CyberFair Project ID: 8543

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Return to the small farmer period in Shezi Island
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Taipei Municipal FuAn Elementary School
    Taipei City, , Taiwan

10 students, ages 10~12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 9, 2020. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2020


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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Shezi Island is located in the “Countryside Place” of Shilin District in Taipei City. It is a sand bar by the confluence of the Keelung River and Danshui River.Because of fertile soil brought by the river, it had become an important vegetable producing area in Taipei area. However, since the construction was banned for nearly 50 years, many green farms have been replaced by illegal buildings and factories. Residents are worried about the quality of residency. In recent years, the issue of the development of Shezi Island has attracted much attention. We hope that we can do something good for Shezi Island ,and own a wonderful future!

2. Summary of Our Project

Shezi Island was once a transshipment place for shipping and transportation. It was once a major vegetable producing area in Taipei City, too. Nowadays, it has become an ecological pure land in the urban area of Taipei City. Things in the wonderful 'small farmer period(from 1930 to 1980)' may gradually be forgotten and disappeared. Before facing the issue of the development of Shezi Island, students eager to understand the changes of their hometown and learn to appreciate the humanistic of this duck head(the shape of Shezi Island), as well as the unique geographical environment and natural ecology.

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):

Our school has built an external optical fiber network with a bandwidth of 300MB. Each class has 6 network points to meet the diverse connection needs of computers, projectors and electronic whiteboards, large-screen TVs and information boxes. Each classroom has one wireless network acess point with 802.11n or higher, which can provide students with stable network connection quality and facilitate mobile learning. Classes from the third grade to the sixth grade are equipped with a charging cart, and each student owns a tablet PC .

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. Residents are busy with work, and the time available for interviews may not be able to match the schedule of students. 2. Few images and photographs can be collected ,because of flooding in the past.So we can only find old photographs of neighboring areas in the same period to replace. 3. There are many changes in the community environment, and we need to seek the enthusiastic leadership of local people and teachers of community groups. 4. The planning of visits and experience activities should avoid the busy period of farming, such as the festival. 5. COVID-19 are raging and it is difficult to carry out group actions, and parents of students were also worried.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

The Shezi Island area has long given people the feeling of being 'flooded' and 'backward', but they often ignore the natural ecology and humanities that have been lost in other urbanized areas. We hope to lead people from all over the world who want to know the Shezi Island to enjoy the stories about the beauty and sorrow of the small farmers in Shezi Island easily.

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

1.We use Taiwan's 12-year Basic Education Guildline as a standard to develop school-specific courses 'Shezi Island is my home.' 2.When conducting thematic research, we have opportunities to apply basic skills in language, mathematics, nature, society and art, etc. to solve problems encountered. 3.We learned how to conduct a research, including the process from deciding the research object, methods and instructions. Also, our research including field research. We learn to collect data, organize and analysis, and produce the results. 4.The teachers taught us to use Google collaborative platform and Google Drive to discuss problems, share resources and co-edit reports in an online collaborative learning manner. 5.We saw the rich natural ecology and special humanities of Shezi Island. We knew our hometown by exploring the food, clothing, housing, transportation, education, and music. We appreciate the beauty of our hometown and cherish it. 6.FuAn Elementary School has a special course 'Shezi Island is my home.' It provides the framework and background knowledge for our research. 7.Many of the concepts in textbooks are limited. If we can go out of the classroom and integrate more with our living environment, we can make the learning easier and more empathetic. We plan to observe the changes under the living environment of our hometown through research. We make effort to keep the beautiful places and try to improve the area by reflecting the problem to the government. 8.In the process of searching the Internet, we found that there are a lot of unexpected resources on the Internet, which surprised us.

Project Elements

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

1.We use portable tablets or ChromeBooks(11' laptop), which functions in taking the photos, recording the videos or audios, word processing, web browsing, and online co-editing. Sometimes we use personal computers in the computer classroom. Students cooperate with group work to search the information, make presentations and write notes. 2.We appriciate the Taipei City Government Education Bureau for the funding assistance, and school administrators for their hard work planning, purchasing and building our convenient campus digital learning environment. 3.Teachers who are part-time administrators of the school have submitted action learning projects to the Taipei Municipal Government Education Bureau, and they have successfully passed the review and received subsidy funds. Every student above the middle school level has its own dedicated tablet computer, which is usually placed in a mobile charging car in the classroom and able to be used when needed. 4.The tablet computer is multifunctional. It is able to replace the traditional recorders, cameras, notebooks and drawing paper. Also, there are various functional and educational apps that are free to download. 5.Using the Internet to search is fast. Search engine helps to filter information we want quickly and accurately. We use 'keywords' to quickly find the key information from a large amount of data, and there are many types of them, such as images, voices, videos, or interactive programs. After searching, we store and share data online in the cloud platform which is convenience.

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

1.Teacher feedback: Students collected relevant information through interviews and edited the data into systematic topics. This work strengthen students' high-level abilities in speech expression, logic thinking , and problem solving. 2. Alumi feedback: I hope that all of you would prefer to study harder and explore the world in the future to make yourselves better and have a broader vision. 3.Feedback from elderly in Shezi Island: In the future, may all of you benefit the community and contribute yourselves to the country and the society.

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

1.We hope that more people know the beauty of their hometown. By evoking the feelings of cherishment and protecting the hometown environment, people could have a better living environment in the future. We have spent a lot of time collating, comparing and recording the collected data, and presenting this valuable information on the website in the form of multimedia. We would like to share SheZi Island with people from all over the world. To introduce the beauty and sorrow of the small farmer in Shezi Insland in Taipei City. 2.We shared many interviews and practical processes of small farmers in Shezi Island, which are full of wisdom and worthy to read. 3.The Shezi Island area has given people the image of being flooded and economically backward; however, they often ignore the natural ecology and humanities that have been lost in urbanized areas. 4.Through this study, we have known more farmers who care about Shezi Island. With their sharing and guidance, we feel like having wonderful and interesting trips to the past. 5.Teachers, parents, and community residents have evoked many of their past life memories and childhood memories. 6.From collecting historical materials about the Shezi Island to editing as the final reports, doing this research is a difficult but meaningful learning journey. The most meaningful benefits on the research of community environmental topics is inspiring students to loves the local area and build confidence on local identity. 7.Our case studies help us learn in school-based courses. By better understanding the beauty of our hometown, we can also build a better sense of local identity, and tell others with confidence that Shezi Island is my hometown!

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

1.Local farmers & Parents:Wang Jun-Ming, Zhang Yi-Feng etc. 2.Alumni:Hong Yao-Ping, Chen Wen-Zong etc. 3.Community group:Shezi Island Aesthetic Association, Shezi Culture and Education Foundation, Taipei etc. 4.Friendly support:Teacher Zhang Wan-Zhen

Thank them for receiving interviews, providing information, field tours, hands-on experience, and providing advice and suggestions.


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