Monday, November 16, 2015

Collaborative Knowledge Building with Applied Learning

Sharing by Soh WP @ SST Staff Conference 2015

Video clip: AFA2015 - The Playground by class S204 (2015)
  • What is Collaborative Knowledge Building?  

    • to deepen understanding, having students to construct their own knowledge can create a deeper learning process
    • Inquiry learning or discovery leraning
    • applicable to constructing new knowledge or building on existing knowledge 

Video clip: Shortened IDEO Shopping Cart Video
  • Speaking to "experts" - who can be expert? not necessary a professional, but someone who can provide the knowledge in context. It could be classmates, friends from other cohorts or via online platform
  •  Design Thinking Approach - emphasis: Empathy
Students need to be taught how to ask the right questions to do the necessary.

Co-Constructors of Learning
  • Open-ended questions
  • Deliverables - Group Journals (continuous formative assessment; physical models 
  • ADMT: Tekong Kechil Island Project
  • Reverse role: HA vs LA students - swapped "role of command'
  • ICT to create a learning community

JS Timeline

  • Created by Knight Lab, Northwestern University
  • "History": started as a tool for journalists
  • easily shareable with students and easy to create a timeline that can be hosted on a webpage
  • Note: Base on GoogleSheet document - ease of editing

Notable Example - TIME: Nelson Mandela Timeline

To accompany text, we can insert video and images
  • Interactive
  • Multimedia Content
  • Students are better able to see the continuum of events and how they are connected to each other
  • Self updating after publication
  • Paragraph development: 
    • Assess students ability to capture main ideas in a short summary of events
    • Possibility of weaving in peer evaluation: Different groups of students can write on the same event and critique each others' versions
  • Considering multiple perspectives
  • Content Revision for pop-quiz 
  • Intellectual Integrity
  • Recap: Students can create a timeline that captures past lessons and content taught; hence increase student ownership
  • Scheme of Work


1. Download template into GoogleDrive
2. Click HERE for timeline

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Exploration: EDpuzzle


It allows one to 'crop' selected portion of a video clip; add comments and quiz questions.
The clip can be shared publicly or assigned to selected group of students (who needed to be registered as they would be given an access code).

The clip can be embedded into websites like blog.
Alternatively, it also gives you the LINK to access directly.

Application: Flipped Learning

Here is a 'sample' created using EDpuzzle:

To assign the clip to the class so that we can keep track of the quizzes responses

Friday, June 12, 2015

Adobe Slate - Photo Display

Came across the review of the Adobe Slate in an online magazine.
I was drawn to its simplicity... and its clean look-and-feel.

The apps is free, though registration with Adobe is required.
Downloaded the apps - and did the following creation quickly.

My 1st creation involved only putting up photos in a grid and adding captions to it.
It's hassle-free navigation. The only limitation (I notice) is the layout - way the photos could be displayed. We are unable to edit the 'default' grid setting though we can re-order the photos to give the most desirable layout in the default grid
  • Click HERE to view my first creation
Here's the 2nd creation, using the glideshow effect. It's pretty interesting and refreshing, to see such effect in the website. Nevertheless, I notice that it would work better with landscape type of photos the upper half of the portraits uploaded were somehow hidden.
  • Click HERE to view the creation using GlideShow

Upon completion, here are the various options available for posting.
Of course, if we do not want to share it in any social media platforms like Facebook or Tweeter, the work is still published in the Adobe Slate website :)

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

True Blue Productions by HCI

Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2015 @ NIE Singapore

Title: True Blue Productions - A Student-centric approach to harnessing the power of Digital Media in Values Education (shared by HCI teachers, ProEd consortium)

This is one of those presentations that I find the ideas are more adaptable and is certainly an area that we can work on easily, given the current school context.

What the consortium does was to produce short films/ video clips that highlights messages/ key ideas of values education. Broadly, its productions are categorised as:

I think it's a clever way to leverage on the existing environment and culture to produce resources that not only serves as convincing case studies (where students spoke from their own experiences and reflections for various purposes), but it can also double up as another means to brand the school, as its own students and alumni would be the best spokepersons.

Videos are several categories were shared, and I think these are do-able at our end...

Category 1: Related to character building and demonstration of good values (好人好事)
Here, students talked about little good deeds that they did (and surfaced by others). This was coupled by reflection, where the student discussed how he challenged the norm. Indeed, as mentioned by the presenter, such presentation could be used as learning resources to prompt students to think deeper and reflect on their own behaviour and values.

To me, I think a more valuable message to send across to the student community is, small acts of kindness or thoughtfulness make a difference and they can do it, especially the example comes from their very own community. The influence would certainly be greater compared to cases that took place in other very different cultural/ social contexts. In fact, this is also a means to develop or create the culture of care and kindness within the community.


Category 2: I Did it!

I quite like this idea about getting students who share how they overcome challenges and make good progress in their work - in the example shared, is about the academic performance. More importantly, I think most of these cases are able to identify and pin point on the cause of their pitfalls, and how these have affected/ worked against what they intend to (when they first enrolled to the course).

In fact, there were students who might not have done well, however, through great support and self-resilience, they managed to develop good habits and cultivate self-disciplines. These are good examples to showcase to acknowledge their good effort and getting them to encourage the rest who think the 'change' (improvement) is impossible. Nothing could speak louder than these examples around them (真人真事).

Certainly, this should not just limit to academic performance, but could also be extended to sports and skills, etc.

Perhaps, we could even consider our alumni :)

True Blue Production in Facebook