1. Description of Our Community
Occupying approximately 3.3 acres, National Jhongli Commercial High School is located in the city center of Jhongli City, Taoyuan County, only 6 minutes away from Jhongli Train Station, 45 minutes from Taipei City, 20 minutes from Taoyuan International Airport, and 15 minutes from THSR Taoyuan Station. It is conveniently connected to the southern and northern Taiwan by Freeway No.1 and 3, and Express Way 66. Adjacent to a tourist night market, a park, a tennis court, and a department store, the campus is situated in a lively neighborhood, inside which several elementary, middle, high schools, vocational schools and universities could be found. The school’ curriculums are based on a practical vocational education policy, aiming to emphasize the features of business-related courses while implementing courses on human arts, arts, civics and ethics, career planning and life education. It has created a humanitarian learning environment, encouraging the students to look at the bigger picture while maintaining a sense of propriety. By participating in this contest, we hope that more people would get know our school and recognize it as the largest commercial high school in northern Taiwan.
2. Summary of Our Project
In recent years, the issue of food waste has been an ongoing international concern for citizens around the world, and the problem of food shortage and inflation that has led to higher prices are making life even more difficult for people who are already in financial hardship and cannot have their quality of life guaranteed. Food banks are charitable organizations that help these disadvantaged groups. From the beginning, food banks may only work with private organizations, but nowadays, some governments have joined the food banks, and more companies have joined the cooperation with the enhanced concept of corporate social marketing, so that food banks can grow even more. In addition to food donations, food banks are also increasing their donations of supplies and teaching children in remote rural areas about the ideas of healthy eating, making people want to learn more about food banks.
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):
Most of the time, our team worked with the computers and internet connection in the computer room of our school, collecting and organizing the materials needed for our website. Other than that, we made use of the ADSL, TV network and local network at home. We also depended on some communication software like LINE and Facebook to discuss with each other and upload photos. With the assistance of these communication technologies, we were able to successfully distribute tasks and have discussions.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
When we first started the website, we had absolutely no idea how and where to start. What is our structure? What is a menu? How should we design the header and footer? And how should we plan the project? We consulted our supervisor every time when we had a question, no matter how small the question was. Then we discussed with each other, accumulated our experiences and skills, and finally were able to complete the project.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We’ve learned a great deal, and we were very lucky that no one rejected our interview. This contest has expanded our horizon, and was a big step for us, since we had neither interviewed anybody nor conducted a questionnaire survey before. Through participating in this Cyber Fair, we learned the organization of materials, interview skills, website design, and more importantly, the value of teamwork, mutual help, mutual understanding, tolerance, and that even when we encounter difficulties, we can solve them together. Our field trips were filled with laughter as well. For us, what is important about this contest is not whether we would win an award, but the process and our experience.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This contest had allowed us to step outside the campus, work as a team and thoroughly learn about the our Precious Foods -Food bank. We also hope our project would help more people to give weight to the reutilization of aging, historic neighborhoods, as well as to further understand the painstaking process. With the instruction of our supervisor, each member in the team discovered his/her potential as a photographer while constantly taking pictures with cameras and smartphones. In the meantime, we continued to collect new materials, and incorporated the information we’d found into our project using the word processing skills acquired in class. We also learned about the operation and application of various hard- and software, such as website design, image processing, typesetting, and scanning. When working on a website, editing videos, adjusting image sizes and typesetting are all very important details. We’ve applied all our inspiration, creativity and skills learned in school on this project and website.