CyberFair Project ID: 6423

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: “Jiao”, Taoism’s rituals, Sanchong Carnival: Five-consecutive-day rituals in 2008 in Sanchong city
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Houde Elementary School
    Taipei County, Taipei County, Taiwan

5 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 16, 2010. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): no

Classes and Teachers: I-Chun LIN, Maw-Nan CHEN, Kuan-Lin CHEN

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Sanchong is located in Taipei County, Taiwan. Our school is in Sanchong where is face Taipei City across Danshui River. And because of the convenient communication, Sanchong becomes the area that has the most immigrants from southern Taiwan. The population is big and there are a lot of miniature industries. It‘s a quite prosperous town.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our project is named “ Jiao, Taoism’s rituals, Sanchong Carnival : Five-consecutive-day rituals in 2008 in Sanchong city to pray for peace”. We discovered the mystery of “Jiao”, the rituals of Taoism and local art and music related to the activity. The year before last year, Sanchong city held the biggest “Jiao” activity - Five-consecutive-day rituals of praying for peace – in the past 60 years. The citizens participated warmly and were temporarily becoming vegetarian for three days on which there was no any meat food on the market. The Pudu worship was held on the playground of our school. There seemed to be no end of table-to-table sacrificial offerings. The believers crowded one another to worship. We decided to make this project by searching for the rituals. We participated every activity of the rituals and took photos and videos; we searched for a lot of information about “Jiao”. Besides, our teachers taught related subject in the lessons. By doing so, we can not only understand the meaning of ritual activities but enhance the prosperity and development of local culture of Sanchong city by a close cooperation between community and school.

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

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

Our school have a computer in every classroom and can use internet access. Besides, we have a subject about using computer and internet access. When we learn the computer subject, we will learn in computer rooms where each has around 40 computers for all students.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. The after-school visits were difficult to arrange concerning suitable time: It’s hard for members to go for after-school visits together not only because their after-school activity schedules were fully booked but some visits must be done at late night. Therefore, we solved the problem by asking members’ parents to help members pay the visits. 2. The shortage of discussing time at school: Each member participated some activities and contests at school. The only available time for them to discuss on the project was rest time at noon. However, the scheduled discuss was interrupted sometimes by unexpected issues. We solved the problem by using email to keep everyone in contact to make sure the progress was on track.

3. The difficulty in making web page: The members only had very basic concept of making web page and it’s the first time for them to make web page from scratch. They needed help from teachers due to inexperience. Members also learned a lot of skills of photo editing, file uploading, etc.

4. The difficulty in the analysis of questionnaire: The difficulty members encountered was resulted from the insufficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel. We solved the problem by purchasing the software from which we learned the required knowledge.

5. The information was too numerous and disorderly to sort out easily: Jiao rituals have been evolved for long and are influenced by history and geography. It’s not easy to display the understandable information due to the different conception of and the way we hold the rituals. We solved it by referring to a lot of bibliographies to sort out the ritual contents that exclusively belong to Sanchong city.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

The more we know, the more we disclose the mystery of Jiao. We hope our project and web pages can be known by the power of internet. People can not only understand the meaning of ritual activities but enhance the prosperity and development of local culture of Sanchong.

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

This project makes us understand many things besides textbook and we know more about our traditional religions, Taoism’s rituals, our community- Sanchong history and events. In addition, we also attend the activities of the experience of “Jiao” rituals. Experiencing these rituals was to open our mind and learn more about traditional art and music. Besides, we also learned how to interview people. We couldn't really learn these things at school.

Project Elements

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

1.Computer and Internet: (1)Browser: information gathering, and comment. (2)Google, Yahoo sites: communicating each other. (3) E-mail: contacting and noticing. 2.Digital camera, digital video and digital voice recorder: Recording voices of interview, Visiting and working photos and videos, used as website creation.

3.Laser printers: printing out data and information.

4.Overhead projector: Broadcasting films and video. 5.Computer software: Microsoft Office, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Photo Impact, Keystone, Webmail, Cute Ftp, Quick Time player, Windows Media player etc. Our desktop PC's operating system is Windows-XP. 4.USB Flash drive, DVD: Store, copy and backup data.

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

Our instructor helped us contact community and lead us to join the rituals. Also, we interviewed them and got the knowledge about the Jiao and Taoism’s rituals. We hope our project and web page can make more and more people know about Jiao rituals. To understand the folk religions of our community and traditional art and music, we recorded it in details and hope everyone not to merely think it of a blind faith.

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

Joining this project let us know more about Jiao and Sanchong community. When we walk out of the classroom to learn, we can learn more useful knowledge. We also met many people who made us feel touched. In the process of research, we also learn the power of teamwork. Human can't live without others. Many things must be worked together. Thanks to many people and teachers for helping us with the interview and rituals. We really can't make this project come true without them. We also hoped people could pay more attention to the folk rituals and culture.

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

In the beginning, we know about Jiao introduced by teacher and the Internet. In the process of visiting the specialists of temples and the experts of history who were enthusiastic and willing to accept our interview in our community. They provided many information about Sanchong culture, history and folk religions. We also visited residents and passerby in Sanchong. Talking with them was joyful. To know more about residents' religions and thoughts, we took part in the rituals. After having participated it, we learned and experienced more.


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