Source: Lianhe Zaobao 18 June 2010
My Facebook response in Chinese:
The workshop was great and without a doubt all tools used during the workshop are Web 2.0. However teachers who attended the workshop are constantly reminded, what matters most is HOW teachers used Web 2.0 for teaching and learning but not WHAT Web 2.0 can do. Pedagogies, instructions and learning outcomes always come first.
Now back to Sacha’s presentation slides. Enjoy～
Great read via Get Schooled:
Today’s classroom is better suited for the ways girls learn, says Rao. “When you promote all this assessment and increasing standardization, you narrow the way you are going to teach kids, eclipsing the ways that boys learn better. You go to much less hands-on and manipulation of objects and to more sit down and lectures.”
Is standardized testing unfair for most boys? I guess that’s the main reason boys are often misunderstood as late bloomers.
From The Straits Times 20 January 2010:
Control and Standardized Testing vs. Freedom and Intrinsic Motivation. The power struggle continues :p
From Channel News Asia:
Technology has also made it a totally different experience for a person to read, learn and work with the Chinese language.
Mr Lee (Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong) said: “In China now, everybody uses computer inputs one way or other. The young people are working on keyboards so much that when they have to write the characters, they do not remember how to produce them.”
Communication styles too are changing, with more people using email and SMS.
Prime Minister Lee said: “There are all sorts of strange abbreviations. I was exchanging messages with a young person in Chinese and the person typed ‘3488’. So I asked, what on earth is ‘3488’ (‘暂时拜拜’)?
“There are all sorts of other abbreviations and synonyms which have become part of the lingo. If you stick to the traditional formal language teaching, you are not going to teach people that, you are not going to use that, and students are going to learn a very formal language. But that is not what they will often encounter in real life.”
Mr Lee said testing methods will also need to change.
“So, in an exam, you can bring an electronic dictionary along and ideally, everybody should have a keyboard and should type and write on the keyboard rather than have the burden of struggling with the mechanics of memorising and writing characters by hand,” he said.
1. Yes. Technology has changed it all. The challenge now is to use technology to teach and learn Chinese language effectively.
2. Email and SMS are two huge communication tools. That brings us to highly debated use of mobile phones/devices for learning in classrooms again. We must not forget the other 2 big communication tools – Instant Messaging (IM) and SNS (Social Networking Sites).
3. Does that mean we can look forward to alternative assessment with the use of computers in Chinese language tests and examinations?
My thoughts (questions) after watching this interesting video:
1. What do walking stairs and learning a boring and tough subject have in common?
2. Have you ever thought of making dull lessons fun with novelty?
3. How long can novelty last before it turns dull?
4. How does the fun theory apply to education?