1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Telephones: for communication, talking with the interviewees, signing up for the activities, etc.
Cell phones: for taking pictures and conducting the interviews
Computers: for collecting and organizing information, making a webpage; arranging the photos, audio and video files, etc.
Cameras: for taking photos and shooting videos
USB drives: for backing up the files and photos
Printers: for facilitating the correction job after printed
Recorders: for recording the interview
Sketch boards: for making up the drafts
Calculators: for computing the questionnaires
PhotoImpactX3: for processing the photos and original data
Adobe PhotoShop CS6: for the special effects of photos and original data
Namo WebEditor 6: for the designing of the webpage
Microsoft Word 2010: for the organizing of the text
Google Chrome: for the research and communication
Windows Media Player: for the playing of the video files
MAKE A GIF : http://makeagif.com/
PICASION : http://picasion.com/
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
The webpage we create is one of the approaches that we promote DDM to the world. We want to use the widespread of cyberworld to spread the vision and ideals of DDM and show the life and the vitality of Taiwan. At first, we surf the Internet for the information related to DDM. Afterwards, we complete the project gradually by taking part in the activities provided by DDM. We get to know the essence of DDM along the way. With our efforts, the webpage will definitely make more people understand the spirit of DDM. We hope to work together with people who believe in DDM to propagate the Buddha dharma.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Doing a project is hard work. Because of the encouragement from teachers and cooperation with teammates, we notice that we become more capable and that we can work under pressure. We have learned a lot from the project. Our writing ability improves a lot. Besides, we have learned how to process and organize the information quickly and effectively. We have also learned how to divide the task according to abilities and how to work together. In the end, we realize that there’s still considerable room for improvement and we will work harder toward it.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
Participating Personnel Work Projects Percentage Students 1.Write thematic elements
3.Drafting interview outline
4.Conducting interview with targets or relevant personnel
7.Develop thematic name
55% Teachers 1.Modify the content
2.Conducting interview with targets or relevant personnel
3.Paper writing guidance
4.Skills instruction and counseling
5.Provide web editing software
6.Provide drawing board
Assistance unit Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education 1.Help us solve the problem
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
In the process of doing the project, we have learned and discovered many things. For example, when we visited DDM and ate meals in the dining hall, we noticed that there’s no price tag for each meal. You pay according to your heart and ability. This practice is totally different from what we are used to in this commercial society. There’s another example. All the working staff and the volunteers are contributing without being paid. No matter how difficult the job is or how busy they are, the masters will work hard tirelessly. They are really the role models for us. Because of the contribution of the monastic community and lay practitioners, DDM can work effectively and soundly.