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Guest Blog: Video blogging in Shanghai

Guest Blogger: Ben Wang

I had the pleasure of traveling with Suzanne and administrators from four other New England schools on a delegation to China in November. I was very excited to be there for my school (Vermont Commons School in Burlington), and I wanted to share the excitement. I made two videos that were shown at our Morning Meetings while I was still in China (I Skyped in for questions for the first one), and I showed the third one after I got home. I uploaded the videos to Tudou, a Chinese YouTube-like site, since YouTube is blocked by the government in China.

I made this first one in Shanghai, which was spectacular bordering on surreal under the influence of jetlag. The second one began with early morning scenes on the Bund in Shanghai and continued on to Hangzhou and our new sister schools. Being a teacher, interacting with Chinese students in their classrooms was a great highlight of the trip. The third and final video showed more of Shanghai, this time a bit off the tourists’ beaten path.

I made many meaning personal connections during the trip, with teachers, parents, and students, and I am deeply grateful and excited for the opportunity to build lasting relationships. The journey reaffirmed my school’s mission for global immersion for our students and my belief that increased intercultural communication engenders hope for the world.

On our recent fall delegation, we had the pleasure of taking a group of New England educators to Shanghai, Hangzhou and the greater Zhejiang region. The group included Ben Wang, Director of International Programs at Vermont Commons School. Ben is an example of an educator totally in tune with the online nature of China's new generation. He created a set of videos about the trip and then uploaded them to the school's Tudou channel. We encourage schools to capture the extensive reach that online content can afford in China. Check out the video links, and be inspired!