1. Description of Our Community
Located in the northern tip of Taiwan and closed to the East China Sea, 'Shimen' has a very beautiful ocean views in different seasons. In spring and summer, the ocean is gentle and poetic. In winter, due to the strong winds and cold weather, it would be severely cold here. However, The beauty of North Coast ocean views make Shimen the National Scenic Area and well-known for the tourists all around the world. Traditionaly, the International Kite Festival is held in November. This big event makes Shimen ?Hometown of Kites ? and well-known all over the world.
2. Summary of Our Project
In this project, we will introduce you the beauty and entertainment in Shimen. First, the anual'Shimen International Kite Festival' is the country's major events which draw attention all over the world. Therefore, we will tell you many interesting things about kites; from types of kites, kite making and flying, the director of Shimen Kite Associatio, etc. Then we will focus on Shimen International Kite Festival. this wonderful event won’t dissapointed you. There are a lot of fun things you can do here. At last, we will introduce you the natural beauty of Shimen to you.
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:2-3
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1. Web pages producing is actually a very big challenge for us. Although primary school teachers have taught us a little about it, how to make a nice and functional website still need lots of effort and discussion. 2. As for the other categories of IT equipment, from basic voice recorder, photocopier to camera, each is not familiar for us. It takes time for us to learn how to use them properly.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The entire case study and the process of creating web pages is such a long process. Conflict and disagreements occurred several times during the process. Some people complain about too much work. Under the teacher's guidance, we learn to accept other people’s opinion. After adjusting ideas and encouraging each other, we try to overcome the problems little by little. Although there is still a lot to go, we will continue to move forward.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This project makes us know much more about kites. School also offer relevant courses about kites, making it an important part of our school courses. (?)Combining the arts field, art teachers teach students to make indoor kites and to paint kite. Performing Arts teacher teaches students to dance with indoor kite. Music teacher teaches students to choose appropriate music as a soundtrack, so that students can dance with the beautiful music. These courses make Shimen 'Taiwan's northernmost indoor kite school.' (?)Combining the service learning activities, we teach and accompany the Shimen elderly. We teach the elder to make indoor kites and spend a relaxing holiday together. (?)Combining the community activities, the teachers invited Kite Association to teach students to operate stunt kite, therefore, we will have access to super-kite technology, making the heritage of kites more effective. (?)Combining the IT education, in this project, we learn a lot about data collection, web producing, taking pictures and so on. Thanks to the IT volunteers and our teachers, without them, we will never know how to use those IT products and make our own website.