CyberFair Project ID: 6115

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Jump Start Your Dreams - Director Lin Yu-Hsien
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Yu-Tsai Elementary School
    Taipei, Taiwan, Taipei

12 students, ages 10-11 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 14, 2010. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): never

Classes and Teachers: Sunny Peng,Rita Ke,Nina Cong

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our school resides in Yonghe city, Taipei county. Located near the southeast part of theTaipei Basin, it is linked by three bridges over Xin-Diang River. Yonghe is as properous as Taipei city, and it is well known for its numerous small shops and attractions such as Korean Street, Weekend Farmers' markets, Yang San Lang's Museum and World Religions Museum.

2. Summary of Our Project

Director Lin not only won a Golden Horse Award for his critically acclaimed 'Tumble On, Little Boy!', but the heart he puts into his work and the care for his community is apparent in all of his works that confronts us with the intricate dealings of humanity and society that is at once touching, tender, and compassionate. Director Lin not only has his hand on documentaries and feature films, but also has collaborated with the government in producing public welfare messages and short films as a public service to the community. In 2007, his lecture 'Little Director, Large Dreams' taught kids the uniqueness of individual perspective, and in 2009 headed the Fubon Cultural Program for Youth 'My Own 24-hours' which showcased students' work chronicling a day in their lives as shot and produced by them.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:2-3

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

We utilized our school's ample computers to access the Internet: there are 50 computers in the computer lab, 4 computers in the library, each classroom also has their own computer and all of these have direct access to the Internet. Having convenient access to these resources really helped us in facilitating our projects' needs and getting work done.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. Filming experience: Due to weather, time, venue, and other various reasons, we were restricted to just one day of filming. Director Lin took time out of his busy schedule to accommodate our needs, and it was because of his expert direction and guidance that we were able to complete our filming successfully in one day. 2. Film Screening 'Bench-Theater-under-the-stars' event: In order to hold a screening of our film to share our hard work and final product with everyone in the school and community, we needed to do a lot of work promoting the event so people would come. Encountering rejection as we passed out flyers was inevitable. However, the warm folks who accepted our invitations gave us the strength to soldier on! The day of the event brought bad weather that forced us to move the 'Bench-theater- under-the-stars' inside. Despite this disappointment, seeing the jam-packed room full of supportive people really gave us a proud sense of accomplishment as the event came to a successful end. 3.Data Collection: Because there was an enormous amount of data out there related to Director Lin, we had to sort through tons and tons of newspapers, magazines, and Internet articles to find the relevant information we needed. This required ample time, energy, patience, and attentiveness to systematically organize the data for our use.

4.Team Division of Labor: The long winter vacation happened to fall within the 5 month period of this project. Because families often have plans during this break, it was extremely difficult to find the shared time necessary to work on the project. As such, each team's head had to delegate jobs and responsibilities to each team member (cleverly done before the break started), and everyone worked together to seamlessly complete all tasks and assignments.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

During this 5 month project, each and every one of us have learned so much! The knowledge that we have gained is invaluable and not something we can have imagined learning from a textbook. The project gave us new, fresh, and interesting things to work on from learning how to create a website to all the complex facets of making a film (filming, editing, promoting, etc). The amount of work that went into all of this bound us together in our collective efforts to succeed through teamwork, believing and trusting in each other to get the job done. The road to completion was long and laborious, but one we are so proud to have taken.

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

What skills have you learned? 1. In this film, we used a number of different film-making techniques, particularly music editing and capitalizing on Director Lee's expertise in editing the film. 2. Whereas we normally use Frontpage to create our websites, this time we used code to to create a page editor for designing the website. 3. One of the most important activities we participated in was the screening of our film with the local community a la bench-theatre-under-the-stars style which put our film-making techniques on display and forced us to learn how to properly promote the showing. Our tactics included mailbox-stuffing, passing out leaflets, posting posters, and through public community announcements. 4. We tackled our surveys and questionnaire results by learning how to use Excel and Photo Impact. 5. We further utilized Photo Impact to edit and enhance photos for use on the website.

Due to the complexity of this project and the numerous activities involved in completing it, teamwork was imperative. Job responsibilities were split up, but results were always compiled and agreed upon together. Differing viewpoints and opinions were openly discussed until a mutual understanding was reached. Unity is strength and is the secret to overcoming any and all obstacles.

Using the Internet for teaching and learning is more effective than traditional methods. The students are interesting in learning by the Internet. They are interesting in learning ,so they can learn more and fast.

Project Elements

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

Language Learning 1. Learn to utilize the library to access newspapers, magazines, as well as the Internet to search for information. 2. Strenghten language skills by working on writing interview questionnaires, planning documents, collecting and classifying information, and writing progress reports. 3. Conducting actual interviews and surveys gave us the real opportunity to further practice our communcation skills in expressing our questions clearly and sharpening our listening comprehension at the same time. 4. Each activity embarked on during the course of this project has required us to build on our overall fundamental communication skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Mathematics Learning 1. Use of spreadsheet software to compile and analyze all of our survey results. 2. Use of charts and diagrams to more deeply understand the director and film.

Social Aspects Learning 1. Our intimate study and interactions with Director Lin during the course of this project has allowed us a unique glimpse into the world of films, giving us deeper insight into the role of the director and the many facets comprising a film. 2. By learning how to film and produce a movie in entirety, we hope to share our laborious efforts by presenting and showing the movie to students and parents.

Arts & Humanities Learning 1. Using aesthetics and art skills to produce promotional leaflets, posters, and hand- drawings, as well as advanced image processing technology for film editing. 2. Creating our website exposed us to using animation, video editing, drawing/painting, typesetting, photography, and other techniques to develop beautiful end-results that allow us to not only appreciate Director Lin's work but enjoy a heightened sense of aesthetic appreciation overall.

Nature and Life Sciences Learning 1. Using the Internet to research relevant information, and digital cameras and video cameras document the interview processes. 2. Using cameras, video cameras, and editing software to learn filming and production of an entire film. 3. Using web production techniques and image processing software to create the website, and taking full advantage of available applications and facilities to fully enhance information capabilites.

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

We realized in conducting numerous interviews that the interview process itself is extremely difficult. Not only were the interviews very time consuming to conduct, but we needed to spend a lot of time preparing the subjects and content of the interview. Learning how to communicate our needs, and the great extent of work going in to making a film proved this process to be a valuable learning experience.

Local Interaction: Our 'bench-theatre-under-the-stars' event really allowed us to interact with the community on a local level by distributing promotional leaflets and welcoming them to attend our show and introducing them to the Oscar's Kids. The district head and local residents' enthusiasm and support really shined through, and helped make this one of our most valuable and heart-felt experiences.

Teacher-Student Interaction within school: The first time Director Lee came to lecture at our school, we learned so much about movies as well as never before seen techniques that go into making them. The experience really enlightened both teachers and students to the film-making process.

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

Since this project began, we have met every Wednesday at noon in the computer lab for training. Planning for the 'bench-theater-under-the-stars' was even more work and required meetings every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In addition, we took advantage of meeting everyday over Winter break to work on the website. How we balanced our regular schoolwork with project responsibilities really was a valuable lesson learned for each of us in time management.

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

Due to the complexity of this project and the numerous activities involved in completing it, teamwork was imperative. Job responsibilities were split up, but results were always compiled and agreed upon together. Differing viewpoints and opinions were openly discussed until a mutual understanding was reached. Unity is strength and is the secret to overcoming any and all obstacles.


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