1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
We mainly use the school's academic networks, school's computer classroom, and we can share and cooperate, the connection is very smooth, no stuck situation. At home we were connected via dial-up or ADSL to google thematic collaboration platform production.The hardware and software we used are as following: i.Computers and laptops: Searching and organizing information, producing the website.ii.Digital recording pens and cameras: Recording information during interviews and working journals, geographical investigation iii.30MB Internet Network: Connecting to the Internet (provided by school) iv.Portable disk: backing up information v.Gimp and Photocap: editing images and photos vi.FileZilla: Uploading website onto the net vii.X-Mind: Creating graphic organizers and job separation charts viii.ImageResizer: Resizing pictures ix.Google Drive: Platform for team members to communicate and exchange information x.Microsoft Word 2010: Creating website information xi.E-mail: Sending messages
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
For this Cyber Fair project, in addition to our teamwork spirit and great efforts, we also visited a number of the staff at Immaculate Heart Center for Mentally Handicapped, such as Sister You chengsoon, teachers, social workers, therapists, cooks, alternative service soldiers, charity children , and volunteers. We told them our goals to improve the campus atmosphere and promote students' virtue and stop bullying. We call parents and students in our school to donate secondhand goods and do volunteer service to let more people know about the charity. It conveys our intention of improving the atmosphere around us. We hope that we can have responses from more people.
We participated in one-day volunteer experience in order to experience what the charity intends to convey to the public, and have further contact with the Catholic institution and its participants.
We held various activities related to the concept of helping others through our club, including “jumble sale”, “volunteer service”, and “the flea market”. We hope that the change of our school culture can start from us.
They all did their best to support us, so that we learned a lot. We would like to thank them all for agreeing to the interview, recognizing our efforts in the research of this topic, and giving us lots of encouragement and support. When visiting Sister You chengsoon, she sincerely shared her feelings and thoughts with us. We were touched by her spirits and enthusiasm. Teacher Li jyunsheng was the receptionist. He always patiently answered our questions, and led us to have experience in taking care of disabled people. His patience allowed us to learn quickly and gave us a sense of achievement. Thanks to his teaching, we learned a lot and showed more thought for others than ourselves.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
(1) About Love and Care Some of us never realize our own happiness lies within ourselves. Most people are so busy driven to pursue success, power and wealth that they mistake these materialistic values for happiness. Getting along with teachers, and volunteers at Immaculate Heart Center for Mentally Handicapped, I found out they were somebodies. They were so brave that they chose the ways which were different from others did. They were not alone because their hearts were full of joy and peace. (2) Our information literacy The Cyber Fair project is presented in the form of webpages, which requires the use of a lot of information technology. For being able to use the information devices fluently, we learned many software and hardware tools to enrich our computer knowledge, so that we could skillfully use computer products. (3) The joy of sharing The most beautiful scenery in Taiwan is friendly people. Through the Cyber Fair project, we share our experience with others and present the beauty of human nature to the world via the Internet. We believe that the people who live in this land will see another beauty of Taiwan through our Cyber Fair project and the whole world will learn more about Taiwan through our webpages.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
In order to improve the campus atmosphere and promote students’ virtue, we gathered together to compete in the International Cyberfair. We suggested the dean of our student affair office to hold several activities, like jumble sale, volunteer service, and the flea market. Students in my school know more about the charity institution by joining these charitable activities. We also know more about the Catholic charity institution by joining its volunteer activities. Then, we spread our thoughts through our actions and motivate people around to join the volunteer activities and pay more attention to the disabled. During the two years, we kept joining volunteering activities at the Center. We also joined the Taiwan Cyberfair last year. Through our report, more and more people noticed the charity. Thank Sister You for helping us have a better understanding of the charity during this period.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
After working hard for months, we’ve learned to process information and produce web pages. We’ve experienced frustrations and hard times, but we continuously encouraged one another. Even though we sacrificed sleep and leisure time, our hard work resulted in a satisfying, completed project. Every student at Immaculate Heart Center for Mentally Handicapped is the most innocent angel in the world. There are many kind people in the world who do something good to the disabled people want nothing in return. Thanks to their help, teachers and Sister You can concentrate on their task. They are joyful because they are not alone.