CyberFair Project ID: 3975

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: LuChiang Primary School
    Lujou, Taipei, Taiwan

9 students, ages 11~12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 28, 2005. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2004

Classes and Teachers: Tungwei Wu, Meihong Lin and Yiwen Huang

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

The development of Lujou started from immigration of Han people. Hsinzhuang replaced Bali’s position at then and became largest market and cultivating center for Taipei region; where Lujou also became the farming town that supplied crops needed for Hsingzhuang since the two were only 4 kilometers apart. There were 5 main villages for Han people to cultivate the land in Lujou. One of the villages was “Zhonglu Village”, which was “Zhongyuen Village” at present day, where the old house for Lee was located as the farming place. The reason of name change came from the Lee’s old house that followed architectural style of old houses in Zhongyuen; thus the villagers referred the Lee’s house as Zhongyuen, and the village was named as “Zhongyuen Village” upon marking off for administrational regions. It can be seen from here that the “Lee Mansion in Lujou” closely connects with the culture in Lujou region, and it is worth a visit for such historical interest with significant expression.

2. Summary of Our Project

The “Lee Mansion in Lujou” was originally the “Lee’s Old House” built in 1857. Due to the change of social and economical position, as well as the demands from population that increases gradually in the family, it was decided to rebuild the building on original land in 1893. After 10 years of construction, the thorough layout of the system for Lee’s old house was completed. The existence of “Lee Mansion in Lujou” has been a hundred years till now, where the stories weaved by the old house, people, events and objects witnessed the Taiwanese history. After transition of modern society and transformation of family organization, the Lee’s old house is one of the few farming house that gets thorough preservation with typical customs and cultures in farming village. For modern citizens that never experienced traditional life in farming village, this is truly the cultural text with profound value in historical culture. Therefore, the team expects to let everyone realizing the value of history and culture via initial understanding and in-depth visit; so more people may become keeper for old house.

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:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1) The topical research clashed with classes in school The members of Blue sky egret are all students in class 16 of grade 6, and the duration from October to December for this topical research happened to be the busiest time for our classes in school. On one hand, we had to interview, visit the place and participate various promotions; on the other hand, we had to prepare for the monthly exam, graduation tour and others. In addition, almost everyone in the team had to attend extra lessons after school, so the time for all of us to get together for the “topical research” was truly limited. To solve this problem, we made a “calendar for the Blue sky egret” after discussion. We decided to use the self-study period every morning and lunch hour everyday for relevant activity and recording of study journal on this topical research. For the time after classes, we also contact with each other via E-mail, as well as pushing and helping members in the team to complete the work before deadline. (2) The Lee Mansion in Lujou was on renovation at the time of topical research It is surely the practical visit and experience to understand the Lee Mansion in Lujou, but we did not know that the house was on renovation at the time of our topical research after telephone enquiry; thus the house was not open for visit. It was big shock to us when we first heard of this news; but luckily we had the teacher to continuously consult with the personnel from the “Juridical Person of Cultural and Educational Foundation for Maintenance of Historical Interest on Lee Mansion in Lujou”. After expressing our purpose and the topical research project, wefinally had the “trip to Lee Mansion in Lujou”. Since the opportunity of this visits came with difficulty, we cherished it very much. Each one of us took notes from time to time during the guided tour; and we observed carefully for visit on each scenic spot, so we could store the image clearly into our heads.More... Please go the link

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Through this activity, we saw the invisible and abstract culture and history that we did not see before for the practical building of Lee’s house in Luhou. We came up with undivided feelings toward this land and put ourselves into such atmosphere. By doing this, we transformed ourselves from the role of observer to the keeper of historical interests; and continuously devote our effort of making more people to know the Lee Mansion in Lujou.

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

1.Language study:In the whole activity, items of information collecting, reading and compiling, writing of journal on what has been learnt, arrangement on content of web page, interview to local people etc. enhanced student’s ability on listening, speaking, reading and writing; which were helpful towards language study. 2.Social study:From understanding the Lee Mansion in Lujou, students got to know Lujou better and brought out their feelings towards country land. This made them willing to introduce such region before the eyes of every student in the school and people out of the school; so every one learns about environmental change, characteristics of human culture and differentiation for Lujou region from past till now. Through its own power, Lujou could improve and find out method of solving problems; as well as development of ability on critically thinking, judgment on value and problem solving. 3.Artistic and cultural study:Through design and making of poster, together with art design of web page for promotion in the school, the students cultivated ability of creation and appreciation of beauty; as well as enhancement of artistic knowledge. 4.Study on nature and live science:Through commencement of activity, the students cultivated abilities of observing, questioning, planning, concluding, judging, team work and getting along with each other in harmony, communication with people and mutual cooperation; as well as criticizing and creation. The students also learnt how to use scientific resource as instrument of research for exploration of problems, searching and compiling for resource and information; which allow students to enjoy the fun of study on initiative exploration and independent thinking. 5.Study on composite activity:Through the research, students experienced, practiced and felt the close connection between the Lee’s house and culture in Lujou. The participation of the activity allowed students to express and think over on their experience freely; where they could use their own way to express the meaning of activity. They could also investigate and think over on the preservation of culture and conflict in reality. 6.Information education:During research, the students carried out searching, processing, analyzing, demonstration and application of information via various skills; where the information was used as instrument to expand study and .... More... Please go the link

Project Elements

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

1.Video:Digital camera;Printer;Scanner 2.Audio:Voice Recording Pen;Recorder 3.Traffic:bus 4.Communication:Telephone;obile phone;E-mail box 5.Collecting and compiling information: Computer;Notebook;Books;Photos;Magazines and newspapers 6.Computer software:Photolmpact8;Namo WebEditor 5.5; Internet Explorer;Word 2000/Xp;Powerpoint 2000; Outlook express;ACDsee;WarFTP

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

Since our topical research happened to take place during renovation for the Lee Mansion in Lujou, we could not visit the house at beginning. Fortunately, after telephone contact and several times of sincere conversation with Grandma Yen as the president of the Foundation for Lee Mansion in Lujou, she agreed to lead us for visit on the Lee Mansion in Lujou. In addition, she arranged teacher Wang to be our interpreter for this old house. Inside of the house, Grandma Yen kindly shook each of our hand and we felt like we have known her for long time. After this meeting, we had emotional interflow with Grandma Yen. At the later stage, she even personally visited Lujiang Primary School and told us the history weaved by Family Lee and Taiwan, as well as the provision of many valuable information and photos!

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

(1) The influence to team member himself/herself. Each member in our team did not know the Lee Mansion in Lujou since beginning. However, after initial reading and compiling on information, practical visit and promotion, each member in our team had deep feeling to the Lee Mansion in Lujou. We would like to share this place with everyone very much and we would also like to invite you all to join the team of well keeping.(2) The influence to students in this school We held two promotions in the school, namely the “Price giving for completing the questionnaire by poster looking” and the “Quest in Lee Mansion in Lujou”. In the former event, we made seven large posters and added photos from practical visit in addition to written words. By completing the questionnaire and draw for the prize, we would like all kids in the school to come and see these posters with pictures and words. At the beginning, we were worried that such method could not attract attention of each kid in the school, but it was out of our expectation that the feedback was quite extensive. The rate of retrieving questionnaire was high and some teachers even used the questionnaire as class material. Thus most students could initially understand the Lee Mansion in Lujou via these posters.

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

1.personnel from the “Juridical Person of Cultural and Educational Foundation for Maintenance of Historical Interest on Lee Mansion in Lujou”: (1)Accept interview (2)Assist for the “Trip to Lee Mansion in Lujou” (3)Provision of information

2.Professionals and scholars: (1)Guide the tour with interpretation (2)Provision of information

3.Instructing teachers: (1)Hold work team meeting (2)Instruct the research (3)Modify the reports (4)Video and photo taking (5)Contact with relevant unit and person to interview / promoted (6)Design structure for the web (7)Instruct for art editing on web pages

4.Students: (1)Information collection (2)Group report (3)Interview, photo taking and voice recording (4)Making of poster for promotion (5)Making of tools needed for the quest (6)Host for the quest and be the master of the stage (7)Write the study journal (8)Assist in making of web pages

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

For this activity, we discovered that it is so hard to keep a historical interest! The Lee Mansion in Lujou was damaged in many parts due to attack of flood and termite. Although renovation was made, some damages are impossible to repair unless we as the Lujou people cannot join the team of well-keeping. Therefore, we expect to make every one to join the team of keeping historical interests and heritage of historical culture. Starting from Lujiang Primary School, we wish to succeed in the whole Lujou city; which is followed by further presentation into each corner in Taiwan via web pages.


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