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[2015-08-07] Visiting Report: E-learning Pilot School (Shin Shin School #27) by Bai-Qing

On October 15th, 2012, President Ting, Wen Jia Lin, Secretary Ma-Chi Shi and I, accompanied by Jien-Wu Liu (Tongyu County Board of Education Secretary), and Baicheng Liu (Foreign Affairs Office Deputy Director), visited Jilin Province Min-De Shin Shin Primary school. Starting from May this year, we will build virtual computer classroom and observed the students usages.

Upon arrival, the school assigned Mr. Tsai to provide us computer classroom usages rate. She gave us a copy of the report as reference. The main content of the report includes computer classrooms usage. School utilized computer classrooms to prepare computer courses from simple to advance level. The courses are designed for kids coming from lower income families, who do not have personal computers. Open classrooms are offered for teachers to reserve and leverage, for those who could not attend the training, helping them to increase their computer literacy level. For fine art subjects, teachers will leverage the use the computer classroom to offer lectures. Every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 6:30pm stay open to students, teachers are responsible for monitoring computer usages. After a period of time, teachers really felt children’s computer skills improved, from searching, assisted learning, and design other aspect of the jobs, those children have considerably improved their level.
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[2015-07-21] China school visit: thoughts and reflections
“Take Actions to change”

(This article is Part II following “Visiting Journal: School # 63 in Qinghai”). In addition to the Qinghai school, we also visited an elementary school in Hunan. It used to be a complete primary school, but in recent years, student numbers greatly decreased, so now only the first and second grades remain, totally 42 children attending the school. The students in the third grade and above attend the center school in town as boarding students. Two teachers, both age 50 or so, are natives in the village, teaching while farming every day. Almost all the children are “left behind children”, who live with their elderly grandparents, and look very shy. On the way we also saw local villagers, mostly the elderly or disabled, standing and working hard in the rice fields, no helpers other than old oxen. In the provincial capital, or even in the local county town, large-scale construction sites are everywhere. Construction projects attract rural labors to leave their families, leave the land, and flock to the city to work. According to local people, when they turn sixty, physically they can no longer keep up, the villagers return to work in agriculture, because they have no choice.

After the school visit, many questions were rolling on my mind. Why in the 21st century, China's agriculture is still not mechanical? Why cities and counties are undergoing vigorous constructions everywhere, is it because building is more important
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[2015-07-09] Teachers' Pledge:
Let us engage as green leaves!
Visiting Journal: School # 63 in Qinghai

In the morning of June 25, 2015, our group of five adults and four children were driving on the way from the spacious city streets of Xining, Qinghai, following Teacher Qi Chun-E's lead to arrive at a Shin Shin elementary school in a remote countryside, one of the fifteen schools that are supported by Shin Shin Educational Foundation (SSEF) in Qinghai. We were very grateful that Teacher Qi led the way in person, and saved us a lot of time. Although her family lives in the Xining city, Teacher Qi still lives on campus because of her teaching position, in order to avoid consuming time in traffic. Purposely, she came back to city this time to show us the way.
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