CyberFair Project ID: 8397

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Che gu Heritage Song
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: School
    Changhua, Taiwan, R.O.C

10 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 27, 2018. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017

Classes and Teachers: Shu-Fen Yang

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Heimei is a town in northern part of Changhua County, also one of early developed places in Taiwan. According to local elders, in early days Hemei was split into east and west district by the downtown central street and its narrow gate. Every New Year celebration both district compete against each other with their own Cheguzhen crews. This activity was called Oven Cavern Lantern Festival. See more on Web Page

2. Summary of Our Project

Cheguzhen is a traditional folk art on the decline, a leisure singing and dancing activity in early days. It was very popular in western coastal Taiwan as early as the reign of Kangxi Emperor. However, with the industrial and commercial development, Cheguzhen has been gradually on the decline.We want learn more about Cheguzhen from great-grandpa Shih and his Yagou community Cheguzhen. And further preserve and eventually pass down this dying but extremely significant folk art. See more on Web Page

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: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):

The School has a 100MB fiber academic network, wireless coverage is around ninety-five percent of the campus. With great internet environment, we can search information at any corner of the campus, sharing and uploading these data to school FTP, NAS or Google drive with team members. There are 36 computers in the computer labs, we usually discussed any related assignments during lunch breaks. Most members have ADSL or fiber network at home, or smart phones/tablets connecting to network. We can easily do our assignment at home. See more on Web Page

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

*Poor interview skill *Difficulty in setting up website structure and outline *Computer skills require improving *Difficulty in teamwork distribution *Difficulty as community ambassadors The biggest issue is --- great-grandpa Shih Chao-Yang speaks Taiwanese, so he wants us to have the interview in Taiwanese. However, we don’t understand a word he says, and we don’t know how to ask questions in Taiwanese. We definitely have to improve the abilities to speak our mother tongue! See more on web page

5. Our Project Sound Bite

As time goes by, Cheguzhen is gradually disappearing against modern trend. Artists were able to make a living by performing Cheguzhen before, but most of temple fair shows now are replaced by shining electric flower cars or deafening electronic music. Even if young generation wants to learn, demanding process and little to none performance stages will keep them away. Culture without legacy can only become history, we probably can only admire its essence through video footage and manuscript records. We hope this project can remind people of preserving and passing down its legacy. Against the current trend, it’s a long and difficult road. See more on web page

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

The goal of this project is in hope of preserving, passing on and promoting this folk art. During interview and documenting the process, we learn many knowledge and skills in accordance with relative curriculum areas, See more on web page

Project Elements

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

The key learning is 'Information Education.” In the software part, we searched data over the Internet, recorded work progress, using software to create web pages, animation, film processing , and photo images ....... In terms of hardware, we also learned a lot of technology products such as digital cameras, scanners, voice recorder, drawing board, etc. Our capabilities of information technology have greatly improved. We learn a lot in software and hardware! See more on web page

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

Campus news anchor: Making presentation, live streaming our newscast on Youtube during lunch break for ten minutes. Promoting Tour: Making posters and promoting Cheguzhen around every classroom. Worksheet: For student from first to fourth grade, we design a worksheet in order to teach them the basic knowledge of Cheguzhen. Online questionnaires: We use Google Forms to create online surveys, so senior students can learn about it through internet. See more on web page

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

Hidden inside art gallery of Yagou community, Hemei-Cheguzhen, is a national treasure, Mr. “Shih Chao-Yang” Revitalization of Yagou community focuses on this folk art to promote itself. Filling new elements into the existing resources, the community can further revitalize itself. Other than its own circulation, “water” also needs outside connections, so it can stay refreshing and energetic. However, only community itself is not enough, Heren elementary school uses the opportunity of cyberfair to document and promote, breaking the limitation of time and space with internet power. Besides leaving a trace on the internet, we also use live newscast to inform our students-there is an art like this in our hometown.See more on web page

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

Community residents’ assistance and participation : *Mr. Shih Chao-Yang *School volunteers (Parents) *Yagou community development association(Yagou community center) *Entire school faculty and students See more on web page

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We have to be aware of our surroundings. By interviewing, documenting and promoting, we can keep valuable records for these subjects. Furthermore, we can grow a link inside the mind of next generation. Afterwards, every new generation can tell their stories. See more on web page


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