1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Computer hardware: Desktops,Laptops,Printers:Data gathering online, journal editing, reporting writing, webpage production, checking of printouts, printing of notifications, questionnaires and interview questions Flash:Animation production
Software: Free software: Text editing: Notepad:Writing and editing of Cyberfair project reports
Photo editing: PhotoCap, PhotoScape, Little Painter:Production and editing of photos and pictures
Browsing: Google Chrome31,32 , Internet Explorer8,9,10 , Firefox24,26:Web browsing
Licensed software: Microsoft Office Word2010,2003 , Microsoft Office Excel 2010,2003 , Microsoft Office Power Point2010,2003:Writing and editing of Cyberfair project reports,Statistical analysis of questionnaire results,Production and editing of photos and pictures
Microsoft Office Picture Manager,Photoimpact12,x3:Production and editing of photos and pictures
Adobe Dreamweaver CS6:Production and editing of webpages
Flash:Namo FreeMotion 2006,Photo Slideshow Maker Platinum:Animation production
WinRar,7-Zip:Opening of compressed files
Devices & tools: Telephones,mobile phones,and e-mails:Contacts with Mr. Lin, interviewees, team members, teachers and parents Cameras and tripods:Recording of the interviews and photo taking of various activities to enrich webpage contents Recorder pen:Recording of interview details
Others: Academic papers,blogs,2011 Community Development Evaluation Report by the Ministry of the Interior:Inquiries of data concerning Chungchuan Neighbourhood Questionnaire survey:Understanding of the reputation and opinions locals have for Mr. Lin Visits:Getting to know Mr. Lin from different perspectives Computer classroom at an access speed of 1GB/sec:Venue for us to work on website editing and data compilation Social media Facebook and search engines Yahoo,Google:Contacts with team members and collation of information
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
To collect information regarding Mr. Lin from different sources, we designed 14 questionnaires and issued these questionnaires to 145 respondents in the Cyberfair project. We drafted the interview questions in advance. Each team member designed the questions on a subset of the topics. We reviewed and modified each other’s questions before we presented them to our teachers. Once the questions were confirmed, we rehearsed the interview process. Our teachers provided feedback on our interview skills. As a result, we became better at interviewing others and interviewees were very impressed with the depth of our questions. We developed confidence in ourselves in this process. We felt embarrassed and upset when people declined to take our survey. However, we were not defeated by frustration. We confronted our fear, improved our skills and started again. Community residents gradually acknowledged our efforts and began to support our Cyberfair project. A few months later, questionnaire surveys became a piece of cake for us. We were involved in all the activities in Chungchuan Neighborhood. For example, we joined the volunteer team to clean up the community environment. We visited senior citizens with other volunteer workers. We participated in the curriculum of Chungchuan Learning Center and learned with grandmas, grandpas and children. We felt the dedication from Mr. Lin and the solidarity among residents. This was a valuable experience not available from textbooks.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
We learned how to get involved in community services and this has broadened our horizon. The smiles from other people made us realize it is a bigger blessing to give than to receive. We can start to get involved now.
We learned from the Cyberfair project that enthusiasm to serve others is the key to community developments. We can effectively enhance the quality of life if services are part of our life philosophy.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
Principal Ching-shan Wei and Director Hui-wen Wu: Thanks to Principal Ching-shan Wei and Director Hui-wen Wu. Without their great support, we could not have completed the Cyberfair project. We hope to win on the behalf of Chang Tai Junior High School. Teachers: Thanks so much for your instructions. You made sure that we were on schedule and doing our best. You gave us support and encouragement. You answered our questions and provided assistance. Thanks for giving us this learning opportunity. All the experiences will be treasured by us.
Mr.and Mrs. Lian-fa Lin: Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Lian-fa Lin for taking the time to speak with us. They were always happy to provide us with details or information throughout the project.
Volunteer Workers and Local Residents of Chungchuan Neighborhood: Thanks to the volunteer workers for showing us around and allowing us to take part in various events of Chungchuan Neighborhood. Also thanks to the community residents who responded to our questionnaire survey. We got to know Mr. Lin a lot better because of your assistance.
Parents: Thanks to our parents for driving us around to various venues and activities. Thanks for your support and we hope to make you proud.
Interviewees: Thanks to the Mayor, Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Tsai of Wuchuan Neighborhood, Teacher You-mei, Ms. Mei-tsu, Mr. De-yuan, Ms. Ya-yun, Mr. Jing-huan, and residents of Chungchuan Neighborhood. Because of your time to speak with us, we got to know Mr. Lin better.
Team members: Thanks for the great teamwork. This has been an extraordinary journey. All the efforts we have made are now the most treasured part of our lives. We are the best, the Ten Beauty Team!
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
1.Happy teamwork and great achievements: Each team member learned how to express opinions, respect others and take on board different viewpoints. We worked as a team so that we could achieve the best outcomes. Our work was more effective because we helped each other. We realized that team work can overcome many challenges.
2.Life is richer when we help others: We learned from the Cyberfair project that many people are willing to help others. We were just never aware of that because we were too preoccupied with school work. We learned from Neighborhood Chief and volunteer workers that helping others is the true happiness. It enriches our life and fill joys into our heart.
3.'We become better because of our services': We brought back to our school the philosophy of serving others. Enthusiasm helps us to do our jobs well. We also need the right skill sets and use the right methods to achieve efficiency. This is why we always ask our teachers for guidance and learn from the best of our peers. We have improved our competences, problem-solving capabilities and interpersonal relationships. Most important of all, we know that “we become better because of our services”.
4.Where there is a will, there is a way: We were so shy when we first started with the questionnaire survey. We felt upset whenever we received a rejection. However, we didn’t back off. Instead, we sought to improve our interview skills and etiquette. In the end, we received more and more positive feedback. We know that as long as we preserve, we will success. We should never give up easily.