CyberFair Project ID: 8154

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Let’s have fun in Xiju!
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Lian-Jiang County Ching-Heng Junior High and Eleme
    Lienchiang County, N / A , TAIWAN

5 students, ages 10~12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 14, 2014. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): N/A

Classes and Teachers: Chung-Lin,Chang and Sixth Grade Homeroom Teacher

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Matsu is the pearl of Northern Taiwan. Kaliu~ Kaliu~ you’ll miss this dream land if you followed a common tour guide. Kaliu~ Kaliu~ our ancestors crossed the sea and stayed on the falling pearls. It was so prosperous in the good old days, now it is home for the mythical bird. Kaliu~ Kaliu~ there is still a passing by among the four townships and five islands. Kaliu~ Kaliu~ Xiju is the southernmost island of Matsu. Passengers wrapped up layers of culture left by the time. Xiju is not an outlaying island in your words, it is a sleeping white dog in ancient book, my beloved hometown. *Kaliu: “go out and play” in Fuzhou dialect.

2. Summary of Our Project

Matsu is islands of Taiwan, and Xiju is an island of Matsu. Because of its remoteness, Xiju keeps its original scenery and the look in early times. The information about Xiju is relatively less, so it is still a snub neglected by people. Therefore, our team members collect information and show local features through this project, to treasure this land more and improve the awareness to people. We encourage our team doing labor division and share the resources together. Teachers lead children to make flexible use of skills they learned, hoping that they can break the limit of remote area and communicate with the world actively.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20

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

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

Our school belongs to academic network and supported by National Central University. We use internet every day in the school computer classroom six hours.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

This project is not easy for us. But it’s also not too difficult, for we are a part of it. Although we live and grew in Xiju, we still know very little about her. So we did many things and spent great amount of time on this project. 1.This is our first time to participate in this kind of competition. We believe hard working can the lack of experience. We spent 12 hours per week to plan and design activities to get information we need and to see what we can do in our school’s campus teachings. We’ve never tried to deal with so much information like this. And it’s our first time to do so many things with Microsoft Word. We didn’t know that Word is so useful that we can edit our thoughts so well. 2.It’s pretty cool to set up a website. We did some layout jobs while writing articles on Word. And we learned a lot in filming videos, too. We need to dub for some of our videos for the original voice cannot be heard well due to the sea wind. 3.We already tried so hard on this project. However, we’re not good enough to make everything perfect. We looked for many professionals’ help. And their help really upgraded the quality of our project. Looking for help is really important. We learned not to be shy to ask for help.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We encourage our team doing labor division and share the resources together. Teachers lead children to make flexible use of skills they learned, hoping that they can break the limit of remote area and communicate with the world actively.

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

Our research project of International CyberFair is combining with Grade 1-9 Curriculum. There are the six fields in our project such as Language Learning, Social Studies, Nature Science, Art and Humanity, Integrated Activities and Big Issue – E-Learning, Big Issue – Environmental Education, Big Issue – Ocean. The mainly beginning point is the language field. This is our first project. We started from reading picture books and traveling magazines to understand local culture. Then we made a list of people to interview, and wrote down some questions to ask. During preparing the interview, Children practiced reading, speaking, listening, and eventually writing after getting information.

Project Elements

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

In order to make others more easily to realize our project, we utilized several software, such as Windows Movie Maker and Photoshop, to design and finalize a vivid video. We appreciate Xiang-Cheng Huang, our Director of General Affairs. We could not finish this project without his helps. He not only provided technology tools that can edit image and design websites, such as cameras, computers and laptops, but also taught us how to use them. In addition, other software or websites, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, PhotoScape, Photocap, Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome, also helped us to collect related materials and finish this video.

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

We took several times filed interviews and records of local photos, videos, language, words, and etc.. The information collected from local newspapers, interviews of the tickets seller at Qingfan harbor provided us abundant resources, and we organized this information through our observation during daily life. All of these actions are aimed to express our love to this environment, and show our passion of being little tour guides of Xiju.

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

We tried hard to learn about our island. We cannot finish this project without residents’ help. Uncle Shun-Shou was guiding us to visit villages in Xiju. The chief of Tianwo was teaching us the knowledge of religious ceremonies in Xiju. Aunt Min-Ling was telling us about how many people come to Xiju in different seasons. The residents were teaching us to make fish meatballs. Mr. Hsu and Miss Chen of Matsu National Scenic Area were offering us the rare pictures of Chinese Crested Tern and proofreading our article about Caipuao. Due to these help, we are able to be tour guides of Xiju now. And we will keep telling people everything about this island!

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

Thanks to these people for sharing their knowledge and specialty. Thanks to two experts from the Matsu National Scenic Area, Section Chief Hsu, Kuang-Tsung and Miss Chen, Ying-Chieh, for describing Caipuao’s unique geology and answering our questions. Thanks to Mr. Chen, Shun-Shou, Secretary of Juguang Township Council, for introducing the history of Xiju and stories of Mindong buildings. Thanks to Miss Liu, Bi-Yun, Principal of Banli Elementary School, for introducing Matsu’s special culture and architectural techniques. Thanks to Mr. He, Guang-Yi, teacher of Jie-Shou Elementary School, for sharing historic information. Thanks to Miss Chen, Xiao-Ting, Juguang Folk Art Association, and Juguang Defense Brigade, for directing us on folk arts. Thanks to Mr. Lin, Shun-Xiang, for describing the meaning of Xiju’s religious ceremonies. Thanks to Miss Li, Ling, Director of Jing-Heng Elementary School, for dialect training. Thanks to Mr. Huang, Hsiang-Cheng, Director of General Affairs of Jing-Heng Elementary School, for helping us on digital devices. Thanks to Miss Tsai, Meng-Yu, master student of National Taiwan University of Arts, for designing jobs on our wesite. Thanks to Mr. Gu, Ching-Chang, teacher of Jing-Heng Elementary School, for directing our recorder performance and editing music sheets. Thanks to Miss Cheng, Min-Ling, ticket seller of Qingfan harbor. Thanks to Miss Lai, Yu-Chen, teacher of Ping-He Elementary School, for helping on English website. Thanks to Miss Wu, Wen-Hsin, English teacher of Jing-Heng Elementary School, for English translation and corrections. Thanks to Mr. Chen, Wei, substitute military server of Jing-Heng Elementary School, for English translation. Thanks to Miss Hsieh, Mung-Hua, art teacher of Jing-Heng Elementary School, for directing on every painting activities. Thanks to Miss Chang, Chung-Lin, teacher of 6th grade, for directing the whole project. Thanks to Our family, for supporting us everyday.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

By doing this project, let us knew how unique this island is. It is not only the small island next to the huge mainland - China, but it also contains full of the culture of Mindong. The bricks and tiles of historical constructions on this island all reflected a special memory to local residents. In addition, there is a routine celebration of religious activity every year. It symbolized that the local residents had moved out will all come back to Xiju eventually. There are several special and delicious foods in this island as well. For example, the fish meatball is one of the local dishes. The texture likes a real meatball, but taste likes the flesh of fish. We are eager to learn how to make this complicated dish, and we are hoping to treat all of you in the future. Matsu has a famous viewpoint called “Blue Tears,” which it only can be seen in summer. Although you can see “Blue tears” in the several places in Matsu, we can assure you that “Blue tears” in Xiju is the most beautiful view in the entire Matsu. By visiting Xiju, you can see the magnificent geological landscape in Caipuao and crested terns on Snake Island, and enjoy the shining beach under the star sky.


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