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1. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support
    standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
A. The Cyberfair project has prompted us to acquire skills that we usually would not have been able to in school. For example, it was necessary to collate information for the website construction. It was also important to make sure we have the appropriate etiquette when interviewing others. We also learned how to write-up research findings, produce webpages and design images. In a nutshell, we have learned how to express ourselves and reach out to the world over the Internet.
 
B. Throughout the long process of webpage production, our teachers were no longer heavily involved in the planning and implementation. Their role has evolved from the instruction of knowledge to the pointers of learning resources. Students have developed the attitude of learning on their own and the capability to apply different skills. Throughout the work process, we assumed the active role by discovering and resolving problems.
 
C. Students should not be just smart machines for exams. Rather, they should develop the sensitivity for humanity's concerns and the vision for the future. This project gave us the opportunity to walk into the community and combine our knowledge and experience. We need to stay on top of what is happening in our community, about the people and things around us. A broader perspective will help us to think in a mature way.
 
D. Different from traditional learning tools, the Internet is free from the restrictions of time and place. We can share collected data and pictures, and bounce ideas back and forth online at any time and from anywhere. We can discuss online and offline by posting our questions and inviting feedback from classmates and teachers. Two-way communication can greatly enhance learning efficiency.
2. What information tools & technologies did you used to complete
    your CyberFair project?
Hardware: digital cameras, camcorders, recorder pens, USB drives, desktops, notebooks and printers.
 
Software: Facebook, Microsoft Word, WordPad, PhotoCap, FastStone Image Viewer, Painter, EditPlus, Dropbox, Filezilla, PhotoImpact, Dreamweaver.
3. In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for
    your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
     We stumbled into Jerry Huang's performance on the street. We then searched over Facebook and found out that he is also from Lukang and he studied in our school. This surprised made us even more interested and confident in interviewing with him. On our behalf, our class supervisor asked whether Jerry Huang would be happy to speak with us. He agreed and welcomed us. This was followed with communication with Jerry Huang over Facebook regarding the interview schedule and questions.
 
     We conducted two interviews. On the first interview, Jerry shared with us the story of his life, the catalyst for his career as a performance artist and his journey as an illusionist. He talked about the difficulties along the way and the good, bad and the ugly in life. We learned a lot from his humorous storytelling. On the second interview, Jerry came and taught us how to operate the props. Indeed, a minute of performance takes a decade of practice. We did not realize the level of concentration and the hours of hard work behind a small trick. We hope that our Cyberfair project can let the young people appreciate the efforts Jerry Huang has made to win the audience's applauses.
4. What has been the impact of your project on your community?
     We are happy that Jerry Huang has agreed to be the artist for our Cyberfair project. We hope this feature report can introduce this young artist from Lukang to more people. Street art is an integral part of Lukang as a tourist attraction. It lightens up the community, instills vitality to the town and brings joy to the visitors. When we started, we were nervous and lacking in confidence. This project took us one step at a time, from data collection, interviewing, first-hand experience to webpage production. We learned the way hard the importance of team work and effective time management. We tackled each problem along the way and finally accomplished this research project.
5. Intellectual Property Rights
     We wrote our research findings for the Cyberfair project based on interviews and data collection. We respect intellectual property rights by quoting the sources for the texts and pictures extracted from other websites, authors and books. We have obtained the approval from Jerry Huang when we used his photos for our webpages. The photographing and recording during the interviews were also conducted with his consent.
6. Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises
     We have learned so much from our undertaking of the Cyberfair project. Performance artists are always in the spot light and hence believed to be aloof and distant. However, we have completely changed the stereotype we previously had in mind after the two interviews. Jerry Huang is a lively, chatty and easy-going guy. He does not have a chip on the shoulder. He is approachable and responsive to all of our questions. He even jokes about himself occasionally. We often cracked up at his amusing remarks and we think that is why he is so popular. As the say goes, “Three minutes glory on stage, 10 years hard work off the stage.” Jerry Huang's outstanding performance is the result of years of practice. Efforts may not always lead to success but laziness will never bring accomplishments. Diligence attracts opportunities. Jerry Huang is willing to spend more hours than others and practice has become a big part of his life. He is often hurt on the thorny road to his dreams. However, there is no gain without pain. Aren't the young people today lacking in the perseverance and persistence that he has? The students in Taiwan are often stuck in their comfort zone and clueless about their plans for the future. If even they do have a vision for their future, they often do not take actions. Jerry Huang inspired us to explore what interests us. We can only develop passions for what interests us and only with passions can we confront challenges and cope with frustrations.
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