CyberFair Project ID: 1968

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Fall in Love With Pingshi
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)
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School: Taipei Municipal Ta Li Senior High
    Taipei, Taiwan, Taiwan

11 students, ages from 16 to 18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 31, 2002. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2001

Classes and Teachers: Chan Wei Te

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Pingshi is surrounded by mountains. It was a farming village. Later on because of the coal mine, the railway, and roads, Pingshi developed into a place with a population of 30,000 people. In recent year, coal mining has been closed; however, the waterfalls, hiking, coalmining history and sky lantern still attracts tourists. The villagers are proud of their Pingshi railway. Here, we define our local community as the area around the Pingshi railway and the interaction between the place and villagers.

2. Summary of Our Project

Since the coalmines and railways lost the importance, Pingshi has gradually become less and less prosperous in our modern times. Pingshi now uses it resources to develop the tourism. We collect materials from many different sources, including the websites, the books, local government, and local people. It is expected that people can be able to seen the unique features of Pingshi through the works organized and presented in our project.

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:4-6

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

During the data-collecting process, we found very little information related to Pingshi except the topics on famous sky lantern activities, the history of coalmines and the railway. Once the idea of changing the project theme has occurred to some of our team members. But most of us still have a deep feelings for Pingshi; therefore, it was still decided to stick to the theme. We contacted the Pingshi local administration and Shr-fen Scenery Office with the help of our teachers and were able to borrow some valuable information.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We feel that it is a very special contest since the focus lies on the contents instead of catchy images or the sound effects. However, local picture have to be included because of our theme on tourism resources. We have to upload the pictures but also pay attention to the sizes in order to take connecting speed into account. This is indeed a big problem for us. But we know we must be able to over the problem!

The most impressive things about Pingshi are the history of coalmines, the customs of flying sky lantern and the beautiful scenery. Its beauty is beyond description. However, with the decline of coal industry, the youth generation move out. In Pingshi only a few old coal miners and unclosed coalmines can still be seen, but what is left is nothing but the memories of its golden age. This is also why we chose Pingshi as the theme--- to find the memory back.

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

The education nowadays is quite different from what it used to be. Students have to be on their own, taking the initiative to look for the information he or she needed. From this project, we learn how to use different kinds of approach to gather information in the modern society. We not only have a better understanding of Taiwanese culture but also have stronger feelings for local community because of the involvement this time. We learn more than the textbook texts, and we also learn to improve our computer skills concerning the webpage editing after school. Certainly, there are a lot more experience we have learned from this project!

Project Elements

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

Telephone: the most convenient and direct tool for us to communicate with each other and with others in Pingshi

Digital Camera: Provided by school. (But it can only taken 15 shots, so another two cameras were brought with us as well.)

Scanner: the scanner of the computer center in our school

Recorder: for recording when interviewing

Computer Softwares: PhotoImpact4.0 and 5.0、Flash4.0,5.0, FrontPage2000、Dreamweaver3.0, Word2000.

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

The project theme and its title “Fall in Love with Pingshi” is suggested by one of our members and agreed unanimously by all the other members. We consider us as friend We would like to present Pingshi as what it is. Our teacher helped us to contact the Pingshi Village Administration and Shi-fen Scenery Office so that we were able to visit there on December 21. In fact, our team leader had been there once with the teacher on the previous Saturday and took pictures of the Pingshi Station, mountain trails and closed coalmines. But the information was still limited and that was why we hoped that the trip on December 21 would help us conduct further research on Pingshi. After we arrived there, we got the Future Planning report from the secretary of the Pingshi Village Administration. And then Miss Su from the Shr-fen Scenery Office kindly provided us the report on future planning of Shi-fen Scenic Area as well as the book “The Beauty of Pingshi” which was written by the ex-principal of Pingshi elementary school. In the library there, we also found valuable information related to Pingshi and its history. We would like to thank the following people: Secretary of the Pingshi Village Administration, Mr. Chen (Staffof the Hsin-lao), Miss Wang and Miss Lui from the Pingshi Library. Also, Miss Wang of the grocery near the Lingjiao Station provided us a vivid account of the life of the local people and the influence of 921 Earthquake.

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

Miss Su of the Shr-fen Scenery Office told us to send them our project information after the website is completed. Maybe local people in Pingshi think that others might hold a different view when introducing their hometown feel about their hometown. We cannot be sure how much would it influence Pingshi. We just like to introduce this beautiful place to everyone via the internet. It is hoped that more people will go and visit there.

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

School We are able to use the computers, scanners and digital cameras that belong to our school, which is indeed of great help for our web pages editing. Our teachers have given us guidance and suggestions concerning the techniques and information collection. Pingshi Community Special thanks to the Pingshi Administration and Shr-fen Scenery Office for providing various materials and useful information. We would also appreciate the hospitable villagers there for their support


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