The Best Mapping App for China

Google Maps isn’t accurate in China – it’s hard to search for places of interest, it doesn’t offer accurate GPS location, it needs a VPN, and public transport and walking directions are outdated or broken (for example, it doesn’t show the new metro extension to the school). Lucky, we have Lost Laowai to help us find our way! Lost Laowai is a “Bilingual Map App for Foreigners in China” that works on iOS and Android. It uses Amap, an accurate Chinese mapping service, and translates the interface so that you can search for places in English, Pinyin or Chinese – and then get public transport or walking directions.

This really is a game-changer – now you’ll know which buses in Nansha will take you to the new Starbucks or Vietnamese restaurant, or how to get to the Ikea in Panyu, AND you’ll be able to navigate from your true current location.

Navigating by public transportation:

Navigating by walking:

What’s up with the digital signage?

To continue improving school communications and culture and the tidiness of our hallways, we now have designated announcement corkboards and digital signage at the main stairwells of AQ1 and AQ4. ​Additional corkboards and signage will be installed in the back stairwells of AQ1 and AQ4 in the coming weeks.

The digital signage shows a loop of the daily bulletin headlines, social media posts tagged #pulaoproud, and the school calendar by default. It’s also possible to display graphical posters and videos when requested by teachers and student organizations.

Please followed the guidelines posted on the corkboards if you would like to affix a printed poster or add a graphical poster or video to the digital signage. Avoid posting announcements willy-nilly on windows, doors, floors, lockers, etc; these may be taken down by ayis beginning next week.

Email Matt K if you have questions!

Connecting to new AppleTV and HDMI-connected classrooms

As of Fall 2018, all classrooms are equipped with mounted speakers and either a wireless AppleTV or wired HDMI connection. Follow the steps in the video below to wirelessly connect to an AppleTV-connected projector. If the AppleTV doesn’t appear in your list make sure your bluetooth is turned on.​


If you’re in a classroom without an AppleTV then you’ll use a wired HDMI connection. The instructions below show how to connect. The HDMI connection carries both video and audio signals. You can pick up a short HDMI and dongle from the IT office that you’ll plug into the wall outlet.

Mini-PD: Research and Citation Tools

At last week’s mini-PD, Dianne and Chelsea taught us about three tools for research and citation:

  • ​Noodletools, the best research manager for middle and high school students.​
  • Turnitin, the best plagiarism checker (and one that integrates with Canvas) which helps you check for direct, mosaic, and self-plagiarism.
  • Zotero, a citation manager for undergraduates and graduates that integrates with Microsoft Word for easy citation management.
See the full PowerPoint here.

PD Workshop: How to Design Beautiful Handouts and Other Documents

This week we learned four tools that make it easy to create graphic organizers, posters, online ad graphics, and infographics. This results in products that are more polished – and authentic – than cutting and pasting on paper!

And here’s some work from the workshop participants:


Amy Li: