Kenneth Y T Lim

ventriloquy

ventriloquy is associated with my blog - http://voyager.blogs.com/ - in which i document my current research interests on the use of video games in education, as well as my doctoral research in cognitive psychology and spatial discourse in adolescents. ve
ventriloquy

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ventriloquy is associated with my blog - http://voyager.blogs.com/ - in which i document my doctoral studies in cognitive psychology and spatial discourse.

Link: voyager.blogs.com/voyeurism/

Episodes

IER0018 Designing authentic game-based learning environments professional development in-service course

Mar 10, 2020

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my team and i are pleased to share that - with help from the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL), National Institute of Education, Singapore - we are able to offer a professional development course for in-service teachers...

Designing for greater authenticity in Geographical Investigations (GI) through local microclimate studies with the Internet of Things (IoT) and open-source environmental sensors

Feb 18, 2020

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through God’s grace alone, my team and i received the news today that we have been awarded a grant by the National Institute of Education. titled Designing for greater authenticity in Geographical Investigations (GI) through local microclimate studies with the...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: paper addressing the threshold learning outcomes for the Australian curriculum in environmental science

Feb 12, 2020

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a paper which i co-wrote with Dr Atul Sajjanhar and Ren Yuechao of Deakin University, addressing the threshold learning outcomes defined for the Australian curriculum in environmental science, has just been published. :-) Pedagogical framework for environmental science is presently...

Learner-Generated Augmentation: 6th conference on Constructionism

Jan 28, 2020

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through God's grace alone, a paper that my team and i wrote on our recent efforts in to semiotics, memory, History education and Augmented Reality, has been accepted by the organisers of the 6th conference on Constructionism, to be held...

Semiotics, memory and Augmented Reality: History education with Learner-Generated Augmentation - the video abstract :-)

Jan 27, 2020

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further to my post earlier this month, the British Journal of Educational Technology has just published our paper :-) here is the video abstract in which i introduce Semiotics, memory and Augmented Reality: History education with Learner-Generated Augmentation. :-)

Semiotics, memory and Augmented Reality: History education with Learner-Generated Augmentation

Jan 12, 2020

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from September 2018 till March 2019, i was able to collaborate with a teacher-in-training - Ryan Lim - on an exciting project which situated itself at the intersection of a number of fields, namely: constructionism, semiotics, memory, history education, and...

An open letter to Sir Rowan Atkinson :-) Going, going, Ghosn

Jan 4, 2020

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dear Sir Rowan, please kindly pardon the intrusion - i can only imagine how busy you must be. i have an idea which i would like to share with you :-) if someone were to do a screenplay for a...

Redstone Jammin' - collaborative music making in Minecraft: presented in Mandarin Chinese

Dec 5, 2019

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Exploring Minecraft as a lens to musical intuition in learners with little or no formal background in music and / or gaming; environment conceptualised, designed and built by the rather brilliant Lionel Lim. presentation to visitors from Jiangsu Normal University....

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: sharing with guests from Jiangsu Normal University

Dec 5, 2019

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my team and i are very grateful to our colleagues from the National Institute of Education International, for their kind facilitation of a workshop themed on Disciplinary Intuitions and Maker Motes, for guests from Jiangsu Normal University. :-)

Maker Motes at the Singapore International Science Teachers' Conference

Nov 19, 2019

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our team is very grateful to officers from the Educational Technology Division of the Ministry of Education, Singapore - specifically Ms Tham Yoke Chun, Ms Jacqueline Tan, Lim Jing Jing, and Flavian Fernandez - for so generously affording us the...

Royal Geographical Society career guide

Nov 6, 2019

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the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) has published a really useful guide for careers in geography. the guide is available online and i am very humbled to have been given the opportunity to contribute my share...

Maker Motes: sharing at MENDAKI the Learning Festival 2019

Nov 3, 2019

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last month, i shared that my team and i had been invited by MENDAKI to talk a little about our work under the auspices of MENDAKI the Learning Festival 2019. my fellow presenters and i had a great time interacting...

Six Learnings: commemorating ten years of the curriculum design framework in Singapore schools

Oct 20, 2019

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ten years' ago to the day, i helped colleagues from the Ministry of Education work with teachers from the local schools on what was then an exploratory foray in to the affordances for learning of Second Life. from those early...

Disciplinary Intuitions shared with Daniel Bodemer from the University of Duisburg-Essen

Oct 18, 2019

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earlier today, my team and i had the privilege of sharing our work with Prof Dr Daniel Bodemer, who is Head of Department, Psychological Research Methods, from the University of Duisburg-Essen. we are grateful to Dr Elizabeth Koh for so...

The use of microclimatic data in authentic learning: a two-site case study between Hanoi and Singapore

Oct 11, 2019

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last year, i shared about how a paper my team and i presented at the conference of the Bulgarian Geography Society (in commemoration of the centenary of the society). the chapter arising from our paper has just been published, titled...

Disciplinary Intuitions: Berkeley Graduate School of Education CD / SESAME Colloquium

Oct 9, 2019

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through God's grace alone, i have been afforded the opportunity to share our team's work on Disciplinary Intuitions at a colloquium sponsored by the Cognition and Development program and the Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education (informally known as...

Maker Motes: sharing at the Digital Forum @ MENDAKI The Learning Festival 2019

Oct 1, 2019

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through God's grace alone, our team has been invited to share our work on Maker Motes during this year's MENDAKI Learning Festival, on the 3rd of November. Yayasan MENDAKI (Council for the Development of Singapore Malay / Muslim Community) is...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: welcoming a college student to NTU's Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) AY 2019 / 2020

Sep 30, 2019

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further to my post five months’ ago, my team and i are really happy and privileged to welcome a college student to our project offered under NTU’s Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme for the Academic Year 2019 /...

the 6th international conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) 2020

Sep 24, 2019

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through God's grace, i have been invited as one of the International Chairs for next year's conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN). iLRN 2020 will be held from the 21st to the 25th of June, at the California...

Maker Motes introduced to the 2019 cohort of the Leaders in Education Programme

Sep 10, 2019

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this morning, our team was extremely privileged to have been invited to collaborate with members of the Educational Technology Division (ETD), Ministry of Education, as part of the curriculum for this year's cohort of the Leaders in Education Programme (LEP),...

Learner-Generated Augmentation as an approach to Chemistry Education with Augmented Reality: first session!

Sep 4, 2019

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one of the best things about working at the National Institute of Education is getting to interact with all the really committed teachers here, of all ages. today was no exception. as part of our team's collaboration with faculty from...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: sharing with guests from Central China Normal University

Aug 28, 2019

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my team and i are very grateful to our colleagues from the National Institute of Education International, for their kind facilitation of a workshop themed on Disciplinary Intuitions and Maker Motes, for guests from Central China Normal University. :-)

Maker-centred multidisciplinary learning – preparing future-ready learners in Singapore schools for learning to learn

Aug 26, 2019

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through God’s grace alone, my team and i received the news today that - as Co-Principal Investigator - i will have the privilege of working with my Principal Investigator - A/P Teo Beng Chong - under the auspices of a...

Exploring the change in nature and efficacy of learners’ questions through progressive interaction with the Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment (SMILE)

Aug 11, 2019

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just under three years' ago, i shared about how a project my team and i had been working on drew to a close. our write-up of one of the two associated sub-projects has just been published, as a chapter titled...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: sharing with visitors from National Tsinghua University (2019)

Jul 16, 2019

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parting is always bittersweet. i took this picture at the conclusion of the workshop my team and i conducted today for teachers and graduate students visiting through the good graces of the National Tsinghua University. :-)

Learner-Generated Augmentation as an approach to Chemistry Education with Augmented Reality

Jul 13, 2019

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i am very humbled to share that - in partnership with A/P Lee Yew Jin, A/P Yan Yaw Kai and Dr Peter Lee from the Natural Sciences and Science Education (NSSE) Academic Group of the National Institute of Education (NIE)...

Call for Papers: the British Journal of Educational Technology - special issue on Augmented Reality

Jul 4, 2019

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My co-editor - Sebastian Habig - and i cordially invite you to consider a contribution to a forthcoming Special Section of the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET) on the theme of 'Beyond observation and interaction: Augmented Reality through the...

International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education - Special Issue on 'Maker-centered Science and Mathematics Education: Learning, Teaching and Environment Design'

Jun 23, 2019

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one and a half year's ago, i shared a Call for Papers for a special issue of the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, themed on Maker-centered Science and Mathematics Education: Learning, Teaching and Environment Design. Prof Wang Tzu-Hua...

meeting my heroes - Linda Jackson

Jun 20, 2019

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it's amazing to be able to meet one's life heroes. Linda Jackson is someone i truly admire, and she is a warm and humble person face-to-face. my gratitude to the management of Cycle & Carriage France.

heads-up of coming Call for Papers: British Journal of Educational Technology - special issue on Augmented Reality

Jun 12, 2019

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this is a heads-up of a coming Call for Papers. My co-editor - Sebastian Habig - and i cordially invite you to consider a contribution to a forthcoming Special Section of the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET) on the...

What would Jean-Paul do? On Gaultier, Sartre and the DS 7 Crossback

May 31, 2019

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I have one enduring memory of my Volvo XC90. I was exploring the back roads of an industrial estate in the periphery of the airport, in seach of the perfect spotting spot to capture the inaugural arrival of the (then...

Disciplinary Intuitions/ Six Learnings: Digital Geographies Research Group symposium on gaming and virtual reality

May 3, 2019

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i am excited to share that i'll be attending this year's symposium of the Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) Digital Geographies research group, themed on the geographies of gaming and virtual reality (VR). the symposium will...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings / Maker Motes / Learner-Generated Augmentation offered as part of NTU's Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme 2019/20

Apr 29, 2019

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are you an NTU undergraduate eligible for the Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme 2019/20? if so, please do consider applying for either NIE19036 Exploring the potential roles that game-based worlds and immersive environments play in learning, or NIE19037...

Team-based learning in Mathematics at the conference for the international group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education 2019

Apr 14, 2019

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last July, i shared about the constitution of a new team around a grant to study Team-based learning in Mathematics in a few secondary schools in Singapore. through God's grace alone, the team's work has been accepted as a paper...

video of talk on Learner-Generated Augmentation at Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference 2019

Apr 13, 2019

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my gratitude to the organisers of this year's Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference, especially Lorraine and James, for facilitating the session and its recording :-) here is the video of my talk from last week :-)

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: report on 2016 / 2017 intervention is published

Apr 10, 2019

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From 2016 to 2018, under two separate tranches of funding, my team and i had the privilege of working alongside Dr Ari Widodo of the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, in taking our Maker Motes approach with open-source environmental sensors in to...

AGE08D Designing learning environments with the Internet of Things marks IoTDay 2019

Apr 9, 2019

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April 9th is Global Internet of Things (IoT) day. this year, our team chose to commemorate the occasion with our closing lesson of this semester's undergraduate elective AGE08D Designing learning environments with the Internet of Things. AGE08D is an elective...

heartfelt gratitude to my audience and session organisers at Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference 2019

Apr 6, 2019

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i had my presentation at this year's Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference yesterday. i would like to thank the team from VWBPE 2019, specifically Lorraine and James, for facilitating the session behind the scenes. i would also...

Introducing Accelerobot: surfacing novice intuition in mathematics with portable, programmable robots

Apr 1, 2019

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in 2017 i shared news of a grant that my team and i were awarded, to develop portable, programmable robots for use in mathematics curriculum, specifically to help teachers address what have been termed Problems with Real-World Contexts. unlike the...

what's caught my eye at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2019

Mar 28, 2019

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the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) is always a highlight of the calendar, and this year is no exception. here’s what’s caught my eye in this year’s programme :-) Integrating block-based coding in to scientific modelling...

Maker Motes: inaugural geography class in Singapore - data on ArcGIS

Mar 26, 2019

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this past month, i have been sharing about how our team's Maker Motes approach has been appropriated by geography teachers in schools in Singapore. my earlier posts were about how the teachers facilitated coding the Maker Motes, and how the...

Chart-a-Path: surfacing learner intuition about electrical flow in analog circuits - published in the International Journal of Electrical Engineering & Education

Mar 21, 2019

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our team is very, very excited and grateful to God that - after a wait of three years' - our work on the learning environment we developed to surface learner intuition about electrical flow in analog circuits (which we have...

Discover URECA@NTU 2019 poster exhibition held today :-)

Mar 15, 2019

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further to my post last week about the poster exhibition of the Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme of the Nanyang Technological University, here’s a pic of our booth, taken earlier this afternoon :-)

Helping student-teachers design for more authentic learning inquiry with the Internet of Things (IoT)

Mar 14, 2019

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my first visit to Israel was about eight years' ago. i am excited to have the opportunity to visit again, for a poster presentation at this year's 7th International Conference on Teacher Education, themed on the story of innovation in...

Maker Motes: inaugural geography class in Singapore - students siting

Mar 13, 2019

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last week, i shared about the very first geography learning unit in a regular Singapore school is taking place. in that post, i described how the geography teachers took responsibility for the facilitation of the lesson in which the students...

Maker Motes: sharing with landscape architecture students from Thammasat University

Mar 8, 2019

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we are very grateful to Prof Kim Irvine of the Humanities & Social Studies Education Academic Group of the National Institute of Education (NIE) for his invitation to interact with a visiting delegation of undergraduates from the faculty of Architecture...

Learner-Generated Augmentation at the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference 2019

Mar 6, 2019

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i am very happy to share that i will be able to facilitate a roundtable during this year's Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference. the roundtable has been scheduled for 7 pm Eastern time on the 5th of April...

Discover URECA@NTU poster exhibition 2019

Mar 5, 2019

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the Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme is an initiative by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). a little over five months’ ago, i shared on how my team and i were privileged to collaborate with two undergraduates in this...

Maker Motes: inaugural geography class conducted by teachers in a school in Singapore!

Mar 5, 2019

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we've been working towards this for more than five years, and today our dream of a geography lesson designed and conducted by teachers themselves, in an authentic secondary school setting in Singapore finally came to fruition. the lesson was conducted...

Maker Motes: our first Arduino workshop for geography teachers

Feb 28, 2019

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through our Maker Motes approach, our team has been helping schools with open-source hardware for nearly four years. we have been very privileged to have been able to do so. through our recent partnership with a small inter-divisional team from...

Maker Motes in pre-service geography teacher education course on catchment conservation and management

Feb 21, 2019

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following on from my post ten months' ago, in which i shared about a collaboration with my friends from the Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group of the National Institute of Education, my team and i were very privileged...

Helping student-teachers design for more authentic learning inquiry with the Internet of Things (IoT)

Feb 16, 2019

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my first visit to Israel was about eight years' ago. i am excited to have the opportunity to visit again, for a poster presentation at this year's 7th International Conference on Teacher Education, themed on the story of innovation in...

Maker Motes: investigating wind and rain

Feb 14, 2019

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our team has been working with teachers from schools both locally and regionally in helping craft curriculum for more authentic geography learning and STEM integration. here's a pic from one of our more recent collaborations - we found it particularly...

everything is awesome :-)

Feb 13, 2019

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with all due acknowledgment to the LEGO multiverse, our students and us had a great time yesterday during class with LEGO Mindstorms :-) as tutors of AGE08D Designing learning environments with a focus on the Internet of Things, we would...

The Internet of Things (IoT) at the National Institute of Education: reported in the publication NIEWS December 2018

Feb 13, 2019

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back in July, i shared how our team hosted a visiting delegation of teachers and faculty from the National Tsinghua University. the current issue of the National Institute of Education (NIE) publication NIEWS (December 2018 - February 2019) mentions the...

Journal of Virtual Worlds Research - Special Issue on ‘Pedagogy - taking stock and looking forward’ is published

Feb 7, 2019

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Six months’ ago, i shared a Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, themed on ‘Pedagogy - taking stock and looking forward’. It was a tremendous privilege to be the Guest Editor for...

Maker Motes featured in Vol 8 of OER Knowledge Bites

Jan 24, 2019

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a year ago, i shared how my team had been invited to conduct a presentation during the Humanities Education Research Seminar, on our work on open-source environmental sensors (Maker Motes). i am very happy to update that the presentation has...

Maker Motes: sharing with geographers from the Nguyen Tat Thanh University

Jan 9, 2019

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yesterday, thanks to an invitation from Prof Kim Irvine of the Humanities & Social Studies Education Academic Group of the National Institute of Education, my team and i had the opportunity to interact with a visiting delegation of geographers from...

Learner-Generated Augmentation: seminar hosted by Beijing Normal University

Dec 30, 2018

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two days' ago, i introduced a pedagogical design strategy which my team has termed Learner-Generated Augmentation. the paper supporting the strategy has just been published in a special issue of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, themed on a decade's...

introducing Learner-Generated Augmentation: a pedagogical approach to Augmented Reality

Dec 28, 2018

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seven months' ago, i posted my early thoughts on the phenomenological roots of the affordances for learning of Augmented Reality. that post was a shot across the bow of the default design paradigm of how Augmented Reality has been used...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: project featured in the URECA Yearbook 2018

Dec 27, 2018

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last year, i had the privilege of mentoring two undergraduates from the Nanyang Technological University, under the university's Undergraduate Research Experience in Campus (URECA) programme. today, we received the humbling news that one of the projects - Exploring the affordances...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: workshop during the inaugural NIE Innovations in Teaching and Learning seminar 2019

Dec 19, 2018

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my team and i were thrilled to receive today an invitation to facilitate a workshop during the inaugural Innovations in Teaching and Learning seminar, organised by the Centre for Innovation in Learning, National Institute of Education. the seminar is themed...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes at Smart Learning & Innovative Design Week 2019

Dec 18, 2018

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my team and i are deeply humbled and grateful to God to have received an invitation to keynote during the opening ceremony of next month's Smart Learning & Innovative Design Week, which is hosted by the Smart Learning Institute of...

jazzin' with LEGO Mindstorms :-)

Dec 12, 2018

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through God's grace alone, my team has had an absolutely fantastic year. we had the opportunity today to get some much deserved R&R, with LEGO Mindstorms :-) here we are, lined up against a wall, just jazzin' to science :-)

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: featured in Contact magazine

Dec 11, 2018

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the present issue of the Ministry of Education's Contact magazine - which bills itself as the teachers' digest - has a feature on our work with teachers from the Mathematics department at Yio Chu Kang Secondary School. issue #31 -...

Disciplinary Intuitions: sharing with visitors from the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Nov 27, 2018

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my team and i were very humbled to be afforded the opportunity today to engage in conversation with a team of visitors from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. we would like to thank our colleagues from the Public, International, and...

Maker Motes and Geographic Information Systems (GIS): appointment as Research Mentor

Nov 13, 2018

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through God's grace, a collaboration between my team and a small inter-divisional team from the Ministry of Education here in Singapore, will be starting next year. we just received the wonderful news that our application for funding of approximately US$25000...

Guide to developing digital games for early grade literacy for developing countries: at this year's symposium of the Mobiles for Education Alliance

Nov 7, 2018

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i'm currently attending this year's symposium of the Mobiles for Education Alliance, during which i shared on 'Schools in Indonesia exploring local micro-climates'. here's a pic from the All Children Reading booth :-) if you look carefully, you might spot...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings / Maker Motes: pre-conference workshop at National Tsinghua University

Nov 2, 2018

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back in June, i shared that through God's grace, i will be delivering a keynote at the International Conference on Educational Innovation (ICEI) 2018, at National Tsinghua University. my team and i have also been invited to facilitate a series...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings: follow up workshop at National Pingtung University

Nov 2, 2018

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with thanks to God, following our successful series of STEM workshops at the National Pingtung University in May, my team and i have been invited back on the 12th of this month for an extension workshop themed on Basic building...

AGE08D Designing learning environments with a focus on the Internet of Things - student projects

Oct 15, 2018

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this academic semester, my team and i have been facilitating the inaugural run of a course we conceptualised - AGE08D Designing learning environments with a focus on the Internet of Things. we have been very impressed by the thought that...

AGE08D Designing learning environments with a focus on the Internet of Things - student projects

Oct 15, 2018

Description:

this academic semester, my team and i have been facilitating the inaugural run of a course we conceptualised - AGE08D Designing learning environments with a focus on the Internet of Things. we have been very impressed by the thought that...

Maker Motes at this year's symposium of the Mobiles for Education Alliance

Oct 3, 2018

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i am happy to share that the work of my team and my collaborating partners at the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, on the use of open-source microclimatic sensors (which we have dubbed Maker Motes) is to be shared during the 8th...

Maker Motes at this year's symposium of the Mobiles for Education Alliance

Oct 3, 2018

Description:

i am happy to share that the work of my team and my collaborating partners at the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, on the use of open-source microclimatic sensors (which we have dubbed Maker Motes) is to be shared during the 8th...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings / Maker Motes: welcoming three college students to NTU's Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) AY 2018 / 2019

Sep 21, 2018

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further to my post four months’ ago, my team and i are really happy and privileged to welcome three college students to our projects offered under NTU’s Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme for the Academic Year 2018 /...

overseas guests to AGE08D Designing learning environments with a focus on the Internet of Things

Sep 18, 2018

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i am very grateful that my team's General Elective AGE08D - Designing learning environments with a focus on the Internet of Things - has been able to benefit from the exchange of perspectives from overseas visitors. last week, we were...

overseas guests to AGE08D Designing learning environments with a focus on the Internet of Things

Sep 18, 2018

Description:

i am very grateful that my team's General Elective AGE08D - Designing learning environments with a focus on the Internet of Things - has been able to benefit from the exchange of perspectives from overseas visitors. last week, we were...

congratulations to my PhD student for clearing his candidature confirmation seminar :-)

Sep 12, 2018

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today was a very happy day for me. my very first PhD student had a successful candidature confirmation seminar :-) the thesis is titled A Study of the Development of Interest in Learning in a Maker-centered Learning Environment through the...

congratulations to my PhD student for clearing his candidature confirmation seminar :-)

Sep 12, 2018

Description:

today was a very happy day for me. my very first PhD student had a successful candidature confirmation seminar :-) the thesis is titled A Study of the Development of Interest in Learning in a Maker-centered Learning Environment through the...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings / Maker Motes: welcoming two college students to NTU's Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) AY 2018 / 2019

Sep 11, 2018

Description:

further to my post four months’ ago, my team and i are really happy and privileged to welcome two college students to our projects offered under NTU’s Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme for the Academic Year 2018 /...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes at the international conference of the Bulgarian Geography Society

Aug 18, 2018

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i will be visiting Sofia to present a paper at this year’s international conference of the Bulgarian Geography Society, on either the 2nd or 3rd of November. This year’s conference is very special because it celebrates the centenary of the...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes at the international conference of the Bulgarian Geography Society

Aug 18, 2018

Description:

i will be visiting Sofia to present a paper at this year’s international conference of the Bulgarian Geography Society, on either the 2nd or 3rd of November. This year’s conference is very special because it celebrates the centenary of the...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: NTU / NIE unrestricted elective AGE08D - consider joining our class :-)

Aug 15, 2018

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it’s not too late to sign up for our NTU / NIE unrestricted elective AGE08D Designing learning environments:a focus on the Internet of Things :-) if you are an undergraduate at the NTU / NIE, we would be happy to...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: NTU / NIE unrestricted elective AGE08D - consider joining our class :-)

Aug 14, 2018

Description:

it’s not too late to sign up for our NTU / NIE unrestricted elective AGE08D Designing learning environments:a focus on the Internet of Things :-) if you are an undergraduate at the NTU / NIE, we would be happy to...

Call for Papers: Journal of Virtual Worlds Research Vol 11 No 3 - Special Issue on 'Pedagogy - taking stock and looking forward'

Aug 1, 2018

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you are cordially invited to consider a contribution to the forthcoming Special Issue of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research on the theme of Pedagogy - taking stock and looking forward :-) PDF of the Call (53 k) About the...

Call for Papers: Journal of Virtual Worlds Research Vol 11 No 3 - Special Issue on 'Pedagogy - taking stock and looking forward'

Aug 1, 2018

Description:

you are cordially invited to consider a contribution to the forthcoming Special Issue of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research on the theme of Pedagogy - taking stock and looking forward :-) PDF of the Call (53 k) About the...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: sharing with visitors from National Tsinghua University

Jul 30, 2018

Description:

this week, my team and i are extremely privileged to be able to interact with teachers and graduate students visiting through the good graces of National Tsinghua University :-) it’s only been the first day of the workshop, but already...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: sharing with visitors from National Tsinghua University

Jul 30, 2018

Description:

this week, my team and i are extremely privileged to be able to interact with teachers and graduate students visiting through the good graces of National Tsinghua University :-) it’s only been the first day of the workshop, but already...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings / Maker Motes: diagrammatic represenation of alignment with the Singapore Teaching Practice

Jul 18, 2018

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further to my post two months’ ago about the alignment of Disciplinary Intuitions, the Six Learnings curriculum design framework, and enabling infrastructures such as Maker Motes, align with the Singapore Teaching Practice, my team member Derek has kindly come up...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings / Maker Motes: diagrammatic represenation of alignment with the Singapore Teaching Practice

Jul 17, 2018

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further to my post two months’ ago about the alignment of Disciplinary Intuitions, the Six Learnings curriculum design framework, and enabling infrastructures such as Maker Motes, align with the Singapore Teaching Practice, my team member Derek has kindly come up...

celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Six Learnings curricular design framework :-)

Jul 6, 2018

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this year and the next, there have been and will be a couple of significant anniversaries related to my hobbies / work / research interests :-) last month, i already commemorated the tenth anniversary of the opening of the region...

celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Six Learnings curricular design framework :-)

Jul 6, 2018

Description:

this year and the next, there have been and will be a couple of significant anniversaries related to my hobbies / work / research interests :-) last month, i already commemorated the tenth anniversary of the opening of the region...

Enhancing Mathematics curriculum through Team-Based Learning

Jul 1, 2018

Description:

yesterday i wrote about how an education research programme that my team and i have greatly benefitted from, had finally ended. as one chapter ends, so another - through God's grace - begins. one of the grants i manage is...

Enhancing Mathematics curriculum through Team-Based Learning

Jul 1, 2018

Description:

yesterday i wrote about how an education research programme that my team and i have greatly benefitted from, had finally ended. as one chapter ends, so another - through God's grace - begins. one of the grants i manage is...

the eduLab programme 2010 - 2018

Jun 30, 2018

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in August 2008, the then Minister for Education in Singapore - Ng Eng Hen - announced that the ministry would "support the establishment of a network of educational labs where innovations can be prototyped and tested." the initiative that evolved...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: keynote at the International Conference on Educational Innovation (ICEI) 2018

Jun 30, 2018

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i was very humbled to receive an invitation to present a keynote address at this year's International Conference on Educational Innovation (ICEI) 2018. the conference is hosted by the Hsinchu Teachers' College of the National Tsing Hua University, and will...

the eduLab programme 2010 - 2018

Jun 30, 2018

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in August 2008, the then Minister for Education in Singapore - Ng Eng Hen - announced that the ministry would "support the establishment of a network of educational labs where innovations can be prototyped and tested." the initiative that evolved...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: keynote at the International Conference on Educational Innovation (ICEI) 2018

Jun 30, 2018

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i was very humbled to receive an invitation to present a keynote address at this year's International Conference on Educational Innovation (ICEI) 2018. the conference is hosted by the Hsinchu Teachers' College of the National Tsing Hua University, and will...

Redstone Jammin' - collaborative music making with Minecraft: Gold award from the Nanyang Research Programme

Jun 25, 2018

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my team and i would like to express our heartiest congratulations to our friend and intern - Lionel Lim - for being awarded Gold for his effort in conceptualising, designing, building, and enacting Redstone Jammin’ - collaborative music making in...

Redstone Jammin' - collaborative music making with Minecraft: Gold award from the Nanyang Research Programme

Jun 25, 2018

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my team and i would like to express our heartiest congratulations to our friend and intern - Lionel Lim - for being awarded Gold for his effort in conceptualising, designing, building, and enacting Redstone Jammin’ - collaborative music making in...

celebrating Temasek's tenth anniversary in Second Life :-)

Jun 16, 2018

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today is a very happy day for me - ten years’ ago, some friends and i opened the island of Temasek in Second Life to the general public to visit :-) it’s fantastic to know that of the original team...

celebrating Temasek's tenth anniversary in Second Life :-)

Jun 16, 2018

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today is a very happy day for me - ten years’ ago, some friends and i opened the island of Temasek in Second Life to the general public to visit :-) it’s fantastic to know that of the original team...

Chairing the 'interaction design in collaborative and learning environments' session at HCII 2018

Jun 14, 2018

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back in April, i shared that my intern’s work on a learning environment for collaborative music-making in Minecraft will be shared at this year’s international conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII 2018). i have just been invited to chair the session,...

Chairing the 'interaction design in collaborative and learning environments' session at HCII 2018

Jun 14, 2018

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back in April, i shared that my intern’s work on a learning environment for collaborative music-making in Minecraft will be shared at this year’s international conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII 2018). i have just been invited to chair the session,...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: behind the scenes of NTU / NIE unrestricted elective AGE08D

Jun 6, 2018

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last December i shared about a new NTU / NIE unrestricted elective my team and i are able to offer :-) we’ve been busy preparing for AGE08D Designing learning environments: a focus on the Internet of Things. here’s a sneak...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: behind the scenes of NTU / NIE unrestricted elective AGE08D

Jun 6, 2018

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last December i shared about a new NTU / NIE unrestricted elective my team and i are able to offer :-) we’ve been busy preparing for AGE08D Designing learning environments: a focus on the Internet of Things. here’s a sneak...

the heart of education

Jun 4, 2018

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through God’s grace, my team has gone through thick and thin together over the past six years. as our work with schools has evolved, we have collectively come to realise that there is more to life than just securing grants...

the Six Learnings: embodied cognition, Husserl, and Augmented Reality

May 30, 2018

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i’ve been thinking a lot about the work of Edmund Husserl, lately. Husserl was a philosopher who taught at the universities of Halle-Wittenberg, Göttingen, and Freiburg. Among (many) other things, he is often credited with having taken the early work...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings / Chart-a-Path: a flexible means of surfacing learner intuition about electrical flow in analog circuits

May 24, 2018

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back in January 2016, i shared how a learning environment designed by a member of my team - Derek Chua - was used in a first-year undergraduate course on analog circuit design in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings / Maker Motes: alignment with the Singapore Teaching Practice

May 23, 2018

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over the past couple of days, i have been thinking about the Singapore Teaching Practice. launched in May 2017 by the Ministry of Education, the Singapore Teaching Practice posits itself as a model that “makes explicit how effective teaching and...

Maker Motes: introductory workshops as part of the NIE Beginning Teachers' Orientation Programme

May 18, 2018

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my team and i had the distinct privilege of conducting introductory workshops for this semester’s graduating cohort of pre-service teachers from the National Institute of Education (NIE), under the institute’s Beginning Teachers’ Orientation Programme. all told, we facilitated the following...

Maker Motes: Geography Symposium hosted by the Curriculum Planning & Development Division, Ministry of Education

Apr 26, 2018

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our team has been invited by the Geography Unit of the Curriculum Planning & Development Division of the Ministry of Education, Singapore, to share our work on the use of open-source microclimate sensors (Maker Motes) in Geographical Investigation :-) we...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings / Maker Motes offered as part of NTU's Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme 2018/19

Apr 26, 2018

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are you an NTU undergraduate eligible for the Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme 2018/19? if so, please do consider applying for either NIE18005 Exploring the potential roles that game-based worlds and immersive environments play in learning, or NIE18006...

Redstone Jammin' - collaborative music making with Minecraft: at Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) 2018

Apr 25, 2018

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Redstone Jammin’ - the learning environment for collaborative music-making which was conceptualised, designed and built by my intern Lionel Lim - will be shared at the 20th international conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) 2018. i will be speaking on Lionel’s...

Maker Motes: Investigating water quality with low-cost, scalable, open-source sensors in Geographical Inquiry for pre- and in-service Geography Education

Apr 24, 2018

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i am very humbled to share that - in partnership with A/P Kim Irvine and Dr Tricia Seow from the Humanities and Social Studies Education (HSSE) Academic Group of the National Institute of Education (NIE) - my team has been...

Guide to developing digital games for early grade literacy for developing countries - physical copy received :-)

Apr 23, 2018

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last month, i shared that a guidebook that my friends Richard, Ming-De, Ahmed, Derek, and Bing Heng wrote (together with John Comings) had been successfully published by All Children Reading. it was such a pleasant surprise to receive the physical...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings featured at the National Institute of Education Visitor Learning Centre

Apr 10, 2018

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The idea for a Visitor Learning Centre at the National Institute of Education was first mooted in December 2015. On 5 April 2018, the Centre was officially opened by the Minister for Education (Schools), at the Caring Teacher Awards ceremony...

Redstone Jammin' - collaborative music making with Minecraft: showcased at the 2018 symposium of the Nanyang Research Programme

Apr 4, 2018

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in December, i introduced Redstone Jammin’ - a learning environment for collaborative music making, which was conceptualised, designed, and built by Lionel Lim. Lionel had the opportunity to share his work earlier today at this year’s symposium of the Nanyang...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings / Maker Motes: we are visiting Taiwan :-)

Mar 31, 2018

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a blessed Easter to all! by God’s Grace alone, my team and i have been invited to visit Taiwan next month. from the 7th to the 11th of May, we will be at the College of Education, National Pingtung University,...

what's caught my eye at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2018

Mar 31, 2018

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the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) is always a highlight of the calendar, and this year is no exception. here’s what’s caught my eye in this year’s programme :-) - Developing third-grade students’ computational thinking skills...

Stewards Pooi Kei Primary School - Singapore STEM study tour

Mar 22, 2018

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something i treasure about my job is that it allows me to meet and interact with learners and educators from different cultural backgrounds. over these couple of days, my team and i are helping students, their parents, and teachers from...

Maker Motes: pic from the Humanities Education Research Seminar :-)

Mar 20, 2018

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this afternoon was the Humanities Education Research Seminar, which i wrote about three weeks’ ago :-) it was such a privilege to be sharing alongside friends whom i hold dear to my heart, including Dennis Kwek, Mark Baildon, Chang Chew...

Discover URECA@NTU poster exhibition held today :-)

Mar 16, 2018

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further to my post last week about the poster exhibition of the Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme of the Nanyang Technological University, here’s a pic of our booth, taken earlier this afternoon :-)

the textbook my granddad wrote - Java: a Primary Reader

Mar 15, 2018

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my granddad was a very literate person, and cared deeply about education. i have already written about how he founded a school, before the War, in Bandung. in 1973, he published a book: Tour Europe on a Eurail Pass. It...

Webinar on The Power of Digital Gaming for Literacy

Mar 7, 2018

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in conjunction with the launch of the Guide to developing digital games for early grade literacy for developing countries earlier this week, All Children Reading: a Grand Challenge for Development (ACR: GCD) will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday 20th...

Discover URECA@NTU poster exhibition

Mar 6, 2018

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the Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme is an initiative by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). a little over five months’ ago, i shared on how my team and i were privileged to collaborate with two undergraduates in this...

Guide to developing digital games for early grade literacy for developing countries

Mar 5, 2018

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one and a half years’ ago, my team and i were awarded a commission by All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development Partners—the United States Agency for International Development, World Vision, and the Australian Government; the UK Government’s Department...

Maker Motes: details of presentatation at the Humanities Education Research Seminar

Feb 26, 2018

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further to my post two months’ ago, my team and i are happy to share details of our presentation at this year’s Humanities Education Research Seminar. as shared earlier, the seminar will be hosted in Lecture Theatre Two of the...

making new friends from Seoul National University

Jan 15, 2018

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on Monday, my team member and i were introduced to Drs Bak Jin-hui and Yang Soo Yeon, from the College of Education at Seoul National University :-) the pair are post-docs in language education. the meeting was kindly facilitated by...

visit to the Abyss Observatory at Farwell from a science museum in Japan

Jan 13, 2018

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my friend Hajime Nishimura facilitated a visit to the Abyss Observatory at Farwell, from a science museum in Japan, on Saturday. Hajime-san and i invite you to visit the Observatory yourself, when you have the time :-)

Virtual and augmented reality training systems for the elderly in Singapore

Jan 12, 2018

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through God’s grace alone, my team and i received the news today that - as Co-Principal Investigator - i have been awarded a grant from the Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore. six months’ ago, we were invited by our Principal...

what the intuitions of novices look like, and why we should care

Jan 7, 2018

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my team and i first started thinking about intuitions and learning around May 2011, as we were trying to deconstruct with teachers on the Six Learnings programme their observations of students who had gone through our curriculum since 2009. just...

Maker Motes: Humanities Education Research Seminar hosted by the Academy of Singapore Teachers

Jan 4, 2018

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our team has been invited by the Office of Education Research of the National Institute of Education to share our work on the use of open-source microclimate sensors (Maker Motes) in Geographical Investigation :-) we thank God for this opportunity...

Call for Papers: International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education - Special Issue on 'Maker-centered Science and Mathematics Education: Learning, Teaching and Environment Design'

Jan 4, 2018

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on behalf of my fellow editors - Professors Tzu-Hua Wang (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan) and Jari Lavonen (University of Helsinki) and Drs Alison Clark-Wilson (University College London) and Rachel Sheffield (Curtin) - i would like you to consider a...

visit our symposium at the 31st International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement :-)

Dec 29, 2017

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some of my colleagues and i will be hosting a symposium as part of the 31st International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI). ICSEI 2018 will take place at the Nanyang Technological University, and our symposium will be held...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes / Minecraft: symposium for delegates from Seoul National University

Dec 28, 2017

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the National Institute of Education, Singapore, will be receiving a delegation from Seoul National University (SNU) on the 9th of February 2018. by God’s grace alone, my team and i have been invited to participate in the day’s proceedings and...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: NTU / NIE unrestricted elective AGE08D

Dec 19, 2017

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beginning with Semester One of the Academic Year 2017 / 2018, our team is able to offer an unrestricted elective, open to all undergraduates at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore (including BA (Ed) and BSc (Ed) students of the...

exploring Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in geography education

Dec 12, 2017

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i have been asked to be part of a team headed by the Geography Unit of the Curriculum Planning and Development Division of the Ministry of Education here in Singapore, to act in the capacity of a Research Mentor, under...

Maker Motes: thank you to all who participated in and facilitated the inaugural workshop for the 2018 teachers!

Dec 10, 2017

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further to my post from three weeks’ ago, Dr Ari Widodo and the team from the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, together with my own team, would like to thank all the teachers from the 2018 run of the Maker Motes programme...

Redstone Jammin' - collaborative music making with Minecraft

Dec 8, 2017

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earlier today my team and i conducted what we believe is a first-in-the-world design for a learning intervention specifically leveraging the properties of redstone in Minecraft, for a collaborative music-making activity. conceptualised, designed, and built by our high school intern...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: thank you for attending our workshop at SEAGA 2017!

Nov 30, 2017

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my team and i had a fulfilling 90 minutes of interaction with participants at our workshop at this year’s Southeast Asian Geography Association (SEAGA) conference. we would like to thank each of you for taking time and making the effort...

Maker Motes: thank you to our audience at the international conference of the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) 2017

Nov 25, 2017

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Dr Widodo and i have just finished our sharing at this year’s international conference of the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS). we had a great time in Nagoya, and would like to thank each member of our audience during...

map of schools in Java, Indonesia, on the Maker Motes / Disciplinary Intuitions programme

Nov 18, 2017

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here’s a map of schools in Java, Indonesia, on the Maker Motes / Disciplinary Intuitions programme :-) we work with colleagues from the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, with funding from the HEAD Foundation. if you are a teacher or school leader...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: details of workshop at SEAGA 2017

Nov 6, 2017

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further to my post three months’ ago, my team and i are happy to share details of the workshop we will be conducting at this year’s conference of the Southeast Asian Geography Association (SEAGA). as shared earlier, the conference will...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Maker Motes: sharing with visitors from the Hou Kong Middle School, Macau

Oct 13, 2017

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on the 8th of November, my team will be hosting a group of teachers and school leaders from the Hou Kong Middle School, Macau. the delegation wishes to learn about STEM education. we very much look forward to interacting with...

a guide to developing digital games for early grade literacy for developing countries - introduced at the 7th annual symposium of the Mobiles for Education Alliance

Oct 6, 2017

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a little over a year after being awarded the commission, two friends get to meet face-to-face for the first time :-) one of my co-authors - Dr John Comings :-)

visiting the Cabot Science Library at Harvard

Oct 4, 2017

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i am very grateful to Susan Berstler - Technology Specialist for Libraries - for affording me the opportunity to visit the Cabot Science Library at Harvard today. prior to the visit, Susan and i had only chatted through conference calls...

Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings / Maker Motes: welcoming two college students to NTU's Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA)

Sep 29, 2017

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further to my post four months’ ago, my team and i are really happy and privileged to welcome two college students to our projects offered under NTU’s Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) programme for the Academic Year 2017 /...