CyberFair Project ID: 7404

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Small Steps, Big Heart. TEAM TK.
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Tanjong Katong Secondary School
    N.A., N.A., Singapore

10 students, ages 15 -16 years old worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 15, 2013. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2013

Classes and Teachers: Ms Nani Rahayu

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

The community we would be focusing on the elderly at Kampung Arang, Singapore. This community consists of largely old people who are within the age of group of 65 years old and above. This community is estimated at 1,572 households. Most of them have very low levels of education and they are earning less than one thousand dollars a month. The elderly community in this area are in need of help from the government and the community. This community consists of the four main racial groups in Singapore, Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasians with the Chinese making up the majority. Most of the elderly here are conversant in Chinese. This community consists of elderly who are lonely because of the empty nest syndrome where the children of the elderly have left home after marriage. The elderly in Kampung Arang needs not only financial help but also emotional support from volunteers.

2. Summary of Our Project

In our school, Tanjong Katong Secondary School, students participate in a service learning programme by making a contribution to the community. The school does this by working closely with our partner, St Hilda’s Community Service, a voluntary organisation serving the needs of the elderly at Kampung Arang. Through this interaction, TK students demonstrate the school values of empathy, charity and loyalty. In this website, we showcase examples of service learning projects organised for our local community, the residents of Kampung Arang. • Love COPE programme where TK students assist St Hilda Community to organisea full-day Christmas High Tea party held in Kallang area, specially catered for the elderly of Kampung Arang. The students contribute by helping out with decorations of the venue, usher guests, serve food and help out as stage hands. • Project Serve where TK student leaders organise a service learning project by organising a fund raising activity of collecting old newspapers to raise funds for cleaning and painting the homes of the elderly in Kampung Arang. • `The Coffe Bin Project’ where TK students visit St Hilda’s Community centre weekly to interact with the lonely elderly for two hours for each session. The students play games or talk to the elderly to keep them company. • Special Projects involves TK students playing host for special events such as Chinese New Year. Each year about 80 elderly residents of Kampung Arang will visit the school on specially chartered buses paid for by the school. The elderly are entertained with a concert performance, presented with hampers packed specially by the students and are treated to a buffet spread. The elderly of Kampung Arang are also invited to our school’s national day celebrations where the elderly are treated to an outdoor parade celebration.

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:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

A problem that we faced was the gathering and processing of data. Due to our hectic daily schedule, it was difficult to the time take time off to interview the relevant teachers for the information that we needed, and to compile the information after we got them. In addition, we had limited sessions to work on the project, as our club only met once a week, giving us limited time to discuss and transfer the work we had done over the course of the week. Another problem we faced was in the creation of the website. It was a tedious task, as we are not well trained in the field of website design and coding. This caused our technical team to become demoralised and frustrated halfway into the project. Furthermore, our teams were organised way after the starting date, and we could not decide on a topic as a whole club, leaving us with little time to complete the website. Having overambitious plans was another problem; these overambitious plans led to an improper planning of our time, causing the pressure to mount on the different teams at different times. For instance, the technical team had to wait for the writing team to finish before they could start with their work. On hindsight, we should have started with the overall design of the website first. All in all, while this project was plagued with numerous problems ranging from time to our team’s morale, it was an extremely enriching project, and we had learnt to overcome the problems through persistence and tenacity.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

This competition serves as a platform to showcase our school’s community involvement programme, and also, allows our students to train themselves in the field of website design and programming.

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

The content standards of our cyberfair project address the use of inquiry based learning pedagogy where the students have to answer their research questions. The students learnt the skills of doing research, interview techniques and synthesising of information for their website. As for technical skills, the students learnt video making and website development skills. The students cooperated and worked as a team. There was a division of workload and two teams was created, the writing and technical team. The students learnt that they played an important role as volunteers in the community. Yes, internet for teaching and learning is more effective than traditional methods because students get access to information at their finger tips as compared to traditional teaching and learning methods where the teacher is the one who is the source of knowledge.

Project Elements

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

We used desktop computers in the school computer lab as well as home computers. The students had also used video and digital cameras for videotaping their interviews as well as a short clip. Adobe flash was also used to create the website.

These tools helped to facilitate the creation of the website as well as recording of the video clips for the interview. The most valuable tool was the desktop computers used for the website development. The Adobe Flash software was useful in helping the students develop the website.

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

An experience by one of our students: As a student taking part in Project Serve, I had helped paint the walls of an uncle's home. It was a heart-warming experience as the uncle was satisfied with our work and felt grateful to us even though we did not finish painting all the walls which we had planned to do. The smile on his face and the fact that he said thank you tell me that even the smallest deed we do for others could make their day a joyful and touching one.

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

We believe that we would make a difference to those who had visited our website as it shares the contributions made by our school to the community. Through such, we hope to raise the awareness of our audience that they too can learn to appreciate and notice their own community and thus lend a helping hand whenever they can. On the other hand, people from all over the world would be able to learn more about TK's involvement in community projects and hopefully, we can touch their hearts by sharing our experiences and inspire them to start small.

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

This International Cyberfair project had been successful only with the help of a large group of people. Here, we owe all of you a big thank you! One of the groups we would like to thank is the St. Hilda’s Community Service Centre; this project would not have been possible without the help of them. They provided various opportunities for us, the TK students, to do our part in contributing to the society and lend a helping hand to these less fortunate people. They were willing to work closely with us to help improve the lives of the elderly and aid us in achieving our learning objectives. Another group of people we would like to thank is our teachers. Throughout the process of the creation of this website, both Ms Nani and Mr Toh have helped us to the best of their ability and constantly supplied us with useful and relevant pieces of information to improve our website. In times of doubts, they will offer their help with little hesitation and solve the various technical problems we faced along the way. Also, when we needed additional details on the different projects done by our school, Mrs Tan was always there to help us. She would gladly accept our interviews and answer to even the smallest detail. Hence, we are really thankful for all their assistance and thus, making this project possible.


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