CyberFair Project ID: 3939

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: heavenly melody,innocence,and root
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Chang Shu Elementary School
    Taipei, Taipei County Shire City, Taiwan

20 students, ages 9~12 years old worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 27, 2005. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005

Classes and Teachers: Ching Yen Kang

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Shanguang Community is located north of Houli Li of Shijr Township and Chang Shu Elementary School is right next to the community. Because majority of the residents in the community relocated from Guangfu Township or Fenglin Township of Hualien County, Shanguang Community represents an urbanized Amis culture. Throughout the history of urbanization, this community not only has experienced a variety of ethnic influence, banishment, and damages but also marginalized and isolated by mainstream communities. As a result, it has become a high priority to bridge the cultural gap between generations in order to carry on our rich heritages. The Chang Shu Elementary School Choir is mostly made up by aboriginal students with a mission to promote Amis traditional music and dance in the community and to remind urban Amis of traditions and prides.

2. Summary of Our Project

We are a group of Amis children whose grandparents moved away from their root and settled down in the modern communities for making their livings. Since we are the third generation, native music and compelling dance seemed so distant. Hopefully, the founding of the school choir is a starting point to get urban Amis excited about their history and traditions. Because of the special topic project “Heavenly Melody, Innocence, and Root”, we had an opportunity to discover the beauty of traditional Amis arts and lifestyle and learned the legend of our ancestors as well as the original Amis nursery rhymes. Through the series of discoveries, the mystery of Amis Tribe is unveiled by our project.

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:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

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):

Our school has two computer labs, each equipped with 40 computers. A total of 80 computers are networked together and connected to Internet through academic networking resources. Because of financial conditions, majority of students often were accessible to Internet only through school’s computers. Therefore, most students value their time spent online through school’s computer in order to learn cutting edgy technology and information.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Uneven Skill Levels

Because our team was made up with students from various grades and classrooms, it has been challenging in task sharing. For example, graphic design and editing was over the head for students in lower grades and the overall progress sometimes negatively impacted our delivery schedules.


As soon as we recognized a behind on the progress of our project, our teacher was notified. As a result, we were often grouped in teams to discuss issues and our teacher recommended a more specialized approach in task dividing in which lower-grade students were responsible for data integration and project overview while upper-grade students took charge of document and graphic editing. In addition, students with proficient computer skills were often nominated for web page making.

Data Collection:

Once we have narrowed the topic of our project to Amis arts and culture, the information we gathered during the initial phase was trifling and lack of integrity due to multiple versions of information found on Internet. As soon as this issue was raised, our team realized that it was necessary to go all the way to our root to find accurate representations of Amis culture.


After we presented the idea of a field trip to Hualien to our teacher, our team held a meeting with faculty to discuss the core concept of our project. Fortunately, the trip was approved and supported by the principal and other supporting agencies and a root-searching journey to Hualien had commenced!

Verbal Communication:

During the interviews in our field trip, we discovered that it was necessary for the third generation Amis to get familiar with authentic Amis dialect. Evidently, urbanized Amis like our parents or us are still having hard time communicate with elderly Amis or our fellow Amis in Hualien.


Ms. Hui-mei Lin, one of our teachers, was born and raised in a traditional Amis family and her Amis language is very fluent. Because of her dedications in translation and guidance, we were able to complete our interviews successfully.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

One of the lessons we learned from this special topic project was the profound meaning of native Amis music and dance. Although Amis is a spoken language, it is extraordinary to carry on Amis culture through music, dance and verbal conversations. Therefore, the native Amis arts shall never be forgotten.

During the root-searching trip, we were determined to unveil the true meaning of Amis songs, representations of Amis traditions and culture. After absorbing the newfound understandings of Amis songs, the performance of Chang Shu Elementary School Choir has new meanings, by which Amis culture is beautifully expressed. From this project, we recognized our missions by which the spirit of Amis culture and traditions will be carried on.

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

Cyberfair Project has become a new trend in teaching with focuses on improving independent thinking and problem solving skills.

1. Strong supports from our school

Since Chang Shu Elementary School is located in Shuanguan Community, a Shijr Aboriginal community, it is beneficial for the community to develop a curriculum specialized in promoting native languages and cultures of Taiwanese aboriginals. To push forward aboriginal culture learning, our school features an aboriginal choir committed to carry on aboriginal traditions. In addition, a special course for traditional aboriginal arts and crafts has been in place to maintain the rich heritages of the fading aboriginal culture.

2. Students’ dedications

Majority of Amis Legend Team are members of Chang Shu Elementary School Choir, ranging from grade 3 to grade 6. Because most members have basic understandings of Amis culture and arts, questions were constantly been raised regarding to traditions and controversial subjects. Powered by this project, we were able to further explore issues and controversy about aboriginal traditions through a series of interviews and research activities. Particularly, while we were learning more about raising issues, designing research strategy, interviews as well as documentation and data integration, we were also being trained for independent thinking, problem solving, organizational skill, and social skills. We are confident that the fruits of our labor not only will benefit each team member in cultural appreciation but also serve as a great example for our peers.

3. Grade 1-9 Curriculum Integration

Our topic “Heavenly Melody, Innocence, and Root” covers the major subjects of native education curriculum designed for Taiwanese Aboriginals. The culture-focused efforts are designed to motivate students in exploring Amis’ traditions and culture.

Project Elements

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


1.Telephone,cell-phone : Communicate and get in touch with 2.E-mail, zone of discussion : The exchanges of information and question



The materials compiling

1.The books, teaching material : Save information collected 2.Newspaper : Save information collected 3.Internet Explorer : Save information collected 4.Network hard disk : Save temporarily information collected 5.PC : Information gathered together as whole 6.NB : Information gathered together as whole 7.USB : Save temporarily information collected


1.DV : records the course of making the tour , visit that we study , look for one's roots. 2.DC : Record down the information we learn from the professor, course that visit take a picture and leave noting down. 3.printer : The printer (one ) prints out the ones that find on the network or the materials needing to use. 4.'1394'card : Duplicate D V 5.Recording pen : Record and produce the talk content while visiting

Computer software

1.Relevant books of the computer : Obtain and study application in information 2.PhotoImpact : picture is revised and made 3.FrontPage : Webpage making of FrontPage 4.Flash MX : Animation making 5.Internet Explorer : webpage browses through and tests 6.Microsoft Word 2003 : document materials are gathered together whole 7.FileZilla : webpage and materials uploading

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

It has been a great challenge for us. To complete our missions for this project, we sought out to the principal, teachers, and other students. For example, Mr. Ching-yan Gang responded to our interview request and he was very insightful in his observation because he is the Shijr’s chief. In addition, because Ms. Hui-mei Lin was once a Fenlin princess, she has been very resourceful to our project. Most importantly, with our teacher’s help, the school’s computer equipment and internet access have become the greatest tools in finding information regarding to the locations mentioned in the interview conversions. In the meanwhile, we were able to locate information about Amis’ music, dance, crafts, traditional culture, and so on. Without this project, we would not have discovered such serene beauty in our hometown. Once we started this project, we were all very inspired by what we learned about our hometown and could not get enough of it. Subsequently, we initiated our project design and planning and fortunately located Mr. Yi-chang Tsai, Mr. Tsai who supported us in researching and exploring. After a series of discussions, we decided to visit “Thgaham” and intended to make this trip a memorable experience. Through Information Highway (Internet), we were able to locate Ms. Bao-Yu Hsieh, owner of “Old House”. The tour of “Old House” had been an extraordinary experience because of the Ms. Hsieh and her friendly staff. As far as Amis architecture is concerned, we had a chance to visit Mr. Guang-hui Chou who gave us a great architectural overview. Besides, we were drawn to his models mimicking existing Amis architectures and learned a great deal during this trip. Not to mention, we even visited Mr. A-long Lin, a famous wood sculptor, and were completely amazed by his art works. On the way back, Ms. Feng-ting Lin walked us through the legend of our origin “Sabat Stone Pillar”. Without a doubt, this project has given us an incredible opportunity to get in touch with our root and culture and we learned to take it seriously to maintain our traditions and make known to the rest of world.

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

Although there had been plenty of related information about Amis culture in our school, we felt disconnected from what Amis really was and what it stood for. The lack of understanding in Amis culture makes an Amis grow desires to learning more about it. According to our teachers, Amis language has no words and its history has been kept up by verbal communications passed on from generation to generation. Nonetheless, majority of our team are Amis descendants though we have been out of touch with our root for years. In the meantime, it seemed that we were no longer a part of the rich heritage in Amis culture.

During the trip to Amis’ origin “Hualien”, we immediately sensed distinctions from Shijr tribe in Taipei County. We visited the chief of the Shijr tribe, and aunts and uncles who taught us Amis native language. During the visit, we learned that Amis valued respects for elderly in the traditional culture though our modern Amis community has somehow lost the valuable character. While learning palakaw (Amis’ traditional fishing method), we recognized a co-exist binding between nature and human beings in which nature would be preserved and provided resources for human beings forever. By the way, we had opportunities to taste one of the kind amazing cuisines made with homegrown and pollution-free vegetables.

Although we experienced challenges in communicating with the natives throughout the entire filed trip to Hualien, it has been a rewarding experience for us to learn overcoming fears and difficulties. While impressed by the fabulous voice of elderly Amis women, it came to light that Amis were blessed with gifted voices as if the sound of heavenly melody.

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

Set about running the case for the first time to get numerous supports in the school, especially music teacher, she offer us numerous relevant information to do the subject matter besides helping us to interview. The more honored one is, can have a meeting and offer a valuable suggestion to us with the Mrs. La Qian's committee members together , let our going on in the activity have very great help.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

1. While learning traditional dance and music, we unveil the profound concepts in our culture. It is an amazing gift to have opportunities to learn such interesting and mysterious characteristics. Although we encountered issues slowing down our progress during the interview, it turned into a worthwhile experience in problem solving. After the field trip, we learned a great deal of knowledge in our culture and took home with us a number of digital pictures for our website. Big thanks to participating students in Christian Chun Yuan University. With their unconditional supports, our web page is now available to the public.

2. During the root-searching trip, we had our moments from time to time and volunteers often had to step in to handle our disputes. The relationship between our team members has grown a lot and we were very satisfied with our project.


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