CyberFair Project ID: 8308

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Our Giant Neighbor - 85 Sky Tower
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Kaohsiung Lingjhou Elementary School
    Kaohsiung, , Taiwan. R.O.C

8 students, ages 11 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 8, 2017. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2016

Classes and Teachers: 3

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

85 Sky Tower is located next to Kaohsiung seaport. It is surrounded by Kaohsiung Exhibition center, Main Public Library, Maritime Cultural & Popular Music Center, and Kaohsiung Port Terminal. With a newly constructed light rail, 85 Sky Tower has become a new landmark of Kaohsiung City. Meanwhile, this area is also called as “Asia New Bay Area” in Kaohsiung City. Lingzhou Elementary is located at Kaohsiung Lingya district, which is known for having lots of department stores. One of the famous department store areas is called “Sanduo Shopping District”. 85 Sky Tower is also located within few blocks of that shopping district. We would like to use “our neighborhood and 85 Sky Tower” not only to make friends with the world, but also introduce the beauty of our city. Our Neighborhood --- Kaohsiung City

2. Summary of Our Project

For Lingjhou Elementary school, in order to interact with different domestic and foreign schools, the school blends in the environment of 85 Sky Tower as part of school culture. It takes the idea of creating a good tourist attraction environment, which not only having a detail tourist information map, but also blending into the local perspective, idea, and culture. Therefore, it helps to people not just see the surface of Lingjhou Elementary school and 85 Sky Tower, but understand more in depth about it background and history. Here are our three main goals:

Understand our Neighborhood – the culture, tourist attraction, and history about Asia New Bay Area & 85 Sky Tower.

By using the Sketchboard sharing, it helps Lingjhou students to interact with its own sister schools, and learn from each other.

By using various sharing communication techniques, such as webcam, letter, and Sketchboard…etc, Lingjhou students not only experience the interaction with foreign students, but also introduce Kaohsiung to them

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

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:4-6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Discussion/meeting times In order to meet with everyone’s time zones,we will meet every Thursday at noon. If there is a holiday, we will make appropriate changes. In order to complete this on time, sometimes we need to make sacrifices during our class times and make up those class times at a later date. We must work together!

Communication Difficulties Special thanks to Kaohsiung Girls AJET Society Teacher Ms. Li Mi Lin (now retired) and Ms Tou Gou Li for connecting us with Australia and Korea. Although the time difference is manageable (2 hours for Australia, 1 hour for Korea), the language barrier will be a challenge in the communication process.

Lack of Computer Expertise Everyone’s time and computer experience varies, so there might be some difficulties in collecting data and creating our website. The learning process may be hard, but after many discussions and modifications, we will be able to create our very own website.

Interview Fear In addition to interviewing local residents and tourists, we can also interview people globally via webcam. This way it will be much more interesting! Although we will not get a response immediately, interviewing by video is very interesting!

Inadequate English Ability During the process of this project, teamwork will give us strength. Even though the language barrier is always a challenge, spending a lot of time learning grammar and vocabulary. English teachers will need to help us a lot! It seems we cannot be lazy when it comes to learning English! But through this project, I feel like it is a very interesting way to learn English!

5. Our Project Sound Bite

The CyberFair participation represents the pride and effort of students want to promote its neighborhood to the world.

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

Language After each event and interview ends, write a reflection log, organize research, and practice interviewing techniques to enhance our reading, writing, thinking skills.

Mathematics We calculated the necessary cost for the implementation of the study. We planned events under the circumstance of limited money. We analyzed questionnaires, gathered statistics, and presented the results by charts.

Comprehensive Activity Of Study We obtained social resources, visited and interviewed people with proper manners, and built up the ability of integration.

Science & Technology Through Internet searching, using digital cameras and making the post-production, using a computer mind map, and creating our team blog and web pages, we explored related issues and presented our study results. We also cultivated the ability to use technology and information in our daily life.

Social Studies During this research project, saw Kaohsiung, Busan, Brisbane, and Toowoomba come together to create a story for each city. Arts and Humanities Road trip bookmark design, painting, thank you cards, gift wrapping, trying a variety of mediums, triggering a wealth of imagination, experience joy and joy of creation.

Health and Physical Education The ability to be able to use the limb, field visits, engage in appropriate exercise and cultivate healthy attitude towards life.

Project Elements

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

Information tools and technologies we used to complete our Cyberfair Project.

Hardware 1. Digital Camera : taking photos 2. Pen Digital Voice Recorder: recording interview content 3. Scanner: processing image 4. Printer: printing relevant data 5. Computer: editing information 6. Internet Explorer: searching for information, communicating, sending and downloading files 7. Digital Video Camera: recording activities 8. Telephone and Cell Phone: communication

Software 1. Word: Editing documents 2. Excel: Analyzing Questionnaire 3. Powerpoint: Making Briefing Pages 4. Neo Imaging: compressing image files, editing photo 5. Print Magic: producing posters 6. Flash,Dreamweaver: Designing web pages 7. Ulad Video Studio: Editing Films 8. Photoimpact: Editing Photos

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

Play the role of “Community Ambassador

Q: How does your research topic change the community?

Raise public awareness of Asia New Bay Area, change outlook on Asia New Bay Area. The questionnaire has statistics and charts. Use the strength of Lingzhou, create picture book gain attention and support from international students. Create three picture books with Taiwan, Korea and Australia so that more people can see Asia New Bay Area.

What distinguishes you from others?

Take initiative and visit Asia New Bay Area’s attractions such as the Kaohsiung Library, Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, Fishermans Wharf, etc. The results will allow foreigners to get to know Kaohsiung more. We hope that this strategy model of international cooperation will be implemented in other schools as well, so that people may learn and imitate, and so that tourism marketing is no longer a passive receiver of information. We hope to it can effect local students as well as students from afar. We launched a transnational Q&A activity, invited students from sister schools to attend. They can hear different voices as well as learn different languages.

Did you make new local connections?

We cooperated with Australia and Korea during this project, we hope more countries can join us in the future. Asia New Bay Area stories will communicate to more people through the internet, bringing glory to the community. We hope to build from the heart to see the world of community issues.

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

Cognition 1. Personally visited Asia New Bay Area, understood it’s past and present. 2. We recognize public construction and maintenance, something everyone should appreciate. 3. Asia New Bay Area is not far from Lingzhou, there are plenty of opportunities for Lingzhou students to visit, but it should be introduced to foreign friends. This is a higher threshold, very happy that we can understand our community a little deeper. 4. Publishing a plan is very difficult? We need to do heritage arrangement, prepare contact, news exposed, marketing, and volunteer planning.

Affection 1. Transnational exchange to tackle tourism issues, not only will you gain a lot of knowledge, but can make emotional bonds between people more powerful. 2. Every member of the team is very important. During this process, the students were very supportive, the parents and teachers helped a lot, even men and women we did not know cheered for us. These are things you will experience during this project.

Skills 1. We learned effective questionnaire implementation, statistics, and chart presentation. 2. We learned qualitative interviewing skills, information summary, and analysis. 3. We learned how to submit opinions to government organizations, how to speak out for the public, and how to benefit the community. 4. We learned how to act as competent community ambassadors to promote the interests of our community.? 5. We cultivated our communication, coordination, organization, and integration abilities. 6. We learned how to do case studies and how to make web pages.

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

Fisherman’s Wharf - Providing environmental education consultation. Kaohsiung Public Library - Assistance towards interviews. Kaohsiung Exhibition Center - Answering our questionnaire.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

After nearly six months of efforts, we found the following: 1. Understand Asia New Bay Area’s stories, which includes many precious historical facts, every Kaohsiung citizen should be aware of the problems. Let the whole world see Kaohsiung through international exchange. 2. Learn to interview others, how to ask questions and how to extract the ability to focus. 3. Through teamwork, contribute to our community. 4. The survey results provides directions for improvements.


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