Taiwanese calligrapher Shao Lan uses a pictorial and story-telling approach to teach Chinese characters. Her website, Chineasy, is fantastic: when you click on a character, related and more complex characters appear. This will be one of many resources that I’ll use when I start learning Chinese characters next month. (For now: speaking and pronunciation practice).
Learn more about her project by reading The World of Chinese’s review or visit her website.
Images: screenshots from Chineasy.
There’s a difference between using technology and integrating technology in your classroom, and this list from Teachbytes can help you visualize the difference.
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“The study found that 76 percent of teachers “strongly agree” that search engines have conditioned students to expect to be able to find information quickly and easily (and “equate research with Googling,” they say), while 71 percent agree that digital technologies “discourage students from finding and using a wide range of sources for their research.”
Yet 87 percent of the teachers surveyed use Wikipedia, compared with 53 percent of U.S. adult Internet users. More than 80 percent of the teachers surveyed say they use the Internet tool to gather material to help them create lesson plans or find content that will engage their students. And virtually all of the teachers surveyed (99 percent) say they use search engines to find information online.”