How did your activities and research for this International Schools CyberFair project support content standards, required coursework and curriculum requirements?
The Nine-Year Integrated Curriculum emphasizes creative and active teaching, and uses diversified evaluation methods to inspire the multivariance of the wisdom of the students, and let students of different potential to develop their strengths, and truly reach the goal of ?suitability development?. The project research of this project, brings the students together to go out for on-site survey and interview, breaking the tradition of learning only in the classroom. This also cultivates the ability of solving problems in our actual life. The result should be plentiful! What we truly want is ?knowledge that can brought, and not a school pack that cannot be carried?!


The attending of this research project, not only lets teachers to improve their professional knowledge, but also to develop their strength to guide their students;Children also learn that they have to discuss and negotiate repeatedly to complete this task, and understand the importance of teamwork. This also lets students to transfer from learning passively to aggressively construct knowledge by their own, and fully trying out and cultivating interests and ability.

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

What information tools and technologies did you use to complete your Cyberfair project?
 

Information tools and Technologies

Function

Computer, computer software(Wordxp,PhotoImpact8.0,FrontPagexp,

Explorer,Excel,FTP)

Data upload, data compilation, webpage production

Internet

Various data search including past works of Cyberfair, related book search, inquiry and topic related webpage

Scanner

mage processing

Digital camera

Photograph taking as image record

Team member E-MAIL, telephone, mobile phone

Regular communication and contact

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

In what ways did your students act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your Cyberfair project both on-line and in person.
The school has been implementing homeland education for the last ten years, and has four courses on hometown appreciation with emphasis on content such as introduction to industries and religion. Although these courses are effective, the community has yet to be familiar with its learning outcome. This year, by integrating with Cyberfair, we will conduct thorough surveys, and together with facilitating community awareness through systematic learning and organized outcomes, the study will help spread environmental protection awareness. We hope that through this learning activity, not only will students gain a deeper impression of the subject, but that more community members will also become more motivated and take actions to care for their hometown and protect the environment.

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

What has been or will be the impact of your project on your community?
The research project of Cyberfair is not just a brief introduction but an in-depth investigation. To enrich local history, we join in the Cyberfair, which providing an opportunity to do theme-based community investigation and cultural materials collection. We will present what we have done in the project website. We have done with several research projects in recent years, including Syuejia wetland ecological park, the twelve Pochie folk art performance, an expert in milkfish farming and the pigeon whistle. Research of Father Brendan O’Connell is the fifth puzzle of the whole community investigation. We hope that complete website database can be constructed after several years of research.

 
 

 

 
 

How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
It has been the fifth year for Jhaigang elementary school to work on an independent study in Taiwan School Cyberfair. We mainly focus on our local natural environment, tradition and industry. The topic this time is to introduce a priest, Father Brendan O'Connell, who dedicates his life to the exceptional education. His persistence and insistence on the early intervention and integrated education are a role model and real existence for our students to identify. Through personal interviews and visits, students learn how to care for those underprivileged and carry out the tasks. From this study, we try to inspire the glory of human nature that gradually loses in our society nowadays. This topic not only helps recognize a role model in our local area, but also provides a resource for the teaching of service-learning and character education.

 
 

 

 
 

 
 

 

 
 

Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (optional)
Father Brendan O’Connell has been in Taiwan for more than fifty years. In the recent twenty years, he lives in Syuejia District and even has been elected as president of Syuejia Rotary International. He is a foreigner, but as one of the representatives in Syuejia, he has gained the respect of the locals. Because of Father Brendan, the developmental delays have a proper learning environment.


Because of him, integrating special education students in regular classrooms becomes a normal. Because of him, students with special educational needs can be treated with more compassion and respects by the people of our country.


What Father Brendan O’Connell has done is not a superficial propaganda, but a lifelong devotion. His gradual adoption of special education reverses the traditional concept of a generation and finally creates great value in his life. Through this interview, we realize that doing right things is simple, and that insisting on doing right things our whole life is not hard. Just as Father Brendan does, always lead our lives with optimistic and positive attitudes. There will always be happier where there is a willing mind and a willing hand.

 
 

   
 

 
 

   

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