CyberFair Project ID: 8398

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Preserving Die-dá in Hong Kong: a Cyberfair Project
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Maryknoll Fathers' School (Secondary Section)
    Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

13 students, ages 16 - 17 years old worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 10, 2018. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Classes and Teachers: Ms To Yuen Man

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Hong Kong is an international city, and is able to incorporate different cultures with different regions, each with their own specific landmarks and specialties. However, one common problem still occurs, which is that some people get injured occasionally. Hidden in the bustling streets of Sham Shui Po are Die-da (Pronounced D-ye-da) practitioners, who are able to treat people and help them recover from their injuries within a short period of time.?

These Die-da practitioners are practicing an ancient form of Chinese medicine, passed on for thousands of years, and their existence in Hong Kong makes it clear that it is local special culture that must be preserved.

2. Summary of Our Project

First, the project goes in-depth, analyzing the history of Die-da, including it’s background, it’s involvement in ancient China, and it’s influences in the modern world.? Next, we will introduce how the methods of Die-da developed as the world is increasingly modernized, including the materials and treating methods used, and talk about how effective the treatment is.? At the same time, we went to interview students from other countries at the AFS Intercultural Fair to introduce Die-da to them and promote it, hoping that they would spread the word and preserve Die-da.? Overall, this project’s main objective is to promote Die-da as a local specialty that is unique to Hong Kong and should be preserved as such, through introducing Die-da to people from other countries and an interview with a local die-da practitioner, and hope to remind people that they should also unite and preserve the local culture that is unique to them.

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

One of the problems we had to face is during the research phase is how hard it is to look for accurate information regarding die-dá. There are a lot of information to sift through before boiling everything down and refining the information into one simple webpage. In the end, our webpage is one of the best we have ever produced, and presents all information as detailed and accurate.

The second problem is communication. During the sixth-month period of our project, we are constantly slammed by our daily school work, as well as holidays, therefore we had to try to meet as much as possible, or complete our tasks at home and communicate through text or Skype.

The final problem is during the creation of the website. Only two to four people are familiar with HTML and CSS code, and since our time is very limited, we had a lot of difficulty trying to create the website, especially when our goal is to create a more modern website. There were certain technical difficulties including trying to merge our work and making sure that our external CSS code is working well but in the end we got it all working.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Taking part in International Schools CyberFair means learning how to conduct research, how to present information through creating webpages, and most importantly, how to preserve culture that is important to us.

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

We made sure to share die-dá to as much people as possible, therefore we went to the AFS Intercultural Fair and shared our research and findings with people from other countries, as well as to other people. While some have learnt more about research skills, some have learnt how to conduct interviews and some gained knowledge into what it takes to create a website, all of us understood the importance of sharing and uniting to preserve culture and things that are important to us. We practiced group concepts through weekly meetings as much as possible, as well as distributing fair and equal work to each and every teammate. Our school is at its 60th Anniversary, and our slogan for it is Unity, Gratitude, Development and Contribution. Through this project, we have tried our best to base our webpage on these elements, uniting ourselves and be grateful for the things that our past generations have left us, develop ourselves as students and ultimately, contribute back to society by passing along the culture we were able to preserve on the Internet, and hopefully physically as well.

Using the Internet for teaching and learning has been much more effective than before. In teaching, teachers no longer have to confine theirselves to teaching pure text and graphics, and present video, audio and animations into their curriculum, bringing more interactivity and creativity within the students, which enables more efficient and effective learning.

Project Elements

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

In this project, we have used a number of tools including laptop and desktop computers for research, creating the webpage and editing the videos seen on the videos page, and we have used our phones for recording the videos. Computer software such as video editing software and web authoring software were used in the project. These tools enabled us to create webpages and conduct research even faster.

One thing that was surprising was the aesthetics of the webpage. It is modern, clean, simple, and all of that is from using what HTML and CSS offers, but most importantly, is the research that went into creating an accurate and detailed page to document die-dá.

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

Online, our students tried their best to pass along the culture of die-dá in their webpage, as well as promoting the website on their social media and texts, making sure to promote die-dá to the masses.

In person, we have went to the AFS Intercultural Fair and interviewed as much people as possible. In the end, they went to 5 different countries' booths, including USA, Australia, Portugal, Hungary, and Spain, and introduced die-dá to all of them. They were all impressed by how outspoken our students are and how highly we hold our local culture.

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

Our project has made an impact in the die-dá community. By sharing the web pages online and letting schoolmates share their experience, more people understood what die-dá is, what it does and how important it is to our own culture.

Some in our community have learnt more about the use of die-dá jit and the effects of die-dá, and others such as the student's parents and fellow friends of our team are really impressed by the team's work, understanding more about die-dá and believe that it should be preserved since it is quite a unique way to treat injuries and is native to the Chinese and no other culture has documentation of anything quite similar.

We have gotten some feedback that the pages don't work too well on mobile, and that they cannot see the homepage images on their phones. But overall they think that the website really helped them understand die-dá.

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

We thank one of our schoolmates, Ho Ka Chun Rocky, for asking his father Mr Ho for featuring in one of the interview videos. We are glad for his clarification on some of the more odd features of die-dá, as well as going through our information and making sure that it is accurate.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We were surprised by how much our local community doesn't know about die-dá, as well as our team, we had no idea how to proceed when we decided the project topic is die-dá! This webpage became a very valuable to our schoolmates as it provided a chance for them to flex their creative muscles and present their findings through the free Internet.


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