Recent @kelvinquee Activity
Show HN: World's first online (live) Chinese musical by kids
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Reminds me of this absolutely fascinating video of restoration of antiques (few centuries old) into "like new" condition for museums: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIoi-DSm0e4
We do exactly this at the startup  that I'm running. Depending on their level and the equipment they have, young children learn Chinese online with native teachers using Zoom on their phones or StoryLand (eg Gather) on their laptops.
Many commenters have mentioned that socialisation and its associated obligations are beneficial to learning, and this is what we are reminded of everyday among our students.
Kids learn best when they see other kids learn. And kids learn best when they are able to directly apply what they learn into a project that they own. We enable our own students to publish their own books and to perform in musicals that they produce.
Many online education companies fail because they think that all online education ("edTech") is simply digitising the school. It's not. To succeed, we need to think deeply about what online and physical education does best.
Hit me up if you want to learn more.
Nearlyfreespeech.net Turns 20
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Thank you. Looking forward to somehow working together again.
Over the past year we built StoryChopsticks - an online Chinese learning service to inspire children living in non-Chinese majority environments.
As a Chinese parent (by race, not nationality) with young children living in a heavily Westernised Chinese-majority country, Singapore, we learnt first-hand how important it is to have highly engaging content, creativity-based pedagogy, and teachers who build upon our learners' imagination.
Our own children have very low interest in all Chinese (non-English) content. Most Chinese language content are of low quality, tell traditional stories in a staid manner, and built upon the foundations of rote memorization.
To convince our own kids to learn Chinese, we make up our own stories and materials and, through play and acting, convince them to gain interest to learn the language. We refined our approach by experimenting at preschools, public libraries, and in-person classes.
We now deliver our pedagogy online to more than a hundred students every month using our own original stories together with physical books and flashcards built-in grammar to their doorsteps. Our young learners love our service and we have > 90% retention rate consistently.
Technology-wise, we glued together a marketing and course delivery system with Wordpress, Moodle, Zoom, Gather.town, Zapier, and a lot of hard work with a team spreaded across Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Egypt, and Indonesia.
As a second time startup founder (the first back in 2008 with a NLP startup ), it feels surreal to be able to focus on the problem and the customer together with domain experts (ex-preschool teacher with 20+ years of experience as cofounder), with so much of the tech stack already taken care of by somebody else (eg DigitalOcean, Closte, Stripe etc) and achieve five digit MRR within a year.
We are currently trying to solve a few challenges:
* How do we get children to learn in a highly-motivated self-directed manner? If you have seen how young children pickup and learn Roblox, you will be amazed by how second-nature it is to kids.
* How do we deliver online learning off-screen?
Thank you for checking us out. Any feedback, critique, or ideas for (online) early childhood education will be super for helping deliver better online lessons (on/off screen).
Show HN: StoryChopsticks: Children learn Chinese online with their own stories
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Thank you brother!
We built and just released (very likely the world's first) red packets with smart contracts. The receiver of the monetary gift can only use the funds after a redemption date set by the giver.
Hopefully this can give a modern spin to this ancient Chinese practice - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_envelope
Let us know what you think! :)
Show HN: Red packets with smart contracts
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Try IMAPsync? http://imapsync.lamiral.info
Have you tried nearlyfreespeech? http://nearlyfreespeech.net
Like a visual novel? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_novel)