Confucius Institute Cooperated with DPI and Asian Society to Develop On-line Chinese Courses (August 3rd, 2007)
Partly supported by the fund of Confucius Institute, College of Education faculty, staff and students participated in the China-U.S. Conference on Literacy, July 23-26 in Beijing. The conference offers education professionals the opportunity to learn from their Chinese counterparts and promote understanding.
“China differs significantly from the United States in many ways,” head of the delegation of NCSU’s College of Education Dr. Hiller Spires said. “China has more children attending school than there are people living in the United States. China educates 20 percent of the world’s young people. Our aim is to establish a partnership with educational counterparts in Beijing to continue exchanging ideas, sharing best practices, and collaborating on research projects related to literacy and technology.”
Group’s presentation, “21st Century Literacies in the Classroom: Using Cell Phones and Web 2.0 to Create Digital Stories,” provides an overview of the current research and practice on the use of these technologies for educational purposes and describes the pilot study with sixth-grade students.
“Only now, are we beginning to examine the possibilities for using this technology for education,” Spires said. “Today’s students know more about technology than ever before, and we need to find better ways to incorporate the tools they use every day into the classroom setting. That is why this research is important.”