CyberFair Project ID: 7385

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Lin An Tai Historical House & Museum
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: Binjiang Municipal Elementary School
    Taipei, , Taiwan (R.O.C.)

10 students, ages 10-11 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 6, 2013. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2011

Classes and Teachers: Shu-ching, Tien; Hui-jing, Chen; Chi-ying, Huang

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our school locates in Taipei city and it’s also one members of an international city in this global village. The convenience of public transportation and excellent educational environment so that there are many local people come to Taipei to complete their dream of future. The combination of modern and traditional culture makes local people’s culture to become one feature in Taiwan.

2. Summary of Our Project

Lin An-Tai Old Homestead is located in Binjiang Park which is close to Binjiang Elementary School. The house is a traditional Chinese courtyard house with elegant decorations and is one of the few traditional houses preserved in northern Taiwan. The Lin family came to Taiwan in the 18th century and engaged in trade in northern Taiwan. With the money they made, they built a house and named it. Today, the house is over 160 years old. It is the best-preserved and maintained ancient house in Taipei City.

Lin An-Tai Old Homestead is famous for its delicate carvings; one of the examples is the creative dragon carving on the front door. There are six dragons, representing the six sons in the family. The carvings of vases and bats carry the meanings of good luck, wealth and safety. Some of the tiles and bricks of this ancient building have been restored due to its long history, but the stones and woods have remained intact over the long years. The crescent shaped pond in front of the building was used for defense, raising fish, prevent fire, water supply and keep a moderate temperature.

It's a pity that rarely do people pay attention to this historical site, so we decide to make it a project to make more people to know more about it.

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:2-3

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

a. Students have little time left. Students in Taiwan have to go to cram school through Mon. to Fri. That’s why Students have little time left. So we apply for a free sky drive and a blog for students to upload data or materials little by little.

b.Students have problem using computers. Team members from our team are all 4th graders. They have problem using computers, such as editing photos, typing, and building a website. So we made a plan to teach students these skills step by step.

c.Students have problem introducing a topic systematically. The students all agree that Lin An Tai historical house is such a great place for people to get to know traditional culture of southern Fukien people in Taiwan and it's also a place worthy introducing. But they have no idea about how to introduce it to others systematically. To solve this problem, teachers guide them to surf the internet to see how people introduce a place to other people. As a result, the students have an idea about how to finish this project.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

a. We learn to know historical site, get closer to historical site and to cherish historical after spending almost six months of doing this project.

b. After finishing this project, the students finally learn to know how to cooperate with each other and also learn that unite we stand and divided we fall.

c. Students widen their horizons by searching data of it, by visiting it, by interviewing with people, by making report and by building website. What's more, we learn to overcome difficulties while doing this project.

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

a.Our project is a content-based project. We hope to help this historical site through this project and arise more people to pay attention to it.

b.There is one lesson in our social study textbook and some part of our school-based lesson that talks about our community and introduce students about southern Fukien culture.

c.We learn how to organize our content and to how to make use of our own specialty to finish this project.

d.Unite we stand divided we fall.

e.We try to find the most special feature of this topic and try to gather more information about it.

f.This project is related to our social study lessons and school-based curriculum.

g.The textbook could only provide us fragments of knowledge. If we want to get knowledge as a whole, we should try to get more information by ourselves. This is the reason why we want to do this project.

h.The answer is definitely yes. With the internet, we would gather various information and learn things that we are interested by ourselves anytime, anywhere.

Project Elements

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

a. The tools we have used are as following. They are 6 laptop computers, telephones, digital cameras, scanners, digital tape recorders, Microsoft Office, Photo Impact, libraries, books, newspapers, museums and oral interviews.

b. They help us to process documents and photos easily.

c. We locate through schools, parents, teachers, classmates and friends.

d. No, we borrow those tools from schools, parents, teachers, classmates or friends.

e. I think the laptop computer is the most valuable tool. It is because we could type, edit document, modify photos or build website by it.

f. Internet is the most helpful technology. It helps a lot for us to gather information that we need for this project.

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

Our students act as 'ambassadors' and spokespersons for our Cyberfair project in the following ways: a.Well considered in every respect: We visit Lin An Tai historical house, join activities of it and we even have interview with officials, experts, offspring, volunteers and visitors of it to make more people be aware of this Cyberfair project.

b.Well connected website: We build a website to introduce and to promote Lin An Tai historical house. We also put this website onto websites of our school and our class.

c. Well definite report: We also make a report of our project. We present it in public for our schoolmate.We hope after our presentation there will be more people to emphasize or to cherish those historical monuments.

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

a.Yes, we already let more schoolmates and parents to know things about southern Fukien architecture and the feature of this historical site.

b.Yes, people of my community learn more knowledge of southern Fukien architecture and they also know the importance of preserving this historical site.

c.Yes, they know that there is such a good place to go during their free time.

d.We established new working relationship with people in our community and they are so helpful if we needed some tools like digital tape recorder or digital cameras.

e.Besides the students, their parents and other school teachers also looked our website.

f.We gained some positive feedback from the visitors of that historical site and also form the people in our community. They all encourage us to continue joining this cyber fair project which make us some warm. For nowadays people in Taipei seem to be so indifferent to others.

g.We make people in our community know thing about this historical site and also provide them information to go during the weekend in the neighborhood of this historical site.

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

a. Director of department of civil affair provides us with the information about the development and preservation plan for Lin An Tai historical house.

b.Descendants of Lin’s family Mr. Lin Qing Long tell us about the history and stories about Lin An Tai historical house.

c.Expert of southern Fukien culture Prof. Lin introduce the culture and customs of southern Fukien.

d.Leader of volunteers Ms. Zheng share her work experience as being a volunteer in Lin An Tai historical house.

e. Volunteer Mr. Tong and Ms. Liu help us with reserving free tour guiding service and show us some information about Lin An Tai historical house.

f.Volunteer Mr. Xie provide us with a vivid tour guiding.

g.D.I.Y. teacher form Lin An Tai historical house teaches us to make sachet.

h. Principal Chen always cheer students up.

i.Neighborhood magistrate help us with contacting D.C.A director.

j.Parents form Binjiang Elementary School help to pick students up when we need to visit Lin An Tai historical house.

k.Visitors help students for filling our questionnaires


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