Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Remote Online Teaching

Our work with the Jubilee Care Primary School in Gansu did not end when we left 10 days ago. Among other things, we set up a video conferencing system between Jubilee and our university; and we have started a weekly online class with the school. Today we ran the third such class, teaching primary 2 English. It is wonderful seeing the kids again, and watching them learn enthusiastically. Equally gratifying to see our own students putting their hearts into it. We are still experimenting with camera positions, lighting, speech patterns, etc. Once we sort out how best to run these classes, we plan to get other Hong Kong teachers and schools involved from this side.

We are also working out a one-year curriculum for the computer and information technology subject for the school. Lots of exciting work to be done. Much of which can be useful references for other schools in similar situations - and there are lots of them in mainland China. We can only do so much ourselves, restricted by time, funding, manpower, etc. But we are determined to do as much as we can, and to share our experences. God as been gracious to us, and it is our privilege to be able to share some of the blessing we have received.

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