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i would like to express my gratitude to my team members - Ming De, Ahmed, Derek, Richard, and Collin.
i am also deeply grateful to my contributing authors, namely Susan Just, Ladan Cockshut, Michael Vallance, Luiz Ernesto Merkle, and Rodrigo Barbosa e Silva.
last but certainly not least, i would like to thank Courtney Blades, Amanda Millar, Sophie Edinson, Victoria Carruthers, Anthony Wright, and others from the Cambridge Scholars team, and our fearless proofreader Marlene de Wilde :-)
we hope you enjoy reading the stories therein, as much as we have done bringing them to you :-)
Call for Proposals for a session to be held at the Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society, London, 29 August to 1 September 2017
This session is sponsored by the Geographical Information Science Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society.
Open-source, the Internet of Things, and the democratization of local geographies
Recent developments in open-source hardware and software have meant that that cost of computing power has been reduced and that the coding of software is now accessible to a broader spectrum of academia and the general public. Forty years ago, Tuan (1976) described the concept of topophilia as the study of how the land influences the way one thinks, particularly through the affective bond between people and place. One of the most critical aspects of topophilia is Tuan's use of different (spatially defined) lenses through which the dialectical relationship between affect and land might be interrogated. Thus, for example, Tuan considered the city, the suburb, the countryside, and wilderness areas as all imparting distinct affordances to the mediation of topophilia.
This session is interested in exploring the implications of technologies such as the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, mesh networks, play-based coding environments, as well as cultures of making, for inquiry in to local geographies – be they in terms of micro-climate, intuition and tacit understandings, socio-cultural practices, and suchlike.
For example, how might the same data infrastructures which support ‘smart homes’ and ‘smart campuses’ afford geographers more granular insight in to local heat islands and seasonal variations in local micro-climate? How might farmers make use of the self-contained, weatherproof, portable and low-cost open-source sensors in their decision-making with regards their agricultural practices? This session proposes to tell some of these stories, and to start conversations around such implications.
Name: Kenneth Y T Lim
Affiliation: Centre for Research in Policy and Practice, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presenters are kindly invited to submit their proposals to the session organizer by the 13th of February 2017. Proposals should minimally comprise the title of the paper, an abstract (of up to 150 words), and full contact details.
back in September, my university nominated me to be part of an exciting project organised by Prof Dr Christian Scholz and his team from the University of Saarland.
Prof Scholz and his team have been working on a proposal titled Generation Z around the world, in which they have been seeking to understand the implications of the particular demographic characteristics of this generation to society in general, and to various stakeholders in particular. What is especially intriguing in their approach is that they are exploring these issues through regional lenses; specifically through the facilitation of regional workshops in (say) Africa and the Americas. The European workshop has just been concluded and the Asia-Pacific workshop will be held in Bangkok on the 18th and 19th of January.
the Bangkok event will be hosted by the International College of the National Institute of Development Administration (ICO NIDA). my fellow participants will be Wendy Farrell (Assumption University of Thailand), Tipnuch Phungsoonthorn (Thailand), Carola Hommerich (Japan), Shishir Patil (India), Muhammad Irfan Agia (Indonesia), Adilla Anggraeni (Binus University, Indonesia) and Zahrotur Rusyda Hinduan (Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia), Qiao Xuan, He Jiawei, Yu Shuwei and Xiao Jianhua (China), and Saif-Ur-Rahman (Bangladesh).
i thank God for the opportunity to be part of this project and look forward to meeting my fellow participants next month :-) i would like to take this opportunity to thank Gabriel Chia, Song Bing Heng, Matthew Kho and Richard Lee for the key role they have played in shaping the presentation and chapter!
this past Friday my team was extremely privileged to be able to host visitors from the Graduate Institute of Science Education, National Taiwan Normal University.
we spent a fruitful morning with Prof Hsu Ying-Shao, Prof Wu Hsin-Kai, Ast/P Fang Su-Chi, and Dr Yeh Yi-Fan, exchanging perspectives and learning from each other around the general themes of STEM education and maker culture.
we would like to express our deep gratitude to our visitors for affording us the privilege of hosting you :-)
yesterday my team and i formally ended our partnership with a school in Singapore, in terms of the research collaboration we have enjoyed with the principal, staff and students of Ngee Ann Secondary School as we worked alongside them as part of the Ministry of Education’s Futureschool programme.
our collaboration was initiated in August 2011, and in September 2012 the teachers and my team conceptualised a web-based collaborative platform for the pedagogical strategy known as the Structured Academic Controversy (SAC). we developed and iterated it over the course of three-and-a-half years and in March this year we submitted our final report. we dubbed our project Newsroom and it can be thought of as a web-based extension of the award-winning mobile-game EcoRangers which my friend Jason Wang and i developed as part of my PhD back in 2004.
for Newsroom, our research questions were:
- what are the affordances of using SAC as a pedagogical strategy in Social Studies?
- how might some of the limitations of using SAC be mediated through the use of scenario-based learning in a newsroom metaphor?
- how might the newsroom metaphor help students appropriate the epistemologies through which they seek to make sense of social media and mass media?
- how might Newsroom be used in formal and non-formal curricula in Social Studies?
- which other subject disciplines might Newsroom lend itself to being appropriately used?
our second project as part of this collaboration with the school made use of the Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment (SMILE), developed by Prof Paul Kim and his team at Stanford. this project started in February 2014, and was operationalised over two years.
the research questions for our SMILE project were:
- what are the affordances of using Generating Questions as a pedagogical strategy in the learning of physics?
- how might some of the limitations of this strategy be mediated through the use of SMILE?
- how does the nature and efficacy of learners’ questions change over time, through progressive interaction with SMILE?
- how might the use of SMILE help students appropriate the epistemologies of disciplinary experts in Science?
- how might SMILE be used in formal and non-formal curricula in Science education?
- what is the nature of the supports for such translation?
my team and i are very grateful for the trust extended to us by the principal, staff, and students of the school over this five-year journey.
yesterday, i was invited by the ’Together’ Science Education for the Future (ToSEF) program of the Department of Science Education, Seoul National University, to conduct a seminar entitled ‘Designing for STEM with Maker Motes: Citizen Science with low-cost environmental sensors’.
i would like to thank members of the academic faculty of the Department of Science Education, and the Faculty of Education, and all the students who attended and participated, for being such warm hosts :-)
i really can’t believe this opportunity, and i continually thank God for it.
i will do my best to do Singapore proud, and to learn from my fellow participants, as we interact with stakeholders in the village of Omori in Shimane prefecture, Japan, in November. our long term goal over 2017 will be to craft a paper indicating the elements that Member States need to take into consideration in developing the future of the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development.
The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was implemented from 2005 to 2014. Its focus was on advocacy and generating pilot projects. The Decade was followed by the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP), the emphasis of which is on the scaling-up of actions and good practices on the ground. UNESCO was the lead agency for the Decade designated by the UN General Assembly, and now is leading the implementation of the GAP as acknowledged by UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/69/211.
According to the GAP as approved by the UNESCO General Conference (37 C/Resolution), the GAP “will be established for an initial period of five years, after which it will be reviewed for eventual extension”. The current framework of the GAP will thus come to an end in 2019 and there will soon be a decision to be made by UNESCO Member States on the post-GAP period.
To that effect, the UNESCO Secretariat is launching consultation processes to reflect on the post-GAP period and also on the future direction of education and sustainable development in general.
it has been twenty years since i last visited Japan. my uncle served as Singapore’s ambassador to the country, during the mid-nineties. and - as i’ve shared in an earlier post - my grandfather started a school in Indonesia.
in my small way, i hope to be able to continue their legacy.
the list of my fellow plenary speakers is out, but first, the Raja Roy Singh lecture will be given by Kishore Mahbubani, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy and Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore, and the keynote addresses will be by Sean Slade, Senior Director of Global Outreach, ASCD, and Dina Ocampo, Deputy Education Under Secretary, the Philippines.
my fellow plenary speakers (whom i am so looking forward to meeting and interacting with) are:
Madhav Chavan, Co-Founder of and former CEO of Pratham, India;
Kuroda, Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies and Director, Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, Waseda University, Japan;
Manzoor Ahmed, Professor Emeritus, BRAC University, Bangladesh;
Dina Joana S Ocampo, Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Education, Philippines;
Sean Slade, Senior Director of Global Outreach, ASCD;
Esther Ho, Director of Hong Kong Centre for International Assessment, the Faculty of Education, the Chinese University of Hong Kong;
Jim Tognolini, Director of the Assessment and Educational Measurement and Hub, University of Sydney, and Distinguished Research Scientist at Pearson;
Jimin Cho, Senior Researcher and Director, Division of Global Education, Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation, Republic of Korea;
Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director, International Institute for Education Planning, France;
James H Williams, Professor of International Education & International Affairs, George Washington University; and
Manju Balasubramanyam, Principal of Delhi Public School, Bangalore, India.
i am deeply humbled to share that today i received an invitation to be a plenary speaker at this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme for Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) international conference.
all thanks be to God alone.
the conference will be held in Bangkok from the 26th till the 28th of October. the conference theme this year is In Pursuit of Quality Education: the Past, Present and Future.
i will be speaking during the plenary entitled Putting into Practice: Innovations for increasing the Quality of Education.
i have chosen to speak about the work of my team on the open-source environmental sensors we call Maker Motes, so i have titled my talk Designing for STEM with Maker Motes: citizen science with low-cost environmental sensors.
early bird registration ends this Thursday :-)
i am thrilled to have this opportunity and have so much to learn from my fellow attendees, for sure!
my team and i received the news today that we have been awarded a commission to write a Guidebook on Digital Game Development for Early Literacy Learning in Developing Countries, from Digital Learning for Development (DL4D) and All Children Reading: a Grand Challenge for Development (ACR-GCD).
the Office of Education Research at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, will be holding its inaugural Learning Day on Monday 22nd August 2016.
the venue will be at the conference room on the ground floor of the administration block of the NIE.
the event will began at 11 am with a welcome and lunch, from noon till 2 pm visitors are welcome to engage with the Principal Investigators and their respective research teams, and there will be a tea reception at 2:30 pm.
Disciplinary Intuitions / the Six Learnings curriculum framework and Maker Motes will have its very own booth - we’d love for you to drop by if you happen to be in campus :-)