Listening and speaking are two of the most basic components in learning a foreign language. As for Chinese language, writing is considered the most challenging part of the learning process. The fascinating pictographic characters require learner’s rigorous practice to be proficient. Learn
Learn Chinese Everyday is a website that can help students with write Chinese characters. One of Learn Chinese Every Day’s features is Daily Word, which enable user to follow correct stroke order, an important step in writing Chinese characters. The instruction continues with phrases and sentences that built upon the Daily Word. In addition, the audio feature allows users to learn to speak words, phrases, and sentences through listening.
Another web site, Mandarin Tools, is loaded with Chinese learning tools such as flashcards, character writing, Chinese culture, Chinese encoding converters, Chinese chess, and much more. This is a great resource site for students to explore and learn about Chinese language and culture and to find references for class projects.
Quizlet is a great website for both the instructor and students from creating assessments and flashcards to study and review.
Here is an example Chinese Family Member study/review I have created using Quizlet.
Here are some tools that can be used to aggregate and present learning material:
• Evernote Evernote easily gathers clips of web articles, captures handwritten notes, and takes photos of projects. Evernote will connect user’s work and allow user to communicate and share on multiple platforms.
• Curriculum21 Curriculum 21 is from a group of educators to help other educators with the goal to provide resources and services that educators and schools need to collaborate, communicate and curate.
• Diigo Diigo allows user to save URL’s of a website. In addition, the user can annotate it, archive it, and share both with others.
• Curate Share and Collaborate with NewsdeckNewsdeck collaboration tool which enables sharing public internet articles between co-workers.
Differentiate instruction is essential in any learning environment, and it is especially critical in an online classroom because the online instructor is not as accessible recognizing students’ learning styles and would has to devote more efforts to differentiate instructions. The instructor can implement text, audio, images, videos, etc. into lessons to accommodate different learning styles in the classroom. To differentiate instruction in my Chinese class, I have built a presentation using Prezi, which includes text, images, and video introducing Chinese Family Members.
The three free learning object authoring tools that I have located are:
makebeliefscomix This is a comic strip authoring tool where users can create their own comics.
MERLOT This is a set of free, web-based tools that are designed for people just beginning to author online content.
SCRATCH This is a tool where users can create stories and animations and share with others.
The two Fee/Subcription object authoring tools that I have located are:
SoftChalk CLOUD This is an easy to use yet powerful authoring tool for content creation and management. SoftChalk Cloud is LMS neutral and is perfect for use by faculty and staff to create interactive and engaging online learning materials.
e-Learning Authoring Tool by e-Learning Consulting This e-Learning Software is a simple to use tool for creating online courses. Its design allows u toser create media courses containing text, images, animations, audio, and video. Audio and video are created with your own media editors.
Looking through Web 2.0 Tools for differentiating student assessment, I found Animoto to be an excellent tool, which aligns with differentiation and student assessment. With Animoto, students can create videos easily on their computers or mobile devices. After giving a subject, students could then be instructed to create a video in which they demonstrate their knowledge on the subject.
I used the Creative Commons search site with the search term “Chinese Language”. Chinese Language Learning Software byki is a free downloadable language learning software that teach the user Chinese words and phrases with an engaging, simple, and fast 3-step learning process, which consists of games, flash cards, and self-assessments. The user can also perfect his or hers Chinese accent with native speaker sound and listen to it anywhere on MP3 audio.
Here is an image from Google Images that are for free, non-commercial use.
As instructors, the Fair Use Act allows for using copyright material that relates to the classroom, research, news reporting, etc. but cannot be used for commercial activity, selling, or sharing entertainment. Under the Fair Use Act, credit must be given to the original author. The instructors must be informed of and follow the Fair Use Act, and more importantly, to educate students of the Act.
The TEACH Act, the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act; that provides educators with another set of rights with the addition of Fair Use. It allows educators to exhibit and perform others’ works while in the classroom. The TEACH Act helps educators to not worry so much of knowing what materials can and cannot be used. It covers works an instructor would show or play in class such as movie or music clips, images of artworks in an art history class, or a poetry reading. (1)
However, there are some exclusions with the TEACH Act. For example, Section 110(2) only applies to accredited nonprofit educational institutions. The Act does not extend to the use of works primarily produced or marketed for in-class use in the digital distance education market; works the instructor knows or has reason to believe were not lawfully made or acquired; or textbooks, course packs, and other materials typically purchased by students individually. The TEACH Act also does not cover materials an instructor may want students to study, read, listen to, or watch on their own time outside of class. (1)