A General Letter for Teachers and Administrators

Dear Administrators and Teachers:

Teachers in school districts are incorporating ChinaVine, an online multi-media exploration of China’s cultural heritage in their classrooms. Scholars, graduate students and undergraduates contributing to ChinaVine are associated with fields of folklore, art, the humanities education, linguistics, and cultural policy.  Contributors are associated with the University of Oregon, the University of Central Florida, Shandong University of Art and Design, Beijing Normal University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Maine among others.

EduVine a part of ChinaVine funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Art Education Foundation, is an interactive folk art curriculum designed for teachers, students and parents to learn about themselves while exploring aspects of Chinese culture. Aligned with the National Standards for Visual Arts, Common Core English Language Arts Standards, and National Thematic Standards for Social Studies K-12, EduVine’s cultural explorations ask learners to explore new ways of creating visual and text-based responses. EduVine is allied with the Open Education Resources (OER) movement and the movement’s commitment to offer educational materials to students, teachers, and parents at no cost.

The ChinaVine website is located at http://chinavine.org. The website resides on the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts (AAA) Webserver maintained by the AAA Web Staff. The website is built using WordPress as a Content Management System with custom modifications created by the Interactive Media Group at the University of Oregon. Due to storage restrictions at the University of Oregon, ChinaVine must host media on third-party services. ChinaVine uses Soundcloud for audio-only files, Vimeo for video files, and Flickr for image files. The media hosted on these services are embedded into the ChinaVine website and EduVine lessons. If the hosting locations are unavailable to teachers and students, but the ChinaVine site is accessible, the lesson text will appear without multimedia components.

Some schools have blocked one or more of the above internet based services.  If you incorporate ChinaVine into your instructional environment, we urge you to unblock these services so that teachers and students can effectively and fully participate with ChinaVine and Eduvine.

Please do not hesitate to contact ChinaVine at chinavine.info@gmail.com with any questions or concerns you might have.

Best wishes,

Kristin Congdon, Professor Emerita, University of Central Florida

Doug Blandy, Professor, University of Oregon


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