CyberFair Project ID: 6690

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Hometown
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Qingshanxiang center school
    Xining, Qinghai, China

3 students, ages 13-14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2011. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2008,2009

Classes and Teachers: Hou Xiaodong, Lu Baogui

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Qingshan Village is situated at the northwestern Datong County, to the east of Xinzhuang Town, west of Qinglin Village and Duolin Town,south of Chengguan Town and north of Baoku Village,with a ban qian ban nao landform which means lack of water and poor land production. Qingshan Village, located at the far inland,connects Tibet Plateau and Loess Plateau.It boasts a climate charasteristic of continental and plateat climate, featuring a high altitude and long daylight,with an average temperature of 1.6 degrees C. It enjoys a whole cultivation area of 53014 mu,with an average of 3.2 mu, boasting a 14% vegetation coverage, including pastures, bushes,poplars and spruces as the main species and more than 50 kins of herbs,natural pastures of 55,000 mu and more than 1000 mu of spruces which are more than 100 years among them.

2. Summary of Our Project

We love our hometown, Qingshan very much. In daily life,we should govern ourselves in small,acquire good habits.That is the right way to protect the environment.Only when we have a better environment and that we have a better life.By this project,we got to know about our existential circumstance.We learned how important it is.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

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

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

We have computers in the teachers’offices and a computer room , including a teaching computer and 30 student computers , which are all connected with the network. Three students which lived in the rural areas joined in this project . Due to the lack of network access at home , they could only couduct online exchanges and information aearch at school while doing paperwork at home.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1,problems:Time could not match between the students and interviewees descriptions:Participants who like interview job are in 7th grade , therefore , school time always clashed with the interview time.This was a great test for us. solutions:Interview and take pictures at the leisure time. 2,problems:Safety issues descriptions:Outdoor safety was the paramount issue during the study . As sometimes our interview time was made abruptly , we had to call it off considering the safety problems. solutions:Proposed the interview schedule ahead of time , made certain interview time and planed a safe time schedule. 3,problems:limited Conditions descriptions:Our group members who were interesed in the file classification and interview as well as recording by typing into computers paticipated in this project firstly. However , power cut always came because of the power surging at the agricultural peaking period . As a result , we could not use our computers . solutions:Talked with members and explained to them that the subsequent file classification were the most important.At last , we made the nights our time to input the data. 4,problems:Limited time in designing the webpage descriptions:Webpage design time was urgent due to the large time expenses of the former classification work. solutions:Solve this problem by turning to teachers. 5,problems:Lack of cooperation with schools descriptions:s school attached great importance to the teaching and learning , they occupied lots of our webpage design time with other school activities. Teachers and students complained a lot about it. solutions:We guranted our time finally after connecting with directors and vice headmaster , asking them to arrange less unnecessary work.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

What touched us most were the vitality and enthusiasm of those villagers who proposed plans actively to show their local features and conditions. We also learnt to allocate our time more properly as poor time allocation would destory our balance between study and project, thus bringing us troubles. It was our common enlightment that those made more efforts would achieve more.

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

Students in 7th grade who just stepped into junior school mainly learnt fundamental knowledge in school. Therefore, we focused on practice which enabled students to combine knowledge on chinese ,math,nature and comprehensive classes with practice during the study .We did not stop our way forward when we were caught in the trouble as we learnt a lot that could not get on the books. We also learnt a truth that a single person’s power could never finish this Cyber Fair project and success coule not be achieved before specified work allocation , cooperation and trust among members.

Project Elements

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

Dreamweaver MX 2004-webpage design WORD 2003- word processing photshop 7.0-photo processing ACDSee 5.0-scan pictures Microsoft IE 7.0-collect online information upload and download information mobiles to connect group members and interview Digital cameras which were used to take pictures and shooting USB which were used to duplicate and store statistics computers which were used to classify the information and design the webpage

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

It is our great hornor to promote the beautiful environment of the Qingshan Village . By playing the role of folk culture publicity ambassador , we hope more people will know our beautiful natural environment and love their homrtowns , thus attractiing more people to tour around the Qingshan . To play a better role , we exposed us to the pleasant environment of Qingshan after trudging winding and long roads of the Qingshan Village. After this trip , we hoped pure natural scenary could maintain their original flavour and never perished , cultivating them into holy scenic spots with the development of technology.

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

This study not only made students underatand the significance to protect the environment but also giving alarms to the local residents . Through our interview , local villagers recognized the seriousness of environment problems and the necessity to protect the environment which requires people to know the harm and root causes to environment and ecological degradation , protect our environment orderly and prevent environment deterioration , maintain the ecologival balance while properly using our natural resources , thus ensuring a sustainable development of humanity . All in all, we should inspire all people the responsibility and misson of environment protection.

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

We also got a lot about Qingshan Village during the trip .We visited Mrs.He who lived before a pine forests , opposite to the Qijia Temple and knew a lot about the Qingshan.She said that pinetrees were luxuriant on the mountains with Qijia Temple on the foot . During the Cultural Revolution , though pinetrees were preserved , the Temple was demolished . Hearing this , we shook in the heart as we finally understand those words from the bottom of Mrs. He’ heart , that is we lived a better life with a better living environment . With the influence of the international Cyber Fair project , we hoped to show the pleasant environment of the Qingshan and attract more people to tour around the Qingshan with more understanding through our webpage introduction , thus cultivating Qingshan a world class scenic spot. Look forward to spreading the glow of Qingshan around the world woth our efforts.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We learnt how to interview , take pictures , collecte information , capture shinning moments and coordinate study and activity time , better communication and cooperation tenacity and persistance , connect with QQ software and transfer files . During the process, we regarded the team interests as priority , developing our strength , sharing our ideas , and we dicussed our project , studied the issue and conducted the activity in an unfettered atmosphere. We also recognized the importance of a united team which aould not be splited . Therefore , we should practice more and accumulate more experience , improving ourselves and fulfiling our own tasks. We focused on the issue of originality and intellectual property rights of the theme . We got the approvements of interviewees before all the interviews , considering the rights to upload the contents and pictures on the webpage and the possibilities to list those references , including books and websites. Though some interviewees were busy at agricultural work when we were interviewing them ,we felt their happiness and willingness to accept the interview . Our experience were as follows : We got a comprehensive understanding to our surviving environment that our hometown was indeed beautiful.It also evoked our concern to the latent problems which required our common maintainance of the environment . This was indeed a very marvellous comprehensive practice class which made us happy as we saw and knew more beautiful scnery of our hometown , thus cultivating our zeal for our hometown and environment as well as the spirit of cooperation.


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