purpose of project narrative
The activity involves literature, history, geography, computer,
art and culture. We have learned many things that are not in the text
books. We break out of the classroom, and learn from the real-life
environment and experiences and from various experts in history and
culture. Through this research project, we have learnt how to search
for information, how to conduct an interview, how to organize information.
These abilities will become our life-long assets. From research on
Shehuo, we have broadened our mind and learned knowledge beyond textbooks
,as well as realized the importance of protecting folk culture. In
modern society, folk culture is easily to be forgotten. So we need
to organize all people to protect it and pass it on.
tools and technology
(1) Hardware facilities: computer, digital
camera, recorder, scanner, flash disk, scanner.
(2) Computer software: Dreamweaver for webpage editing, PhotoImpact
for graphic processing, Microsoft Word for textual information editing,
Outlook Express for receiving and sending mails, Internet Explorer
for browsing website, ACDSee for image browsing, CuteFTP for transmitting
(3) Internet: E-mail, message board, FTP server,dial-up modem
The member of the team reported his achievements in Cyberfair
In what ways did your students act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your International Schools Cyber Fair project both on-line and in person.
We consider it our responsibility to make the public understanding
the "history of Shehuo", thus we should play the role of
"community ambassadors" and reveal this history to others.
We have tried to tell others what we know and introduced it to school
mates and villagers. We are fully confident that our work, when finished,
would be the most exhaustive online resource on ¡°Shehuo¡± at the moment.In
the process of research, we have felt the public's concern about the
future development of Shehuo.Protection of cultural assets has become
the most concerned issue in the past decade. We hope that our project
would not only deepen the public's knowledge of folk culture, but
also arouse their recognition and passion for cultural assets.
What has been or will be the impact of your project on your community?
In the process of research, we have felt the public's concern about the future development of Shehuo. In the past, this folk culture was considered to be superstition, which was requested to have no access to students and teachers. When hearing of our participating in the Cyber Fair, the local villagers introduce the history of Shehuo to us voluntarily. At the same time, we told them this art has belonged to intangible cultural heritage, which refers to cultural heritage passed over generations by oral form, including language, literature, music, dance, games, mythology, rituals, customs, handicrafts, architecture and the arts.
Shehuo reflects the social customs of agricultural society, which is called “national cultural memory”. After our introduction, villagers actively participated in the performance of Shehuo. The organizers of Shehuo are very proud of it, because they make contribution to the protection and development of folk art. After our interview, the number of actors and actresses of Shehuo in Shenzhong Village amounts to 496 this year, while in the last year, the number was 300.In our school, the number of students participating in Shehuo in last year is 80, while the number increase to 193 this year.
As volunteers in community, how do they help and participate in your project?
After setting the subject, we feel great pressure, because we don’t where to start. Then, we interview the organizers of Shehuo, collect and record material from their intoruction. For example, Mr. Wu Sheng-long in Shenzhong Village, waited for us in front of the village, guided us to visit the temple, introduced the stage property of Shehuo and invited us to rest at his home. Referred to the future of Shehuo, he was quite worried about it. There are many other people telling us stories about Shehuo. Thanks to their help. We can finish our website successfully.
Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises
As this is the first time to participate in the Cyber Fair, we feel both nervous and excited. At first, we don’t know where to start after setting our subject. Our topic is too broad. We communicate with Ms. He Xiao-song, the staff in Town and Talent Technologies, who offers much suggestion to our website. In our research, we gradually get to know this folk art-Shehuo, which is so close with our daily life. We pay much attention on this intangible cultural heritage and share our knowledge with our schoolmates.
In web page making, our computer skills improve a lot. We learn to use digital camera, and how to possess pictures. What’ more important, we get to know the importance of teamwork. Although we meet much difficulty in interviewing, such as incorporation of interviewees, we overcome by our passion and sincerity. We have got a better knowledge of Shehuo’s history and learn much from local folk artists. The activity has enhanced our teamwork spirit and improved our communicating and interpersonal abilities. we know that there is no harvest without sowing. The sweet fruit comes only with hard work. We have also gained the valuable experiences of interacting with others; this ability will be a long-life benefit for us.