CyberFair Project ID: 8248

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Culture of escalator in Hong Kong
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Maryknoll Fathers' School
    Hong Kong, , China

4 students, ages 16-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2017. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Classes and Teachers: To Yuen Man

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Hong Kong is an international city and included many country culture in it especially Chinese and England. It becomes a finical center and the pace of living in Hong Kong also become fast. It make Hong Kong citizens to form a habit that walk on the escalator or stand aside on it for others to walk through. This is a good habit as it can help citizens to increase the working time and reduce the chance that stuck on a escalator.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our topic is culture of escalator in Hong Kong. Although escalator is very common, we found that there are some differences between Hong Kong and other countries. We interviewed some foreigners who are come from Italy, Germany, Switzerland, etc. In Hong Kong, citizens will walk or stand aside on the escalator. However, there is no such habit in Europe. The foreigners who come from Europe said they only stand on the escalator and did not think that they should make a way for others to pass as there is only a few seconds. Japan has a similar habit with Hong Kong but Japanese does not suggest people to walk on the escalator as it is so danger. We also find that a part of Japan called Osaka have a different habit which is stand at the left hand side. It is contrary to Hong Kong. In conclusion, we learnt lots of differences of culture in using escalator between Hong Kong and other countries. Also, we hope that all the people come to Hong Kong can know this rule and follow 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:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Although we set the culture of escalator in Hong Kong is the topic for this project, we actually did not know how to explain or compare this habit with other countries. It is a part of our live, it is too normal for us. The video was taken from different places in Hong Kong, but it is difficult to show to the audience that what we want to show. We need to add the subtitles in the video. However, it is a little bit hard for us to use words to express this simple habit. Also, we need to think about that how can make the e=web page looks more interesting and attractive. How many pages should we made? What should be included? How long should the video be? There were many things we need to decide.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

The participation in CyberFair can let others to know more about culture of escalator in Hong Kong and it is a good chance for us to earn experience of building a website.

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

Our topic – culture of escalator in Hong Kong is one of the local species. We took some video and conduct an interview to prove the culture of escalator in Hong Kong during doing this project. Our teacher let us decide the webpage by ourselves and give some comment when we finished. Actually, we do not have much chance to create a website. We learn the HTML code or know how to create a simple website by Dreamweaver. We will try some of the code during lesson but we do not have the extra time to build a own website during private time. Create a whole website is different from create it partly. The difficulty is much higher, more things need to think such as where should we place the navigation bar, what color that used in the website can increase the readability, etc. To finish this project, four teammates have their own work. The final website combine our works. Recording and editing the video, create the template of the website, write the content of the website, etc. It is too difficult to create the whole website, prepare all the things by one student. Therefore, we divided the works into some pieces and have a team cooperation. We think using the Internet for teaching and learning been more effective than traditional methods as there are many multimedia. It is the charming point that traditional methods did not have. Students can access to internet to find any information if there are devices and network instead of they can only learn from the paper book.

Project Elements

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

We use Dreamweaver and notepad to create this website. Dreamweaver is one of the software from Adobe series. It provided at school as our school has install the Adobe collection. Some of our teammates does not have it so they either download the trial version from Adobe official website nor use notepad to type the code by themselves at home. We tried to do all the things at school but it has a time limit. Most of the videos in the website were took by ourselves. We recorded the video by our cell phone and edit it by the video editing software in our phone. We conducted an oral interview for foreigners to ask them whether they know the culture of escalator in Hong Kong or not. Our school is the host venue of AFS, an activity for exchange students. This interview made us know more about the culture of escalator in other countries. The result can draw that how they feel about this culture in Hong Kong and let us have a great comparison among different places.

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

There were many people looking at us when we were recording the video that they using the escalator. We ask the people about their habit of using escalator. They were surprised that there is a culture in escalator. They did not think that escalator is special in Hong Kong or they even cannot notice it. When we told them the purpose of this website, they felt astonish and interesting as they did not think that it can be a topic of a competition.

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

Although it is danger that walking on the escalator, it can increase the working time as every second is very precious. Many travelers do not know this culture and stuck our way. Some of the local people forgot it sometimes. It annoys us and we want to reduce this situation. We hope that people in hurry can walk smoothly for saving time.

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

Our teacher gave the comment of the website and gave the suggestions. The exchange students let us interviewed and tell us what they feel about the culture of escalator in Hong Kong. If they did not give us the chance we may not build up this website smoothly. They give us the information for comparison and make this culture prominent.


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