Education has always been circumscribed by and thus must constantly readjust itself to accommodate the changing demands of the “era”.In our current era of information explosion, the rapid development and implementation of artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, etc., not only has drastically changed our daily life, but also calls for corresponding changes in education.In fact, not only has the rapid advancement of science & technology effected explicit changes in current physical teaching and learning environment of “cloud + terminal + classroom instruction”, but also in the realm of fundamental philosophies and concepts of education. In the field of world language education, such changes are reflected in the repeated introduction and experiments of various innovative pedagogies such as thematic, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, STEMM, and immersion approaches. We are witnessing the once sacred unshakable teacher-centered instructional paradigm gradually giving way to student-centered learning paradigm.In today’s learning environment of “cloud + terminal + classroom instruction”, teacher is no longer the “single-log” bridge for students to obtain knowledge. Rather, they can access information and knowledge anytime and anywhere. Thus today’s education should align with these changed norms and focus on enhancing learner’s active, participatory learning ability and empower them to take control of their own educational pathway.
In anticipation of the incoming changes, we started to develop iChineseReader, the first comprehensive online leveled reading platform, to prepare students for the new learning paradigm. Encouraged by our successful endeavor in iChineseReader, we are now launching this Chinese mini video contest, “zhōng wén yǒu bàn fǎ” to provide Chinese learners and teachers with a platform attest excellent results under the learning paradigm.
01 Relevant and Appropriate Reading as the Base We will provide a group of selected interdisciplinary reading materials which are relevant to the contest questions and in alignment with the official curriculum and syllabus. Furthermore, these reading materials are also within the language proficiency levels appropriate to different targeted groups. These language-appropriate and content-appropriate materials, but not limited only to them, establish the equal base to give play to participants’ curiosity, imagination, creativity and discoveries.
02Project-Based Research as the CoreThe contest is to encourage and inspire participants’ learning habits and ability to innovatively process what they read and turn what they learned from their reading into actual problem-solving abilities. The contest topics will be closely aligned with participants’ syllabus and daily life experiences. Participants will have to display their ability to identify the problem, research findings, and presentation logic.We look forward to seeing that the contestants’ abilities in: Seeking questions: use topics that interests students to bring out the focus of inquiry, thus stimulating learning motivation; Setup the hypothesis: use the student’s life experience and existing knowledge to assist students in conceiving answers; Testing the hypothesis: testing whether the hypothesis is reasonable by means of experiments, questionnaires, observations, etc; Leading to conclusions: Analyze and interpret experimental data, and combine the ideas of each part to summarize specific conclusions for the problem; Migrating application: Apply the conclusions of the induction to other situations, leading to more inspiration and sharing.
03Mini Video: A Better Media for Learning from One Another and SharingBreaking away from the traditional on-site format and choosing a mini video as our media, we intend to explore new and more opportunities and possibilities for participants’ learning and sharing. Learning from each other and sharing are both our original and ultimate intention. We hope that this mini video contest is not just a contest for Chinese language mastery, but also a platform for participants to demonstrate their learning capabilities and creativity.
All K-12 students welcome to participate
3How to join
01 Contest open for submission: 05/31/2019The contest rules and grading matrix will be announced on May 31, 2019, submission channel will be open at the same time.
02RegistrationParticipation in this contest is free of charge, we accept individual registration and group registration with no more than 5 members for each group.
Participants will be divided into five groups based on their grade level, K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Participants fill out the registration form online and must sign the “Video Release Authorization Form”.
03Initial Round of EliminationParticipants must upload the recorded video through the exclusive channel on iChineseReader official website. To qualify for the initial round of elimination, all participants need to submit their presentations before September 15th, 2019. The results of the initial round of elimination will be determined on October 15th, 2019, the participants got selected into the round of public voting will be announced and displayed on the iChineseReader official website.
04Round of Public VotingThe participants who entered the round of public voting will have their presentations displayed and open for public voting starting on October 15, 2019, the public voting will be concluded on October 31, 2019, and the public voting result will be weighted based on the grading matrix.
05AwardsThe awards will announced at the 2019 ACTFL.
Award List: TBA (May 31, 2019)
Award Prize: TBA (May 31, 2019)
4You also would need to know
01Contest TopicsThe contest will provide several suggested topics for each group with their recommend reading materials, but the contest does not limited students to expand their imagination and creativity. During the contest, these related readings will be open to public and will be available at any time. Participants can provide their own ideas, start their own topic, and present their research and findings through video presentation.
02Video PresentationOnly the video presentation will be accepted, and the length of the video will be limited to 1-3 minutes. How students choose to display their video presentation is not limited, and the participants can personalize the ways of presentation to best fill their style, but Chinese should be the main source of output.
03Video Quality RequirementsVideo quality (sharpness / non-shake, etc.) video format is required to be “HD Mp4” with resolution of at least 1920 × 1080; requires clear and consistent picture, without watermark or logo. The voice is required to be clear and noise free.