CyberFair Project ID: 1953

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Lin's House
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks
Bibliography: No bibliography page cited

School: Chiang Tsui Junior School
    Taipei, Taiwan, Taiwan

5 students, ages from 13 to 14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 31, 2002. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2002

Classes and Teachers: Hui-Jane Hsieh

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Pan-Chiao city, with dense population, is one of the most prosperous towns in Taipei Hsieng. Lin’s Garden is one of the most precious relics among the ancient remains. The Lin’s ancestors immigrated from Long-Hsie Town, Chang Cho, Fu-Chien Province in Mainland China to Taiwan in 1778, 43th year of Chian-Long, Chin Dynasty. Initially, they domiciled at Hsien-Chuang, Tan Shui (now in Taipei). Later, during the reign of Chia-Chin, they moved to Da-Ke-Kan (now Da-Shi Town). They have built eight big houses from 1847 to 1888 (27th year of Dow-Guang to 14th year of Guang-Hsu, Chin Dynasty).

2. Summary of Our Project

First, we collected required information and conducted field research at Lin’s Garden. Then we worked on planning the framework of our web-pages. When the framework was completed, we discussed and assigned jobs to be done with the deadline for each pages to our group members.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1

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):

School:T1  Home:56K Moden、512k/64k ADSL 

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1.We intended to demonstrate classical Chinese savor within our homepage. However, none of us possessed esthetic intuition with colors. Therefore, we asked our teachers for help. 2.At the beginning, all we knew was to create a homepage. During the process, we found that the homepage we came up with was not attractive enough. We decided to apply FLASH software to develop animations. Then, we brainstormed for the types of animations we wanted. The special effects, such as fading in and fading out, instructed by our teachers really contributed a lot to the quality of our homepage.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Keh-Chien:I wish I could play more around with this…. Kuan-Chung:I really wish that the school’s computers weren’t equipped with recovery card, which made us want to jump down the building whenever the computers shut down in the middle of our work…….The better thing is….we figured out the password…. Hey! Hey! Hey!  Shuo-Yen):Winter vacation is too short for this project….. Chih-Han:I hope that I’ll get the chance to work on this kinds of project in the future….. Kuei-Che:I hope I’ll have another opportunity to participate in this internet convention…..

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

Our opinion is: In traditional classrooms, we usually learn what the teachers impart to us. Sometimes we have to discipline ourselves to sit there and waste forty-five minutes to listen to the lectures that we have already mastered. However, this homepage design tournament provided us an alternative way of learning. We approached to the teachers for the knowledge we could immediately apply to solve our problems. Moreover, through this tournament, we got the chance to see how others’ work differed from ours and also to learn their strength. Of course, one of the most important things we have learned from this project is to work with our team members. All of us felt wonderful about the process when we helped and supported each other to face the challenge and to strive for the same goal – to complete our own homepage. It was really great!

Project Elements

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

pc-All kinds of digital processing work. Digital camera-Photo taking. Camera Rack-To hold the camera up. Scanner- transmit graphics and pictures into the computer. Lin’s Garden-To collect first hand research data. Telephone-To communicate with relevant people. CD-recorder-To backup files and software programs. Printer-To print information out for discussion. PhotoImpact5.0/7.0-To process the pictures. Frontpage2000-To develop and edit web-pages. Dreamweaver4.0-To develop and edit web-pages. Photovista v2.0-To develop circulating image pictures. Flash5.0-To develop Flash animations. Ulead GIF Animator3-To create GIF files .(transparent picture files) E-mail-To transmit messages and files Convert PDF- FastPDF ConvertZ-To transfer/develop simplified Chinese characters. VCDCutter v4.04-To process films. ASFTools-To process films

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

At the first phase, we approached to a teacher who was in charge of county web-site, Mr. Yuan-Chen Chang, to suggest us about the homepage creating issues and topics. Mr. Chang provided us with a lot of brand-new ideas and techniques regarding to multimedia. After talking to him, we acquired some new techniques to deal with our emergent topic – Lin’s Garden in Pan Chao, such as applying photovista program to create pictures with circulating effects. In this way, visitors of homepage will be able to see the views with 360 circulating angles. We also decided to add brief introduction of Chinese architecture, for Lin’s Garden is famous for its beauty of architecture.

Later, when we actually visited Lin’s Garden in person, we met personnel within the garden who was tour-guiding visitors. Of course we took this precious opportunity to follow him for a great lesson, which contained a lot of valuable information. One of the pieces of information that impressed me the most was that one of the column of its corridors was made of sticky rice. Unbelievable!

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

We chose Lin’s Garden, one of the most famous and prestigious second grade relics in Taiwan, for our research topic because there were few books and web-sites introducing this resort. Most information only includes Lin’s Garden as part of overall introduction of Chinese architecture. Therefore, we would like to contribute more by providing more detailed on-line information and, hopefully, to make our visitors feel as if there are seeing Lin’s Garden in person. There are two ways to visit our virtual Lin’s Garden, tour-guided or free options. Tour-guided way is a prescribed touring route with introduction and information of its architecture along the way from its entrance to its exit. Free option way provides views with circulating effect pictures and introduction to be selected by the visitors.

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

During the process, we have to first dedicate our appreciation to Ms. Huei-Chen Hsieh. She provided us with abundant information at the very beginning of this project and spent a lot of time instructing us the way to create homepage. We also want to thank a group of peers who gave us support on-line. Although we don’t know you in person, we do appreciate your encouragement and support. Our appreciation also goes to Mr. Chun-Lin Kuo, who offered a lot of softwares to us and taught us how to use them.


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