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International Schools CyberFair 98

Project Narrative


A Challenge of My Father

Information About Our Site

  1. Link to our CyberFair 98 Entry
  2. Link to our School Home Page
  3. Date of Project: March 31,1998
  4. School: King's English School KUMANODAI CLASS
  5. District: Kumanodai
  6. City: Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan
  7. Teachers or Classes:
    Masaki Seike
  8. How many students worked on this project? 1
  9. Their ages were: 18 years of age
  10. Project Contact Email:

Project Overview

  1. We entered our Web site in CyberFair Category:
    Local Specialties
  2. Description of "Our Community"
    Nakajima Town is in the Inland Sea of Japan. The town consists of 6 inhabited islands with 7200 people and 22 uninhabited islands. Since this is a rural island-town, people highly depend on their most incomes from orange farming and fishery. Many of residents are farmers and fishermen or related to the industries.
  3. Summary of Our Project
    In 1972, the National Geographic Magazine introduced this island town, Nakajima, and mentioned the change of their lifestyles like decreasing number of residents on the islands during the high-growth economy of Japan in the 70s. The orange production in the town once boomed at that time and won their reputation for excellent oranges. But in 1991, the town suffered from an enormous typhoon and it left the damaged of 1499 acres for farming area and 73.8 billion yen of loss for orange growers. And again, people live here are struggling to survive. A high school girl, Toshinari Chiharu whose father is an organic orange grower in Nakajima, is to find out more about her town and her own father through its history, local specialities, and her father's challenge.
  4. Our Internet Access
    We have a ISDN connection on one Macintosh computer. We are quite satisfied with the speed of internet access, but we feel more computer facilities are needed to make our lesson more effective and exciting for our students.
  5. Problems We Had To Overcome
    We found out about the CyberFair Project a month ago, and we could only manage to have 1 student who can work on this project. But the students is eager to work on this, and told me that she learned a lot through the process. Interestingly, she is from an island town, and the most distant student from our school. We and the student made a commitment to achieve this project since the town, Nakajima, has interesting features to introduce. I believe the project work well even for just one student.
  6. Our Project Sound Bite
    Putting her work on the web site generated our student's motivation. She could not stop herself learning about her town, and her father, so she can be proud of them.

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 course work and curriculum requirements?

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

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

We asked people or organizations to help us for some information, and then we explained why we need them or how we use them on the web. We had only one student to work with and didn't have much time to speak out more about it. But if we make some documents tell about this event in Japanese, or carrying something like business cards, printed "CyberFair 98 Spokesperson" on the card, it might be helpful when we entry for next year.

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

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

We get to know various people through this project.

1. Japan Agricultural Exchange Council

We talked spokesperson from the organization on the phone that she told me it was great opportunity for them too, to be introduced on the web. And they said they will look for the web site we made and the Global School Foundation Site.

2. Japan-U.S. Workshop for Agroecology

We met met Dr.Hideo Ueno, one of the organizers for Experiment Farm of Ehime University, He is an Associated Professor of Ehime University who allowed us to use the photo and sources on the web. We corresponded by e-mails also, we explained the project, and introduced the web address for CyberFair 98.

Dr.Hidoe Ueno told us he has seen our project and mentioned us that American Researchers at a workshop were very interested in Chiharu's father's speech. And he will tell them our project on the web to introduce Nakajima Town and the father's work.

3. Officials at Nakajima Town Office.

In order to get the sources on our project, Chiharu visited their town office and explained what she needs and why. And she was more than welcomed.