The Ministry of Education kicked off its third annual Taiwan School Cyberfair yesterday. This year, students and educators are being encouraged to create Web sites that tell a story about their local community.
"By participating in this educational project," said Lu Mu-lin (
"Using digital resources, students can create educational Web sites that tell us stories about their communities," Liu said.
As in previous years, students are being asked to create Web sites based on a theme and judges will award prizes to the designers of the best sites in each themed category.
This year's themes are leadership, local ethnic groups, community organizations and businesses, local specialties, tourist attractions, historical landmarks, environmental issues, art, music and an open category, Liu said.
"Winning teams are chosen in the final round of competition to be held in March next year," said Hsing Yue-chane (
Hsing said that local teams have won numerous awards at the International Cyberfair since Taiwan first began participating in 1999.
"In 1999, our teams won platinum awards in the middle-school and high school divi-sions," said Hsing. "And in 2001, our teams won platinum, gold and silver awards in a host of categories."
"Not only have our students gained international recognition for design excellence," enthused Liu, "but they have also introduced Taiwan's natural beauty, history and culture to people in other nations."
"All this falls in with President Chen's (陳水扁) vision," Liu said, "which is to introduce Taiwan to the world."
Hsing said that so far 200 teams have registered for this year's cyberfair.
"We expect that more than 1,000 teams -- consisting of over 10,000 elementary, middle and high school students -- will have registered to participate by the time the deadline ends," Hsing added.
The registration deadline is Dec. 31, Hsing said.
This year's Taiwan School Cyberfair is being sponsored by the Taipei and Kaohsiung bureaus of education, National Tsinghua University, Chunghwa Telecom Co Ltd and Microsoft Taiwan, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education.
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