CyberFair Project ID: 5450

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The legend of the Mountain Drum:U-THEATRE
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Jingwen High School
    Taipei, N/A-Does Not Apply, Taiwan

13 students, ages 17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 18, 2008. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): No

Classes and Teachers: Li-Chuan Lin

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

We live in Taiwan.”U-Theatre”is a team of art. ”U-Theatre” hopes to train more young students to succeed this special art, so they set up the first training program “U-Theatre Art” Performing Class in their neighbor-JingWen High School to recruit high school students who are interested in drum art. We feel happy and proud of as their neighbor.

2. Summary of Our Project

We would interview “U-Theatre”, a drumming team which combines the skill and Tao, just located behind our school. Their daily activity, yearly schedule and training procedure will be deeply explored to understand why The U-people believe that the combination of Tao and skill is the goal of their life and artistic creation. Their concentrated attention and endeavoring spirit just like their drumming sound impact our hearts. Their body movement also imprints our mind. In addition to the adult performers just like in the movie ' War Drum', there are still some little performers to attend various kinds of performance. Those are all worthwhile to further understand and explore.

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

We studying in different departments class. We must got the national licenses. It was difficult to get together to discuss .Teacher wanted us to use any spare time. We had to take care of time management and job assignments. Fortunately when the tests we took for licenses involving computer skills turned out to be very useful for us in this project.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

The arts are gradually disappearing. We want to visit the “U-Theatre”, a group of art at Mu-zha District in Taipei, Taiwan. The performing and drumming was so great. They shows their bodies, hearts and souls. They bringing systematic educational activities to the young people around the students.

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

We used a great variety of new tools and software to complete this project, and as a result: 1. We learned how to use videocams, cameras and other equipment during interviews to record those being interviewed. 2. We learned how to lay out pages, process images, design a webpage, create animations and edit videos. 3. We learned how to use a scanner, how to collect and organize newspaper clippings, and how to gather program information. This research project gave us the opportunity to study many new and different kids of software. Our teachers were extremely helpful in teaching us how to use them, making our design and production of the webpage a much easier task.

Project Elements

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

We used many kinds of information tools to make our Cyberfair project include computers, scanner, DV digicam, digital camera, cell phone, MSN, Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003…etc. The technologies which the most helpful to us was MSN, when we needed to take a meeting but too busy to go to school, we can use MSN to take the net meeting.

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

1. Ambassadors to the school We set up a U-Theatre Performing Arts Class in the high school next to us that was closely tied to our webpage product. We asked the students in this class to help us with surveys and interviews that helped us to understand what they were studying and how it was being done. We got to know the process involved when a student decides to go into the performing arts, and we were able to gather and record their personal thoughts and observations on the process. 2. Ambassadors to the community “Rehearsal Room No. 36” is located near the rear entrance to our school, and we took on for ourselves the task of acting as ambassadors for art to the community outside the gate. We took part in performances that were staged in the neighborhood, acquiring a great deal of information about the community and about the arts. We helped many citizens in the area to know more about “people, music and the arts”, and we ourselves learned a lot about what the people of Mu-zha think about art and how much they know about music.

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

The residents of our neighborhood have given the U-Theatre Drum Group the full measure of their support and have even taken part in their activities. We are deeply aware that performers must have an audience, and they need audiences that are sizeable and informed. Thus we have been very careful in collecting information for our project and processed and studied it so that our audiences will be receptive to the arts that we offer. We want to shine in their eyes, and we hope that our performances will help to enrich the community. People who come to see the U-Theatre are giving us their time and their attention, and we should be careful to devote an equal measure of time and effort to project our performances far and wide into the community.

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

Thanks to Fong’s parents and Mrs. Chen: When we went to Theatre of Laochuan Mountain to view the dress rehearsal and interview the members of U-Theatre, we met Fong’s parents. They are volunteer of Performing Arts School 36(PAS36), and help PAS36 in community. They showed us to realize about U-Theatre, so we can know more than before. Mrs. Chen is a bridge between “U-Theatre” and school. She provided lots of information about U-Theatre, also encouraged us many times.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We encountered a lot of surprises during the process of carrying out this project. Before undertaking this task we thought that performers were all very quiet and secretive people. We figured they were aloof figures who were very strict – but we discovered that performers are in fact very warm and friendly people who were always willing to take the time to help and guide us. Our research of this project also led to more interaction and mutual help among ourselves. We found ourselves talking about everything and sharing everything. Whenever differences of opinion arose while we were laying out a page, we considered it inevitable, but we were willing to listen to each others’ ideas and learn. And as we learned more about each other and “worked toward a common goal by working together”, we learned how to be more patient and more persistent in doing what was needed to achieve our goals.


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