CyberFair Project ID: 7979

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Aging Locally, Healthily and Actively
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Yangming Junior High School
    Changhua, Taiwan, Taiwan, ROC

10 students, ages 13-14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 10, 2015. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2012,2013,2014

Classes and Teachers: Lin,Pei-Jing; Xie, Ya-Juan; Huang,Xian-Ren

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Changhua County is located in the western part of Taiwan Island. To its north is Taichung City, to its east is Nantou County and to its south is Yulin County. In the west, Changhua County faces the Taiwan Strait. Changhua has been famous for its fertile soil and therefore it is called 'the Granary of Taiwan.' Besides, the scenic views of mountains and historical architectures in Changhua are wonderful and attractive. Changhua is also well-known for its local foods. People around Taiwan love to visit Changhua for a taste of the delicious local snacks. All of these attractions make Changhua County a must-see place.

2. Summary of Our Project

WeiAiLun Academy, located in Changhua City, is the first day-care center for the people with dementia. It is built to provide service for people who are over 50 years old, suffering from dementia, and living nearby Changhua City. WeiAiLun Academy aims to help look after the elder with dementia in the daytime so that their family have the time to take a break or go out to work. In addition, WeiAiLun Academy hopes that the elder can receive professional and perfect care, interact and learn with each other, and then retard their condition of dementia. In this way, the elder with dementia can age locally and actively.

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:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

First, we faced the pressure of time. As high school students, we should seize every possible moment to work on our project. Second, the technical challenges troubled us quite a lot. Thanks to Mr. Huang's guide and advice, we finally built our project website. Third, the interviews were new to all of us. We had to discuss together on the questionnaires and assign each member a job before the interview. Fourth, we should care much for the elders' privacy and try not bother them too much.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Aging society has been an international concern these years. In our project, we hope to make people aware of this issue and to get well-prepared for it.

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

Our activities and research for the International Schools CyberFair project encouraged us to learn the way of communicating with team members, the importance of teamwork, the use of technology and the ability of independent thinking. These are also the goals of the Grade 1-9 Curriculum Guidelines in Taiwan. We have collected information from the Internet and organized it to develop our questionnaires and build our project website together. All these are related to the curriculum requirement of the language course, the computer course, and social studies. Hence, by participating in International Schools CyberFair, we achieved some of the major learning goals of the Grade 1-9 Curriculum Guidelines.

Project Elements

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

First, cameras are used for recording the interview and the research process. Second, computers are used to search for information online, organize the interview contents, modify photos and build our project website. Third, cellphones are used to contact our team members and the interviewees.

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

First, we built our project website to let more people know more about the dementia and the Wei-Ai-Lun Academy. Second, we took part in the activities held by the academy and stayed with the elders for a happy time. Third, we introduced what we had done to our classmates so that they could also understand the academy more.

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

Aging society has been a concern these days. However, not everyone gets well-prepared for it. All of us have family members who are old and even more, all of us will become old some day. Therefore, through our project, we awakened people to think about the issue of aging more seriously by sharing our research and showing our project website.

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

First, we really thank our instructors for what they have done. They guided us to discuss our project and build our website. Second, we really appreciate Dr. Zhan, the CEO of the Wei-Ai-Lun Academy. She shared many precious ideas and thoughts with us. Third, we are touched by what the caretakers and social workers have done for the elders. We learned quite a lot from them.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Aging is inevitable. However, as long as we can provide service for the elders, they can live a happy life and achieve the goal of 'aging locally, healthily and actively.'


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