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ExEAS - Teaching Materials and Resources - various topics relating to East Asia
The Expanding East Asian Studies (ExEAS) program seeks to create innovative courses and teaching materials that incorporate the study of East Asia in broad thematic, transnational, and interdisciplinary contexts.
teaching  history  asia  china  teacher_resources  from delicious
october 2012 by katieday
Asia for Educators | Columbia University
Columbia University’s East Asian Curriculum Project site. Helpful teaching materials primarily for secondary school teachers on Japan and China.
teaching  history  asia  china  japan  teacher_resources  from delicious
october 2012 by katieday
How Apple Can Solve Its China Problem
Mike Elgan,
Cult of Mac, January 30, 2012.

Apple is on the verge of a public relations nightmare, and from all accounts, possibly deservedly so. This article looks at what Apple can to do improve its image (and by happy coincidence, conditions for workers in its Chinese factories). But I would like to make a more general point: If goods and capital can move freely from country to country, and people cannot, then people are and always will be slaves to goods and capital. We as a global society will not solve our Apple problem until people are free to live and work where they choose.
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january 2012 by katieday
Homework: To Flip? or to Toss?
Forays into Flipping
I’ve been edublog silent for a long time now, but buzz about the Flipped Classroom actually hit me human-to-human instead of via the interwebs. Teachers in my school are experimenting with it way out here in this Texan colony that is northern Singapore.

When it comes to social studies, though, I have a hard time seeing how assigning at-home readings for extension in class  –  a pretty traditional approach in history classrooms, in my experience  –  is not already “flipped.”

I did toy with the idea of flipping my classroom over the summer, though, was briefly active on the FC Ning, and played with podcasting and vodcasting content as homework during the first quarter of this school year. The experience left me with

concerns that students read even less than many already do, possibly undercutting their readiness for college and adulthood generally, which expects advanced reading skills (but I could be wrong here; when I was in high school, I never read assigned hw because I wanted to read more interesting things like sci-fi and — if you laugh at the next one, you haven’t read the research — ’70s-era Marvel Comics);
hard-won appreciation for how time-consuming the creation of quality podcasts or vodcasts is, and relatedly –
ditto for how sadistic and morale-killing, good intentions aside, a poorly made teacher podcast or video can be.

I’ll add that students have overall volunteered their appreciation for image-enhanced podcasts. Last September, walking home from school after classes all day on Chinese philosophies, enjoying a thinker’s high about Confucius and the gonzo Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi (“Jesus doing stand-up comedy” is the best hook I can come up with),  I sat under a tree and tried to share that high with my students in a talk into my iPhone voice recorder — the first 12 minutes on Confucianism, the last 12 on Taoism. I went home, slapped some images on top of the audio in Garageband (and took a photo from my 16th floor apartment of the very tree under which those thoughts found voice), and that was that:

Another similar “walk and talk” into that machine about “what goodness means” to a Hindu, a Hebrew monotheist, and a traditional Chinese person for my ninth-graders:

These got good feedback (“It’s interesting” is a nice review of homework, as is “it helped things make sense”). Occasionally students have emailed me special requests on topics we’ve covered in units since those efforts. I’m pretty convinced I’m more interesting talking into my iPhone than trying to deliver the same ideas live in front of the class. I’m less distracted by the clowns and corpses, more focused on the ideas, and less inhibited in letting my own impassioned interest come out.

But man, editing images in in Garageband takes a lot of time, and that time is just not available. I keep thinking I should go minimalist and do audio-only podcasts, and gauge student response. If still good, that’s much easier to pull off. Another option I’ve considered is having students collaborate with me by finding images for the audio lectures, and making them edit them into AV podcasts. Yet another possibility is to assign a crowdsourced transcript of the lecture by having each student transcribe, say, one minute of the audio lecture. 30 students could do 30 minutes and slap it all together on a Google Doc or wiki. That would provide a text that could replace the boring textbook.

But this semester my interests have changed. I want my students to have time to sit under trees too.

(Next to) No Homework: The Sweet Spot?
My current experiment involves not so much flipping homework as (almost) ending it.  I’m using document-based lessons in which all reading and discussion is done in class, and the only homework is a reflective blog post about the day’s content on a team blog — which student team-members read and comment on with corrections, extensions, challenges, etc. I like this so far, for several reasons:

it ensures all have actually done the reading and received the input (never a certainty with homework assignments)
it ensures, moreover, that more students have actually understood the deeper implications of the readings, through the discussions clarifying the concepts and understandings following our read-alouds (we’re currently reading 3,000-year-old Western Zhou Dynasty passages from the  Confucian Five Classics that bring out the teachings of Confucianism more powerfully than any textbook summary can, but that require close reading and clarification. So we read, stop, ask, and discuss; read, stop, ask, and discuss)
it eliminates the “I read it last night but forgot most of it after waking up” that is as true for many adults as it is for students. We read and annotate based on front-loaded questions/reading purposes, take a couple of minutes to gather our impressions, and launch into talks with it all fresh in memory
it makes the student peer-teaching via comments on the team blog more reliable (they read it and discussed it with the teacher’s guidance in class, so odds are at least two in a five-person team comprehended the finer points of the lesson and can reinforce them in blog comments by catching and addressing misunderstandings in their peers’ posts)

The short version: we read homework in class, discuss it in class, clarify and debate it in class — then briefly write about it at home. Hopefully this leads to less homework and deeper learning at the same time — and above all, to less aversion to school because of all that homework.





8 Comments At January 22, 2012, Homework: To Flip? or to Toss? | Beyond School | BETTER GRADES TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE wrote:
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At January 22, 2012, Kimberly Dell wrote:
I'm teaching 4th grade in a private, tuition-free school and a challenge is internet access at home/parental assistance to use the computer.  However, I've played with a couple of "optional" blog entries for students to our class website, and the students seem to really enjoy it.  I do assign more reflective writing assignments as homework than I do worksheets (come to think of it, the only worksheets I give are couple of math reinforcement problems), and I find the discussions the next day to be far more rich in content.  If I could ensure all my students had the access at home, I would drop the other older method in a heartbeat!
At January 22, 2012, rrmurry wrote:
Wow, we must have talked about the read, discuss, debate in the class and reflect at home concept a couple of years ago.  Flipping, in the lecture at home project at school model, makes no sense to me as to why do it.  However, the read (as a class, with a partner, silently, although silently does not guarantee they are reading the material either) in class, discuss/debate, let it simmer, reflect at home is working for many of my students.  Oddly, it is Facebook where the reflection happens most.  It worked so well, that I gave up on the class blog this year, and conduct the reflections on Facebook.  it also allows for me to post current events that allow for review of some topics.

Peace, Clay.  And I'll see if I can keep Rossville out of trouble for you. :)
At January 23, 2012, More on Homework-Free, Document-Based Lessons | Beyond School wrote:
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At January 23, 2012, Anonymous wrote:
Hi Rick,

Nice to hear from you, and to be thrown back to Grandma's house on Lakeview Drive, near Lake Winnepasaukah (sp?), c. 1967. Blast.

I'd like to hear how you use Facebook. I ignore it, so I'm at your feet. Have you blogged about it so I can just go snoop?

Take care and peace to you too. Here's hoping 2012 is not the Year of the Newt. Or the Mitt. Or the Barrack. (Sheesh.)
At January 23, 2012, Anonymous wrote:
Hi K,

I wonder if analog alternatives might work -- maybe have the students circulate their written journals in a small circle and have other students "comment" underneath the most recent entry?
At January 26, 2012, Gunnar wrote:
I bet you've written about it before Clay, but what kind of Sci-fi did you read when you were in school? Or even, what do you read now? I find myself reading Orson Scott Card, liking it, so I'd love to hear what you recommend :-)
At January 26, 2012, Anonymous wrote:
Oh god, Gunnar, you're asking me to remember over three decades ago when I can't remember three minutes ago.

What were we talking about? Oh yeah.

My HS reading, as far as I remember, was nothing special: Tolkein, Herbert's Dune stuff, an endless series of novels by a guy named Norman, if I remember right, about a place called Tor or Gor, I forget.

And I probably should have avoided sci-fi since the above list seems as much fantasy as sci-fi.

I've heard great things about Card, but never read him. I don't know how old you are or if others experience this pattern -- it's probably influenced by the fact that I teach history -- but I read less and less fiction as the years go on, and more and more non-fiction, ancient texts (particularly Chinese, which comes close to sci-fi because ancient China was as separate from the rest of Eurasia as Mars -- in fact, watching the film Avatar seemed an allegory about the West invading planet China 200 years ago), biographies, and so forth.
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january 2012 by katieday
New EBook from Asia Society - Primary Source - FREE DOWNLOAD
"The Asia Society has recently released a new e-book titled Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World, co-developed with the Council of Chief State School Officers' EdSteps Program.

Written by Tony Jackson (Vice President, Asia Society) and Veronica Boix Mansilla (Principal Investigator, Interdisciplinary Studies Project, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bernard Schwartz Fellow at Asia Society), this e-book makes the case for a more globally focused K-12 education system. It explores the way young people view their role as competent workers and citizens, ideas for practitioners to develop global competence through the study of world issues, and policy options to increase opportunities to educate for global competence.

With examples, tools, and resources, Educating for Global Competence seeks to help educators looking to add a global dimension to their classroom. Primary Source is a proud partner of the Asia Society and is excited about this new resource for teachers. To download a free copy, please visit the Asia Society's website.
ebooks  free  teaching  asia  china  education  global 
september 2011 by katieday
Beijing's Coalition of the Willing - By Stefan Halper | Foreign Policy
Good summary of China's influences and alliances with many countries on "the most failed list." (via beahgo)
china  politics  imported_from_delicious 
july 2010 by katieday
1967 film: China: The Roots of Madness
<< This film covers China's political history including Mao Tse-tung, the Boxer Rebellion, and the Nationalist - Communist victory. >> Written and directed by Theodore H. White
china  history  videos  imported_from_delicious 
april 2010 by katieday
A Starter Kit of China Studies RSS Feeds at Beyond School
<< I’m giving my Chinese history / China studies students this “starter kit” of RSS feeds about contemporary China from Asian and Western sources to start them on their self-directed explorations (and small group blog reports) about whatever they want to
history  china  rss  teaching  resources  imported_from_delicious 
february 2010 by katieday
Goodreads | PANDA book awards choice for 2010-11
group where int'l librarians in China will be collecting possible titles for next year's children's choice award
childrens_choice_award  china  school_librarian  international_schools  imported_from_delicious  booklists 
january 2010 by katieday
Panda Award Books - Read ... Share ... Network ... Vote
Ning for the Panda Book Awards, the childrens choice awards run by SLIC, School Librarians in China
childrens_lit  awards  china  nings  childrens_choice_award  imported_from_delicious 
november 2009 by katieday
SLIC (School Librarians in China) - Panda Book Awards
Wiki of the int'l school librarian network in China -- and their children's choice award, the Panda Book Awards
childrens_lit  awards  china  school_librarian  childrens_choice_award  imported_from_delicious 
november 2009 by katieday
School Librarians in China (SLIC)
Think of SLIC as a space for school librarians in China to share -- share ideas, lessons, books, lists, experiences, authors, software, databases. Let's make it a space where we collaborate and inform by building an online community knowledge base for sch
china  school_librarians  professional_development  network  education  international_schools  imported_from_delicious 
june 2009 by katieday
292 - China As An Island « Strange Maps
China has land borders with 14 other countries – a world record*. And yet you should not think of China as particularly well-integrated with its neighbours. In fact, as shown in this dramatic map, you should rather consider China to be an island.
maps  china  imported_from_delicious 
july 2008 by katieday
Truthdig - Reports - Pico Iyer on Tibet, China and the Dalai Lama
Interview with Pico Iyer, author of “The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama"
podcasts  interviews  dalai_lama  china  tibet  imported_from_delicious 
june 2008 by katieday
Flux » Articles » 2 Million Minutes of Global Competitiveness
A few months ago the documentary film Two Million Minutes appeared, an attack on the “broken” US education system which takes as its main focus the growing economic competitiveness of China and India. The narrative argues that America is losing out in
learning  usa  schools  international  cultures  education  economics  china  india  imported_from_delicious 
february 2008 by katieday
Waving Goodbye to Hegemony -- by Parag Khanna, Jan 27, 2008 - New York Times
"At best, America’s unipolar moment lasted through the 1990s....So now, rather than bestriding the globe, we are competing — and losing — in a geopolitical marketplace alongside the world’s other superpowers: the European Union and China. This is
usa  politics  future  economics  world  china  europe  imported_from_delicious 
january 2008 by katieday
Yang Liu Design
Creator of the Asian vs. Western icon presentation (a Chinese woman living/working in Germany)
art  advertising  Germany  China  graphics  icons  design  imported_from_delicious 
january 2008 by katieday
CBC Magazine: Meet the Author/Illustrator -- Ying Chang Compestine
A Test of Character -- "Growing up during China's Cultural Revolution, I constantly hungered for two things: food -- because everything was rationed, and books -- because they were burned. " Her debut novel is "Revolution is not a Dinner Party".
china  books  authors  revolution  history  imported_from_delicious 
december 2007 by katieday

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