1. Description of Our Community
Shangyi is located in the northwestern part of Hebei and in Bashang on the southern edge of Inner Mongolia Plateau, enjoying convenient transportation conditions with National Highway 207 and Dongshang Highway trans throughout, making it the keypoint of communication between the north and the south as well as connecting Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia. Shangyi is 288km away from Beijing, with an average altitude of 1300m and a continental monsoon temperate semiarid climate, featuring distinct seasons, sufficient sunshine, fresh air with rain heating up the corresponding period and an average annual temperature of 3.5? as well as an average annual precipitation of 413.6mm. Whenever the South encounters intolerable heat, this place is with cool breeze blowing and a pleasant climate, making it an ideal natural summer resort.
2. Summary of Our Project
The Lu Ban Lock, also called the Eight Diagrams Lock and Kongming Lock, is a traditional fixed combiner for civil construction in ancient China, and it is also called Bie Men Gun, six-piece burr puzzle, Mo Nai He, and enigmatical wood, etc in civil society. Without using nails and rope, Lu Ban Lock can prop itself up through the connection of its structure just like a piece of paper can be stood on end when folded in half, showing a seemingly simple yet extraordinary wisdom. In recent years, Lu Ban Lock is being taken more seriously as a kind of educational toy that people of all ages can play with.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
This was our first time to participate in the international CyberFair competition, so we felt very excited, but we didn’t know where to start due to lack of competition experience. Our mind got settled after we heard Mr.Lei had given guidance in the students’ participating in three competitions. After having group discussions and Mr.Hou’s training, we decided on the theme first and then conducted detailed division of labor thus the activity was carried out in an orderly way. Students started to collect images, search for information, pay on-site visits, work out the framework of the website and sort out information as well as design the website configuration based on those.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
During the participation in this CyberFair, we enjoyed the joy of success and were troubled by failure, turning out to be bittersweet experience.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Modern teaching is not only carried out in the classroom and is not just restricted to the textbook knowledge, what’s more, it should help the students build awareness of self-learning and self-exploration in social life and practice so that they can apply what they’ve learned at school to social practice. Therefore, this activity had provided opportunities for the students to conduct social practice, which not only adapted to the needs of society but also let the students keep exploring knowledge, capabilities and experience of social life, and the capabilities learned from social practice would be the wealth that they could benefit from all their lives, create the world and change the future.