1. Description of Our Community
The terrain of Changhua County as an isosceles triangle, located in central Taiwan. It is a place where is full of cultural atmosphere and a deep sense of hospitality, although it is the smallest county in Taiwan, its geographical advantage made Changhua County one of the earliest developed regions. Another geographical advantage, flat and fertile plains, makes it an agricultural development county in Taiwan as well.
2. Summary of Our Project
The topic of this research is Tsai Meng-Shin who won the 5th place of 2013 world rankings in Photographic Society of America (PSA). Photography has been very interesting to us whom attend photography courses at school, taught us how to take videos, photos, etc. Furthermore, many photographical professionals are invited to give speeches which we benefit a lot from. Whereas the school instructor invited Tsai Meng-Shin for a speech, which was our first acquaintance of him. Surprisingly, such a well-known distinguished photographer having taken so many top-notch ecological photographs is also from Changhua. We admire him the most that his life style and his photography course, especially his patience and never-ending enthusiasm towards photography. Consequently, this drives us to dig further and understand Tsai Meng-Shin better.
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):
This study has carried out at one of our school computer labs. Two main cables are a 60M fiber-optic cable and a 100M TANET fiber-optic cable. The network of each computer at school is linkable. Additionally, the electronic device is perfect and available in every classroom for our query search and use, so as Wi-Fi is available at administrative area such as offices and the library.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Time limitation: We carried out this project at duration of school days. We can only sacrifice nap time and lunch time to discuss at a computer lab. Although the time was only thirty-five minutes for each gathering, we pooled all resources, and accumulated them bit by bit. Limited condition is still able to accomplish the plan and our determination. There is no such climate as giving-up among all of us. We fully took advantages of all resources and time we had. No matter on holiday or at night, as long as we were free, we searched information at home and then used a network drive uploaded progress, or reported the progress on Facebook and interacted with each other. Precious time: Since Tsai had bitten by tsutsugamushi accidentally in Orchid Island, his immunity decreased that he underwent chemotherapy as we had the interview; consequently, we needed to coordinate his physical condition, so time became more compact.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
In this ingenious opportunity, we has had a chance to be a part of this blog project, a sincere practical. Our lives in senior high school were tiring and all members were not related to each other, after all we had encountered, our feelings towards to each other is as firm as a family. We developed tenaciously. We shared a same goal and coordinated with each other. The purpose of this project is to let us learn, listen and follow Tsai Meng-Shin with his photographic skills and mentality. This blog project is to encourage students at all levels to perform and practice all techniques through case studies and teamwork which help all students explore local culture and native environment. The participants can learn not only these, but a focus on the ability to identify and dialogue with the people that stand behind the meaning. Such skills cannot learn from books. Practice is, however, the only way to sharp and well versed in skills makes the place of this blog project in our minds.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our school has launched video production course for several years. As we were a freshman at school, we envied as some seniors filming their own movi. We also knew “Taiwan Schools Cyberfair” is a part of School Actualization Program which our school, Erlin High School, was in part of this program for some time. Moreover, this blog project is not only for the program but also a great benefit for students digging into a deeper layer of photography. When we interview Tsai Meng-Shin, he is conscientious to guide us some basic concepts of photography, for instance, adjusting angles, screen, etc. These are basic but important skills in photography, and he led us to follow his student on field. This experience was very precious that take us going a better level of photography so as to a better development in photography.