1. Description of Our Community
The school, located in the old downtown of Taichung City which borders the Central, North, and West Districts, is an old and famous elementary school. For 85 years, numerous prominent students have graduated from this school. Mr. Ju-Chuan Chou, who set up Chung Shan Medical University and its hospital in South District, also graduated from the elementary school. In 1955, as a dentist, Mr. Chou decided to train more dentists for his hometown Taichung. Therefore, he had kept asking people for funding and support for 5 years. Finally, he set up 'Chung Shan Dentist College' in 1960. Now, there are 6 colleges, 21 departments, and 17 graduate programs in Chung Shan Medical University with nearly 30,000 graduates. The University's dentist clinic becomes the medical center with 3 branch hospitals of Daqing, Chung Shing, and Wen Shin (College of Oral Medicine Center), 7 medical units and 4 developmental centers. These institutions are equipped with advanced facilities and medical services. Thus, they become one of the three major medical centers in Taichung City.
2. Summary of Our Project
We are students from the classes for the gifted. In the course Biological Technology, our teacher introduced Taichung City's medical environment and medical centers. When talking about cancer and genetic issues, our teacher mentioned Mr. Ju-Chuan Chou's morality and dedications to the medical profession, and this really impressed us. Therefore, we would like to visit Chung Shan Medical University because it focuses on humanistic education and prioritizes the patients' interest. Then, we decided to learn the University's hospital through data collection, visiting, interviews, and questionnaires. Our question is what impact and contribution the integration of medical systems will have for the community and its residents. In the course of research, we even held panel discussions and seminars with our teacher for in-depth thinking. We expect that this project can be shared with more people and further ask them to think about their attitudes, values, and vision toward the medical profession.
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):
Although it was practical to use all the software we learned in IT class, we couldn't increase its efficiency. We're slow typewriters even though we're familiar with using computers; we spend a day processing a picture despite our creativity for the photos. Fortunately, all the classmates almost spare their time for our project. We even worked together with everyone's talents; for example, Min-Jun is good at picture software, and then he will focus on film-editing and perfection; Chao-shin and Jia-chi are fast typewriters and they took charge of paperwork. Thus, technical mastery, professional cooperation, and perseverance are the key to solving the problems.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The problems we had to overcome are described as follows: A. The Expertise Needed for the Project Medical studies and technology involve difficult expertise, so we had to spend much time understanding the medical terms, facilities, and equipment so that we could move onto the following research activities, which is a big challenge for the 5th graders at elementary school. We used many learning activities to fill up our knowledge gap if necessary. B. Lack of Efficiency in IT Work Although it was practical to use all the software we learned in IT class, we couldn't increase its efficiency. We're slow typewriters; we spend a day processing a picture despite our creativity for the photos. Fortunately, all the classmates almost spare their time for our project. We even worked together with everyone’s talents. Technical mastery, cooperation, and perseverance are the key to solving the problems. C. Lack of Careful Judgment and Organization The values, ethics, system, law, and even life issues from medical studies all require high-level and profound thinking for research. The students from advanced class have a better grasp of emotional and critical thinking, they are still innocent kids. Lack of maturity influences their judgment on social values. Hence, we increase the interaction by story-telling such as film seminars, interviews with surgeons, and even mental talk with cancer patients. D. The Restriction on Medical Ethics, Privacy, and Safety There are many taboos of visiting a medical institution, and the students had to pay attention to the community patients' privacy protection. For safety, the elementary school students are not allowed to access some places in a medical institution. In that way, all the data (including videos) we acquired must be authorized by the hospital for use on the webpages.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
By way of participating in International Schools CyberFair, we believe that the greatest significance is to enable students, teachers, alumni and community to unite together and mutually understand that we are all living in the same community. Everyone is a part of the community, carrying out their duties and playing a role in the community, and the roles played are inseparable from each other. Also, the unity of the community is an indispensable cornerstone to the prosperity, security, well-being and sustainable development of the community now and in the future. In addition, sound medical facilities and systems are necessary for community prosperity in face of an aging population structure in Taiwan society in the future.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This research project combines with Taiwan Schools Cyberfair, Grades 1-9 curriculum, and school-based curriculum. Through this research project, students will show their deep concern about the community and life, and further take the responsibility to introduce Taiwanese domestic culture to the world. This will help broaden students' worldview and connect them with the globe. Along with Grades 1-9 curriculum and the curricular activities designed for advanced classes, students shall develop research skills and the 'ten core competences'. 1. Language Arts: to improve listening, speaking, reading, writing and integrate the four skills. 2. Mathematics: to develop the analytical skill of statistics. 3. Social Studies: to respect people, concern the society, and improve the ability for teamwork. 4. Science and Technology: to learn biological and medical knowledge and develop the skill of using information and technology. 5. Arts and Humanities: to develop the ability of beauty appreciation and creativity. 6. Integrative Activities: to enhance self-understanding and develop cooperative attitude for teamwork. 7. Creativity: to bring about students motivation for research and exploration through analyses and discussions 8. Guidance: to carry out self-regulation for each group and develop the ability to plan, organize, and execute for teamwork. 9. High-level Thinking Training: to develop cognitive, independent, and critical thinking through mental talks and interviews. 10. Problem-solving Skill: to hold discussions, do decision- making, make numerous attempts and corrections to solve the problems and difficulty in the research.