CyberFair Project ID: 5670

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Mei Ho House
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: Maryknoll Fathers' School
    Hong Kong , Hong Kong , CHina

2 students, ages 15 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 21, 2009. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): none

Classes and Teachers: Miss Tao Yuen Man

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

In 1949, masses of refugees surged into the territory as a consequence of the Civil War on the mainland, this led to an upsurge in demand for housing. On Christmas Day in 1953, a massive fire swept the Shek Kip Mei squatter area. After that ,the fire prompted the Government to get directly involved in housing production. Shek Kip Mei Estate is the first public housing estate in Hong Kong. However, due to tremendous economic growth of Hong Kong in recent years, all remaining 1950's blocks were vacated and officially condemned on October 16, 2006, with demolition scheduled for the end of 2006. Block 41 of the estate, Mei Ho House, the last remaining example of the 'Mark II' building in a single-block configuration, is graded as 'Grade I historic building', and will be preserved tentatively as a record of Hong Kong's public housing development.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our project will introduce Shek Kip Mei Estate. For example, the history of the estate, just as the massive fire of Shek Kip Mei squatter area .the last remaining block Mei Ho House, the future of the estate and the Mei Ho House ,the future we think,the uniqueness of Mei Ho house

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:2-3

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1) Creating webpage:We are not good at designing web pages .And also this is our first time is use Macromedia Dreamweaver. When we were constructing our website, we faced a lot of technical problems. But we try the search in the internet and learn step by step for making web pages ,even the frame. Finally, we have overcomes all those problems by paid our great efforts .Besides, we gained experience and learned a lot of useful skills. (2) Information researching:There are not much information about Shek Kip Mei Estate and Mei Ho House. It took us loads of time to search for some useful information we needed. As a result, We searched data from the Internet, books and visit the history museum of Hong Kong. (3) Decision making:We had different points of view. Whenever we made decision, we persist in our own opinions. For example, before choosing Mei Ho House to be our theme, we had thought of many ideas and we argued about that. To solve the problem, we discussed with our teacher and analysis the data. Lastly, we can made the decision. (4) Time management: As we are a F.4 student, we are incredibly busy for preparing the HKCEE . Also, our school had a great deal of homework, competitions and quizzes recently. As a result, we did not have much time to create our website. We had to manage our time table properly and divided our jobs. We offered the job depended on people’s ability. For example, if someone was good at design, her job was to design the layout of the website.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Future is handled by our hands.We should not hesitat to express our feeling as we are the world citizen.

Before the research project, we think the development of our historial landmark,mei Ho house,is none of our business.Now,we are intersted in Mei Ho House and also the history of Shek Kip Mei housing estate. We feel pleased that we are living in 21 century but not 1950s. This is because the living condition in 1940s is much worser than now.

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

Mei Ho House is in the same district of our school. As a result, we can visit and take photos of Mei ho House after school directly. And also, our school had held some learning program which is about the Hong Kong museum, so we can learn some historical effect and news about the Hong Kong’s public housing development. By the way,I have learned how to make a attractive wallpaper, a clear frame and try to search information by using different search spider. Although we just have two members for doing this project, but we were always have different opinions .Therefore, we faced a lot of problem of making decision .As a result, I think I have learned a better communication skills. Now, no matter we have different point of views, we will try to listen others opinions. If we persist of our own opinions, we will try to explain it patiently. I think I have learned to concern more about our daily life and thinking about the future of them. And I think I am more responsible than other schoolmates to be a Hong Kong citizen now I think the Hong Kong education system is well developing by improving the science and technology. We have advanced computers in our school. As a result, these helped us a lot in creating our web pages.

I agree that the Internet for teaching and learning been more effective than traditional methods, it is because it reduced a lot time for handwriting, and also, it attack student for learning by using E-book instead of the printing book.

Project Elements

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

Item Function Usefulness Digital Camera To take photos for report Internet To search information E-Mail To contact with members Better communication-easy to transfer files Instant Messenger To contact with members Better communication-easy to contact with each other Computer Software (1)Dreamweaver8 – To make web pages

(2)Photoimpact – To edit digital photos

(3)Internet Explorer – To collect information Scanner To scan image on papers Printer To print papers to members Telephone To associate with others Better communication-easy to contact with each other Museum To get information

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

In this project, I am the ambassadors. I contacted my group members through msn and mobile phones. Also I have asked my foreign teachers who are from Canada and India face to face. We asked them about the point of view of a foreigner to Hong Kong Historical Landmarks .They gave us very useful opinions. For example, they don’t know the living condition in 1950s in Hong Kong. In their opinions, Hong Kong historical Landmarks are Victoria harbour, some temples and Central. “Although these kind of landmarks is very famous, but they are not special and too normal when compare with other countries. So finally we suggest Shek Kip Mei housing estate to be our topic. Despite they don’t really know the history of it, but they think these topic is quite interesting .Finally, we accepted our teacher’s opinion .And intended the Mei Ho House of Shek Kip Mei housing Estate to be our topic. We also asked our CIT’s teacher, Miss to for opinions .She give as a lot of serviceable opinions which is about the design of our webpage. So far, we learned a lot of new knowledge about the design.

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

we have given my project to my friends and family.All of them including me have learnt a lot of information about Mei Ho House,Hong Kong historial landmarks and how important of expressing our feeling.One of my friend said depsite all know Mei Ho House is very important for Hong Kong Housing development,but there will be someone who don't know much about our history.As a result,he said we should find more information of how importance of Mei Ho house to Hong Kong housing development.

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

We searched information from is a very useful website.We have learnt a lot of Hong Kong housing history and even something related,the Queen's pier ,forexample.


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