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.