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!