1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Making good use of technology tools helps us carry out our research project more efficiently, including group discussion and contact, data collecting and integration, and webpages settings. We rely on these technology tools. The hardware we used includes computer, camera, DV, Pad, and web cam. The software we used includes FrontPage 2003, GoldWave 5.22, Microsoft Word, Google Earth, Google Map, Google hangouts, Facebook, Line, Gmail, Google drive, and Google calendar.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
Mrs. Wang Qiong Ying, one of the staff in the Reconstruction Council, helped us arrange the interview with the director of Reconstruction Council, Mr. Chern Jenn Chuan; the director of World Vision, Mr. Chuan Guo Chen, the residents in Rinari, the director of Evergreen Lily Elementary School, and so on. Through the participants’ share of their experiences, we understood that the disaster affected Taiwan a lot, and the reconstruction work was difficult. They felt comforted after our interview, for there aren’t many junior high school students who are willing to do a research about post-disaster reconstruction issues of the aborigines. We hope that there would be more people who would care for the residents in the disaster area by this activity. We also hope that the precious experiences could be passed down.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Through this project, we saw how Taiwan was struck by typhoons, earthquakes, landslides, and other nature disasters; and we saw how Rinari, the reconstructed sustainable community was reborn with many people’s assistance. We hope that by participating in the World Cyber Fair, people can pay more attention to the environmental protection of Taiwan to prevent such disaster from happening again. We hope that we can do our best to help them, because only by caring for minority groups can we put social justice into practice.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
It is inevitable that we use some information on the Internet when doing our research project; the references should be cited and rearranged. For the photos, apart from those we took by ourselves, some of them were provided by Reconstruction Council, we used them after cited. Besides, we wrote to Apple Daily to apply for the authorization of the news photos of Morakot disaster. As for the reflections and the reports, we interviewed, recorded, and wrote them by ourselves. We paid attention to the regulations of intellectual properties when browsing and collecting information on the Internet. Considering that our works should be protected and promoted, we decided to use the CC authorization mode which is non-commercial by labeling our names.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Before the research, we thought the victims would be sad and depressed; however, after we visited Rinari, we found that they face their future optimistically, and they never give up. It was touching! After this research, everyone understands that the post-disaster reconstruction is done by many people’s efforts, not only the government and the non-profit organizations but also the residents’ sincerity and firmness.