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the eightieth episode of ventriloquy is a recording of a presentation on some preliminary findings from research into podcasting as a means of alternative assessment.
specifically, between July and August this year, my friend and colleague - William Yeo - used the production and subsequent critique of student-authored podcasts in his geography lessons on demography, with his students at the Nanyang Junior College.
he shared our findings today, at the conference of the Southeast Asian Geography Association. here's the PDF of our presentation.
if you enjoy this 12.2 MB download and would like to hear from some of the students who were involved in the project themselves, do also check out episode 68 :-)
- Opening remarks
- Lao Tzu and podcasting
- Presentation outline
- Introduction to the intervention
- Introduction to podcasts
- Objective of the intervention
- Part A: podcast production
- Audio samples
- Part B: podcast critique
- Sample critiques
- Preliminary discussion
the seventy-ninth episode of ventriloquy is a recording of a panel presentation on the impact of globalization on the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and the Mekong Delta.
the discussion took place under the auspices of the International Geographical Union regional network on Southeast Asia, Australasia and the Southwest Pacific (SEAASWP). It was chaired by Professor Ooi Giok Ling of the National Institute of Education, and my fellow panelists were the coordinator of SEAASWP - Associate Professor Philip Hirsch of the University of Sydney, Professor Doracie Nantes of the University of the Philippines Diliman, and Dr Georgina Numbasa of the University of Papua New Guinea.
i've split the 89-minute recording into two parts. in this first 17.2 MB part, you'll hear the views of Professor Nantes and Dr Numbasa.
the seventy-eighth episode of ventriloquy is inspired by Lansdowne Professor (applied cognitive science) Wolff-Michael Roth.
my colleagues and i met him briefly yesterday, and we talked about - and experienced first-hand - notions and problems of contested identities. i was introduced to Bourdieu's notions of 'field' and 'habitus', and was inspired to take these ideas further into present-day multicultural contexts, as well as the epistemologies of teaching.
Professor Roth teaches at the Faculty of Education Research, at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.
i deliberately did not record our conversation, but i bring you - in this 6.0 MB download - my thoughts and reflections on what i learned, while he chatted with Associate Professor Chee Yam San, Michael Tan, and myself for forty-minutes.
if you're wondering about the title of this post, you might be relieved to know that i'm wondering about it too :-)
i was especially excited to learn about 2065 - a custom-designed and locally-developed game being used by students in Chile to explore identity-construction and team-building.
over time, it will be really interesting to compare 2065 with the game that my colleagues and i at the Learning Sciences Lab of Singapore's National Institute of Education (NIE) are developing. i think it would be especially revealing to investigate the similarities and differences from the perspective of two home-grown educational games from opposite sides of the Pacific, and the respective ecologies which have given rise to them and which contextualise their use.
this 4.1 MB download represents some very preliminary thinking in this regard, and i might develop these thoughts further next Monday the 27th, when i've been invited to be a member of a panel jointly hosted by the National Library Board and the International Geographical Union regional network on Southeast Asia, Australasia and the Southwest Pacific (SEAASWP). The network is coordinated by Associate Professor Phil Hirsch of the University of Sydney - he'll be my fellow panelist, together with Professor Doracie Nantes of the University of the Philippines Diliman and Dr Georgina Numbasa of the University of Papua New Guinea. Chairing the session will be my colleague at the NIE - Professor Ooi Giok Ling.
if you'd like to attend, the discussion starts at 4 pm at the Possibility Room, which is on Level 5 of the National Library building.
the seminar is a prelude of sorts to the conference of the Southeast Asian Geography Association (SEAGA), which takes place later that week. My friend and fellow teacher - William Yeo - and i will be presenting a paper, on the 29th, on a project in which we used podcasts as a means of alternative assessment in geography education, at the Nanyang Junior College earlier this year. It should be fun :-)
the seventy-sixth episode of ventriloquy brings you first details of my new job scope - research into a video game that i am co-developing on citizenship education.
i was given the green light for this exciting change of career direction today, when - through His grace alone - i was told that the Ministry of Education here in Singapore had approved a third extension of my secondment to the National Institute of Education (NIE), which is part of the Nanyang Technological University.
i've actually been a member of the game-development team for two months already, but only today has my job description for 2007 been made official. the team is led by Associate Professor Chee Yam San of the Learning Sciences & Technologies Academic Group.
i'm one of three co-designers, and we work closely with the programmers and artists on the PC-based game. specifically, i'm in-charge of developing the supporting curriculum materials for the game, and i'm assisted by two teacher-trainees from my Social Studies class - Billy Tan and Isaac Ho.
The project is part of one of three Research & Development areas – namely, Interactive & Digital Media - identified as critical for Singapore’s continued economic success, by our Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, in his National Day Rally speech earlier this year.
let me share my preliminary thoughts with you on my new job at the NIE's Learning Sciences Lab, in this 4.0 MB download :-)