CyberFair Project ID: 6728

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Tamsui.Fishery
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Tian Sheng Elementary School
    New Taipei City, Taiwan, R.O.C

5 students, ages 12-13 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 27, 2011. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2011

Classes and Teachers: Irene Yu, Clare Huang, Quincy Chiu

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Tian-Sheng Elementary School is located in Tamsui Town which is a small town on the northeast point of Taiwan. Tamsui is a town with a special historical background dating back over 400 years. The school is near the Tamsui fishermen’s Wharf where you can see the Taiwan Strait on the one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. The scenery here makes a person broad-minded. At the back of Tian-Sheng Elementary School is the Hobe Fort Park where used to be an important fort in Sino-French War and now is transformed to a green beautiful park. When you walk in the campus, what’s coming into your sight is the sampan boat which can be seen only in Tamsui. The playground used to be the battlefield of Sino-French War . Therefore, from the viewpoint of either history or scenery, the community nearby is quite impressive. Tamsui now is well known as a tourist spot. You can not only visit many historic spots but also walk around Tamsui Old Street and Fishermen’s Wharf where you can get something delicious to eat. The scenery in Tamsui is beautiful, while the people here are wonderful. There are some artists living in the small alleys, like Mr. Chen Quin-ho, who is introduced in our web-page, devotes himself to the making of sampan boats. Also Uncle Cheng who provides the Tamsui Fishery-Culture Image Hall to the public tells the stories of Tamsui through his black-and-white photos. Tamsui, what an outstanding small town.

2. Summary of Our Project

Fishery has been run by the locals in Tamsui since long time ago. Throughout the history of Tamsui, it has gone through prosperity to downfall and come back to prime again. And all these are due to the development of fishery in Tamsui. Long time ago, it was an important international port for vessels. Nowadays, it’s not only a port but also a well-known scenic and historic spot. The scenic and historic spots in Tamsui are must-go to the tourists while the specialties, which are fishery products, are must-eat. All these are still related to fishery in Tamsui. By the project, we hope people are able to have a better understanding of the development of the fishery in Tamsui which influences the small town so much.

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):

Computer is the most important equipment to us to collect data, upload the research reports, and finish the web pages. We utilized our school's abundant computers to access the Internet. There are 38 computers in the computer lab, each classroom also has one computer and all of these have direct access to the Internet. At school , we adopted a fiber optic backbone infrastructure to connect the school's computers, then we connected the Taiwan Academic Network by a T1 Line. Having conventient access to these resources really helped us in facilitating our needs and getting work done.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1.Replacement of the Team Members and the Arrangement of Time is one of the problem. In the beginning, there were 8 sturdents joining the project. However, some of them quitted because of personal reasons. In addition, the teachers in charge of the project were out of school most of the time because they had to attend meetings. All these made the completion of the project difficult. However, because of the encouragement between the members and the insistence of us, we completed the project finally. 2. We could only take photos of the present Tamsui. As to the photos of the old Tamsui could only be seen on the web. Teachers made phonecalls and wrote emails to who preserved old photos for permission to make use of the photos on the website. 3. Knowledge of fishery is a totally strange field to us. Fortunately, Teachers had looked up some related books and films for us so that we could have a better understanding of fishery as soon as possible.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

During the process of our research, each one of us has learned so much. The knowledge and experience that we have gained is invaluable and not something we can imagine learning from any textbook. Through the process, we had learned how to integrate information, how to cooperate with each other, how to communicate with the interviewees and how to create a website. All of this bound us together. Cooperation makes “mission impossible” possible. During the process, we know that there are so many people who have devoted themselves to the preservation of culture. Because of them, we are able to see Tamsui through history and also its beauty. Without their generosity and help, we could not complete the project.

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

First of all, it’s student-centered. Secondly, we adopted the knowledge and skills of different fields which we had learned at school before during the process first and then learn new knowledge and skills at the same time. 1. When we interviewed with people and organized data, we use the skills of language field including speaking, communicating and writing. During the process, we improved it. 2. In the data collection and analysis of the fishery of Tamsui, we combined with social studies and local field. 3. For group discussions , we applied some discussing skills from integrate field. 4. The skills which we learned from information class helped us a lot for the photo processing. In order to create our own website, we also learned the software of making webpage.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project? information,(b)make web-page information,(b)download information and files, (c)upload information and files C.telephone and cell phone: (a)make appointment with related personnel, (b)connect with each other,(c)take photos, (d)record sound camera:take photos E.USB flash drives:(a)Save all the files,(b)Make a copy F.Software:(a)Word processing software : Word, Notepad, (b)Photo processing software : Ulead PhotoImpact, PhotoCap, (c)Web-making software: Namo WebEditor, Macromedia Dreamweaver G.Digital Video Camera: take films

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

In our research process, we had conducted several interviews and field trips. The field trip to Tamsui Old Street enabled us to be familiar to Uncle Cheng and also the beauty of Tamsui. The field trip to Tamsui Fishermen’s Wharf let us understand the function of the stone-tidal-weir and also the life of the fishermen. The fish-ball DIY program which we joined helped us to know how to make fish-balls and how it tasted. Under the guide of the staff in the Wharf, we saw the Wharf form the other aspect. The trip to Tamkang University Maritime Museum made us know the history of the famous ships around the world. The delicacy of the ship models urged us to share their beauty. All the personnel we had interviewed are so hospitable to us. We feel the friendliness between human beings and also their love to this piece of land.

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

Before we proposed our interview or asked for photos, we explained Cyberfair to the peole first. All of them thought it meaningful. This urged us to know something more about the fishery of Tamsui. They gave us help more than we supposed. This gave us energy to go on when we confronted problems. We have gained a lot from the process of our research which we can’t get from books. This was going to be one of the unforgettable memories!

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

Uncle Cheng in Tamsui Fishery-Culture Image Hall who tells the stories of Tamsui through his black-and-white photos The staff in Tamsui Fishermen’s Wharf who prepared the ingredients of fish-balls for us, showed us how to make fish-balls and cooked for us. Most of all, show us to have a look of the wharf from a different aspect. Uncle Shi showed us stone-tidal-weirs and shared his experience as a fisherman. Mr. Wang in Tamkang University Maritime Museum who showed us around and told us the stories of ships. Mr. Su Wen-kui and Tamsui Web Broadcating Station who allowed us to make us of the photos he preserves. Those who helped us during the process of our research included the Association of Tamsui Fishery and Tamkang University Maritime Museum who had arranged the trips and interviews for us.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

In the beginning of our research, we had little idea of Cyberfair. We didn’t even know what to do. However, during the process of meetings, discussions, field trips and interviews, we know that: learning can be so much fun, rich and multiple. We had confronted some difficulties and problems, especially when we struggled between our regular schoolwork, our personal business and the project responsibilities. However, we learned how to cooperate with the other people and found out our potentials. During the process, we found that the beauty of Tamsui is not only shown in the spots but also everywhere in the small but warm town.


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