Some schools in Uganda have started teaching Chinese-language skills to secondary students to prepare them for jobs with Chinese government-backed infrastructure projects in the country. Uganda and China also have signed an agreement to train more than 100 Ugandan educators to teach the Chinese language.
Lesson study helps personalise professional development for teachers, writes Adrienne Baytops Paul, an elementary-school maths teacher. Paul shares four steps to adopting this peer-generated professional-development approach, which encourages collaboration and allows educators to view lessons from the perspective of their colleagues and students.
The Confucius Institute Headquarters, the College Board and Asia Society recently held the 12th annual National Chinese Language Conference in California, with the theme, Connecting to a Global Future. Language learning is the way to learn the histories and cultures of the world, said Anthony Jackson, vice president of education at Asia Society, said and "that is the basis for good judgement as we go forward in the future."
A high school in Australia is testing a digital detoxification programme in which students place their cellphones in pouches where they cannot access them during class. Officials say they plan to track the effects of the approach.
Foreign-language educators can use technology to engage students, and there is help for those who need guidance, writes Adam Ross, Chinese content and technology specialist for a school in San Francisco. In this blog post, Ross highlights strategies and tools for tech implementation, including a model with stages to help educators use digital learning in classroom activities.
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