It has been a very fruitful 5-day ICCE Conference. I have heard and learned a lot. Today, the theme of asking questions has recurred again. Asking Questions is indeed more important the the answer. I am too “brain dead” after all the listening to do any blog. I will just post some pictures of the conference highlights (for me!).
Open Movement In Education
The Search Paradigm of Web
So, What is next for opennes??
Computational Thinking (Super like)
Learner-Centered Pedagogy + Adaptable and Scaffolded Learning Space Design—Online Student Question-Generation by Prof Fu-Yun YU.
Student Created Questions (SCQ) is actually not new. n the speech, Prof Yu mentioned that students had no experience in creating questions. I fully concurred with that I try asking my students to create word problems but I realize that it is more difficult for them. They rather answer the questions. Guess we need to really teach them how to create problems. Here are some advantages of SCQ: Learner reflection and self-regulation and knowledge construction
Question Authoring and Reasoning Knowledge System (QuARKS) is a system that provides online scaffolds through reflective social discourse, process prompts , displays and model. You can find out more about QuARKS onJournal Article by Professor Fu-Yun Yuifets.info/journals/15_1/…
The session on “No Significant Difference” by Professor Jozef Colpaert strikes me the most. You can download the slides here. Here are some of the notes:
- Problem of generalizabilit
- Publish or perish OR Publish and perish in academic world (So, how do we build knowledge this way?)
- Why are we measuring things in an ill-designed component?
- Technology – one of the jigsaw piece in the puzzle of learning . It is just part of the learning environment.
- Learning come from a well-designed learning environment (Not the technology!!!!)
- Educational Engineering is about building best possible (optimal) educational artefacts
Keynote speech by Professor Yasmin B. Kafai (one of the designer of Scratch!!!)
Here are some key takeaway:
(1) Serious programming cannot be done in curriculum time!
(2) Cheating can be good for you : Educational Games
(3) Scratch : Designing + Making + Playing. It is abt building community
(4) The new arithmetic for gamification in education Playing + Designing + Making = Learning
(5) Crucial learning principle that pple learn best when they hv the opp to talk and write abt what they are learning (Paul Gee, 2008)
Professor Yasmin B. Kafai with the New Arithmetic for Gamification (Thanks to Loo Kang for the picture)
Open Source is my the other pet topic (well, it seems that everything is my pet topic. lol). Back in school, I also find that if I can customize my own resources , it will be great. That is why I am always looking out for open tools to create my quizzes. And , this year, I have found Open Source Physics Simulation I can now customize my physics simulations ! Real cool! And no more complaining that the physic simulation is too “much” (with lots of details) .
Today, Loo Kang and I had a Interactive Event: Designing Open Source Computer Models for Physics by Inquiry using Easy Java Simulation. Trying to spread EJS spirit to more countries. Do visit Loo Kang Blog Post for more details.
I really feel very “academish” these days. Hearing all those super “ATAS” terms from the academic scholars. I can never be like them as I am too “grassroot”. But sometimes, the “grassroot” in me also want to feel “ATAS” and must speak in ahem scholarly manner.
Here is how you can sound “academish”:
(1) Open Learning Model : the representation of a learner’s knowledge and skills, and sometimes their misconceptions.
John, what is your open learning model? (Meaning, what is that you do not know?)
(2) Multimodal texts : images, sound, movement and text on image
Dear class, what do you understand from this multimodal texts? (Meaning, do you understand the video?)
(3) Collaborative Dialogue (CD): learners co-construct language or knowledge about language to solve complex linguistic problems
Let’s have a collaborative dialogue today on this story. (Let’s discuss the story)
I should try this with my friends or even students.
I have attended 2 presentations about Facebook today. They are
(1) Feasibility study of using social networks platform for learning support:
An example of Facebook
(2) Combining Facebook and Open Learner Models to Encourage Collaborative Learning
The primary reason for them using FB is that they are popular among students. We can even extend to Social Media and this what SM can offers us.
(1) Provide faster access speed in both synchronous and asynchronous communication methods
(2) Get more information in social networks platform than when they search by themselves.
(3) Support interaction and collaboration, active participation and critical thinking
Why are we waiting for? Let’s try to think hard and see how we can use SM in our classroom teaching.
More Open Source Physics Resources
(1) Open Source Physics
(2) NTNUJAVA Virtual Physics Laboratory
(3) Lookang Blog
You can download the Short Paper here.
Please note that the simulations are still not very refined yet as I have not gotten any feedback from the very important parties (students and teachers). Feel free to comment in the forum so that I can further improve it. Thanks to Prof Hwang for allowing me to host the simulations in NTNUJAVA Virtual Physics Laboratory Forum .
(1) Energy Simulation
Roller Coaster Version 1
Roller Coaster Version 2 (With students’s feedback)
(2) Speed-Time Simulation
(3) Ticker Tape Timer
(4) Cooling/Heating Curve
(6) Free Fall
Another of my all-time favourite topic – Web 2.0.
In this web 2.0 workshop, they talk about using web 2.0 tools for Socratic Method, Cognitive-Mapping and Collaborative Writing.
Check out their website for more info.