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i’ll be visiting Chicago for the first time, in April :-)
my good friend Cho Young Hoan from Seoul National University and i will be presenting a paper at this year’s annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), on Friday 17th April.
our paper is entitled Collaborative Problem Solving and Observation in 3-D virtual worlds for secondary school students, and is in the ‘Learning and Instruction: technology-based environments’ track.
also at the same session will be another good friend - Steve Zuiker from Arizona State; his paper is Connected Gardening: cultivating interest and investment in data-infused gardening.
i am very grateful to Mrs Sng Siew Hong, Principal Fajar Secondary School, and her staff, for so graciously inviting me to keynote the Humanities Sharing Programme for 180 teachers, which they are organising on Friday the 27th of March.
as in any such event, the highlight is actually not what i have to say, but it’s instead all about the diverse sharing sessions from schools spanning the length and breadth of Singapore.
in this respect, the Humanities Head and her staff at Fajar have really outdone themselves in assembling such an exciting line-up of teacher-presenters that afternoon!
i have been blessed to have been able to share a Christmas podcast with you for each of the past ten years. This year, instead of focussing on a particular verse in the Bible, i would like to invite you to think about the word ’tarry’, and the various instances it is used in the Old and the New Testaments.
for example, Luke 24: 29 records that the risen Jesus “went in to tarry” with His disciples.
on a prior occasion, at Gethsemane, both Matthew’s and Mark’s gospel record that our Lord Jesus invited His disciples to “tarry ye here”, and to watch with Him.
in the excitement of preparing for and celebrating the festivities of Christmas, i believe our Lord’s words still ring true.
i wish each of you a very blessed and meaningful Christmas :-)
through the auspices of the United Kingdom - Southeast Asia Knowledge Partnership, the British High Commission, Singapore and the British Council have privileged me with a Collaborative Development Award worth GBP2000.
my host institution is the University College London - Institute of Education (UCL IoE); specifically, its Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department.
my fortnight’s stay with them will be on the theme of Approaching Citizenship Education and STEM Education through the lens of Disciplinary Intuitions.
my team has just been awarded an ‘Excellence in Education’ (EdeX) grant by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), for our work in Disciplinary Intuitions and the Six Learnings curriculum design framework.
this US$25,000 grant Surfacing Intuitions and Misconceptions in the analysis of circuits with an Immersive Learning Environment will allow us to work alongside Ast/P Andy Khong from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) to craft the first-year undergraduate course IM1002 Analog Electronics from the perspective of Disciplinary Intuitions.
we are extremely excited, and look forward to working with - and learning from - Andy and his students from the Information Engineering and Media degree programme in 2015 / 2016!
in His perfect timing and all-sufficient Grace, God has provided a fourth tranche of funding for the Six Learnings / Disciplinary Intuitions programme.
what is especially humbling is this fourth tranche runs concurrent with the third tranche.
“Worlds in Your Pocket” - Building towards a self-sustainable multi-school diffusion of the Six Learnings / Disciplinary Intuitions learning programme (to give the programme its full name) will be funded by a grant worth approximately US$140,000, under the eduLab initiative between the Ministry of Education and the National Institute of Education.
if you would like your school to be involved in the scaling and translation of this programme, my team and i would be happy to make an appointment with you :-)
if you are a member of staff at the National Institute of Education, or a student here, you are now able to order Disciplinary Intuitions and the Design of Learning Environments directly from our NIE bookstore :-)
you have to pay the cost of the book in full (SGD$198 inclusive of GST), and Popular bookstore will bring it in for you :-)