As the information age has brought technology into classrooms in China, Shin Shin began to recognize the importance of the Internet and the advantages of students using computers to gain access to other parts of the world.
- 2002Shin Shin sponsored the first computer lab (a school in Liaoning).
- 2005Shin Shin started the endeavor “Computer Lab Program” that aimed at equipping all Shin Shin schools with computers. Within the span of 6 years, 200 schools received 2000 computers. They were bought and funded by Shin Shin, individual donors, and the Rotary Club Matching Grant.
- 2005 Shin Shin signed a contract with Lenovo Group Ltd. in China. For $5,000 per school, Lenovo provided one computer for teachers, 10 computers for students, a switch, a scanner/printer, the operating system, and Windows Office 2000 software. Furthermore, Lenovo was responsible for the installation and training of the computer lab, and they provided three years of maintenance service. The computer labs were soon completely installed and functional as stated in the contract. Shin Shin later continued to expand this program to all Shin Shin schools as the donations and funds became available.
- 2010Shin Shin has been actively planning the E-learning project, to accomplish the mission of reducing the gap between urban and rural education quality in terms of technology and facility.
Based on virtual computing technology, one high-end computer server connected to 30 access terminals which can simultaneously provide 30 students to access network. This virtual computing platform solution is what Shin Shin plans to promote in many of their elementary schools in China. The system software automatically checks the hardware’s existence, and finishes installing the system within one hour. Because of the small number of parts for the terminals, problems would rarely occur. Such a system is easy to use, low in maintenance cost, and high in efficiency.
- 2011Shin Shin kicked off pilot 30 + 1 “Virtual Computers” programs in two Shin Shin schools; one in Jilin and the other one in Shandong.
- 2012Began full implementation of “Virtual Desktop Systems” in the spring semester of 2012. This program has been expanded to more than 30 Shin Shin primary schools.
To date, Shin Shin has allocated $100,000 from the general support to fund the Computer Lab Program. Shin Shin schools were selected based on the following criteria:
1) if the computer needs assessment,
2) the ability to host the computer lab,
3) the ability to maintain the computer lab,
4) the ability to use the computer lab effectively, and
5) the teachers’ knowledge and capability to teach computer-related curriculum.