Our teacher often wanted us to do projects about local culture, people, or specialities, so we asked our teacher for information about the sock weaving industries in Tianjhong during the process of researching. This special project could be also as our local education homework handed in later.
Before the visit to Soxlink tourism factory, we consulted our housekeeping teacher about types and differences of silk materials. Therefore, when looking around there, we confirmed what we had learned in school. It's really a very special experience for us!
Linguistics and Performing Arts:
In the past, we just learned in the classroom, but this time we went out of the classroom and played little reporters, which was really exciting for us. Except the interview with Chairman Hsiao, we also interviewed a few consumers, which we randomly met. We not only practiced our communication skills and but also showed some body language to get some active responses.
Web page production wasn't an easy task, for we had to learn and put into practice in short time. Thanks to Mr. Yang's patient teaching, we made progress gradually and had done a great work at the last! Maybe what we had done is not perfect, but at least we have tried our best! It's worth it!
2. What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Information tools and technologies we used are as follows:
|Personal Computer(Desktop)||7 network-connected computers with Intel i3 CPU to deal with data|
|Personal Computer(notebook)||1 Acer notebook with Intel i5 CPU to arrange web pages and upload files|
|Digital Camera(Cannon EOS M1)||Take pictures and record videos during interviews|
|Smartphone(Xiaomi Note 3,etc.)||1. Take pictures and record videos for backup during the interview|
2. Share WiFi hospot with 4G mobile band
3. Keep in touch with team members
|Photo Impact 11||Image Processing|
|PhotoCap 6.0||Photo Resizing|
|Artisteer 4||Website Constructing and Outline Arranging|
|Power Director 14||Video Coding and Fixing|
|Format factory 2.7||Video Compressing|
|FileZilla Client 3.1||Upload web pages|
|PhotoCap 6.0||Website Constructing|
|Oral Interview with Questionaires||1. Interview Chairman Hsiao|
2. Interview several customers
3. In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person?
After this project finished, people around the world surfing our website can realize the producing procedures and various materials of a pair of sock, and furthermore they know more about Soxlink tourism factory. This could be a powerful motive to push people who are not natives to come here to buy products. Especially to foreigners, MIT(Made in Taiwan) products stands for good quality . In other words, Soxlink produces MIT certified goods, which stands for extremely high quality!
On the other hand, all of us shared what we saw, heard, and learned in Soxlink tourism factory to our neighbors, families and friends, and recommended them to buy the products of Soxlink tourism factory to support MIT goods, support local business organization in Tianjhong, and support Taiwan traditional sock weaving industry. By this way, the quality of our local products can be promoted and so does the local industries. Tianjhong will be more prosperous.
4. What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Tianjhong is a small town located in the south of Changhua county. Because its location is in the country, the economic development of Tianjhong is very low. Even people living in Changhua county doesn’t know much about Tianjhong. So, we chose the local business organization--Soxlink tourism factory as our theme of the project to let people around the world to know this small town more.
During 1950s,many other companies had been relocated with mainland China and Southeast Asia, in order to save on labor costs, Soxlink had decided to stay in Taiwan, and transformed into tourism factory by producing socks with high quality later. Therefore, products were upgraded from common socks to multi- functional ones. For this reason, socks of Soxlink tourism factory were famous and were fond of by many customers. At the present time, Soxlink also cooperates with many national companies , and produces socks with their famous brand, such as Adidas, Nike, Disney, and so on. Soxlink is really the glory of Taiwan industries!
By establishing the website, we hope more people are attracted and come to Tianjhong to learn about not only its local products—socks, but also king of socks—Soxlink tourism factory, which can stimulate the economic development of Tianjhong to make progress! On the other hand, for this project is also our homework of local business organization, our teacher uses that as a sample to introduce Tianjhong local specialities in class. Our web pages are highly praised by teacher and classmates. We are very proud of what we have done!
5. How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
The most important person we have to thank is Chairman Hsiao. He accepted our interview, patiently answered all our questions, which cleared all our doubts in mind. His frankly explaining the history of Soxlink gave us a clear outline of the development of Soxlink tourism factory. Besides, he generously authorized us to utilize pictures and descriptions of Soxlink official website and DM in our website constructing for free, which gave us a great help.
When we visited Soxlink tourism factory, some tourists and customers we interviewed also gave us several advices about Soxlink socks which we really appreciated. They all highly praised the quality of the socks. In addition, the representative there also clearly introduced the factory and products to us, which helped us very much.
When it comes to the website constructing, we have to thank the contributions and directions of our supervising teachers, Mr. Yang and Ms. Tsou. They spent so much time directing, teaching, and revising. Without them, we are not sure if we can finish the project or not. But, with their help, we make something impossible possible!
6. Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises
After this special study, we know that the producing procedures of a pair of socks are very complex, such as graphic and knit program designing, materials purchasing, knitting, seam closing, socks boarding, and packaging , and so on. Each step contains several details of concepts, which is far more complicated than we can imagine.
When interviewing our team, Chairman Hsiao told us that he just wanted to weave socks to his father to wear from the beginning, but this idea pushed him to achieve his socks kingdom and turned him into king of socks in Taiwan in the end! This taught us not to give up any small dream. Even if it seemed just an illusion or imagination. Maybe, constantly Innovation and hard-working could make the dream com true!
In the process of researching the topic, the most surprising is to operate the old manual weaving machines. Through the machines, several threads of colorful silk can be combined together to form a sock prototype, which is a fresh experience to us. It is really magical!