CyberFair Project ID: 8577

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: A fascinating figure – An-Pong Cheng
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Kang Chiao International School (Xiugang Campus)
    New Taipei City, , Taiwan

11 students, ages 15-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 10, 2021. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2019, 2020, 2021

Classes and Teachers: Bear Shaw, Wins Peng

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

For us, we consider our 'local community' to be the entirety of Taiwan. In Taiwan, people are quite united: we share with each other, we talk to each other, we work with each other. This has been a traditional cultural habit 'Taiwan' was established. Being a beautiful island located in the Eastern Asia region, Taiwan is famous for its diverse cultures and caring society atmosphere. However, criminal rehabilitants in Taiwan still faced heavy discrimination due to their criminal history and suffered greatly when applying for jobs or socializing.

2. Summary of Our Project

In short, our project is about the story of an ex-criminal, An-Pong Cheng, who believed in god, reformed, and established an organization helping other ex-criminals who suffered similar fates as he does. We interviewed An-Pong Cheng, learned about his story, and made this website. Apart from the life stories of An-Pong Cheng, we also introduced the other organizations that he founded, such as Electrotherapy Pavillion, Beef Noodle Shop, and even nursing homes for the elderly.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Everyone has a different style or logical ideas in terms of writing the content; a paragraph that was written might not be accepted by another teammate. So, when we ran out of ideas, we would ask for suggestions from our teachers, discuss the central direction, and then begin writing. At the same time, before writing anything, we would consider our ideas with our teammates, listen to others’ ideas, and then unify to form a completed data. That way, not only will we get different approaches, the content would also be more resourceful.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Through this project and interview of An-Pong Cheng, our visions were no longer limited to the discriminated traditional belief that all ex-criminals are still evil and will commit crimes as soon as they can since they're just evil deep inside. This project showed us that many people aren't committing crimes just for fun: some are forced by others, some are forced by the environment, and some are forced by additions.

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

Our project addresses 'Number and Operations' and 'Data Analysis and probability' as our content standards. This project fits into the 'Effective Communicator' and 'Data analysis' school curriculum guidelines: 'Effective Communicator' expects us to talk to other people and effectively share information; 'Data analysis', as its name implies, expects us to analyze data in-depth, including predicting the future growth of the current trend. After this project, our interview skills certainly improved a lot. From gathering information, creating interview questions, setting up meetings, to the actual interviewing, our efficiency and accuracy improved a lot. By being a good communicator, we students often share knowledge in groups to improve efficiency in learning, which applies to understanding specific ideas. After this project, we discovered that our school does not involve in many competitions like the CyberFair; most of the ones we participate in are sports-related or purely knowledge-based, this made us realize we're quite special in our school community. Personally, I believe using the Internet for teaching and learning has been more effective than the traditional book and paper method. On top of typing being faster than writing and keeping documents online being more secure, there is a tremendous amount of information on the Internet for us to learn; the amount of information we could get from the Internet is a hundred times more than reading a textbook.

Project Elements

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

Tools used: - Laptops for every student - Phones for contacting - Cameras for recording and picture taking - Computer Softwares: Adobe Dreamweaver for website making, Google Docs for documenting, iMovie for video editing, Adobe Photoshop for picture editing. - Oral Interviews - Internet All these tools were necessary for us to complete this project; without them, we couldn't document, edit, or even get our information. The school donates most of the software to us, while we prepare the hardware. The most valuable tool in this project, however, would probably be Adobe Dreamweaver, without it, we couldn't even have made the website. Also, the Internet has been the most helpful, since we had to do almost all of our background research online, plus, without the Internet, we probably wouldn't even know the organization we interviewed exists.

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

After a complete discussion, we set the topic of this project. First, we use phone and email to contact An-Pong. Then, after confirming the location and time of the interview, we plan a very thorough topic for better data of our project. Lastly, we actually interviewed and collected data for our project. Through this process, we properly acted as 'ambassadors' for our school as we are the ones who contacted and represented our school when interviewing.

An-Pong Cheng is actually not the first person we contacted for this project, at the beginning, we decided to contact a rehabilitation association for criminals that is established by the government since it's safer to go for official organizations. So, we sent an email asking if we could have an interview and that we will call in to check 3 days later. However, the secretary, who we sent the email to, is in charge of only a branch of the organization and did not forward it to the main organization, therefore when we phoned them they absolutely lost it on us, saying how we didn't contact them before and is rude to just call in. After that, we decided to drop interviewing the official organization and went to look for others, which is why we came upon Rumah Victory even though it's quite a small organization.

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

I believe that our project, no matter how little, has made a difference to our community. Although our website is unlikely to bring about changes around the world, people in our community are certainly more aware of the matter than before. Through this project, students in our school had noticed the problems we discovered, and that is the first step of bringing changes. Students might find new opportunities to volunteer or donate to the organizations, and they certainly are aware of the matter together. Our website spread awareness about the organization, leading more people to help and support them.

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

We did not involve other members of our community as helpers or volunteers in our project; we contacted the organization ourselves, did the interviews ourselves, and created the website ourselves. However, we would like to thank the interviewee An-Pong Cheng for providing a lot of details in his stories. Although sometimes he drifts away from the interview questions, he gave us a lot of interesting stories that led us to information we did not know before. Also, he is extremely friendly and cooperative, we have almost no problem contacting him and asking for an interview.


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