1. Description of Our Community
Wun De Elementary School, located in Dachu Community, Fengyuan Township, Changhua County, is situated on Bagua Plateau, at an altitude of 360 m, which is the highest tribal settlement in the entire county. Due to its high altitude, many TV and broadcast companies have set up transmitting sites in this area to enhance the reception quality. We would pass by TTV central transmitting site and BCC Fenyuang Radio Room on our way to school. The south of Dachu Village, which is near the county boundary, is where the central transmitting sites of CTV and CTS locate.
About a decade ago, BCC started a Better Community Plan, which has greatly improved the local community environment and provided scholarships to nearby schools. Near the BCC Central Transmitting Site, Wun De Elementary School has enjoyed much of BCC’s help. The top 3 students in every class could be awarded with scholarships every semester, which has encouraged our students to work hard. The senior managers of BCC would also participate in local or campus activities whenever there is one; moreover, BCC granted a land for the construction of the Little Genie Park in the south-west side of our campus. The contributions of BCC have been deeply appreciated.
2. Summary of Our Project
Far-reaching world of broadcasting - “The Broadcasting Corporation of China” is our project theme. Through field visits, interviews with the hosts, and various activities organized by BCC, we aim to gain a further understanding of the history, framework, contributions, changes, and reforms of “BCC”, which was established in 1992. Through BCC’s channels, such as i Like radio, News Network, i Radio, Formosa Network, Country Network, Oversea Network, and Hakka Network, we come to understand the influences of BCC on the cultural communication and people’s life, as well as its past and present as the No. 1 radio station in Taiwan.
To conduct a profound research, Wun De Broadcasting Explore Team started from BCC Fenyuang Radio Room next to the campus, visited the National Radio Museum in MingHsiung, Chiai, BCC Taichung, and BCC’s Taipei Headquarters, and even participated in the “Little Broadcast Journalist Camp”. BCC has played a crucial role in the society, made significant contributions and served the function of creating a better society as it provides the public with information on entertainment, knowledge, governmental policies and campaigns. How will BCC respond to the rise of TV, computers and mobile phones? How can BCC create a breakthrough and become popular again? These are all the topics that Wun De Broadcasting Explore Team will discuss in this project.
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:4-6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
There are two bidirectional broadband lines of 2M optical fiber powered by Hinet which link to academic network and the outlying school respectively. School network: there is a computer classroom where there are twenty computers inside for student use in our school. All the computers in our school are online, which enables us to discuss, look for, and print out data and documents online. Every staff in our school is equipped with a laptop and everyone is capable of operating basic computer techniques and editing webpages. Personal network at home: our school is located in the suburbs of Changhua County, hence we lack information resources. Only some of the members have personal computers at home and only few of them can connect the ADSL internet. Therefore, most work is done at school. Campus wireless network: the campus wireless network in our school makes it possible for students to search for relevant information freely through their PDA or laptops.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The major problem we faced in this project is the enormous amount of information, due to the following reasons: 1) BCC is the largest and oldest broadcasting corporation in Taiwan. Many information and stories of them deserve to be revealed and told. 2) It is a tough challenge to guide the readers to understand relevant knowledge of broadcast for that the knowledge about it is extremely abundant and professional. 3) Although our school is an outlying school and is relatively deficient in resources, the members of Wun De Broadcasting Explore Team are energetic and aggressive in learning and researches. We visited the Taiwan Broadcasting Station of BCC in Taichung, attended the Little Broadcast Journalist Camp, visited the National Radio Museum in Minghsiung, Chiayi County, toured all the broadcasting frequency channels of BCC in Taipei headquarters, interviewed the famous broadcasting host, Mei-ren Yu, and visited the BBC Changhua Fenyuan Radio Room which has been the neighbor of Wun De Elementary School for 36 years. It is really hard to present faithfully such diversified activities of visiting and learning.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The BCC Fenyuan Radio Room has been the neighbor of Wun De Elementary School for many years. It stretches along from Yuanlin Township, the foot of Tsaotun Mountain, to the highway of Changhua County. The red alternating with white tall towers of the Generator mark the position of it and it seems that the students in Wun De Elementary School can touch the amplitude of it simply by stretching their hands out of the windows. In the end of each semester, the top three students in every class will be awarded with scholarships from BCC. BCC has awarded these scholarships to our school for many years, which has encouraged our students to work hard. As a result of this, our interests in exploring BCC have been aroused.
In the visiting processes, we have gained the knowledge which is not taught in class and some of us have even fallen in love with broadcasting. Among our members, some wish to be broadcasting hosts and some wish to be journalists in the future, which we could not imagine at first. When interviewing the famous host, Mei-ren Yu, we were impressed by her humor, genuineness, and friendly talking. She told us, “Experiences are very important. One can gain precious experiences in each kind of work and one will definitely make use of them in the future.” We will keep her valuable words in mind and no matter what we will do in the future we will fulfill it responsibly and earnestly. The interview with her is our most valuable visiting experience.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
With the reform of Grade 1-9 curriculum, the education in Taiwan focuses on cultivating the ability to integrate and apply each subject. In the research process, students have reinforced their ability of integration and application, and applied it to editing webpages. The learning effects from this project will help them enhancing their interests in independent leaning in the future.
Social science 1. To perceive the true meaning of mass media. 2. To understand the history and operation of a corporation. 3. To visit and to interview actually. 4. To develop the information resources from relevant experts outside the campus. 5. To develop the ability of cooperative learning.
Natural science & life technology 1. To observe, discuss, and record. 2. To edit webpages. 3. To develop ability of deducing, comprehending, and analyzing. 4. To communicate with peers and to share the fun of activities.
Language (Chinese) 1. To integrate the ability of listening, speaking, collecting, reading, and writing. 2. To apply digital technology flexibly, to integrate the information contents of language, and to report precisely. 3. To increase the ability of active expression. 4. To discuss the reading contents with peers and to share what they have learnt.
Health & physical education 1. To perceive the comforts and contributions that technology has brought to people’s psychological health. 2. To visit, to explore and have physical training, and to increase both physical and psychological health.
Art & Culture 1. To appreciate the beauty of the combination of technology and culture. 2. To appreciate the different forms of art expressions.
Ten major basic abilities Students have naturally applied the ten major basic abilities to the entire processes of this research project and webpage editing, and they have improved a lot.