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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.
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 :-)
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!