Tagged: education technology

感谢左手 2012

I’m so impressed and amused by my Primary 6 boys’ video adaptation of a textbook passage. I don’t think I can produce it myself 🙂

Ironically, a few parents told me NOT to assign online work to their children. Perhaps I should show them this video next time. Their kids are really doing amazing stuff 😉

1 year later, Primary school pupils still prefer Laptop/Netbook

Last year I did a simple survey with pupils from Primary 1 to 6 on their favourite devices for learning in classroom. Laptop/netbook was their favourite device. This year I did another similar survey with a smaller group of students (and ex-students) in Facebook. Laptop/Netbook retains the students’ top choice. Despite the rise of tablets in 2011, it remains as the ‘sub ‘ device, clinching the second place.

Interestingly, Interactive White Board seems to be gaining popularity among students, overtaking the iPod and mobile phone as the third choice. Is IWB is next big thing or fad?

Update: iPod, mobile phone and gaming console just overtook the IWB. This is an ongoing Facebook ‘Question’ 🙂

Primary school pupils still prefer Laptop/Netbook

I did a simple survey with pupils from Primary 1 to 6 on their favourite devices for learning in classroom. The survey result from 267 kids shows that laptop/netbook is still their favourite device despite the tremendous popularity of the Apple iPad, which takes the second place. It’s a close fight between Mobile phone and iPod Touch for the third. I also noticed kids are also interested in E-Reader and IWB. They shown little love for digital cameras and voice recorders though.

I think it’s a useful student perception survey if the school is planning for 1:1 implementation. I guess my next survey will be for teachers 🙂

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IPEVO Point 2 View (P2V) Document Camera

I just bought the IPEVO Point 2 View (P2V) document camera for SGD$99 and was eager to let it have a shootout with the AVerMedia Visualizer (costs SGD$600+) in classroom.

First look at the IPEVO P2V:

Pros:
– Low cost
– Decent image quality under low light
– Portable
– No toggling between computer and document camera
– Function as web cam too

Cons:
– Build quality isn’t the best
– Height of stand is limited
– Must switch on computer for it to work
– No zoom button. Can only zoom using the P2V software

Overall I highly recommend it any educator who is looking for a portable or backup document camera. Schools can purchase a few sets for contingency use too.

不爱才是害!

Source: Lianhe Zaobao 18 June 2010

My Facebook response in Chinese:

笔者借鉴教授砸电脑的事件,凸显学生滥用资讯科技。我倒觉得这起事件揭露了时下的课堂教学与孩子在课外的数码生活脱节的现实。其实我们是否也应该想想:大人为什么开会时常被社交媒体科技“干扰”呢?是不是会议无法引起我们的兴趣?还是我们不懂得所谓的开会礼仪?无庸讳言,大家猛开的会议似乎也脱节了。

笔者提到我们可能会步西方国后尘,电脑资讯造成教学弊病,学校将首先成为灾难区。我倒想反问笔者,要是学生在中小学没有机会正确有效地学习及使用科技,难道要等到他们步入社会才学吗?那么灾难区不是将来的社会大学?

笔者也提到孩子缺乏自制能力。与其一律禁止和过滤,不如致力于教导孩子正确的数码公民价值观。如果教学还不迎头赶上孩子的学习需要,恐怕最终吃亏的就是我们的下一代了。

My take on the 5 K-12 Technology Trends for 2010 by THE Journal

From THE Journal:

With technology evolving at the speed of light, and everyone looking to benefit from the latest, greatest hardware and software, keeping up can be challenging for educators, administrators, and school districts themselves. To help, THE Journal spoke with a handful of technology experts and came up with a short list of top tech trends you’ll want to watch in the new year. Here they are:

  1. eBooks Will Continue to Proliferate
  2. Netbook Functionality Will Grow
  3. More Teachers Will Use Interactive Whiteboards
  4. Personal Devices Will Infiltrate the Classroom
  5. Technology Will Enable Tailored Curricula

Of the 5 trends, I rate 4 and 5 the most important. eBooks might take shape of touch tablets, but I don’t see them impacting classrooms so rapidly. Netbook functionality will grow together with personal devices infiltrating the classroom, with the latter gaining more attention.

Somehow I felt the least convincing trend is the use of IWBs. Though IWBs are really great tools, I still feel they are too expensive and inflexible. However I do expect more teachers wanting to try it out in classrooms because of the hype around it.

I expect personal devices to take classrooms by storm. Despite years of advancement, mobile technology has yet to fully go into classrooms. The use of iPods and mobile phones has been making waves among educators all over the world.

Last but not least, the most important trend should not be a trend in the first place.  Many a times, education technology has been much maligned because of poor integration with curriculum. Technology is not just a tool. It is an enabler of customized curricula.