Fun with function*

Grant Snider has made functions* whole lot easier to learn! The comic drawn below uses the idea of amusement park rides to present functions. How interesting!

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This semester has been feeling like a roller-coaster ride. Upon finishing this course, there is another exam behind. Bet this roller-coaster journey would never have an end. Nevertheless, cheers for what is going to come =D! It has been a good ride!

Don’t predict the future, create it

THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT

Throughout this semester (including my prac), I have learnt a lot. I would say that ICT has not been very widely used in Malaysia education context. Therefore, it is up to ‘us’ who are educated, who have the knowledge of ICT, to take the opportunity to make changes in the place where we work, we live. While I still do not know what the future holds, be it a teacherless education, it is what we are doing right now that shapes the future.

Teacherless education?

US futurologist Dr Thomas Frey told News Ltd that teacherless classrooms are the way of the future.

Is it possible that the job of teaching will not be around in the future? According to Dr. Thomas Frey, the way of the future does not include teaching as we know it. Frey sees the end of the “sage on stage”, the teacher in front of the classroom, but rather teacher as a coach. The coach/teacher will be helping to keep students focused.

DO WE REALLY NEED TEACHERS?

In 1999, Sugata Mitra and his colleagues dug hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed an Internet-connected PC, and left it there (with a hidden camera filming the area). What they saw was kids from the slum playing around with the computer and in the process learning how to use it and how to go online, and then teaching each other. Let’s watch the video below:

Smoothboard air

My classmate, Shireen has been sharing about Smoothboard air in her blog.

The rise of mobile technologies like smartphones, netbooks and tablets are increasingly challenging not just conventional teaching methods but the attention span of both students and teachers. More students are bringing their own mobile devices to class. And the numbers are just going to keep growing.  But mobile technology should not be another hurdle to keep students engaged in class. It should be an effective tool in encouraging participation and active learning among students. How do you do that?

All you need is Smoothboard Air, a good teacher, a computer with wireless access, and a class of students with their mobile devices. Begin by installing Smoothboard Air into your computer. It takes just 20 seconds to install. Smoothboard Air will provide an IP address immediately. Connect students’ mobile devices to the WIFI network. Students just need to enter the IP address into their mobile devices and WALLA! They are now sharing your screen. Now, you can write annotations on your own presentation and students can save them at the end of the lesson. You can organize mini contests and quizzes. And students can participate instantly from their own mobile devices.

Amara’s law

Amara’s law suggest that “we tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run”.

Digital technology’s exponential growth over the past few decades is both enabling and rapidly compounding economic polarization and unemployment around the world. According to the 2012 K12 Horizon Report, 6 technologies are identified and related time frames in which they will become mainstream in K-12, which are

  • Over the next 12 months
    • Mobile devices and apps.
    • Tablet computing.
  • Two to three years
    • Game-based learning.
    • Personal learning environments (PLEs).
  • Four to five years
    • Augmented reality.
    • Natural user interfaces.
  •  Over the next 12 months
    • BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
    • Cloud Computing
    • Mobile learning
    • Online learning
  • Over the next 2 to 3 years.The next 4 to 5 years
    • Electronic publishing
    • Learning analytics
    • Open content
    • Personalised learning
    • 3D printing
    • Augmented reality
    • Virtual and remote laboratories
    • Wearable technology

Upon reading this report, it makes me think, ‘what kind of world will our future generation lives in’ & ‘what can i do as a 21st century teacher?’ The pace is ICT is changing so rapidly. Before I even comprehend a new technology, another is born. Technology is really beyond what can I IMAGINE~~~

Free resources for IWB

I came across Doreen‘s blog who shared a website that provides a list of free interactive whiteboard resources ➨ TeachHUB.

Personally I am not keen at using IWB. The year after I left my working place, the school started to use IWB as teaching tools. Well I gotta admit that it was such an good opportunity to get to learn how to integrate lessons using IWB. Too bad I needed to leave at that time and do not have that opportunity to learn how to use IWB.

Although I have no any experience using IWB, I do not think it is something really sad/bad. Of course there are certain features provided by IWB which is truly beneficial towards students’ learning. However, this is the time where I gotta think of what other resources I can make use of to reach students’ learning objectives. Life doesn’t offer everything you need. Sometimes, it is ‘we’ who have to change our approach to get something, don’t you agree?

Below is a teaching resource for teaching fractions, decimals & percentage, which I find useful by TeacherLed. I can’t wait to share this tool with my children, whom I am giving private tutoring with 🙂 Hope the kids enjoy learning with this ! =D

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Steering Clear of Cyber Tricks

The video below will guide you to steering clear of cyber tricks. Learn them 🙂

Recently, my brother shared a news with me regarding Nigerian scam in my country, Malaysia. When I looked at those videos, I feel so sad for those people who were being scammed. Just because of their unwise decision or they are not aware of their own digital citizenship, they weren’t being cheated by thousand and thousand of dollars. Well most of the time,  it is because those scammers knows what our weakness is and that is how they set a trap for sitting ducks. Few months ago as I was looking for Online Study for master courses. I came across a university website which says that they offer about 70% scholarships. I did feel interested; however, i was unsure and so I googled to check if it’s a scam. It turned out yes! It is a scam! Frankly, the “university” website is so well organised. There is even a link to a website that “clarifies” that the school is an accredited institution.  BUT, even the website of accreditation is a FAKE ONE! I’ve checked with the Ministry of Education of U.S.A to affirm the matter. LUCKILY I DID CHECK ON IT~ ~~Or else, all the money would be gone case. Hence, I hope my fellow friends here you are aware about stuffs like that too… Below are links to some scams happened in Malaysia & Singapore. You may click to find out more.