CyberFair Project ID: 5490

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Hundred dollar miracles Chia-yi city Chia-yi Charity Organization
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Fujen Catholic High School
    Chia-yi City, Taiwan, Taiwan,ROC

7 students, ages 16~17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 20, 2008. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): Never

Classes and Teachers: Liu Yao-Wu, Chen Hui-Min, Wei Shu-Huang

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Chuloshan, the ancient name of Chia-yi, was indicating 'Mountains surround in the East.' With many beautiful landscapes and good people, Chia-yi is situated on the Northern Chianan Plain, close to the tropic of Cancer 23.5*N. The Alishan Forest Railway, Gao Shan Tea and Taiwan Koji Pottery are specialties.

2. Summary of Our Project

We investigate the Chia-yi City Chia-yi Charity Organization. The members of the organization devote their labor and money to build 384 bridges at the past 31years and they still keep going on now. We study the history and the promoter for understanding their purpose. We visit and work with the members, check the archives of the Chiayi Social Affairs Bureau, and have a field investigation. We use the SWOT Analysis and have a conclusion with suggestions. Hoping visitor can know this Organization.

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

A.Insufficient Time We students ,who just attended senior high, have not been used to the stress of schoolwork. Therefore, we don’t have abundant time to do the research. Once we set up the research schedule, we completed the tasks one by one.

B.Team Work When working on the project, we had different opinions from time to time. However, we all respected each other. After repeated discussion, we would reach a conclusion in the end.

c.Persistence During the research, we were under all sorts of pressure, like schoolwork, time limit, and so on. We once thought of quitting the project, but finally we overcame the challenge.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

During the research, we truly understood how the Charity Organization built more than three hundred bridges of love and hope on this land by means of merely one hundred dollars. They showed us their determination and devotion. They are indeed a great example of the power of cooperation. Participating in the International CyberFair, our techniques in the field of computer have been polished. Moreover, after we experienced the hardship on the construction site with the Charity Organization, we learned a more constructive attitude toward life at the same time. What we got from the research will make our future brighter.

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

To do the research, we integrated the knowledge we learned from various subjects at school. For instance, the questionnaire required the writing skill learned in Chinese class, the concept of numbers learned in math class and the Excel statistics graph analysis learned in computer class. In addition, it took communicative techniques, team work and time management to accomplish our work. We learned to do the research on our own. We made a lot of progress in many aspects.

The vision of the technology education in Taiwan is “Accessible information, motivated study, cooperative creation, lifelong learning.” During the research, we deeply felt the convenience and benefits brought by the computer technology. We depended a lot on computers during the process of information collection and integration, the communication among the members, and the presentation of our work. The Internet is a more convenient way to obtain the information than books. It provides a fast instant platform to exchange information. The project homepage can show our work to the world. It is very efficient to do research through the Internet.

Project Elements

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

A.In the process of the research, we collected data through the books, the internet, interview, questionnaire and attending the workplace.

B.To record the interview, we made use of cell phones, recording pen, cameras and DV.

C.We used the printer, the scanner, and computer reference books , in the follow-up data reorganizing, editing, homepage design. Among these equipment, computers and the Internet are the most important of all. All the devices we used are offered by team members or our school.

D.The Software we used:Windows XP/Vista,Dreamweaver CS3,Photoshop CS3,Office 2003/2007,Internet Explorer 7,Photoimpact 11/12,Yahoo Messager,Firefox,Xnview,Real Player,Winamp,eXe,SwishMax,Sonicstage 3.4.

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

A.Interview in person: In this case study, we interviewed many people devoting themselves in the Charity Organization. Through the tinterview, we understood how the Charity Organization runs and each member’s devoting story. We hope to offer the public the first-hand information which was obtained through the interview.

B.Questionnaire: Through the questionnaire, we not only made people understandCharity Organization but play the role of ambassador to promote the organization. We also hope people can get a clearer picture about the Charity Organization and thus join the charity work.

C. Attending the workplace: Attending the workplace in person and joining the harsh work with the organization members is one important part of our research. We moved the sand, washed the vegetables and built the bridges. In this way, we experieced the pleasure and hardwork with the members. The elder members appreciated our performance and hope we can pass along the spirit of this organization.

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

A.The influence on us: In this research, we learned from Charity Organization that “Doing good deed is the happiest thing” “Many a little makes a mickle” and “Unity is power”. What’s more, we deeply realized that it is better to give than to receive. Growing up in the green house, we never knew to be grateful and to repay until we did this study. This kind of feeling is so fantastic that we regarded it as a very important lesson in our lives.

B.Build up good relationship with local people: Through this study, we walked out of campus, touched people in all walks of life, and, by this means, understood the role people play in all walks of life. In a group, no matter who you are, everyone is a key person. We appreciated the administrators of this organization who offered us the data we needed and invited us to attend their meeting. Unknowingly, we seemed to become one member of this organization. Most of all, we appreciated the volunteers who shared their experience of doing good with us when we joined the bridge construction. Each of them is our mentor.

C.Website contribution: We hope through the internet, people all over the world can know the spirit of this charity organization and all of its lovely members. We’d like to present Taiwan to the world not only as an island of economic and democratic miracles but also as an island of love and hope. Everyone is welcome to join our charity work.

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

To respect brainchild, we attached reference to note the source of our data, most of which were collected by interview or referring to some documents. As for the pictures, most of them are shot by us and some of them are offered by Charity Organization. Before study, we would present our research purpose in order to make them understand our need as well as expressing our respect to them. During the whole study process, we emphasized respecting brainchild for fear that we might invade someone’s rights and interests.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

A.Discovery: We discover that doing good is the happiest thing. Many people harboring gratitude do something good to repay the society by joining the nonprofit organization enthusiastically. They believe by doing so, they can offer their efforts to help more people in need. Actually, the most benefited person is himself/herself.

B.Admonishment: Never put off what you can do today until tomorrow. In the process of study, we always delayed something because we didn’t following our original schedule. We really learned a lesson from this experience.

C.Surprise: When we attended the workplace in person, we were really surprised to see the old women carrying heavy stuff on their weak shoulders without any tiredness look. Instead, they wore smiles all the time. Suddenly we understood how powerful it is to do good deeds.


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