Together we are strong.
Starting on February 4th, Chaoyang Kaiwen Academy has carried out e-learning for nearly 3 months. With the joint effort of Kaiwen community, CKWA e-learning is more diverse and systematic. On top of aligning with the original learning objectives and content, CKWA online classes have also gradually adopted transdisciplinary and contextualized class design and activities.
By connecting the global issues, students experience and future life through the internet, learning does not only happen in classrooms, but also in a multidimensional, lifelong and holistic manner.
In primary school, by using both recorded classes and live classes, we better meet the actual needs of various classes. All the classes will be recorded and stored for students to review. In the morning, more focus is given to English and science subjects to ensure the immersion of English. Teachers hope that students can form good habits and improve adaptability while absorbing the new content well.
In secondary school, by following the schedule, students have live classes every day, and finish online and offline formative assessments under the guidance of teachers. Students can contact teachers for support at any time. At the same time, teachers supervise the daily progress of students.
With the optimization on the form, structure and operation of the classes, teachers fully implement the online program. Students are becoming independent e-learners, the majority of whom have developed their own learning mode and habits.
Technology + Education
As the academic context changes, technology helps to collect the information of students so that teachers can better know the cognitive skills and the knowledge grasp of students.
We have adopted the globally recognized multimedia interactive teaching platform Zoom to support the e-learning, while arranging the Microsoft Teams as plan B to ensure the smooth operation of online teaching. All recorded video will be uploaded to Stream for students to review. During the epidemic period, to enrich the content and format of e-learning, teachers have fully unlocked their creativity. We have also launched many non-academic sessions and lectures such as virtual flag raising ceremony, curriculum transition lecture and upper secondary course selection info session, etc.
By utilizing different platforms to study online, the IT literacy of students has been improved.
The Integration of Transdisciplinary Courses
The integration of online and offline classes has shown the advantages of the curriculum structure. Transdisciplinary courses are situational, experience-oriented, empirical and collaborative.
In the transdisciplinary program “Community”, Grade One students have had some hands-on experience. After understanding the concept of “community”, students wield their space imagination and design thinking skills and use various materials taken from home to build the model of their community. Afterwards, they made a video of their community model, and introduced their community, their favorite building and members to their teachers and classmates.
Teachers design questions, prepare learning resources and tools in advance to develop the hands-on skills, spatial skills and English-speaking skills, and guide students to build their own knowledge system when solving problems. In this process, students accumulate knowledge, apply skills, analyze issues and create tools.
Keep an eye on social issues during the epidemic as global citizens
Education is life. Life is education.
Through a series of reading and task-based “Time Capsule” plan, secondary students analyze, reflect and share the influence of the epidemic:
Science classes require students to research the Spanish Influenza happened in 1918, analyze the various measures people took in the complicated historical context as well as the influence of the epidemic on the social psychology and phenomenon.
English classes require students to write down their thinking and learning during the epidemic period.
Math classes require students to interpret data of the WHO diagram of COVID-19 confirmed cases by utilizing the concepts they learnt from statistics, and learn to interpret data gained from news…
We are delighted to see the growth of our students brought by e-learning, especially their time management skills, self-disciplinary, perceptivity to social phenomenon, expression skills and thinking skills. These are soft skills that lifelong learners and future learner need to acquire.
Community Health and Safety
Kaiwen Community is a big community. Ensuring the health and safety of every student and teacher is the most important mission of the school. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the school immediately established the emergency response group, paying close attention to the development of the global epidemic and fulfilling the social responsibility of Kaiwen.
We would like to thank our students and parents for their recognition and support to the school. We would also like to thank the supporting staff of the school. In face of the epidemic, they have made comprehensive policies to deal with the crisis, providing considerate and warm-hearted solution for Kaiwen community members.
Education is the process of one life influencing another life. To achieve the shared educational goal, families and the school have been understanding and cooperating with each other. During the difficult period of the epidemics, all members of Kaiwen community join hands to create an environment full of respect, love and freedom for children to grow. We look forward to the day when the school reopens. We look forward to seeing the beautiful smile on children’s face. We believe that today’s challenges and pressure will equip us with more courage and grace to face life in the future.