, Pin-Ju of United Daily, Island-Wide Volunteer Team Leader--Taiwan Gump Lu,Yan-Chung, waken-up "vegetalive", Lin, King-Long ), and senior volunteer Aunt Ni, Je-King. Through the interviews, we were more positive about Grandfather Tsao's contribution to the society.

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

To students:

(1)All members could practically experience from interviewing, to recording, questioning, and data collection and arrangement,which could not be taught in class.

(2)Spread spirits of the Foundation to school, promoting students and teachers to concerns of and cherish happiness, and respect and look up to lives around.

(3)Actively promulgate "Please donate invoices, save the vegetalive".

To communities:

(1)When receiving our interviews, newly elected Law Maker Pon expressed his admire to Grandfather Tsao, and also promised more assistance to the Foundation.

(2)Law Maker Chen, She-Shun used to like participation in public welfare activities and never hesitated to contribute, especially to the Foundation.

(3)Parents, community, residents supported and participated, and Instructor Chang and Instructor Ku visited the borough leader after school and promulgated the idea of the Foundation. Under consistent cognition, leaders spread the spirit in borough activities, group meetings, and community classes, getting supports from residents.

(4)Upon completion, the Project was posted on the competition internet station and forever stayed on the website of HsinYi Primary School, expecting all browsers could see to enhance its social impacts.

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

(1)Social workers in Taipei general office and Taoyuan Branch of the Foundation arranged interviews,and explained in detail and provided materials.

(2)Miss Huang,Board member of the Foundation described about all miscellaneous about founding of the Foundation.

(3)Team Leader Lu provided his feelings and thinks about volunteer,bike traveling around Taiwan,and Grandpa Tsao.

(4)Aunt Ni,a senior volunteer told us about some stories about Grandpa.

(5)Family of Vegetalive Wen-Mou and Wu-Chun talked about their opinions for the Foundation and Grandfather Tsao,and their heart struggling as patient family.

(6)Principal Kuo and chiefs and leaders of each division at School promoted "invoice donation".

(7)Teachers helped the invoice donation activity and contributed themselves on life education.

(8)Teacher Chang, Yu-Hsia sacrificed her holidays and accompanied us to visit the Foundation,and volunteered to teach us about article editing.

(9)Teacher Liu, Hsin-Ju helped on post making for "Invoice Donation at School" series.

(10)Law Maker Chen provided his communication and assistance experiences for CSWF and ideas about Grandpa Tsao.

(11)Law Maker Pon, Tien-Fu talked about his participation in CSWF's operation,and his assistance plans in Legislative Yuan.

(12)Reporter Shou,Pin-Ju from United Daily provided her opinion and suggestion for the Foundation and Grandpa Tsao.

(13)Chang, Chun-Jun, Borough Leader of PuChan and his wife, Shiao, Lien-Chang, Borough Leader of MingTe and his wife, and WU, I-Chang, Borough Leader of HsinYi and his wife were generous on "Invoice Donation" activities in communities.

(14)Parents of team members provided digital cameras and traffic tools.

(15)Community members echoed for "Invoice Donation" activities.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

(1)Warm from everywhere in the society

From interviewing, invoice donation, and support sale, we found out sympathy and love from those silent contribution. How we felt admired, and wished to see harmony in the society because many contributions.

(2)Changing life

Life not only belong to you, don't cause long-life regrets because of personal negligence. When we cared about the vegetalive, we shall alarm us to take care of ourselves.

(3)"No pain, no gain"

Everything at the beginning seems hard, and the Project revealed that team work, heartily input, and taking responsibility and action through mutual communication, cooperation, and share helped completion and achievement.

(4)"Love" growing in our mind, and "concerns" lighting our heart"

Love and concerns need to be learned from life, and the Project did help our growth. We understood how proper contribution could rich and fulfill our lives.


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