CyberFair Project ID: 7947

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Dragon as eave, phoenix as roof-a field research of Jian-nian art in Yongjing historic sites&temples
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Yongjing Elementary School
    Changhua, , Taiwan

10 students, ages 11-12 years old worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 15, 2015. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2014

Classes and Teachers: Xiuhua Xie, Renyen Hsu, Baoguei Gao, and class 4, grade 6.

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Yongjing Township is known for an abundant number of flowers and trees, and traditional temples. Among them, Jian-nian (cut-and-paste figurines) art on the eaves are the most fascinating art crafts. Temples are the mian religious center of Yongjing people. The cut-and-paste decorative art on the ridge shows the excellent skills of the craftmen who also endure much hardship to complete every artwork by standing on the eave or the roof. Dragon and phoenix are the most common figurines in Jian-nian art, also flowers and birds, animals, and figures are all included.

2. Summary of Our Project

In the very beginning, Jian-nian (cut-and-paste figurines) art is only the substitution for Koji ceramics. The beautiful topic of the eaves is based on the three historical landmarks in Yongjing-Yu San Guan, House of Royalty, and Chengmei Hall and other temples. In order to get to know the Jian-nian artwork, we experience how to produce a real Jian-nian artwork by using paper bowls, straw, and fruit to create some couplets or flowers. We experienced the hardship work and had a better understanding about it.

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:4-6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

We are still new to the website production. Sometimes we finish typing all the data, but as soon as we are going to forward it. It was all gone. It's very frustrated. Luckily our teacher gave us a lot of help. We learned and improved a lot.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Website production is difficult because we don't have enough experience and background knowledge is not enough. Luckily, our teacher helped us to overcome all the problems, and we get to know it gradually. Time for research is not easy to arrange. We use our nap time to discuss the research. In order to avoid conflict of our students' learning hour, we have to arrange and plan time to visit all the temples and historic sites. We divide into teams, visit the sites on holidays with family, take the advantage of computer technology to exchange information. Sometimes the computer is easy to crash, network speed is super slow, and can't upload information. These are the troubles we met. However, we have to make more efforts and keep going, do remember what mistakes we had make, and then use back up information. Finally we made it.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Teamwork, information editing, website production as well as knowledge of Jian-nian (cut-and-paste) art are all very important at this cyberfair activity. Though it's hardship, we learned a lot.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

The CyberFair project research plan and activities are combined with Grade 1-9 Curriculum-humanities and art, language areas,social and local society, full use of internet technology, and integrated learning activities. In addition to appreciate the beauty of traditional art, we made some Jian-nian couplets artworks. It was an amazing experience. When doing project research, we need to have good language integration to convey what we want to explain in the internet. That was also a rewarding learning experience. Besides, this project combines with local community, we understand more about our local art and have a great thankfulness for those who are dedicated to protect our traditional artworks. In this CyberFair activity, we need to have basic internet background, therefore, using the Internet and learning have been more effective than traditional methods.There is no time limitation to share or study the related information. Internet does enhance our ability for using information.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

There are some information technology to be used to accomplish this project research. FB site let us share information instantly and have online discussion. There is no constraints. When doing research, the most troublesome is where to save all the data. Network drive is the best way to try. We use some information equipment-telephones to contact teammate and assist our staff, computer to store data and website production, ADSL broadband network to upload and download data files and discussion,scanners to have a reference of data saving, printers to print out data, digital cameras to record the visiting data, recorders to record all the information.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

Students participate in this project research have the responsibilities to represent our local community as the ambassadors to introduce the audience to the world about what characteristics our local community has.They visited cultural worker and Jian-nian craftman and showed their great interest on it. All the students ans students also participate in understanding historical and cultural resources. Through the internet, they spread around the beauty of our local cultural assets and arouse people's concern to our culture.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Teaching combines culture.Through the website spreading, hopely it can attract more people to visit and promote our local tourism development.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

Other local members provided their assistance and obligation to make this project research more smoothly. Craftman Jiang provided live explaining and question solving and we had a better understanding. Navigator


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