Yuhong Xu is a Mandarin teacher and founder of the Chinese program at Brimmer and May. The 2012-2013 grant money allowed her to purchase new iPads and Pleco Mandarin software licenses. Her students in grades 5-12 have the opportunity to use these additional tools in the classroom and at home.
Click here to download Yuhong's detailed summary of the result of the Innovation Grant.
“I never stop challenging myself to find more creative and effective ways to teach, to go beyond purely traditional methods. After several professional development opportunities, sharing with other Mandarin teachers and learners, and researching new ways to learn Mandarin, I have found using the iPad with a Mandarin application made by Pleco would work best for my students and allow them to take challenges more independently and effectively with the spirit of innovation. The objective is to encourage and maintain student interest in learning Mandarin and the culture through a fun, engaging, and interactive environment. iPads plus the Mandarin application Pleco will work best for my students in and out of the class.”