Information from Shanghai – Technology

First, I want to thank Paul and Lisa Witzel for their invaluable help. Numerous emails have sped across the lines with them answering each of my simple to complex questions. I have asked about shopping (top of my list), living arrangements, medicine, technology, etc.

Tech– China does block many websites. Netvibes, Symbaloo and Page Flakes are not blocked. Google services are hit and miss–they work sometimes. Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter are blocked.  Most foreigners use a VPN (Virtual Personal Network) to access these sites.  You can access them but many VPNs make the access time slower and more cumbersome. It costs around $55/year and takes a little configuration on your computers, but no biggie. One example is StrongVPN ( Most teachers in Asia suggest not having GMail as your only email account.  I have both Hotmail and Gmail and will probably keep both.  There is an Apple Store in Shanghai.  🙂


About toniobarton

Toni Olivieri-Barton has been teaching 21st Century Skills to adults and children for over 20 years. She has worked in the education field for the last 10 years. She currently is a Director of Global and Tech Integration at Fountain Valley School. Her last job was as a librarian/media specialist and IB Coordinator at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School in Colorado Springs. She facilitated all 2nd through 5th graders to have an opportunity to flatten their learning by connecting with students from around the world. Previously, she worked in Shanghai, China as technology coordinator at Shanghai Community International School. During the past 10 years Toni has assisted three school districts with staff development. In 2016, Toni was also featured in the book “The Global Collaborator” by Julie Lindsay. In 2011 she won an ISTE Award in On-Line Learning. Toni holds a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Toni finished her Master's in Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. As a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher, Edmodo Ambassador and Certified Trainer, and Graphite Certified Educator, Toni has brought global collaboration projects to her new school. She has also maintains a blog about technology integration. She will continue to bring her global collaboration experience to wherever her future takes her. In her spare time, Toni likes to hike, read, quilt and practice yoga.
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