CyberFair Project ID: 6262

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Narcissus Caving in Yanshuei - The Art That Talks
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Yan Shuei Elementary School
    Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan

5 students, ages 10-11 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 17, 2010. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): none

Classes and Teachers: LI, Rong-Zong; LIN, Liang-Chun; LIN, Yong-Ci

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Yanshuei Township is located on the south coast of Pa-Chang Creek in the north of Tainan County, Taiwan. Geographically, it is in the west of Sinying City, Tainan County, near Sinying Interchange of National Highway No. 1. This used to be the branch port of Daofung inland sea, a busy commercial area and it was one of the biggest four ports in the past. There are a lot of historic spots in the town and it is full of cultural atmosphere and there are a lot to see and enjoy. Therefore, it would be a pity if we only focus on the Yanshuei Firecrackers and the delicacies here. In fact, there are so many cultural historic sites in Yanshuei and among all, the graceful Narcissus carving is the visual and spiritual feast that visitors cannot miss. You will see how beautiful Yanshuei actually is after reading the reports of our research project.

2. Summary of Our Project

What is the history of Narcissus carving in Yanshuei? What kind of plant is Narcissus? What are the skills and artistic images for Narcissus carving? How to pass on the Narcissus carving in Yanshuei? We hope that children can care about and research on things around them. The above questions are exactly the ones for children to start self-training and research. In this research project, the students were responsible for the planning and field study and visits of the related workshops and professionals of Narcissus carving. During the process, these students learned how to keep interview records, gather information and further make use of information media to organize, store, discuss as well as share the information. Finally, they finished the website design and start to lead all to enter the beautiful world of Narcissus in Yanshuei.

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:1

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):

Our school is connected with optical fibers and Taiwan Academic Network (TANET). Cat5e ethernet is used and through the operation of Switch, a dynamic IP in contrast to MAC address with higher security can be obtained.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. Administrational coordination: Field study and interviews with professionals were arranged and conducted by the instructors. The instructors made use of their free time on holidays to finish the interviews when the interview time could not be coordinated. 2. Fund: The instructors helped raise the insufficient funds. 3. Transportation tools: The instructors picked up the students with their own vehicles. 4. Inadequate time: The instructors made use of the lunch break and free time on holidays to instruct the students. 5. Inadequate equipment: Photographic equipment was supported from outside or by the instructors. 6. Students’ lack of professional knowledge: The instructors started classes and teaching the carving of Narcissus to reinforce the basic training in advance.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

As the Chinese saying goes, “We gain more from travelling ten thousand miles than studying ten thousand books. Knowledge is found everywhere if you pay attention to the world.” So many wonderful things are around us, and if we pay more attention, there is so much waiting for us to discover in our community.

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

Our school is the largest elementary school in Yanshuei area, and is also a center school. Since the past century, our school has been playing the role of the cultural center and the center for traditional art. The theme of this research project, narcissus carving, is a very rare kind of craft and skill in Yanshuei area. Therefore, it is our unshirkable responsibility to make sure that this very special skill is passed on. It is clearly described in the National Teaching Guidelines that “Schools are communities; communities are schools.” The research theme happens to be the best example of the combination of the country, the school and the community. In addition to checking and training the students’ learning efficacy in the above mentioned fields, this project also provides an opportunity for the children to apply their knowledge of information technology. They share the research results with the world by means of the Internet, and the website they designed also becomes the most supportive learning website, and the way of teaching is even more effective than traditional ways of teaching. The research project is a big project to the children and it definitely requires teamwork. As a result, the process of the project is the embodiment of teamwork. These children learned how to cooperate with other team members and how to be more understanding to others. They also learned how to use the support tools during the process. It is indeed a project with many profits to them. To sum up, we received a lot of assistance from our school. However, it is a pity to say that due to the inflexibility of the current education system, except for the lunch breaks and holidays, we found it difficult to squeeze time to instruct the children and take them to conduct field investigation more often.

Project Elements

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

The advancement of IT has brought great convenience to field investigations for social science studies. For example, the invention of pen recorder helps record every single word during the interviews. To enhance the efficiency, we also used many other latest tools, including the digital camera, the digital camcorder, the pen recorder, the laptop, and the digital microscope. In addition, the software and websites applied in the project include Google search engine, Google Maps, Wikipedia, File Sharing FTP Server and Google Forum. Due to the limitation of space, the application of technology in the project will be detailed in Behind the Scene Section.

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

When we set a topic, we contacted the local authorities and individuals about the interviews and made discussions with them. At first we thought it was not easy to settle the interviews; unexpectedly, as soon as they heard our plan, they were overjoyed. They not only settled the interviews with us, but actively taught children how to carve narcissus. They used the ecological park in our school as the observation base for water culture and taught children to change water, embellish and maintain narcissus. After finishing the works, they helped them send the works to Wu Temple for exhibitions. Therefore, during the project, the interaction of the local authorities and relevant individuals with us made us feel warm. When the project was conducted, the local people also provided us with all the assistance we needed, helping us contact the authorities concerned and provided us with clues. They not only expected that the children could pass on the craft, but also expected that there would be a website of narcissus carving belonging to Yanshuei only, enabling the whole world to enjoy the beauty of Yanshuei narcissus carving. Therefore, we felt the expectation the local people had for us and it seemed that the project was regarded as a big event for the local arts. Seriously, their enthusiasm moved us while our effort made them feel touched and look forward to it. Therefore, our research team also decided to make our school the center to pass on the skills in Yanshuei so that the tradition in Yanshuei can be passed on from one generation to another. We used the internet to introduce the local arts to people all over the world in an effort to promote local culture. At the same time, we shared the results we’ve gained from the research with people in the community and the authorities concerned involved in the project. After establishing the website, we will inform them of the website by e-mail and give them a VCD. We also welcome any advice and opinions.

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

There are many skills worth promoting in different parts of Taiwan, but the skills do not necessarily flourish; instead, they gradually fade away. The only reason for this is that information doesn’t circulate and only few people know it, so it’s difficult to attract people’s attention or arouse echo. Consequently, when local people knew that we wanted to use the internet to promote narcissus carving to the international community, everyone was looking forward to it and was greatly expecting that it could work. We hope to make an introduction of narcissus via the website, making everyone know every aspect of narcissus carving completely in order to facilitate teaching and promotion, and even to make everyone feel the strong artistic atmosphere in Yanshuei Township. We want to show all the people that besides exciting firecrackers and delicious snacks in Yanshuei, there is also art here. Besides, we introduced local arts by researching and tried our best to completely introduce the information related. Therefore, the contents of the website include thirty thousand words and hundreds of photos. We made efforts to produce rich content which is different from common field trips or results of visits. Therefore, local people were glad to help us. Besides taking our website as a window for contacting the whole world, they can know much new information from our web pages. Through the research, we have established a good interaction with local people. Gradually, everyone knows that the internet is free from borders and that the combination of school and community produces great power, which makes it possible for us to share with the world the relevant information concerning local people, local culture, local places and local scenery in the form of the web pages. We believe that in the near future, Yan Shuei Elementary School will be likely to be the local Digital Opportunity Center (DOC) which promotes the place and becomes the window that leads the local place to the world.

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

In the era of information technology, all kinds of materials can be obtained anytime in our daily lives, and therefore, it highlights the importance of intellectual property rights which is the important issue pertaining to the effort made by individuals or a team. Therefore, when our team uses the information related, we will mark out the sources, such as the internet we use, the text and the photos, and only when we are authorized can we use the information. We often remind the students to respect the importance of information sources because intellectual property rights of the authors are the most important. Meanwhile, as the project mostly include the interviews of the professionals, we would like to thank Master Chen, Master Yan, Chairman, Mr. Lin and narcissus carving lovers from the Group of Narcissus Lovers for providing their own painstaking efforts to our team for the project of narcissus carving.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Research is actually a kind of exploration. When you explore deeply, there is always unexpected discovery. We found that children had unlimited potentials. As long as we instruct them appropriately, they must have unexpected and good performances. Besides, through the hands-on research, many students developed great interest in narcissus carving. It seems that the craft can be expected to be passed on. During the process of conducting the research, we also learned quite a few lessons. For example, the plan of interviews and water culture process of narcissus carving were somewhat hasty, and there was some negligence concerning the contact with relevant people and the care of narcissus carving. We deeply realized the true meaning of carefulness, patience and care. Besides, we didn’t have many reports about the results of the research project. But we just didn’t expect that when we wanted to look for the detailed information, there were endless things to explore. Furthermore, there is so much to say when we are explaining the skills of narcissus carving and the changes of the works in a short time. You can seek knowledge everywhere but you can never finish searching for it. No wonder people always say, “Knowledge, like a sea, is boundless.”


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