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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 :-)
through God’s grace, my team’s work on Disciplinary Intuitions / Six Learnings was chosen to be the subject of the very first Research in Practice video commissioned by the Office of Education Research at the National Institute of Education.
the video has been five months in the making, and has been expertly put together by Zing Media Pte Ltd :-)
our deep gratitude to the school leadership, teachers, and students of the two schools featured in the video, namely Bishan Park Secondary and CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’.
This video represents the debut of a translation of Disciplinary Intuitions / the Six Learnings into an exciting realm, that of analog circuit design.
Nine months’ in the making, and primarily the work of Derek Chua in close consultation with A/P Andy Khong of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the learning environment is funded by an NTU ‘Excellence in Education’ (EdeX) grant and is being used in the first-year undergraduate course IM1002 Analog Electronics.
We have dubbed the approach ‘Chart-a-Path: Analog Circuits’ :-) it is hopefully the first of many iterations of the ‘Chart-a-Path’ design paradigm :-)
next week, i will be attending the first Regional Meeting of the Asia Research Grant Program, through which my team and i will have the opportunity work with the Vice-Dean for Academics and Student Affairs, at the Faculty of Mathematics and Science Education, at the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (Education University of Indonesia).
over the course of 2016 and 2017, my team and i will be working with schools from across the Indonesian archipelago - God willing - as we collaborate with teachers from urban and peri-urban contexts on designing STEM curriculum using our Maker Motes approach.
for me, this collaboration means a great deal, because ninety years ago, my grandfather moved from Penang to Java to become an English teacher.
his first posting was at a school in Semarang. according to my aunt, granddad used to hike around the area with an English colleague.
after he married my grandmother in 1927, they moved to Sukaraja, where he took up another teaching position. it was around this time that the first talking movie arrived in Java, and granddad apparently rode a horse-drawn cart from Sukaraja to Pekalongan to watch the movie :-)
in the early 1930s, granddad decided to start his own school, and he moved his young family to Bandung. the Bandung English School moved from site to site as it expanded. the second site was in Lengkong. the third and final site was along what was known as the Grote Postweg (Jalan Raya Pos / Jalan Asia-Afrika, today) and had two wings, a compound in front, a large reception hall, and classes were held at the back. one of the wings was the residence of my family, while the other wing housed the boarders. the school employed a diverse variety of the local Javanese, including a cook. grandmother pitched in too, both as a primary school teacher and as the keeper of the accounts. she picked up quite a few recipes from the cook :-) my great-grandmother was also part of the family there, and when she died she was buried in Cikadut.
it was in Bandung that my father was born in 1939. granddad would take his children every week to a government building to read the Dutch newspapers, and would doubtless have been keeping a close eye on the events of the Second World War.
when the war came to Java, granddad closed the school, sent the boarders home, and found a smaller house not too far from the site of the school, where the family lived until after the war.
following on from last month’s post, here are more details on the Digital Learning for Development (DL4D) grant.
from the 27th till the 29th of January, i will be attending the first Regional Meeting of the Asia Research Grant Program, to be held at SEAMEO INNOTECH, at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus in Quezon City.
i am really looking forward to returning to SEAMEO INNOTECH because i have very fond memories of my visit there in 1997.
the list of my fellow awardees-to-be is diverse!
Dr Qiong Wang, Peking University
Mr Manoj Shakya, Kathmandu University
Dr Muhammad Muddassir Malik, National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan
Dr Hyo-Jeong So, Pohang University of Science and Technology
Dr Alan Cheung, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr Gihan Dias, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Ms Charisse Reyes, University of the Philippines Open University
my team has just learned that our application for a Digital Learning for Development (DL4D) grant has been recommended for approval. The grant is administered by the Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (FIT-ED) of the Philippines, as part of the Information Networks in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (INASSA) program funded jointly by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom; it will be worth approximately US$45,000.
God willing, we will be collaborating in 2016 / 2017 with the Universitias Pendidikan Indonesia, on a project entitled Micro-climate studies in a STEM-based curriculum using open-source hardware and software.
it will be a great privilege to work with the Vice-Dean for Academics and Student Affairs, at the Faculty of Mathematics and Science Education - Dr Ari Widodo.