CyberFair Project ID: 3856

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Recreate the Community--Make the Dreams of the Nice Community Come True.
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Tsao Gang Elementary School
    Lukang Township, Changhwa County, Taiwan

7 students, ages 10-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 18, 2005. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2004, 2005

Classes and Teachers: Mei-Yu Cai, Jian-Ming Jhao, Shu-E Syu, Jhen-Huei Jhao, Kuan-Chun Liu, and the sixth graders

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

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Our hometown, Lugang Township, is situated in Changhwa County in central Taiwan and covers about 39.4625 square kilometers and has over 80,000 residents. It is one of the three often-mentioned earliest-developed townships in Taiwan, which are Tainan, Lukang and Wanhwa.

The Community where we reside is called “Nice”, which is situated in Tounan Village of Lugang Township and a typical agricultural community. Most of its residents came from Fuchien and Guandong provinces in the Cing Dynasty. There were 114 households and 568 residents at the end of 2003.

This little district did not attract as many tourists as those coming to Lugang Township in recent years due to its outskirt location and lack of major communication lines. However, this is why visitors can still see its unspoiled rural simplicity and the hard working virtue in farmers and feel the strong bond of friendship here. In 1994 the “Nice” Community was rewarded a national honor for being the leading agricultural community and it has been actively working on the building of the community as a whole, which it has done well in recent years.

2. Summary of Our Project

The “Nice” Community, a traditional agricultural community of Lugang Township of Changhwa County, has been promoting the overall community construction in recent years. The promotion has born fruits cultivated by the Community Development Association and the townsfolk, which is implied in its English name “Nice” and it will get nicer and nicer.

Reconstructing the community has become the common vision of the residents of the “Nice” Community and an issue children should care about.

In this research through collecting documentary data on one hand and making interviews and investigations on the other, we learned to know the community, the process of building the community as a whole and the current status and needs of the community. We acted upon the plans we drew, hoping that we could give ourselves a bit to making the dreams of constructing a modern “Nice” Community come true.

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: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

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

Our school, Tsao Gang Elementary School, used ADSL to log on internet. We regularly met at the computer lab during the lunch break everyday. The instructional teachers used ADSL to log on at home and two of our 7 teammates logged on by dial-up at 56K modems at home to do the research.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

On timing problems:

(1) Our team had 7 members from the sixth grade. The time we could use at school was only the lunch break. However, some team members were student counselors, some were band members, some were choir members, and some had to prepare for English story-telling contest. These reasons made us unable to get altogether even during the lunch break.

(2) One of the instructional teachers who helped to do the web pages for the Chinese version left the school and we faced a technical transition problem in doing the web pages for the English version when the next person took over the job.

How to solve the problems:

(1) Include Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for those without class to do the research.

(2) Take the teams as the unit and use night hours to make interviews with the community.

(3) Schedule community interviews on Saturdays and Sundays as many as possible.

(4) Learn to take up more responsibility and work extra hours to bridge the gap.

On research inexperience problems:

Of our teammates, only Yu-Ting and Cen-Rong did the research last year. But they do not live in the “Nice” Community.

How to solve the problem:

(1) Make a research plan and set a workflow. We talked about what we expected of this research in prior meetings and then made a plan so that we clearly knew where we were to go and what we were to do. Later on, we established a workflow and timetable to monitor our progress.

(2) Have a preview and psychological warm-up: Teachers advised us the skills and key points to be aware of before, during and after the interviews. We practiced them before we had to master everything to pass our test of the last program “Interview the heroes of the Community”.

(3) Use supplemental tables and oral reports: First taught by Yu-Ting and Cen-Rong who wrote the research journals for us to learn the methods to write one. Then taught by teachers, we learned how to handle the key points to write a simple digest and use oral reports to do the summary.

(4) Focus on teamwork: We got into groups discussing the job including asking questions, taking photographs, tape- and digital-pen recording before we made our actual interviews. Team work helped us to overcome our inexperience problem.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our project makes what seems difficult possible. The community reconstruction plan would be just a talk without a sound project which recreates the community as a whole to give it a new life and outlook and a future promising for every resident as is implied in its name “Nice”.

However, the past of the community is preserved and glorified in the industries reshaped for the future. The community reconstruction plan as a whole helps to rejuvenate it not only its outlook but from its inside, the inside of the residents.

People are a key to a successful community. And the reconstruction plan moves it forward to a Shangrila dreamland reincarnated in the people, landscape, artifacts and industries it has. We took example of those unselfish townsfolk who dedicated themselves to the dreams of having a better community to live in.

In return, the endeavor and good deeds of the townsfolk boosted our project and actions in return to get everyone involved in the community and school to prepare and unite to make a goal come true.

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

The new nine-year curriculum places emphasis on students as the subject of learning. Focusing on the life experience of students, teachers should equip them with the basic skills to become modern citizens.

We plan the curriculum to move towards the three dimensions for individual development, social culture and natural environment, which are integral to this research shown in the theme which bases our life in the community, understanding of the changes of the natural, social and cultural environment of the community and actual participation in the building of the community.

The project is a journal written by the heart of the community residents and us all, because we put words into actions. We started from forming a team, making a plan, collecting data, making interviews, investigating the requirements of the community and acting upon the plan.

The project was begun by the teachers and was taken over by us students because we gradually learned the skills to do the research. And through teamwork, we learned the interview methods, knew the research process, practiced the communication skills and used the e-technology equipment.

More importantly, we walked out into the community, assisted the community in its overall construction and felt how our townspeople worked with their efforts. Our performance rewarded us praise from the residents of the community and helped us to establish a sound image of our school.

Project Elements

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

(1) Oral Interviews: Interview community residents, volunteer workers and elders to know the past, current and future of the Community.

(2) Questionnaire: Investigate the needs of the Community.

(3) Internet: Search relevant data on internet and communicate via e-mails with teammates.

(4) Books, Magazines: Search relevant reports on the Community and its traditional life.

(5) Tape-Recorders: Tape-record interviews for use later.

(6) Multi-functional digital pens: Store files, record interviews for later filing.

(7) Digital cameras: Take pictures of the landscape of the Community and the process of the construction.

(8) Scanners, printers, copy machines: Use scanners to treat images, printers to print data, copy machines to reproduce data to circulate.

(9) Telephones and facsimiles: Communicate through telephones and facsimiles with interviewees.

(10) Computer software: Word 2000: Document editing Notebook: Web page editing PhotoImpact 6.0: Image treatment Ulead GIF Animator 4.0: Image treatment PhotoShop 7.0: Image treatment SnagIt 3.2: Image selection CuteFTP 4.27: Web page transmitting Very Good Color Editing 3.0: Thank-card production

* Most of the above-mentioned equipment was provided by the school and we appreciated the digital cameras provided by Director Tsai and Teacher J. M. Cao.

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

(1) Visits: We would first introduce the ideals of the schools CyberFair and our research contents to let the community know the meaning of the research.

(2) E-mails: We contacted the community designer, Mr. Cing-Wen Chen, to introduce our research.

(3) Telephone calls: We made telephone calls to the directors, general director, volunteer workers of the community, and the public to introduce the “Nice” family and our research.

(4) Media and Press: The “Nice” family’s recruiting juvenile volunteer workers and the color-painting wall action attracted the attention of the journalists from the press (United Daily and Liberty Times) and a local TV station (Changhwa TV News). They covered our activities like doing publicity for us.

(5) Actions: The series of the “Nice” family’s movements, such as community exploration, treasure hunt, hero interviews and wall color-painting, are the actual realization of our being ambassadors. The efforts we put in our work got us sincere feedback from the community.

(6) Internet: After the project was done, all of the members of our team turned to be ambassadors through the schools CyberFair Internet web site because we do publicity for our “Shangrila building”. We want more people to know the touching stories of the “Nice” Community’s overall construction through the far-reaching power of internet.

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

(1) Make a file of the agricultural farming tools and traditional artifacts to help residents to refocus on the importance of preserving them.

(2) Interview the elders of the community and write oral reports.

(3) Recruit juvenile volunteer workers to help children to bring the ideal of being volunteer workers into the community and schools.

(4) Color-paint the walls of the community to make them a beautiful and pleasant landmark.

(5) The TV and press coverage is a positive reaffirmation to the successful cooperation between the community and the school, which echoes support of Changhwa County.

(6) This research is a realization of learning in servicing which allows children to walk into the community and take part in the community’s work. In so doing, children were given the opportunity to know better the meaning of the dedication by the townsfolk and the community’s construction.

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

It’s touching to see many people work silently as volunteers for the community which motivated the “Nice” family to form a juvenile volunteer workers team. This action bridged the gap of the community’s volunteer workers teams which made complete the community’s volunteer workers from all ages. The “Nice” family’s joining as volunteer workers helped to move the parents and the children of the community to dedicate with the same as the townsfolk who give without asking returns.

Now with everyone’s efforts to put in the construction of the community, a dream to make the community a better place to live in gets closer. Everyone turns to be the hero of the community because the success of the community tomorrow comes from what it has today and what it has today comes from the dedication of everyone living in the community. We believe with everyone’s efforts, the dream to rebuild the community a better place for the residents will come true. This is because the dream resides in everyone’s heart and is reflected in every piece of the work put in by every resident. Whenever one gets the chance passing by the work of the construction, a piece of which will remind the dream of the resident who dedicates for a better community. So in other words, the dream is spiritually manifested in the endeavor and work of every resident, which is the highest boundary of giving a hand without asking returns.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)


(1) The life of the “Nice” Community in the past was very difficult.

(2) The “Nice” Community has preserved a lot of artifacts.

(3) There are a lot of volunteer workers in the “Nice” Community and they are very warm-hearted.

(4) There are many people who cherish the land, the reason for a nicer community.


(1) Cherish what we have now.

(2) Concentrate when we are tape- and digital-pen recording and we should avoid recording our talk.

(3) Read carefully the operation manual of the digital camera before using the “delete” key in order not to make a big mistake.


(1) Wow! The old things like the bath tubs and urine pails look odd to us.

(2) It’s amazing to have a story like that of a urine pail keeping glutinous rice dumplings.

(3) It’s incredible that with the connection, images and sounds are transmitted to the computer.

(4) We made it! We finally passed the test. Please give us a hand because we were so nervous and shy.


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