1. Description of Our Community
Huanyuan County is located at the joint of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Huangtu Plateau, where is the military defense of Tibet and west Qinghai Province. It's 48km away from Xining-the capital of province. The traffic is very convenient, with Qinghai-Tibet railway, No 109, No 305 state high way run through our county. Huangyuan County's economy is based on agriculture and animal husbandry. Our county is wealthy in water resources, with 86 rivers and 12 hydroelectric power stations inside. The average flow of Huangshui River is 4.99 m3/s. There are many sightseeing spots, such as Xishixia Valley, Riyue Mount, Chenghuang Temple, Zhazang Monastery and etc.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our team worked on the shadow play culture for this Net Fair contest, and we divided our tasks and conducted investigations on several aspects covering the origins of the Hehuang shadow play, its singing and tunes, the props and the actors, as well as the present situation and visiting the folk artists. For experiencing the shadow play, we have downloaded the classic plays performed by teacher Mr. Tan on the internet.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none
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):
Our school built a computer room in 2005 equipped with a total of forty computers and another one especially for teachers, most of which could not work normally for they were too old. And recently the network has been reformed that optical fiber has been set up covering the whole school.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We did encounter a lot of difficulties in the web pages making. Firstly, we did not have an experienced teacher on such field. And the teacher Mr. Ma was quite busy for sparing time studying on line and editing while also arranging us to go on the interview and collect materials. Secondly, it happened to be the harvest time for farmers when we were in the process of collecting materials, thus our interview was once difficult to be carried out. Finally, for lacking of experience on making web pages, we had to learn from the previous excellent works as the ideas of drafting the website outline.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Hearing the news from teacher Mr. Ma that we were to participate in the Net Fair contest, we were on one hand, very happy for such a good opportunity to demonstrate our local culture and our competence. On the other hand, we did worry about this new project that we have never heard of that, let alone making a website. After we put forward sorts of problems, the headmaster and teacher Mr. Ma held a special meeting without any hesitation. The headmaster gave us great support on our research and told us that we could turn to him whenever we met difficulties. Then teacher Mr. Ma made a detailed plan for the research and encouraged us. 'Nothing is difficult as long as you can go to have a try.' in the following days we carried out each of our division of work. Everyone has worked hard collecting materials. Finally, our hard work bore the fruit of gains that our website was built with the joint efforts. Despite of some tiny shortcomings, we were hilarious about it.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The study on Hehuang Shadow Play was combined with school curriculum, and permeated the music class, which enriched campus culture.