Thursday, 28 January 2010

Launch of the new iPad

Watch the launch of iPad by Steve Jobs:

Apple iPad - latest launch from Apple



Apple never fails to impress me. One typically drools over their products, especially of late and their prices are getting more affordable unlike 10-20 years ago :-)

Steve Jobs just launched the iPad. Really something. If you're about to buy a netbook, wait...see if the iPad will work better for you. I'm tempted to get one as soon as they start selling. Why not?

As my Gen Y daughter says, "It's an iPhone and laptop hybrid, who would've thought that'd be possible so soon? On hindsight though, these days it's actually not much of a surprise especially with Apple. Anyhow, seems pricey in US$ and may also likely well be by the time it's (or if!) sold locally here but it'll probably be convenient and will see some personal 'productivity' increase for those who can afford one. The book reader function looks nifty and could actually be well-utilized."

For more info, visit: http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/27/the-apple-ipad/. Looks like it can be a great educational tool. Another revolution in education perhaps? What do you think?

Monday, 25 January 2010

Awards to promote excellence in learning

One of the ways to promote excellence in learning is by giving out awards of excellence. Why not? Brandon Hall has been doing this since 1999...wow!

For further info, visit:

http://www.brandon-hall.com/awards/excellenceawards.shtml

Monday, 18 January 2010

Microblogging: Is it a tool for higher education?

“The easiest way to make sense of microblogging is give it a go! It’s not for everyone, but the majority of people who use it as part of their working practice report that they find it beneficial."

What do you think? View the video below and see if your view is correct.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Instructional Media - A Good Overview

This is a good summary of instructional media....not so much the instructional technology which will include other components, that is, not as clearly communicated through the slides, visually, that is.

New Age Tools for Malaysian Education

Slides presented to audience invited by the Malaysian Development Corporation (MDeC) last December 2009 as part of a platform of events to reflect on current trends and planning for the way forward for education in schools.

http://www.slideshare.net/zoraini/new-age-tools

Monday, 11 January 2010

Colleges Lag in Technology and Teaching Quality

Latest from The Chronicle of Higher Education (Jan 11, 2010 issue:

"Getting technology tools into the hands of every student and family should be standard practice. It isn't now," said the U.S. under secretary of education, Martha J. Kanter, addressing a mix of technologists and educators . . . for more.

Something that's equally interesting is that Facebook is giving away five doctoral awards. Read more about it here:

http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Colleges-Lag-in-Technology-and/20419/

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Top 100 Tools for Learning (2009)

See if any of your favourite tools are on this list of top 100 tools for learning!

Compendium of Tools

There used to be a time when many of the most desirable tools for teaching and learning were purchased. And, companies used to tout that once institutions have bought the license, teachers can easily create content. It was usually far from the truth. How many teachers can use Authorware, for example, to produce good lessons?

Today, one can easily find a tool or platform that can be easily adopted for free or by paying minimal fees (should one want an ad-free environment) and teachers can create, not just content, but a learning environment that will engage both learners and teachers alike.

If you're looking for a useful tool, visit Jane Hart's learning tools compendium at http://c4lpt.co.uk/Directory/Tools/instructional.html

Monday, 4 January 2010

Learning 2.0

We've gone through the last couple of years talking about and promoting the usefulness of Web 2.0 and how it is changing education, learning, learners and teachers. How long more will we be in this mode? How long more will it take for most, if not all, educators make significant changes. I have personally seen a few educators in Malaysia talking about Web 2.0 in education, the need to incorporate it and how to incorporate it...a bit late but never too late.

Meanwhile, here are a set of slides in case you need another overview, particularly on Learning 2.0.

John Seely Brown - Learning 2.0 - The Big Picture

Building a 21st Century Education System

This is interesting....found this today. I would like to know which country is satisfied with its education system in terms of producing relevant high school leavers. I think we need to be brave enough to re-evaluate and re-create our school curriculum, implementation and reward system for both students and teachers. It's about time.

The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF)has a book titled, "Building a 21st Century Education System" comprising several chapters available online. See below and Web site.

"NCTAF Board member Robert Wehling and the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future have published a book that brings together the visionary thinking of some of the nation’s finest education thought leaders and presents a diverse set of strategies and solutions to provide every child with a high-quality, world-class educational opportunity."