We have explored an understated aspect of our Singaporean culture and realised the importance of its valuable contribution to our lives. Since fish play a big role aesthetically and in more superstitious Chinese beliefs, we now understand the often-ignored but ever-present fish pond or tank in landscape designs and indoor buildings.
With regards to learning, we learnt some graphic and webdesigning tips. We also realise the importance of collaboration and team effort, because we started out doing our own sections, and then later found that it didn't work together. With help from other schools, we got tips and ideas, while they helped us check the pages for errors.
The Internet has been more effective for teaching and learning, because it provides a wealth of information for us. Since we didn't want to get much information from it about fish, we used it for help with technical aspects. Nonetheless, it provided easy communication with overseas fish enthusiasts, something we wouldn't have had access to without it.
2) What information tools and technologies did you use to complete your CyberFairproject?
These tools helped ease communication, while the oral interviews gave us a first-hand view of the industry and provided information we wouldn't have gotten otherwise. The most valuable tools were the scanners and Internet, because the former helped in digitizing the original pictures for the site, while the latter provided a wealth of information about page designing and layout.
3) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for yourCyberFair project both on-line and in person?
In our oral presentations, we represented the project and scoured for information under that. We also e-mailed several people who had sites on the Internet about our topic asking for information and promoting our site.
4) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Since our page has not be publicised or viewed widely yet, this question cannot be fully answered. Nonetheless, several teachers and parents have viewed the page, and have given good comments about it. We hope the page will broaden awareness of Singapore's prospering tropical fish industry and its relation to our local beliefs and culture. Our fish encyclopaedia will provide a resource for people like hobbyists to find out more about their fish or help.
5) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
We asked for help from several people involved with or own fish farms for authorization on taking pictures and used our oral interviews with them for information in our pages. We also kept in touch via e-mail with some fish enthusiasts overseas and asked them for help, whether it be for pictures, information or tips for webpage design.
6) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises
Right at the beginning, we didn't even know about Singapore's big role in the contribution to the tropical fish industry internationally. The more we researched, the more we learnt about the fish at first, then about ourselves because of the beliefs attached to fish. Doing the section on its social relevance was a real eye-opener, because we found out a lot of things forgotten in this generation.