Two classes of Y9 Chinese students joined together for our first ever “Chinese Poetry X STEM” workshop. This is our first workshop under the “Chinese Poetry Plus Project” sponsored by Quality Education Fund. The incorporation of creativity is highly focused and we have included VR technology in hopes of encouraging innovative and creative thinking amongst students. From this workshop, the students successfully created sceneries taken from a Chinese poem they learnt in class. The sharing session encouraged students to explain the meaning behind the scenes as to show their understanding towards the poem. It was overall a valuable experience for the students as well as teachers and we are looking forward to more opportunities in implementing VR technology in teaching.
On the 15th of May, I was able to experience first hand a Chinese cross VR collaboration learning. During the workshop, I learnt how to easily use a online application called “Google Tour Creator” to create a VR environment. We were instructed to create a VR experience that highlighted and allowed the user to fully immerse themselves in the scenery described by a Chinese poem. This not only forced us to try and understand what scenery the poet was trying to describe, but also fully experience it ourselves. I believe this new type of VR learning is very exciting and has much potential for future education. One thing that I would like to see changed in the future, would be a clear line between what we were learning. Throughout the workshop, I was slightly confused as to what we were trying to learn. Was it Chinese? Was it IT? I believe if a clearer line was drawn between the two subjects, It would be less confusing.
Preston DU [09R06M]
Last Wednesday we went to a VR workshop. We used Google Tour Creator to make a VR which describes the Chinese poems that we’ve been learning. We learned about how VR works and the basics of Google Tour Creator so we can make a simple VR. We also added descriptions which explained the meaning of the poem. By using VR, we can visualize and get a realistic idea of what the poet wants to express. In fact, I think this type of learning could also be used in any subjects that need visualizing to have a better understanding. I really enjoyed it because it was very different from normal lessons and had completely different teaching methods.
David HAN [09C10M]