Archive for October, 2010

Finding a way to present 3D Dream School


I finished my UBD final project outline. These dream schools are created by Google SketchUp

One day, my daughter showed me the nice presenting tool Prezi . But not so ideal for 3D Dream Schools. I used this tool for my Mandarin beginner classes to learn typing Chinese characters and Pinyin. One of my Korean students created a ” Chinese” by grouping words into even bigger words. Please click the picture to see the presentation.


Now I am finding a way to present my students’ 3D Dream Schools. I thought about Camtasia Studio ,but my students don’t have this software. Do you have any good ideas?

After asking everybody in my cohort during the presentation, I learned from Barb’s Screejelly and Jeff’s recommandation Jing.

Tried Screejelly, it works easily. But Jing looks like more profssional and needs to be installed by administrator. My students will have to go to help desk to run their computer first.

Wanted: Somebody to evaluate these situations



Chinese Version computers are not included in the school IT plan. This caused me a lot of inconvenience and problems. From the school’s point of view, everybody should use the same equipment and software. Only then will they get support. For someone like me who learned by herself and is a little bit advanced, when will there be a support for me? Who will evaluate this situation?

According to ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Essential Conditions Rubric. I, as an educator already exceed the standards. But for the school, it is still in an Initiative stage: Access to technology resources is tightly controlled creating a negative atmosphere surrounding its use.

Should teachers be evaluated on their use of technology?

In my situation now, I think teachers should be evaluated on their use of technology, because everybody will have to learn the updated IT skills, so we can have the same level to work together as a team.

In Fair weather or Foul


Technology fails are inevitable, but can be prevented by putting in place procedures that will allow your classroom to progress smoothly.

When I integrated IT into my lesson plan, I always faced the same situation: Whether I can solve all the problems the students were facing myself. For preventing this situation I have to become an independent IT instructor and Mandarin teacher. This is how I learn and get better before I give the lesson plan. But sometimes you never know what is awaiting you.

I was trying to help students to set the computer for typing Chinese characters. First I posted the procedure on the OLC:

 1. Go to Control panel;

2 .Region and languages;

3. Format;

4. Keyboard languages;

5. Chinese Taiwan–New phonetics.

Before you type characters, please switch keyboard EN to CH

If you still can’t type characters on the YouTube website, you can type on the New tab URL, then copy to your site.

When I was teaching the students using the computer to type Chinese characters, what made me struggling were the students having different computers? For instance: All Dell family students are still using Dell computers, I have no clue how I can set the Chinese fonts for them. Luckily I can send them to our school Helpdesk. The students came back with smiling faces. And I learned how to set the Dell computers.       

As Andrew Marcinek in his article How to Weather the Frustrations of Technology Integration said: “The more we fail with technology, the more we will learn from it. This can only be accomplished by trying, even if that attempt requires training wheels. Teachers must take that first step and use technology, knowing fully that it will most likely go wrong.”

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