Since this online class seems will continue for a while,
I finally decided to get the a new iPad for students continuing to support me.
This investment of iPad and Apple-pencil does increase my teaching efficiency,
and my students always deserve the best investment for sure:)
Actually CSL teachers had been shocked by having to transfer classes online at the beginning of the epidemic last year, however I have always adhered to the principle of "the simpler the better" and kept reminding myself that "teachers and students" is the core of teaching, and consciously avoided falling into the sea of blooming tools. For more than one year, the set of one computer and one pair of earphone attached with my phone are all my equipments.
Even now, the students are satisfied with the effectiveness of my online class and keep being committed as well. But with the accumulation of experience in online classes, it turns to me feeling a little dissatisfied. Even if I can type quickly, some interactions are still confined to the mouse. I am seeking for more immediate and effective interaction now. Consequently I start to teach with iPad and apple-pencil.
After a few classes, I am very excited and the students are also very satisfied.
Today as having class with an advanced level student who loves Chinese culture, we not only discussed the Analects of Confucius but also shared the experience of epidemic, and even this teaching tool. The fact is all my students like my this "new toy".
There is one Chinese saying from Laozi "Good fortune follows upon disaster while disaster lurks within good fortune". Although I don’t know how long this wave of epidemic crisis will last, I am very grateful that so many people working hard together fighting against the virus.
I am also grateful to all my students for believing in my online teaching capability, and feel blessed to be able to continue doing my favorite things through this small window.