CyberFair Project ID: 8264

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Marvelous Dingpu
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Dingpu Elementary School
    New Taipei City, Taiwan, Taiwan

6 students, ages 12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 20, 2017. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): No

Classes and Teachers: Freds Tu

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Dingpu, nestled at the foot of Mt. Nuan Keng with her own picturesque scenery, is located in the south part of Tucheng Dist next to Sanxia, New Taipei City. The parents in our community are mostly labor. The atmosphere within is simple and kind. Recently, the population of this area increased because of the booming of the high-tech park and completion of MRT Dingpu Station.

2. Summary of Our Project

A great change had been brought to Dingpu after the opening of MRT Dingpu Station. More and more visitors and commuters hustle and bustle to Dingpu With the traffic convenience, tourists can rediscover Dingpu by visiting with their families, exploring the local culture and tasting yummy food. No matter what the purpose of your trip is, just hop on a Youbike and start the journey. Through our introduction, you will understand Dingpud better and definitely agree that Dingpu is awesome!

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: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):

We use the optical fiber network in the computer classroom. It bandwidth is 1Gbps inside school and 300Mbps outside school.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We needed to manage our time for participation of the Cyberfair and various activities. Workload needed to be shared if someone was absent from our meeting. Fortunately, good friendship never dies. We are willing to help each other. The task of the project was hard. But with careful and fair distribution as well as timely encouragement from our teacher, we could make the best of us. As the design of the website was difficult to us, the teacher decided to use the free modules on the Internet. So, we just needed to replace the text and added the pictures, a great website was created. During the process, there were some problems that we cannot solve. As a result, we asked our webpage design consultant –Jane, a warm and friendly mother. We emailed one another to solve the problem. Because our co-operation platform needed to store the data and photos of the program and the communication function, we decided to use the Google classroom to be our platform then we could get a legitimate right to use. We could log in with the school system account and it’s easy to operate. Our teacher worked out through the platform. Whether it was weekdays or winter holidays, we could use the platform to complete the job and let the progress go forward.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

“There is no substitute for hard work.” Edison was once a student just like us. Regardless of Edison’s hardship, he made through his journey with his commitment. We made through this journey by endeavor commitment to achieve our impossible challenges.

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

We learned the ways of using Google Classroom and email, and taking pictures. During an interview, we need to pay attention to our courtesy. We acquired the techniques of organizing the transcripts. We also gained the skills of designing a website and mind map. Moreover, we learned how to fundraise bravely for promoting Dingpu from this project. Our goal was to complete an outstanding project to introduce the beauty of Dingpu. During the process, we learned the importance of cooperation and negotiation. Before carrying out any activities, we would discuss the division of our work and then completed it together. The cooperation between our community and school is vital. We had lessons about understanding our environment and community. It is time-consuming for the teachers to collect the information. Therefore, we made a tour map with introduction and pictures to show the places we recommended people to visit. It provided teachers with abundant teaching resources. Moreover, we designed a monopoly game about the map so that he students can learn through playing. A great deal of scenery of Taiwan has been portrayed in the textbook nowadays. However, the lack of the authentic information about our living environment is a great pity. Trying hard to make everyone notice the tourist resources of Dingpu, we hope we can fill the gap between textbooks and real situations. We are like a bridge to connect the school and community so that our education can be integrated with local culture. On the other hand, the resources of community can be brought into the school. We are honored to play such a role.

Project Elements

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

The digital cameras helped us to record the visit. Pictures and video clips are the best story tellers. Smart phones were also efficient alternatives for cameras.The multi-function printer converted the results of our drawings into digital files to be placed on the website. The recording pen recorded the contents of the interview, so that we could make transcripts of our interviews. The flash drive was used to save the files and back up our data. The most helpful technology was the Internet. Most of the information we collected was from the Internet. Surfing the Internet helped us solve the difficulties of the web designing. It also allowed us to communicate in an asynchronous way. We made good use of the school soft system accounts, so we could use Google-classroom easily as a platform.We also utilized free modules on the Internet, which reduced the difficulty of designing our website. And it looked professional.

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

The purpose of our project was to introduce and promote the beauty of Dingpu. Full of goodwill as us, whenever the funding support is needed, the members in the community were also willing to help us because of our efforts. To complete this project, we emailed, visited and interviewed many people in our community: the deputy station master of MRT Dingpu Station, Mr. Lin, Chia-Ming; the Director of Tucheng Family Library Branch, Ms. Chen, Ya-Chen; the deputy director of Yongfu Temple, Mr. Deng, Jin-Tsai; the chairperson of ATOP Time Arts Pavilion, Mr. Lin, Wen-Chuan and the manager of Nougat Creativity Museum. We carried out a fundraising event to print the bilingual leaflets of promoting Dingpu. Our principal led us to raise money from the community. At first, we were so nervous that only few words came out of our mouths like “Give me money.” Practice makes it perfect. Finally, the fund we raised was sufficient to print the leaflets for both the needs of the whole school and the tourists from Dingpu Station. This activity enhanced the connection between our school and community. Furthermore, the bilingual leaflets would provide useful information for visitors and attract more people to visit Dingpu.

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

We united the cohesion of our community by the leaflet. We listed local tourism spots in our tour map. Initially, the relationship between the shops of Gourmet Route like Xiang Hao Taiwanese Chicken Leg Bento, Hai Gang Goose, and The Industrial Zone Black Vinegar Noodles is competitive. After the information was put in the map, an aggregation effect occurred. The customers were not merely neighbors any longer; instead, they’re from everywhere by MRT. A place with a lot of delicious foods could attract more visitors, couldn’t it? The connection between the school and community is closer after the shops were listed in the tour map which would be the material of our local culture lessons. The owners of these shops felt honored to be part of it. We integrated the information about local culture, gourmet and attractions in our website where the visitors can get the tourism easily. These tourism resources have been changing constantly. For example, After Abbess Su charged the Shanxi Temple, a lot of change was made. There was even a shuttle bus to the MRT Dingpu Station, which was only known to a few people. The ATOP Time Arts Pavilion Museum provided a new watch course. There were real planes and tanks in the Ting Hsin Park. The Tucheng Family Library Branch was suitable for children among all the libraries of the New Taipei city. People were not familiar with these. We had visited these places and brought the latest information which could help local people and visitors understand Dingpu better.

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

We couldn’t finish this project without many helpers. With Mr. Lin, Chia-Ming’s clearly introduction, we knew the design and structure of MRT Dingpu Station better. Thanks to Ms. Chen, Ya-Chen from Tucheng Family Library Branch and the manager of Nougat Creativity Museum, we could not find such wonderful places for families to go without their support and help. We appreciated the donation from two generous gentlemen: Mr. Deng, Jin-Tsai of Yongfu Temple and Mr. Lin, Wen-Chuan of ATOP Time Arts Pavilion. Only with their help can our dream of printing bilingual leaflets come true. Also, we thanked Jane, an enthusiastic student’s parent, who kindly instructed us the video playing interface. We were thankful to Miss Xue who taught us how to design awesome pictures. Many thanks also went to Miss Chen who gave us a lot of useful suggestions. Thanks to English teachers’ instruction of English writing. Most importantly, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Tu for his continuous support and encouragement. With these helpers’ support, more people could explore Dingpu and discover her beauty.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

This website expressed our deep feelings and understanding toward Dingpu. During the Cyberfair project, we made a good progress in drawing, writing, typing and Internet searching skills. We also acquired the abilities of mind mapping, interviewing, transcribing recorded interviews and fundraising. After doing these activities, we learned a lot and understood the importance of teamwork. Through this project, we realized the local features and scenic spots that we had not known before. The journey was about to the end and we were so proud of what we had achieved. The project was the fruit of our great endeavors. We hope that more visitors will come to Dingpu because of our project and appreciate her beauty in the future.


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