About the Project

 

Project Elements

(1) How did your activities and research for this International Schools CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
ˇ@ˇ@ I feel the most important aspects of learning from this project are history and language. Not only the children have learnt their history and the way of life in the ancient time used to be from doing some real work, but they have also practised their tribal language by interviewing and talking to elders. Reading from text books is in no way comparable to first hand experience. Because having first hand experience, help one not to forget. This project benefits not just teaching and learning history and language, more importantly, it contributes a lot towards the future research of archaeology.
(2) What have we learned:
1. Language:
As the interviews were carried out with the elders, we have had more opportunities to practice our tribal language; this is in addition to what we have learnt in the classroom.

2. History and the tribal society:
By visiting several times and conducting interviews, the children have learnt the history of slabstone house, and their tribal customs and taboos. Learning by practice is better than learning by reading books only.

3. Art and culture:
We have recorded and photographed the procedure of collecting rock, extracting stone from the rock, and making a slabstone. Children have also recorded their tribal language by drawing pictures.

(3) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
(IT used)
(application)
DV Record these childrenˇ¦s every activity and convert into RM file.
Internet Research and collect more relevant and comprehensive information.
Scanner Scan the childrenˇ¦s drawing and pictures into computer files.
MP3 Save and retrieve date, record sound files.
IT software Dreamweaver, PhotoImpact, TMPGEnc Plus-2.54.37.135, Paint, Ms Office.
(4) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person:
ˇ@ˇ@ One of the teachers, Mr Sue, helped arrange meetings with tribal elders, so that children could see how a slabstone house is built. Children actually did some of the work to experience how things are done. This will be the most memorable aspect of the project for them.
(5) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
1. Ineffective computer training:
The original plan was hard to implement due to computer hardware limitations.

2. Too many school activities in addition to the project:
There were a lot of things going on during the project implementation stage, such as school anniversary and game, including a natural disaster.

3. The children appreciate more about their tribe:
This project helped children understand more about their tribal history and life in a slabstone house.

(6) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises:
1. We used DV to record the process of restoring a slabstone house; this is a very important documentation.
2. Before we visited the Old Village, we thought aborigines had a graveyard. We never realised until now that they buried their dead in their own houses.
3. We were very astonished to discover how much effort, labour, and time went into building a slabstone house.
4. Not every slabstone is successfully extracted from the rock.