1. Description of Our Community
Monastyryshche is a small rural town located in the center of Ukraine 250 km away from the capital city of Kyiv. Nearly 9,000 people inhabit the town. The are no famous plases of interest in the town , but you can enjoy very beautiful nature of our district with its clean air , green forests , numerous ponds and endless fields. The are no big industries here. So, more and more people are moving from Monastyryshche to cities to find job there. This influences rural life style - you can rarely see people in the streets after 9pm. The inhabitants of the town are very hospitable and friendly.They welcome visitors open-heartedly and treat them warmly and generously. They have close-knit families of several generations, keep family traditions, like spend time with their family, dining, walking, playing and going on holidays together.
2. Summary of Our Project
Nowadays urban sprawl influences greatly the way of passing on cultural heritage and traditional folk art in particular. Being an indispensable part of traditional folk art, ethnic toys are a unique expression of a long national history, national spirit and cultural continuity. Through this project, we hope to understand the traditional folk art of making toys. We also hope to draw attention and raise public awareness of the importance of revival and preserving traditional folk art. By making this research, we hope we can let the world know about our local doll making artist's insistent pursuit and the deep exploration of toy making culture.
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:1
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Our website environment: our school only has one computer room to go on internet. There are many classes in our school. Because of the financial problems of the school we had no Internet access in December. We had to go to internet at our English teacher home on Sundays and on holidays.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
First, lack of time. Every one of us had to go to classes as required, and the teacher was much busier. We had to gather for our teamwork after school and that's why we lost some participants because their parents didn't allow them to stay after classes. We had to make use of Sundays and holidays or work at our teacher's in the evening. There we could use our teacher's lap-top and the lap-top taken from school, divide into subgroups to input the articles, diaries, pictures, etc. into the computers. Second, lack of experience in the use of information tools and technologies. It's a pity, we don't have a qualified IT teacher at school who could help us. Altough we had already worked with Weebly sites at our English lessons, but still, both, our English teacher and the four of us, had to work mostly by the trial and error. Sometimes we didn't even know the names of divices and processes in our native language let alone in English. And the photography... We tried hard though! Third, the problem with the access to the computers and the Internet. (read Para 3, E) Fourth, the English proficiency: our English is not good enough. As the committee requires English version, we had to turn to our English teacher for help. Acknowledgment for her patience.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We have so many experiences! Due to the research we've learnt much on world and Ukrainian history and on making national dolls popular among people. We suggested our arts teacher to introduce doll-making into class. And under the support from the headmaster, we hold an exhibition of hand made dolls, part of which then were presented to the children of the local boarding school. The director of our local history museum suggested us to share some dolls with the museum to make a special exhibition.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Folk doll making not only combines with history, geography, art, culture, computer, sociality, etc, but also the local education. Doll making entering the class; the beautiful dolls stories express the desire to beautiful life. And we learn that group spirit and communication ability are essentials for being the folk culture ambassador.