Innovate to Educate Entry

Bishop O’Dowd High School

Stephanie Hwang, Instructional Technologist

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

Teaching Mandarin to US students from Taiwan.

What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

Due to the 15 hour time change from Taiwan to California, our biggest challenge was providing instant feedback for the students. To adhere to these challenges, we provided on-campus support with Mandarin speakers as well as online office-hours with the instructor.

What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Ongoing tech support
Designing engaging student projects
Supportive department/administration

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