CyberFair Project ID: 1318

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary - The Famed Haven For Feathered Friends
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)
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School: Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Pasir Puteh
    Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

160 students, ages from 11 to 12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 14, 2001. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): Never

Classes and Teachers: Yeap Chew Meng, Norlele Bt. Jaafar, Kamaruzaman B. Din, Carol Toh Ah Tean, Khiri B. Ahmad, Saiful Nizam B. Md. Sabri and the trainees from Ipoh Teachers Training College.

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Kuala Gula, a small fishing village, is located on the coastline off Perak, approximately 50km. to the west of Taiping. Kuala Gula forms a part of the Matang Forest Reserve which consists of vast streches of tidal mud flats and mangroves. There is a bird sanctuary in Kuala Gula. Over 160 species of exotic birds, some protected, have been spotted here. Every year, from September to December, there is a huge influx of thousands of birds of all sorts coming here. This sanctuary is also a home to a variety of land and sea animals. Kuala Gula is not only renowned for its resident as well migrant birds life, it is also recognised as a good fishing village supplying fresh cockles, crabs, shrimps and fishes.

2. Summary of Our Project

The main aim is learning English across the curriculum and the bird sanctuary in Kuala Gula is chosen to promote local attractions in Malaysia.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:4-6

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

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

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

The internet access is very slow in our area. We have to prepare all the web pages during off-line. When everything is ready, then we will go on-line to upload our html files, gifs and jpgs to the server.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

I. The timing of our visit to Kuala Gula,the Bird Sanctuary, is not right(February). The best time would be in September till December. Instead pupils listen to talks by the officers attached to the Bird Sanctuary to obtain lists and photographs of birds. Pupils interviewed the Director of Wildlife and National Parks, Perak, Encik(Mr) Jasmin bin Abdul (AMP, AMN) II. Limitation in the English Language of the officers and the pupils. The officers gave talks in the Malay Language and the pupils made notes and records in the same language too. Later, with the help from the English teachers and using dictionary, they translated their research into the English Language.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Awareness for the need of conservation measures to be taken to preserve the habitats of wildlife, be it in Malaysia or the mother earth.

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

Pupils were chosen from years 5 & 6(11 to 12 years old). Pupils applied the 4 skills, i.e. listenig, speaking, reading and writing skills, acquired during English lessons, as well as critical and creative thinking skills, to do the research/project (Learning English across the curriculum). They also learnt to conduct interviews, do research, scan for information, transfer information from questionaire,and IT skills. Pupils understand more by getting of gathering information from people in charge, reading from books and pamphlets, using dictionary, do research work and using the computer. Our educational system is exam-oriented. Everybody is obsessed with getting straight A's. Pupils do not have much time to carry out projects as most of their learning is connected to answering examination questions. The teachers too, have no choice but to conform to the needs of the society to produce students who excel in examinations! Using the Internet for teaching and learning is definitely more effective than traditional methods. But, as there are only 10 computers available to about 1000 pupils (1:100) and the percentage of students using Internet at home is less than 20%, it hinders the effectiveness.

Project Elements

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

The tools that we used are: Casio digital camera, Acer flatbed scanner, Canon printers, PCs and recorder. Books from the state library. Most of the software used to prepare the web pages are shareware. The applets used in out starting page is from Anfy Java.

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

Our students interviewed the officers and people working in Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary to gather information for the project.

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

Our community will be aware of the need to preserve and conserve the Bird Sanctuary as national treasure as well as the importance of IT as a source of gathering information on-line. It also makes the community aware of the existence of the bird sanctuary in Perak. The school too, wishes to help promoting the Bird Sanctuary in Kuala Gula as tourist attraction. We are the pioneers getting involved with our first Cyberfair Project, introducing and highlighting some of the mother nature's wonder found in the smallest district in Perak. Many people are not aware of this bird sanctuary as it is located in a very remote area (mangrove swamp) and there is not much write-up about it. So, the information in our website will give them an insight of what this place has to offer- a heart winning wildlife paradise. This project has been vey challenging as it involves a lot of research despite of the pupils' limitation in the English Language. Also, we have the strong support and encouragement from the school headmaster and the parents that make us aware that a bird sanctuary exists in Kerian, Perak's smallest district.

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

Pupils started the project by travelling to Kuala Gula by bus, talking to the officers working in the bird sanctuary, interviewing the Director of Wildlife and National Parks,Perak-Encik(Mr) Jasni bin Abdul (AMP, AMN) and collecting brochures from Perak Tourism Agency. Then, with the helps from the teachers and the headmaster, the pupils compile the materials and key-in into the computers.


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