CyberFair Project ID: 8564

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Alive and Thrive: Birds and Environmental Conservation in QingShan Campus
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Kang Chiao International School- Qinshan Campus
    New Taipei City, N/A - Does Not Apply, Taiwan

10 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 9, 2021. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Classes and Teachers: Yousyuan Chen, Jie-Sz Tsai, Ching-Tzu Chen

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Kang Chiao International School's Qingshan Campus is located near the foot of the mountains in Xindian District, New Taipei City. Kang Chiao set aside a 1.2-hectare conservation area to be its Nature Study Area. The Nature Study Area has not only provided a variety of natural habitats for wild animals and insects but has also given our students worthwhile opportunities to experience and observe different lives in nature.

2. Summary of Our Project

The land where Kang Chiao is located has always been attractive to migratory and non-migratory birds, and even to some endangered species. In this project, we will have a closer and deeper look into these lovely visitors. We will introduce how our eco-friendly Nature Study Area provides a safe and welcoming habitat for animals of different species to come and visit, and we will also examine how our teachers have attempted to remediate our environment to benefit local bird species.

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The process of working on the content of the web page was complex and difficult. Students had to organize the information into the web page content, which was an epic hard work. At first, they did not know how to filter the findings without leaving behind valuable information. The club teacher guided the students to sort the findings into 3 categories: common migratory and resident birds in the urban areas and our school, protected bird species, and popular bird-watching spots. Finally, they organized their first and second hand information gathered from the internet and the interview, and then added to the web page.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Participating in International Schools CyberFair gave us a valuable opportunity to really get to know our school, as well as the effort our teachers have put in environmental conservation. Because of the project, all the club members and teachers came to realize how we all have the responsibility to preserve this land.

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

1.Language: visit, interview, write about the special topics, and write about our opinions 2.Social studies: plan the research, create the project framework, design the interview questions and the survey, and organize the interview transcripts 3.Integrated activities:integrate the information and data from the interview, survey, online and printed research, and others to complete the project 4.Computer science: research, web design 5.Independent study:learn the research skills, such as brainstorming, mindmap, survey design, interview skills, organizing data and information, and many others

Project Elements

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

Phone, e-mails: We invited the people we wanted to visit and collect data from through phones and e-mails. The Internet: We used the Internet as a second reference to collect our information. In addition, we used the Internet to download and upload files for sharing of personal reflections or other data. DV: We used DV recorders to record videos from our visits and make transcripts of the conversations from our visits. Chromebook: We used Chromebooks to send e-mails, arrange pictures, articles, and data. Then, we compiled them into Web pages. Digital cameras: We used digital cameras to record videos of our visit, interviews, and field observations. Computer software: We used different types of computer software, such as Google Drive, Google Doc. Coggle, Mindmup 2.0, etc.

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

1. To learn more about the bird restoration activities, we visited and interviewed the nature study teachers. 2. To understand how it worked, we assisted the teachers building nest boxed for collared scops owls 3, We collected online resources and organized interview data in order to provide a thorough report. We sincerely hope that our website can be informative, and it can successfully raise the awareness of environmental conservation .

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

Kang Chiao puts a high value on life education. We hope that through this project, more people around the world know about Kang Chiao’s amazing birds and its diverse ecosystems. We hope that through this project, more people realize that it's not difficult to take action on environmental conservation.

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

1. Nature study teacher Mr. Kai: Mr. Kai patiently answered all our questions about birds in Kang Chiao, and he shared with us how his passion in ecology began. 2. Nature study teacher Ms. Tree: Ms. Tree explained to us why our school has been a big attraction to many kinds of birds species. 3. The volunteers: the volunteers gave us the opportunity to understand the tasks of helping collared scops owls settle down. 4. Ms. Tsai: Ms. Tsai assisted us in organizing research information and making a site map. 5. Mr. Lo: Mr. Lo from the IT Department showed us basic skills of setting up web page. Ms. Janet: Ms. Janet instructed skills of searching key words in certain web pages for research, and how to find correct terms for bird description.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Chi Po-lin, the late filmmaker of the documentary Beyond Beauty: Above Taiwan, said that “The more I see its (Taiwan's) ‘unbearable’ side, the more I want to protect it.” Because of this project, we not only learned how vulnerable lives are, we also learned to appreciate them. Because of this project, we learned a lot of interesting knowledge about birds, and we were all amazed by the wonder of their different behaviors.


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