Metaphorically Speaking (The Education Pill)

19 Jul 2005 (Tue)

From the preface of a book by Clark Aldrich (2005), “Learning by Doing — A Comprehensive Guide to Simulations, Computer Games, and Pedagogy in e-Learning and Other Educational Experiences”:

“FIVE BLIND PEOPLE were walking down a path. They stumbled upon something that none of them had ever experienced before, an educational simulation. They each tried to describe it to the others.

“It is a class. People sit down and learn important ideas,” said the first.
“I don’t think so,” said the second. “It’s a computer game. It moves quickly, it involves a mouse, and requires my complete attention.”
“No,” said a third, “It can be used with a class, but it’s more like a book. It can be sold anywhere in the world. It is scalable–hundreds of thousands can engage it at the same time.”
“What are you talking about?” asked the fourth. “It is like a pill. It is a compact package of intellectual property that improves quality of life.”
“I beg to differ,” said the fifth. “It is more like a gym. It requires the users to work hard and sweat and put in hours to tone themselves.”

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Thinkers vs. Feelers

15 Jul 2005 (Fri)

Thinker (animated)ATTENDED a Teaching, Learning & MBTI workshop two days ago. A good revision. Still same profile. But the mode of learning was fun. The workshop leader L. divided us into different ‘camps’ at certain points in time. For example, ‘Extraverts’ versus ‘Intraverts’, and ‘Thinkers’ versus ‘Feelers’. We were asked to list the strengths and weaknesses of the people in the other camps. Had a ball laughing at the positive and negative attributes. Some said thinkers are cold and merciless. Others said feelers, though compassionate and caring, can be quite illogical and unjust. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aha, Avantgo!

11 Jul 2005 (Mon)

LEARNT BELATEDLY after bible class last Sat how to put Avantgo channels into my Tungsten E. My ‘teacher’ was an old man who called himself GMGW (general manager – general worker) and who taught himself all kinds of things — including how to transfer daily updates from the Web into his PDA. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wilderness in Information Age

11 Jul 2005 (Mon)

On 4 Feb 2005, Ulises compared the Las Vegas Strip with the Red Rock Canyon Park (”a mere 17 miles apart and yet two different planets”) and quoted Bill McKibben’s words in The Age of Missing Information:

“[W]hat sets wildneress apart in the modern day is not that it’s dangerous (it’s almost certainly safer than any town or road) or that it’s solitary (you can, so they say, be alone in a crowded room) or full of exotic animals (there are more at the zoo). It’s that five miles out in the woods you can’t buy anything. There’s no way to drive someplace and spend some money…”

I’m more inclined to think that “wilderness” in the Information Age looks like this: “It’s that five miles out in the woods you can’t sms, blog, “Del.icio.us”, “Furl”, “Flickr” or “Avantgo” anything. There’s no way to go some place and kill some time in cyberspace…” ;-)

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