I worked as a substitute teacher this year and began teaching Chinese enrichment courses. As a result, they are having me begin teaching regular Chinese courses to middle school students next year and I am currently working on designing that curriculum. I am joining this site because I am always on the lookout for new innovations in Chinese education and would particularly love to expand my technological horizons.
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Happy New Year! I was wondering if your colleagues and students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get more students involved from Wisconsin!
You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Marco Morales; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham,MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!
Aaron - head to wikispaces for a classroom wiki - if you look a little further down on http://wikispaces.com you'll see a spot for ad-free educational wikis. Great way to go. If you need any more help with this, just get in touch.
Great to 'meet' you. I'm always really glad to find other teachers of Chinese. I'm really interested in integrating much more ICT into my classes and have got a couple of blogs. The one I use with my students at the moment is one I call 'technoChinese' - http://www.technolote.com/chinese
I'm trying to post lessons for the kids so they can work at their own pace.
Will add you to my skype list and maybe we can get our students working together on something at some point. Or I'll teach yours and you can teach mine!
Anyway, as I said, nice to 'meet' you. See ya!