1Apr

Interactive Reading for Web Pages

If you own an iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil, or any models of iPad and stylus including your own finger, you can read articles more effectively.

On Safari browser, convert the article into pdf, then export the file to Notability. In Notability, you can highlight, make notes, basically interact with the text.  I created this tutorial video using iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Keynote, Notability and Viva Video Pro.

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7Mar

Teachers as the Experts in Designing Learning Activities

“I am sorry because I feel like I am using you to cover my weakness,” the teacher said.

“No, you shouldn’t see it that way. You are doing something that all teachers should do.

Last year, one of the teachers from my school back home in Malaysia asked me a favour. She invited me to share my thoughts with her students in the history class she is in charge. They were discussing “the importance of awareness in the nation building”.

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26Feb

Learning of Expertise: The Journey From Being a Novice to an Expert

Learning in our master program is unique.

We had very few traditional form of lectures.

Only twice written final exams.

Most of the learning were designed to be done by DOING.

In our Learning of Expertise course, we were experiencing the process related to knowledge transfer from novice to expert. Students are expected to identify and develop their expertise from the course.

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4Jan

21st Century Education From Prophetic Example

In this narration, which tells us about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his students in the words of Malik bin al-Huwairith (r.a), Muhammad was concluded by his student as a teacher with love and passion, easy to deal with, he was not only concerned with the subject, but sensitive enough to the students’ state of emotion, showed genuine interest to know the details, the students trusted him to share their personal matters, and he responded amazingly acknowledging the needs without belittling them. Read More »

9Oct

Kidslox to Assist Screen Time Management

I have been using Screen Time Labs application to control my kids’ smart phone for many months. The app works well on my kid’s Samsung S5, but facing trouble on both ASUS.

It works horribly on iPhone 5s and I patiently communicate with the company asking them all the possible solutions but so far it remains problematic. This has caused a lot of trouble between my kids and I since the restriction is not implemented as it should. Especially when the iPhone is blocked unnecessarily that I have to disable the app entirely to regain access.

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3Oct

Multi-Store Model of Memory and Classroom Strategy

The Multi-Store Model of memory, referring to the The Atkinson–Shiffrin model, is very relevant at explaining how meaningful schooling to my students. Our objective is to produce lifelong learners, but students easily forget everything not just after finishing the schooling years, but even after examination. What is taught at school will hardly taken into real life and shape the society if the system is focusing on factual knowledge and learning takes place around what, when, who, where, with little attention given to why and how. It is hard to achieve the deep learning.

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14May

Educational Project Spring 2017: Digital Signage for School

Educational technology equipment requires a plan consists of pedagogical and technical scripts to guide the implementation of technology-enhanced learning. We, therefore, intend to provide a solution by constructing a guidebook for teachers in developing content for school’s digital signage. The project involves concepts of creative collaboration and co-designing in a framework of 21st-century education, to support the children of an elementary school to display their artwork using the digital signage provided by the school. Teachers take the role of facilitator and assistant in the learning process. With the plan, we can invoke the well functioning learning environments to promote interaction, participation and community building of knowledge as emphasised by Finnish National Core Curriculum for Basic Education 2014.

 

 

 

 

Oulun Normaalikoulu is upgrading and expanding their digital signage televisions around the school. One of their intentions is to set up a ‘Live Feeding Display’ for students to stream presentation or activities in the classroom around the school, using the digital signage. This is aligned with the message from Finnish new curriculum: Well-functioning learning environments promote interaction, participation and communal building of knowledge (Finnish National Core Curriculum for Basic Education, 2014).

Our project is to produce a guidebook for teachers in developing content for the digital signage. The guidebook consists of both pedagogical and technical scripts, based on the 21st-century educational framework, creative collaboration, and co-designing.

References:

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5Apr

Smartphones: Children’s Executive Function, Nomophobia and Phubbing

Extremely challenging.

I have been using Screen Time Parental Control to monitor my children’s usage of smartphones for several months. Tensions occurred several times, kids gone mad at me for what I did. We talked about it. We discussed. Sometimes we disagreed, but so far Alhamdulillah most of the time we managed to agree on certain shared decisions which also helping me to become their good and responsible daddy.

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