CyberFair Project ID: 6896

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Listening to the stories of historical buildings
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: Rixin Primary School
    Taipei, Taiwan, no

6 students, ages 11-12y worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2011. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): no

Classes and Teachers: Yen juchen

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

We live in an old neighborhood next to Dadaochen, old iancheng Circle and Zhongshan North Road. This area is filled with many historical buildings and cultures of great diversity. This area was once flourished with commerce and also the main traffic center for people migrating from south Taiwan to stay. Just by walking on the main streets or passing through small alleys, you find yourself entering a community of mixture of the old and the new, as well as full of unexpected surprises.

2. Summary of Our Project

The red building of Rixin Primary School is almost a century old. The century-old red building, with the beautifully arched double hallways, was built with red bricks during the Japanese colonial period. While in the past the ordinary way was to tear down the old buildings and build a totally different new one, the red building had been decided to be preserved and renovated. For this reason, we start from our own school, the red building of Rixin, to do lots of research and interview. Further, we walk out of the campus to extend our reach to old buildings around this neighborhood, visiting historical buildings in Dadaocheng, Zhonshan north road, and other red buildings in Taipei. During each and every visit to these historical architectures, we try to find out more about them and understand the meaning of preserving and protecting them.

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:2-3

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

There are two computer classrooms here at Rixin. Each of them is equipped with lots of computers with broadband access to internet. Sometimes when the computer classrooms are occupied and not available for individual usage, we could only use them during lunch breaks or on holidays for our project.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. Time pressure: During the execution of this project, we need to work together for incorporating information and photos, doing group discussions, and so on. As a result, the time issue really intense. Also, we need to learn to make web pages from scratch.

2. Learning about knowledge of historical buildings: In the beginning of the introductions offered by architects, we had difficulties understanding what they have said. Later, our teacher helped us to collect related information and guide us to grow to understand more about the buildings.

3. Information collection: Before actual visits, we are asked to collect information about the background of the buildings. Although searching for information from internet is quite easy, choosing proper information and eliminating the unnecessary one are more complicated.

4.Interview in action: Before each interview, we have to list out our questions and check with each other. We also need to learn necessary etiquettes and do rehearsals. But when it comes to the time of taking real action, we are all nervous. We also practice how to make appointments with others.

5. Compiling data after visits: Writing feedbacks are difficult in the beginning. But later on, we gradually get some clues of how to compile our thoughts. One other difficulty is dictating from the content recorded from interviews.

6. Integration of different themes: Because we are not just focusing on single historical building for introduction, discussions over themes becomes quite important.

7. Division of work: Because we are afraid of insufficient time for finishing every part of the project, we try hard to divide all the work. Also, we arrange time for everyone to get online at the same time, so that we could discuss it together.

8. Website making techniques: It takes lots of techniques making web pages and animations.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We realize that there are so many treasures around us in our lives and neighborhood. Although the historical buildings are solemnly quiet, but with renovation and proper observation, we get to discover their vitality and status in history and modern life.

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

1.Through this research, it enables children to learn about different requirement and content of different industries and career. Let them know about the skills needed and characters about these jobs, in order to help them think about their future goals for career choosing. 2.During the process of executing the project, team members need to communicate with each other about individual ideas and concepts, share different points of view, and finally come with a new idea or concept. 3.Working as a team, we need to support each other. The ones who are capable of communicating are in charge of contacting with interviewees and liaisons. The ones who are good at artistic works are in charge of drawing graphics, designing layouts of web pages and icons. 4.Through the process of organizing the structure of a web site, data collecting, listing out the outlines for interviews and questionnaires, we develop the abilities of planning and organizing. In addition, through the actual interviews, activity planning and questionnaire survey, the ability of executing is elevated. 5.Using internet to search for relevant information of historical buildings, using software to compile images, upload data and make web pages. 6.During this project, we encourage children to take initiative to find out problems for research and figure out answers. This would help learn to solve problems on their own.

Project Elements

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

* Technology equipments 1.Telephone:Through telephone and mobile phones, we make contact with all the shop owners and interviewees, and also contact with other team members. 2.Computer:Making we pages, searching related information, processing and storing data. 3.Printer:Printing out activity posters, questionnaires, studying data 4.ADSL:ADSL broadband internet access-Using FTP to upload and download information.Communicating with team members through MSN. Using Google platform for exchanging and sorting information . 5. Digital cameras, DVs:Taking pictures for each activities and saving the photos of these beautiful historical buildings. 6.Recording pen :Recording the interviews for later dictation and compilation. 7.Flash Disk:Storing data of research

*Software 1.Google platform:Online discussion, activity announcement, turning in homeworks 2.Google map, google earth:Map drawing and location searching. 3.Namo,dreamwave:Web page editing and making. 4.PhotoImpact?photoscap?picasa:Image processing, image browsing . 5.Microsoft Word:Word processing, information editing. 6.Microsoft Excel:Questionnaire data processing. 7.Internet Explorer?Fire Fox (FTP included):Webpage browsing, information collection, data uploading. 8.Flash:Computer animation making.

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

1. Inviting interviewees to join this project For every visit, we always use telephone and email to contact them beforehand, expressing our purpose and the activity we’re going to do. All of them are really kindly greeting and supporting us. The chairman and general manager of Want Taiwan Cultural Environment Foundation patiently arrange appointment meeting us. They even study our questions first and prepare information, books, photos and real samples (such as bricks) to explain to us during interviews. The shop keeper of Island café preserves his precious lunch hours only for us to enjoy the meal and bathe in the beautiful building and history. Just to name a few only. With so much help from these people, we hope one day we could do the same to give back to the society. They all think we’re doing something meaningful to help more people understand the importance of historical buildings and not to think of tearing them down.

2. Demonstrating the glamour and meanings of historical buildings through web pages We are very pleased and thankful for living in a modern city with diversified historical buildings. We hope to take this project to help citizens learn appreciating the history and historical meanings this antique architectures carrying. If we learn more about these historical buildings, we will have more chances to give them new lives and add more colors to our city.

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

1. Starting from school, we step out to care for the community that we live in, pat attention to the streets and stores in the neighborhood, and learn about the uniqueness of the local area. With every discovery of the stories of these buildings in Dadaocheng and Zhongshan north road, we try to provoke the sense of identity for local residents. One student’s grandfather was so excited hearing about our visit to island café, he kept telling all the old stories around this place for an hour. 2. Understanding the importance of historical buildings and making efforts to protect them: Students of Rixing Primary School have great advantages of living in a neighborhood with lots of historical architectures and cultures. These are the legacy handed down to every of us.

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

1. We appreciate the help from principal, directors and senior teachers of Rixin Primary School providing us many pictures and information about our red building, as well as their spending time with us for interviews and supports. 2. We are thankful for the chairman and other people from Want Taiwan Cultural Environment Foundation for taking interviews from us. 3. We are grateful for all the supports received from all the shops in our community. They provide us the space for education and great generosity. They demonstrate the process of making handcrafts for us, spare their precious lunch hours greeting us, teach us to make our very first cake and cookies, show us how to prepare food, and introduce us to many stories of their stores and buildings. We receive so much help from all these people.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

This project helps us understand more about our school and the historical buildings in our neighborhood. Under the guidance of teacher and help of all these people in our neighborhood, we gradually know about knowledge about historical buildings in Taipei. As long as we get close to these buildings and are willing to listen to theirs stories, we are able to understand their value. For the reason of preparing and executing interviews, we learn more etiquettes about interacting with other people and the importance of prior preparation. Learning isn’t just about the things we study inside classrooms. It’s also about what we could get outside classrooms. We also learn to appreciate the efforts other people make to help us understand so many things. We believe through these web pages, more people will know about the importance of preserving historical buildings around them. They aren’t just ruins to be torn down, but are interesting historical story books waiting for us to open them. During the process, we understand the importance to preserve historical buildings. If you tear them down, there is no chance they’re ever coming back again.


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