Last week I gave a couple of English classes to Senior 3 students here at Nanjing Number 1 Middle School. At the end of the second class I put up my email address and told the students that if they wanted to they could email me for help with their English or if they just wanted to ask questions about Australia etc. I also asked them to send me the short videos I had been getting them to make on their phones – just recording themselves speaking English. Time and bluetooth technology prevented me from getting the videos from them during class time and I was really keen to see what they had done. Only one student actually emailed me, and he didn’t send me any footage from the class, but he did send me a video that he and his friends had made. It’s a music video to a popular Chinese song and it’s hilarious!
I have asked him in a couple of ensuing conversations about the technology they have, what they like to use and the fact that they don’t use any of it in class. This particular student, who calls himself Jefferson, really likes to make videos with his friends and would love to make some for classes, but that is never an option.
Here, for your viewing pleasure, is the music video they made. I would love to get hold of his class for a few weeks and really see what creative things these kids could come up with. It’s all got me thinking about doing research on educational technology in China. Ah, where to start!
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