A. Information

Links to our project: 【 2016 Cyberfair 】 【KCIS host
Link to school website: 【 Kang Chiao International School
Date of project completion: 15 March 2016
Our school:Kang Chiao International School
City/District of our school:Xindian dist., New Taipei City
Instructors:Xiao Shih-Xuan, Peng Ying-Tsong, Jian Bi-Hong
Team members:10 students
Age of students:16-18 years old
Contact E-mail: rosalin2canada@yahoo.com.tw

B. Overview

Competition Category:Local Business Groups

Project Description:
Our research topic is Taiwan Association for Independent Bookshop Culture that was founded by Mr. Chen. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to develop the culture and spirit of indie bookshops all across Taiwan. Our team hopes to make indie bookshops more common so that it will allow people to discover a method to purchase books other than from big brands and chain bookstores. Hopefully, after experiencing and understanding indie bookshops, people will realize the unique and enjoyable culture. The research will focus on the managing and advancement of indie bookshops in order to create a lasting impression on people and preserve this important yet fading culture.

Local Community Description:
Taiwan Association for Independent Bookshop Culture, which is founded by Mr. Chen, is located in the eastern district of Taichung city of Taiwan. The district has one of the most amazing and diverse cultures with plenty attractions and resources to keep one busy with. Mr. Chen to encouraged reading and the preservation of valuable culture with the association, because he wantes to maintain the business of indie bookshops. After years of hardwork and organization, the Taiwan Association for Independent Bookshop Culture offers service in many locations across cities and is still working towards Mr. Chen’s beliefs and goals.

Our Internet Quality:
Technology is well developed in today’s modern society. Computers and internet have become the most important things in our daily lives. Therefore, our school provides an 100 MB internet and the school server for us to attend this cyber fair competition. We completed most of our work during club time every Friday. Moreover, we read the information we gathered and rewrite our own project on google document to discuss, revise, and ensure all the information online.

Difficulties We Encountered:
The competition and interview are our team member’s first experience in Cyberfair. The process was filled will studying, effort, and laughters. Although there were many obsticles arranging the interview with Mr. Chen, but our team members still worked very hard to solve the difficulties. With our first interview, we were not skilled enough to solve all the problems; nevertheless, we wanted to thank our teachers and Mr. Chen for accepting and helping us. We faced a lot of technical issues of professional programing, such as photoshop and dreamwaver throughout the competition. However, we now learned how to interview like a reporter, to modify pictures and videos like a professional photo maker, and build up a website like a professional web page designer.

After several months of researching the topic of independent bookstores, we increased our understanding and furthered our insight on the topic. During our research, we realised the hard work and effort that the founder, Mr.Chen, had put into establishing the association in order to preserve the unique culture that is the culture of independent booktores. Throughout the making project, we learned numerous skills such as efficient team work, interviewing techniques and experience, gathering of key information, video editting techniques, hyper text markup language, and cascading style sheets. Although the internet didn’t hold much information and useful sources relavant to our topic, we carried right on with the project and finding our own ways to conquer the problem. We even interviewed the director and founder of the Taiwan Association of Independent Bookshop Culture and ended up becoming good friends! During the project, we had to acquire assistance from friends and teachers around us to guide us through certain aspects of the project such as information gathering and design advice. This project means a lot to each and every one of us and is a valuable and priceless experience that not many people get the chance to be a part of. Although there were some disagreements and obstacles that slowed us down along the way, we solved every issue and agreed on many matters, on which opinions differed. Clashing views and failing are part of life and are what spurs progress in people, and both are reasons why we have grown so much. Lastly, we’d like to thank our teachers, who we woul’ve failed miserably without. We are truly grateful.

C. Project Elements

How are Taiwan's education system's goals and our school's featured programs combined by participating in the 2016 Cyberfair?
The topic we chose combined language, community , arts, humanities, science, and technology in the twelve-year education’s program to complete by the following steps:
1. Choosing of topic
2. Data collection
3. Field surveys and interviews
4. Analyzing and organisation of information
Our school not only follows the ministry of education’s 12-year education courses, but we also designed “languages and cultures courses” that combined the characteristics, history, geography, economics, transportation, and industry of Taiwan to discover the beauty of our homeland. Also, by utilizing the diverse learning and determined spirit of the twelve-year education program and our school’s special courses, it lead the students to gain ability, collect data, and combine scientific concepts studies to finish the project.

Which technologies did we use to complete this research project?
The program we used is PowerDirector, iMovie (making flash films), and Adobe DreamWeaver CS3 (pasting the pictures and information).
The tools we used: digital cameras (filming), smart phones (tape-recording, documenting, contacting), laptops and computers (revising web page design, pasting information, contacting, writing information), wireless internet (searching for information), and USB (carrying information around)
Other resources we used: books (provided by Mr. Chen), interviews, questionnaries (collecting datas and questions related to independent bookstores)

Introduction to Our Local Culture
In our modern world, large amounts of data and information are readily available to anybody with a device and any form of internet connection. Results of searches take only a few seconds to find with the click of your finger. Because of this convenience, people have started to become more and more dependent on the internet to do anything and have replaced the traditional method of obtaining information, which is from books. Furthermore, traditional and independent bookstores were negatively impacted by the entering of chain bookstores into the market. Due to the factors mentioned above, independent and traditional bookstores have been on the decline in Taiwan. Who knows if this unique culture might one day vanish completely. Motivated to preserve said culture, Mr. Chen, Long-Hao established the Taiwan Association of Independent Bookshop Culture. There are a great number of unique cultures, just like that of independent bookshops, that are slowly fading away into obscurity because of the technological age we are currently in. This is why we have chosen this topic for the 2016 cyberfair, to preserve and promote the rare cultures of Taiwan and to let people know about independent bookshops as an option when in comes to purchasing books.

What influence did this research project have on us?
Most of us believed that we changed and learned a lot from the experiment. We learned about the importance of teamwork and positive thinking. Also, we are now more willing to learn new skills, such as web programming(dream weaver). This project improved our ability to express our ideas through words and trained us to be more careful. Now, when we face a challenge, we solve the problem in several different angles to reach our goal.

Intellectual Property Rights
We learned a lot about intellectual property rights, including the usage of pictures, quotes, and informations obtained in interviews from our adviser when we joined the competetion. All pictures, sounds, and surveys are approved by the independent bookstore association’s director Mr. Chen and is protected according to the law. Therefore, it is illegal to steal our information and data without any permission.

D. Contribution Chart

Participants Tasks Percentage

Liu, Pin-Yen
Wei, Ting-Yu
Hong, Ling-Ya
Ma, Yung-Yen
Tung, Shen-Yu
Chen, Kuan-Yu
Yuffie Lin
Chiang, Hung-Wei
Interviewing Mr.Chen
Recording the Interview
Picture Taking
Document Editing
Writing progress report
Project Plan making
Data collection
Wei, Ting-Yu HTML5 & CSS3 Coding
Webpage design
Liu, Pin-Yen Data organization 20%
Liu, Pin-Yen
Hong, Ling-Ya
Wei, Ting-Yu
Ma, Yung-Yen
Tung, Shen-Yu
Chen, Kuan-Yu
Chiang, Hung-Wei
Margaret Lien
Chang, Hao-Pu
Yuffie Lin
Writing Reflection 5%
Chen, Kuan-Yu
Hong, Ling-Ya
Video editing 5%
Instructors Xiao, Shih-Xuan
Jian, Bi-Hong
Peng, Ying-Tsong
Hold group meetings
Data analyzing
Website guidance
Setting of topic
Interview Director of T.A.I.B.C
Mr. Chen, Long-Hao
data consulting
attending interview