CyberFair Project ID: 8239

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Madame Kitty and Houtong
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Taipei Jing Wen High School
    Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China

10 students, ages 15~17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on January 20, 2017. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2016

Classes and Teachers: Min-Han Hsieh

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Houtong, being the only cat themed village in Taiwan. After the decline of the coal mining industry in Houtong, a large population of cats were left behind. Naturally, Houtong became cats’ paradise. They turned into the best models in front of cameras ,and the tourists love them so much! Eventually, Houtong became a popular tourist spot again! It even got nominated and picked as one of the six most visited cat themed spots in the world by CNN.

2. Summary of Our Project

Madame Kitty is the famous blogger, she unexpectedly came across shouting while she was gathering photography material for the website of her husband's animal hospital. Afterwards, she regularly visited Houtong to look after stray cats and elderly people who live alone. Through photography and her blog, she started an action 'with cats we stand, Houtongs beauty presented', calling out to any volunteer to help beautify the environment. Madame Kitty changed the destinies of the cats photography, Houtong went from merely a forgotten ghost town into a heaven just for cats.

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:dial-up modem

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):

School: through the university of politics Household internet system: ADSL

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

• progress management Due to insufficient time, the works we had made didn't reach the requirements of our teacher, therefore we had to sacrifice our free time during the weekends to discuss and make the project. We learned a lot through the process of trying to reach the requirements!

•Facing problems

While designing and making the website, at first, we saw our own weaknesses, we avoided them, ignored the problems. But we figured out that once we worked together as a team, we helped each and one other, conquering the problems together. We matured in a certain way, we're more responsible and understand each other better.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Through this project, we now understand more about Madame Kitty and what she has done for Houtong. We've personally visited Houtong, Madame Kitty and volunteered there, we've seen the changes through our own eyes. Each and everyone of the team has proven themselves by doing their best in their expertise.

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

Active learning: Our teachers encouraged us to look for articles and materials online or through books independently first, then if we encounter questions we can discuss them with teachers so that we would feel good about our own work. Teamwork: we’ve learned how to properly assign tasks to different teammates according to their expertise, we’ve learned to trust each and one other, help each other for the better, enabling the project to roll smoothly. Software utilization : We’ve learned how to work a lot of software and webpage designing applications, such as FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Project Elements

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

(1) Hardware: Personal computers(for information research, all records), USBs (for saving files), digital cameras (for documenting the whole process if this project). (2) Software: Microsoft FrontPage: for the making of the webpage Dreamweaver 8: for the making of the webpage Illustrator: for photo editing Photoshop: for photo editing Microsoft Word 2010: for recording the rate of progress, webpage planning and work assignments.

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

Students go to Houtong and contact with people there.Also they record all they learned there and show those data in their website.

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

Through this project, we hope to present the changes Madame Kitty has made in Houtong and attract more people to join us to help these cats and environment.

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

Madame Kitty 1.Take interview and photo 2.Lead the activities on the Cat Lantern Day and Volunteers’ Day 3.Convey positive thoughts , and provide genuine information.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

At the beginning, no one knew how to write programs or design webpages, we slowly learned how to work them step by step. Through our teachers guidance, our skills in information research, web making, interviews have improved tons. The team now understands each other very well, we pay each other with respect. Whats more is that everything we’ve learned now will benefit us in the future for sure!


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