CyberFair Project ID: 8696

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Unity and Reconstruction- Old Street, New Life in Beipu
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: Kang Chiao International School Hsinchu Campus
    Hsinchu City, , Taiwan

6 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 6, 2023. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2021,2022


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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Beipu is located in a small town in Hsinchu County, Taiwan. It was the base of Hakka immigrants in the Qing Dynasty. At that time, under the leadership of Jiang Xiuluan, the settlers entered the Beipu Basin and built the Jin Guangfu Mansion as the base for reclamation. Citian Temple It was the center of faith at that time, and it gradually developed into a lively neighborhood, which is today's Beipu Old Street. Beipu Old Street was once the busiest commercial center in Beipu in the Qing Dynasty. From the short 200-meter old street, there are seven historic sites including Jin Guangfu Mansion, Jiang Axin Ancient House, and Citian Temple, which shares the highest concentration of historical sites in Taiwan, and illustrates the prosperity of its past. Owners and managers of these historic sites who share the same philosophy do not want to lose the rich historic sites and cultural resources under the time passing, so they unite to form the 'Beipu Old Settlement Museum Historic Site Joint Operation Team' with the concept of protecting cultural assets , to promote the joint management of historic sites. Now, under the guidance of professional tour guides, people can visit the historic buildings in the old settlements in person and experience the beauty of local history, culture and architectural art. This joint venture project has successfully transformed the old Beipu district into a Hakka culture and innovation settlement.

2. Summary of Our Project

This topic is to gain an in-depth understanding of the historical sites, history and culture of Beipu Old Street through activities such as reading materials, watching videos, field investigations, expert interviews and guided tours. Through a one-day visit and guided tour, we visited the historical sites and understood the process of the ancestors' reclamation and the local culture and its industry. During the interviews with the locals, we also learned that through a group of people who share the same philosophy of protecting cultural assets, preservation of the culture and the old settlements can be successfully implemented. The Old Settlement Museum Historic Site Joint Venture Team is the first museum group in Taiwan that is autonomously operated by private owners of historic sites. Guided tours provide a chance for tourists to visit historic sites, experience Hakka culture, and what’s more, to combine cultural assets with local industries and tourism. Beipu Old Street, an old settlement full of reclamation history and culture, can shine again through the joint management of historical sites, so that this old street full of historical relics has a different vitality and is moving towards the goal of sustainable development and management.

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

In the early stage of brainstorming about the theme, we first collected relevant local information and listed the topics we were interested in first. Before the final decision of the topic, everyone has to use 3 minutes to introduce the key points of the topic and the reasons for conducting research to our teammates. It is very challenging to brief the key points in a short time and seek support from classmates. Before our on-the-spot visit to Beipu Old Street, we have collected a lot of relevant information through the Internet, but because the amount of the information is plentiful but complicated, we must first discuss to spot our focus and the direction of the topic that everyone wants to present, and through the mind Diagrams and tree diagrams, etc., we classified and sorted out the key points. Another challenge for us is how to collect the information we need, ask in-depth questions to the interviewees, and use interview tools correctly within the limited time on the day of the survey. Through discussion, we sorted out the questions that we were curious and interested in, and recorded them as the basis for the interview. Before the survey, we practiced how to collect first-hand complete records through simulated conversation exercises and training in the use of audio-visual tools. When we first participated in this topic, we all had our own ideas, and we didn't have a great tacit understanding in terms of theme decision, web page structure, and division of labor. Through discussion and communication time after time, we gradually cultivated a good understanding, and finally we were able to present the complicated information into a complete website through a systematic structure.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Through this webpage design, we have a better understanding of the history of Beipu Old Street and its role in the reclamation period of Beipu. Although the political and economic status of the old Beipu district has changed with the passage of time, the Hsinchu County Cultural and Environmental Reconstruction Association of Historic Sites, established by the owners of the historical sites in the old settlements, not only maintain the historical sites and reconstruction, but also integrate the historic sites in the block in a way of unity and cooperation, and they also achieve the purpose of treating and preserving local historical sites in an open and sightseeing way, and move towards sustainable development. The school’s relevant courses have scheduled summer visits, which focus on Beipu Old Street and its surrounding attractions. Through cross-disciplinary teaching activities, we can better appreciate the beauty of Beipu.

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

In this special topic and webpage production, both students and teachers can experience the advantages of digital learning. Through collecting, classifying and integrating data on the Internet, and then deepening the impression through on-site interviews and personal experiences, the students extended learning from the classroom to the outside. On the Google platform, the students engage in classifying data, integrating and completing the research structure, and then present the data systematically on the web. These learning and growth are difficult to achieve in traditional teaching. This time, it made us learn that the vast network resources can surely bring us a broader perspective. Through setting common goals, starting a plan, a lot of brainstorming and interactive discussions in the process, and solving problems together, both students and teachers all benefit in the aspects, including knowledge and operational skills.

Project Elements

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

A. Phone and email: Primary resources like Interviews and phone calls. B. Internet: Make use of the Internet to collect secondary resources and cooperation platforms to upload data, download materials and organize them systematically. C. Laptops: List out the questions for the interview and edit the transcript for videos, webpage design and material organization. D. Cameras and cellphones: They are used to video record the research work, field investigation, and interviews. E. Computer Softwares: Cloud Computing Softwares in Google, Coggle, Mindmup 2.0, Canva, and so forth.

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

After the completion of the website, the students went to every classroom to promote it in person, and they orally shared their one-day investigation and interview experience. What’s more, they also used the webpage to systematically introduce the museums and characteristics of Beipu Old Street, and encouraged students to make reservations for guided tours online through Heritage Cultural Reconstruction Association, and support the preservation of the cultural old settlements in Beipu with practical actions by joining the activities. After the website is completed, the students post website links through social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Google Classroom to increase the visibility of the webpage, so that more people can see the historical museums in the old Beipu settlements.

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

Through this webpage design and field visit, students can have a sense of identity with the cultural environment, Hakka culture and various historic buildings on Beipu Old Street, and then share this experience and ideas with relatives and friends around them, so that more people may be willing to walk into the Beipu Old Street Settlements, participate in a professional guided tour of the Old Street Museum, and take a one-day experience itinerary will provide more practical economic support for the revitalization of the historic buildings in the Beipu Old Street Settlement. In addition, through the power of the Internet, all the people who cherish the local culture of Beipu will be connected together. It’s believed that in the future, better benefits will be generated, and the spirit of Hakka's hard work will be spread everywhere, bringing sustainability to the preservation of cultural relics, and the possibility of operation and development.

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

After we participated in the tour guide and interview, both guides in Jiang Axin Mansion, and Jin Guangfu Historic Mansion, along with the shopkeepers interviewed on the old street, recognized our topic and provided us with lots of manuals. This made us have a better understanding of the historical settlements and local industrial resources in Beipu Old Street. They also gave us their contact information like cell phones and lines for more guidance and assistance.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Through the guided tour of the monuments, it is found that the maintenance of the monuments can gather all the people who cherish the history of the Hakka people who reclaimed the to cooperate. In addition to the maintenance of the monuments, it is also combined with the development of tourism in its local industry. Through various activities, the old settlement turned a new leaf of itself. Once the historic monuments were nicely and successfully revitalized, the old settlement has gotten even more charming than it used to be.


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