Saturday, March 26, 2011

Seeing is Believing?

One of the rules when doing research in the internet is to verify information gathered from the websites.

We normally focus this on "text-based" information and sometimes, images/ diagrams too... because we know that these are input by "human beings" and therefore to make sure we are 'reporting' the facts, we should do our due diligence to validate information.

Next... how about "outputs" generated by engines?
That rarely crossed our minds, I think!

For example, how often would we question the validity of information generated via the GoogleMap?
Do we take it as 100% correct? (Hm... I shall not use the word "truth").
How often do we ask ourselves, is what's presented in the GoogleMap always correct?

OK, this is different from the situation when the information presented by GoogleMap is updated or outdated (get what I mean?).

Here are 2 maps generated by GoogleMap, when the same information was fed into the site; however, different web-browsers were used: Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Take a look at the suggested route to I got from GoogleMap, to travel from my home at Tampines, the eastern part of the Singapore island to the school that is situated in the west :)

Map 1:

Map 2:

So, is seeing believing?

Hm... next question: what else could I use to validate or double confirm what's presented in the GoogleMap is correct?

Hm... based on my limited knowledge, it's by right, the most reliable online virtual map!xx

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Apple Leadership Summit 2011, March 5 - Learning Spaces (Stephanie H)

Factory model of Learning
Bsaic liteacy, Carrots and sticks, Compliance, identical widget

Industrial Revolution Needs (Stafeen Characsia)
Secret to Creativity is Curiosity (Seth Godin)

What type of learning environments sutiable for learners
Title: Campfires in Cyberspace: Learning Spaces
  • [Campfire] Formal learning Spaces: Listen and absorb knowledge
  • [Watering hole] Informal learning spaces. Discuss & create meaning
  • [Cave] Individual learning space - Reflect and create meaning (not for hiding)
  • [Mountain Top] Present and publish spaces
Learning Spaces Technologies
  • Campire: Distributive Technologies 1-to-Many
  • Watering hole: Collaborative Technologies Many-to-Many
  • Cave: Me 1-to-1
  • Mountain Top
Singapore: Renaissance City Plan (by Rebecca Chew)
The rise of a Creative Class
Creating the mindspace for People

Apple Leadership Summit 2011, March 5 - CBL - On Collecting Evidence of Learning (Marco Antonio Torees)

Ah! another familiar face who presented in the 2010 summit - enjoyed his keynote

Portfolios of Teachers - an evidence of the teachers' readiness for their learners

(a) Analog vs Digital
Devices change according to the needs we have... so, the solution is the computer?????
(which, e.g. not confined by time and space, we could call up the piano when we need?)
So, if it's in the computer, we need not to learn how to use the analog rules (restrictions)

Do I really want to play a cello? or Do I really want to generate the music produced by the cello
- An interesting analogy on clarity of the objective! #ilike
- "WHO" has to go through the change in order achieve the objective?

HaKeypad: Harmonic Keypad

By Brian Lockwood ~ 

Why do people published in social media platforms like Flickr?
- to share, to exchange ideas, to gather feedback!

Learners love to share, Learners love feedback [Good > Better > Best]

Apple Leadership Summit 2011, March 5 - Learning with Apple (by John C)

Apple Experience 2002 - Present:
Viewing technology as an environment - not a tool
A generation that wants to express themselves through (social) media.

Phone - an obsolete technology??? Only meant for those who "born before technology"?

What's the ROLE of the Educator?
 Expectations of learners: Will the learning environment
... accommodate my mobile lifestyle?
...encourage collaboration & teamwork
...adapt to my individual learning style?

Apple's education mission
Define, create and support the best possible learning experience...
Strategic directions challenges - Innovation needed in : technology, content, pedagogy

Address the fundamental "problem" - ENVIRONMENT
(what defines the environment?)

Apple Technology steps: Mac, iPad and iPhone, iPad 

Digital Expression: Create, Share and Be Productive
iPad touch and iPhone are best when you need anywhere, anytime, learning

New Computing Platform
  • Mainframe Computing
  • Mini Computing
  • Personal Computing
People only see what they are prepared to see

Technology Adoption Cycle
iPad Gives the opportunity to Transform learning
Transformation occurs when additional content and services become available

iPad is not technology, it's content
Transforming the classroom (Fraser Speirs)
- refer to the 4 stages of "Transformation"

The internet in your hands
Immediate access to information that grows exponentially
Favourite education sites at your fingertips
Engaging brwsing and video
Based on the latest open standards
CSS3 animations
H.264 video (high definition video)

iTunes U
World's leargest repository of quality, free, education content
Nearly 800 content providers from 26 countries
Available in 90 countries

Growing library
Trade, professional and textbook titles available
- open eBook standard
- embedded video
- quickly evolving
(purchase by chapter, by concept - no longer as a whole)

It's about Learning: Education (noun)> Learn (verb)

Seymour Papert: "The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for Invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge."