TechnoKids in Tokyo are Gaining IT and English Skills

Japanese school children are learning two valuable skills at the same time: computer literacy as well as English language fluency. And in addition, they are also having lots of fun!

Shelley Bearse is the Japanese associate for TechnoKids Inc. She teaches students information technology (IT) skills using TechnoKids integrated curriculum projects. Class instruction is carried out in English, with some Japanese translation as needed. The final student computer projects are also completed in English, creating a complete language immersion experience.

“The kids, whether native Japanese or native English speakers, all agree on one term – cool!” Shelley states. “Parents are amazed that their five year old is learning PowerPoint, a presentation tool, and are convincing the children to show them how.” In fact, Shelley finds that she is receiving enquiries, both private and corporate, from adults who are asking, “If you can teach kids, can you teach me?”

If you would like to read more about Shelley’s success with integrating IT and English language skills, view the International Business article published in Hiragana Times.

You can also visit the TechnoKids Japan site at to find out about the many classes and courses offered for both children and adults.


Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.

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