International Schools CyberFair 99
Project Narrative


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Information About Our Site

  1. Link to our CyberFair 99 Entry
  2. Link to our School Home Page
  3. Date of Project: March 1, 1999
  4. School: Taman Desa (1) Secondary School
    District: Taman Desa
    City: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  5. Teachers or Classes:
    iconsmall.gif (1043 bytes) Miss Toh Kim Eng, English Teacher
    iconsmall.gif (1043 bytes) Students of 5 Science 1
  6. How many students worked on this project? 32 students
  7. Their ages were: 16-18 years of age
  8. Project Contact Email: durio@bigfoot.com

Project Overview

  1. We entered our Web site in CyberFair Category:
    Local Specialties
  2. Description of "Our Community"
    Malaysia is located in South East Asia. It is a peninsular which is south of Thailand and north of Singapore. Malaysia is a multi-racial country. The different races comprise the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans, Muruds and other indigenous groups. Malaysia consists of East Malaysia and West Malaysia. There are 12 states in West Malaysia and 2 states in East Malaysia. The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Melayu. Other languages include Mandarin, Tamil and English. The official religion is Islam but Malaysians are free to embrace other religions such as Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism. Malaysia has an equatorial climate with rain throughout the year. Daily temperatures range from 27-32 Celsius. This climate supports a dense equatorial forest which is the home to many different types of trees including the durian tree.
  3. Summary of Our Project
    Durian is the king of fruits and is a local specialty in Malaysia. We chose to research on durians because we want locals as well as people around the world to know the fruit better. In our project, we have included facts as well as stories about the durian and we hope visitors will get to know more about the fruit, would try the durian as well as have a great time surfing our site.
  4. Our Internet Access
    We accessed the internet through our school multimedia computer which runs on a 56K modem sponsored by the Parents Teachers Association. But most of the time, we use our own personal computers to access the internet to complete the project.
  5. Problems We Had To Overcome
    The major problem we faced was insufficient funds to carry out the project to the best. For example, we wanted to buy a video capture card to have some clips running at our Web site. Our school only has one multimedia computer with internet access as such we had to use our own personal computers and internet access to complete the project. 
  6. Our Project Sound Bite
    We found out that this project is useful in helping us to learn to create Web pages as well as work with many other people.

Project Elements

This section explains how your project addressed the project elements found in the CyberFair Assignment to Schools.

1) How did your activities and research for this International School CyberFair project support your required coursework and curriculum requirements?

We learned how to use many different programs to create Web pages as well as learnt to use the Internet which served as an important tool in completing the project. Throughout this project, all of us became IT literate and we now use the computer to complete our school projects. Besides that, the project has given us a chance to learn to be co-operative, working as a team and trusting each other in whatever decisions made which is what we learn in our Moral Education subject in school. We also learn to accept other peoples' ideas and suggestions in order to get the best out of this project. We elected 6 leaders, one to head the whole project and the other 5 to be in charge of the 5 groups namely Reporters, Researchers, Photographers, Editors, Designers and Computer team. After which, the others in the class got to choose which group they would like to join. click for more information


2) What information tools and technologies did you use to complete your CyberFair project?

iconsmall.gif (1043 bytes) Telephone
iconsmall.gif (1043 bytes) Scanner - Canon FB3100
iconsmall.gif (1043 bytes) Tape recorders & cassettes
iconsmall.gif (1043 bytes) Computer software - Front Page 98, Adobe Photoshop 5.0, Microsoft Word, WS FTP
iconsmall.gif (1043 bytes) Libraries - national library, school library
iconsmall.gif (1043 bytes) Local Newspapers - Star, New Straits Times, Youth Quake, Sin Chew Jit Poh, Sun
iconsmall.gif (1043 bytes) Oral Interviews - roadside durian hawkers, durian plantation owner, MARDI (Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute)
iconsmall.gif (1043 bytes) Printer - BJC 4200SP
iconsmall.gif (1043 bytes) Internet
iconsmall.gif (1043 bytes) Camera - Canon EOS 500

We used photographs whenever possible because we felt the photos would make the ideas clearer to viewers. We also added graphics to make our web pages more colourful and attractive. Most of us are fluent in the use of many of the software programs that we had on our computers. But our most valuable tool was our brain, used as thinking caps to put this project together. click here for more information


3) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

We contacted MARDI (Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute) to make a trip there to take photos of the durian nursery as well as to get more information on durians through interviews with people working there. We also interviewed durian sellers for stories and opinions on the durain. We told them that we were working on this Cyberfair project and they were surprised and willing to help us in whatever way they could.


4) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

We hope to see an impact when more people become aware of our Website. We want this to happen both on a national and international level. At this point, the biggest impact has been on the students themselves that is, the students have gained more knowledge in many different ways like learning how to carry out research, being brave to meet people to gather information and the different ways to source for information. We hope more people will be enlightened on durian cultivation, ways to choose the durian & open it, its taboos, the promotion of the fruit, its popularity, the products one can make from it and other required information.


5) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

Here we would like to give special thanks to the following people for helping out in the project:

Mr. Shahadan & Mr. Zamrose - MARDI (Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute)
Mr. Siew - Durian Plantation owner
Mr. Chan - Durian hawker

 

Link to our CyberFair 99 Entry