01.Friends from all over the world, my name is Thomas Liu. I am from Republic of China, the only China on earth. Today my topic is “An i EARNer that learned i EARN for less than one year.” l First of all, I would like to tell you about these logos. l This is the flag of my country, The Republic of China. l This next one represents my city, Kaohsiung. The ribbon is in the shape of the Chinese character Kao which means tall. It is part of the name of our city. l This is the logo of my school, Yangming Junior High School. Finally the logo of i EARN-Taiwan
02.I will tell you about, myself, my school, and the i EARN projects that I have been involved with, such as the Holiday card exchange, Youth CaN, project based learning, and the Annual Youth summit at Qatar.
03.My birth name is Huan-Cheng but I chose Thomas as my English name. I was born in the year 2000, the beginning of the second millennium. In the Chinese Zodiac I was born in the year of the dragon. In Chinese culture the dragon is a symbol of the emperor. It is considered lucky to be born in the dragon year .I am from Kaohsiung, a large port city in the southern part of the R.O.C. I have been a seventh grade student at Yang Ming Junior High School this year, which is where I learned about i EARN.
04.I Joined i EARN last year, in 2012. I Participated in two i EARN projects: “Holiday Card Exchange” “Youth CaN” I got the first place in the i EARN-Taiwan Project Based Learning contest in this April. This is the picture of me presenting my Holiday Card, and this one is my group mates holding our posters with me in youth CaN, and the last one is us receiving our awards in the PBL contest.
05.Kaohsiung Municipal Yangming Junior High School is the second largest school in R.O.C. Our school is located in Sanmin District in the Municipality of Kaohsiung. There are around four thousand students and two fifty teachers in this our school. Our school Motto is “HUMANISM, MORALITY, HARMONY, and VITALITY.” Our school also participate in many international sports competition and many other music competition.
06.My English teacher, Mrs. Chen participated in the 2011 i EARN conference. She shared i EARN with our class in 2012. Afterward, I knew how great i EARN is. Mrs. Chen helped us enroll groups on internet. We found the information of other countries’. And we made posters of the countries’ cultural facts and some of the countries’ holidays. Then we shared the posters with our classmates.
07.We made cards and sent them to our friends in schools around the world. We waited for their cards to arrive in Kaohsiung. Surprisingly, we did not get cards from two schools in Kaohsiung, but we did get cards from schools in other countries. We opened the cards and learned more about the lives of kids in other places. These are our schools card, and this is my card, I putted the flag of our country and the father of our nation, Dr. Sun. And these are the cards form Canada.
08.Some problem occurred to us, like the age of our partners. The students in John McCrac P.S. are in the age from eight to nine. And the students from Ukraine are form six to ten, and this picture is Students form Ukraine. The second problem is the time limit of us doing this project. We use our English to do this project, but we also have English class to take. So we just have less then 45mins for Holiday Card Exchange. The third problem is that the postal fee is too expensive. At first my teacher don’t where can we our postal fee, our principal saw us doing our card, so at last our school paid the money for us. And the last problem is the content of the cards we got. We putted in a lot of time in this project but the cards we got are not in our expectation. This the card form America, Andy filled in a blank in his card, he wrote seven words but four words are wrong. That is why we are disappointed in this project.
09.Youth CaN is the abbreviation of Youth Communication and Network. My club teacher in school also an English told me about Youth CaN. So I signed up for it. i EARN Taiwan holds a three day winter camp for Youth CaN from January 30th to February 1nd. We started our first day on a “Flag for the Future” project. This project is a project from World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The main idea is to draw a flag to save Arctic. Each group has to choose a topic to change our environment. Our choose “Prevent Underage Smoking” as our topic.
10.All of us started our second day talking with i EARN’s founder Mr. Peter Copen. He didn’t talk about his Life experiences, he let us ask questions and then he answers them. After the excellent talk we continued to work on our projects. We shared and exchange our ideas with other groups. We also had a brief presentation about our topic.
11.Six teachers came to tell what we need to improve. We found out that we listed too much and some of them are nonsense. So we learned to put the impartment on the poster. We combined our poster with a Power Point.
2013 iEARN Youth Summit - Thomas Liu
An i EARNer that
learned i EARN for less
By: Huan-Cheng Liu (Thomas Liu, 劉奐呈 )
Kaohsiung Municipal Yangming Junior High SchoolKaohsiung Municipal Yangming Junior High School
Republic of ChinaRepublic of China
My name is Thomas Liu.
Born in 2000, Millennium or Year of Dragon.
13 years old.
From Kaohsiung, Republic of China.
grade student at Kaohsiung Municipal
Yangming Junior High School.
Joined i EARN last year, in 2012.
Participated in two i EARN projects:
“Holiday Card Exchange”
Got the first place in i EARN PBL contest in
Kaohsiung Municipal Yangming Junior High School
located in Kaohsiung, Republic of China.
Around 4000 students and 250 teachers in this
School Motto is “HUMANISM, MORALITY,
Our lovely school campus.
Holiday Card Exchange
My English teacher, Mrs. Chen participated
in the 2011 i EARN conference.
She shared i EARN with our class in 2012.
Afterward, I knew how great i EARN is.
Mrs. Chen helped us enroll groups on internet.
We found the information of other countries.
We made posters, and shared them with our classmates.
分 組 名 單
團名 Group name: ______________
Holiday Card Exchange
Then we made cards for our friends.
We waited for their cards to arrive to Kaohsiung.
Two schools in Kaohsiung didn’t send their cards,
so we didn’t get them.
We opened the cards and learned more
of the differences in different schools.
Holiday Card Exchange
Some problems we encountered:
The age of our partners
The time limit for us doing this project
The expensive postal fee
The content of the cards we got
Some of my classmates were a little
disappointed, because we put a lot of
effort into this project, but the cards that
we got weren’t what we expected.
John McCrae P.S. (Canada)
Age of students involved: 8-9
Lisova kazka (Ukraine)
Age of students involved: 6-10
OŠ Domžale (Slovenia)
Age of students involved: 9-10
My club teacher told me about
Youth CaN, so I signed up for it.
i EARN Taiwan holds a 3-day winter
camp for Youth CaN in February.
On the first day we did a “Flag for the Future” project.
Every group chose a topic to change our environment.
Our group wanted to “Prevent UNDERAGE Smoking.”
We started our second day talking with i
EARN’s founder Mr. Peter Copen.
All groups started to work on their projects.
We listed our ideas on our posters to let other
groups know what we were doing.
Each group exchanged their ideas.
On the third day, six teachers came to talk with us and tell
us what to improve.
We made a poster and learned to just leave our important
ideas on the poster.
We combined our “ Prevent UNDERAGE
Smoking” poster with a PowerPoint.
Finally, our teachers told us about the Qatar youth
Taiwan iEARN PBL Contest was held on April 27,
Our teachers notified me about this contest because
I’m going to the youth summit in Qatar.
Our topic is about “Holiday Card Exchange”.
Teacher Vivian and Eppie chose Willy,
Yokky, Eric and me to represent YMJH in the
We prepared and practiced for the PBL
Contest during our nap time every day for
We started with nothing.
Willy made the PowerPoint, and I wrote our lines.
After two months of training, we got the First Place
in this PBL Contest.
All four of us learned the importance of
teamwork for problem solving.
Youth Summit at Qatar
i EARN holds an international Youth Summit every year,
I decided to attend the 2013 Youth Summit at Doha, Qatar.
My English teacher attended the 2011 Conference, so I asked
her what I need to do at the conference.
I registered my account, and submitted my proposal.
I also applied for the scholarship for the 2013 i EARN 20th
International Conference & 17th
Luckily I got the scholarship.
Youth Summit at Qatar
got my scholarship
prepared my project.
chose my topic
An i EARNer that learned i EARN for less than
submitted my project again,
it was considered to be a Poster rather than a Presentation.
they thought my work wasn’t complete.
Explained I uploaded an outline, not the final version.
i EARN Qatar accepted my explanation
changed it to a 15-minute Presentation.
Youth Summit at Qatar
Everyone needs to practice a dance to dance for the
My dancing skills aren’t good, so I took
a lot of time to practice.
We also used Facebook to talk about
our ideas and about our projects.
All of the members also needed to go
to the meetings about this Qatar trip.
The Value for
Youth Summit at i EARN
What did I learn from i EARN?
Global citizenshipGlobal citizenship
Communication with other countriesCommunication with other countries
Sharing my experiencesSharing my experiences
Learning other culturesLearning other cultures