Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (video & music)

Dedicated to ALL the hungry little caterpillar boys and girls who grow into wonderful amazing butterflies.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Ping the Duck: A children's story of China

A classic children's story dedicated with love to Jerry and Sunny, two children whom I tutor on Saturday morning, and their parents. "La-la-la-la-lei!"

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Creative Business English marketing concepts for Asian students

My Jiangxi University Chinese students are great at math problems and economics concepts--but for their Business English midterm group presentation, they have to conjure up a marketing scheme for a product. THIS is something they're not familiar with: how to brainstorm something and put it into a format (Powerpoint) whereby they can show the concept/idea and then put together a "let's sell it" plan. For one thing, they need to learn how to FIND an idea and how to see its potential. This is where I come in with Western thinking--and years of experience in marketing and sales--and what I call "Fluid Learning teaching strategies."

I found this video--and previewed it with them. It has five terrific ideas. They liked four of them, but didn't know how to see the "futuristic potential" of where they could take them as a marketing plan or direction. Again, this is where my Fluid Thinking style of teaching comes into play:

  • The first idea is like Ironman's Jarvis personal electronic assistant. That was easy enough for them to grasp its potential.
  • The second idea is a mini projector. They understood that easily enough too.
  • The 3D holographic phone really startled them, especially with its potential for viewing items to buy online and for playing games. (But I wasn't finished with that--and saved my ideas about 3D technology.)
  • The tablet-bracelet made them sit up in their chairs. THIS was the first one I viewed with them--and I noted, "It's WATERPROOF." They ALL wanted this one--but I added this idea to the "do later" list that I was building.
  • The ultrasonic cleaner also met interest by the girls, especially because they have no dryers in their dorm rooms (or my apartment!). 
And here's where I went with MORE ideas aside from these (I offered these as possibilities: THEY have to develop the marketing PPTs for the midterm). First: take the tablet-bracelet and make it 3D. That is a separate idea in itself. Next: take the tablet-bracelet in 3D and integrate it WITH THE mini-projector. My questions to them: "Where could you go with THIS IDEA?"

My responses: a 3D wearable tablet that can project onto a screen 100cm x 100cm. It's got potential for gaming, online viewing of merchandise--and even better, for simulated lessons for sports (soccer, ping pong, tennis, golf, basketball), and driving or even piloting lessons ON A LARGE SCREEN or wall. So with Fluid Learning, I showed them ideas, then expanded those ideas into new directions, and then showed them how to brainstorm these into possible further Powerpoint presentations for a marketing strategy for a new invention. 
And welcome to the Creative Classroom with Mr. Lopate!

Oh. The idea about the hydrosonic washer? I said, "How about a portable hair dryer just like the ones you girls are using: that uses the same technology--to dry your clothes instantly and without wrinkles?" Sign me up for one! Just let "Jarvis" remind me when I need to take my clothes out of the washing machine.

Monday, March 21, 2016

CFA Level I Study Session

CFA Level I Study Session: (open this link)

... III. Study Session #15. Topic: Portfolio Management - Risk Considerations. Instructor: Prof. John M. Veitch, CFA. Notes: Mark Ferrari, CFA

Friday, February 5, 2016

Gustave Eiffel's Private 300m-high apartment in the Eiffel Tower structure

This is about a lifestyle, history, architecture, art, and how it all came together in a most fascinating way. And here's another look of it: that's 90 stories up and living in a small space. Almost 1000 feet, or 300 meters. There's an apartment up there in the Eiffel Tower that was the private place for its builder. He entertained up there, and it was sought after (but refused) for rental to anyone by rank, title, or financial offer.
Eiffel Tower Secret Apartment for Builder

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Believe in yourself: You can Accomplish Anything

I use motivational videos for my students because they are struggling to learn very complex financial courses in another language (English)--AND also learn Speaking, Listening, and Business English concepts. It's extremely difficult for them because the subjects (accounting, economics, linear algebra, finance) are not what they would have chosen for their careers. Their parents and a very tough high school exam are the deciding factors. So this is dedicated to the sophomores and freshmen at Jiangxi University in Nanchang, China, many of whom have already seen this. Never give up--and believe in yourself. You can succeed in your coursework and your plans.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Lazy Chip Remote Door Opener designed by 4 Chinese Jiangxi University students

Remote-control door opener designed by Jiangxi University, China, students. International Accounting 145A. Holly (Hu Tuo), Daphne (Xu Li), Cathy (Tong Ying), Susie (Wu Yang)