did your activities and research for this International Schools
CyberFair project support content standards, required coursework and
The study plan participation enabled
teachers to enhance professional knowledge and skills so that students
can be guided through. Children also understood that it was only with
continual discussion and collaboration could the study be completed.
They also understood the importance of group work. Student learning
changed from passive knowledge acquisition to active knowledge
construction. Interests and capabilities were fully explored and
What skills have you learned?
1. Interview skill: to conduct a topic interview, data has to be
collected in advance. The topic has to be determined before going out
for an interview. The interview contents should be recorded within a day
or two before we forget them. The records are important references for
webpage production in the future.
2 .Internet resource use: Resources are available on the internet but
some data requires further checking. Do not believe just everything you
find on the internet. Statistical data is often posted on the internet
by government agencies. For example, statistical data is open for access
by Agriculture and Food Agency Council of Agriculture. All you have to
do is enter the year on the search webpage to find data history. It is
What teamwork ideas and methods
have you implemented or practiced?
Our school is a mini elementary school. The number of people per class
is limited. As senior students in the school, we often help out in
school activities. Although there is a lot of work to do, we are quite
close to one another and we always help one another. In this contest, we
divided ourselves into groups to collect data. The data was then
compiled and discussed. We also took turns to write the journal in order
to lighten our work loads.
What special concepts have
you learned from experience or are you aware of ?
In the rice town, rice fields are either beside our school or home. Some
people’s grandfathers or fathers are farmers. Everyone is aware of the
fact that irrigation is important in rice planting. However, before
attending classes, we had no idea that irrigation is knowledge. How can
we make sure water flows to rice fields so farmers can channel water for
irrigation? (Pilotage)It requires irrigation engineering, a set of
systems, and the efforts of many to make water available.
How does this topic research
project meet the needs of your school or class?
Hsin Chia Elementary School has engaged in topic researches for the past
5 years in conjunction with Cyberfair. Each topic is related to the
humanity and customs of Houbi Township. The topic this time is no
exception. Chia-Nan Canal is first introduced to let everyone know the
functions of the canal inside the village. Students will understand the
meaning of community landscapes. Like website works from previous years,
webpage topic contents helped everyone understand their origin. They
also serve as reference during other subject teachings.
Did you discover any problems
related to the existing education system during the research process?
A language is the fundamentals of all activities or courses. The
existing course allotment is rather complex. The hours allotted for the
Chinese subject is rather limited. Consequently, students’ ability to
write weakened. Our topic study was affected by this to some extent.
What role do you play in the
place where your school is located?
Through topic and station setup, we hope everyone will have better
understanding of the rice industry and irrigation. On the other hand, we
hope to promote our school features and students’ competence through
this activity holding so that the local residents will know about our
learning activities in the rural area that measure up with those of
schools in the urban area.
Is internet teaching and
learning more efficient than traditional methods? Please share your
The internet is indeed much more convenient as we have instant access to
information on the internet. Before, we had to go to the library to copy
the statistical data. Now, we simply download it form the internet. It
is not only time-saving; internet search is organized and arranged. Data
pops up right away. There is no need to go over the books. However,
despite the versatile data available, they are often repeated, and
information is not necessarily correct. We need to first check it.
explain which information technologies were adopted by your group in
completing the topic study project.
Computer, computer software
Data upload, data compilation, and webpage production
Data search including past works at cyberfair, related book
search, and topic related webpage search
Image recording through pohto-taking
USB Flash Drive
Data and voice recording
Group member E-MAIL; phone, cell phone
Communication on regular days
online or personal contact method was adopted to play the role of the
Cyberfair topic research?
Over the past year or two, the rice
from Houbi gained popularity. The school also conducted many activities
and held classes. A research was conducted on the irrigation topic. We
visited the water man in the village, farmers, work station workers, and
rented a car to visit Wushantou Reservoir. The locals approved of our
local topic research, and were interested in our fieldtrip learning.
influences or impacts did the topic research have on the locality?
It had been years since we started the
topic research on our homeland. From the earliest Sinjia village
investigation, the Sung-Chiang Battle Array, Wushulin Sugar Refinery,
Houbi Township Temple (Taian Temple), Jing-Chung Temple, Orchid
Biotechnology Park, to Lianfa Rice Mill, each item was connected to
Houbi Township. Last year, we received a letter from the Houbi Township
Office. It was stated in the letter that it wished to cite our school
data and post it on its website. To us, it means approval, and
encouragement. This year, we conducted more in-depth studies on farmland
irrigation. Although the topic scope was extended to cover the county
and the city, there is a connection between the two. Houbi Township is
considered a rural agricultural town. Since the canal passes by the
school, and enters our rice fields, we hope that more comprehensive data
related to humanity, culture, and history can be gathered, which shall
also serve as reference for future teachings.
property and citation
If webpage contents are cited, a
footnote is found at the bottom part of the webpage. If the data source
is the internet, website link should be available. Most photographs on
the WebPages come from teachers or students. If there are other
citations, permission is first secured from the interviewee.
lessons learned, and amazement
We learned how to formulate study
contents through this topic research. We also learned interview and
communication skills. Like a treasure hunt, we acquired knowledge and
were amazed at our discoveries. We have certainly grown!
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