6Mar

Discussing ‘Freedom’ When Implementing Screen Time

It was a period of anxiety.

Some or my kids were doing well with the restriction but the others were not happy about it. When I was in my lecture, I received messages from them asking me why I blocked this and that, not being fair to them, and causing them difficulties.

As parents, I had the inclination to treat their complaints with belittlement. “I know what is good and what is not, you should just follow” kind of attitude sometimes got me. But I kept reminding myself that my original intention was to shape them. I cannot do this if I am harsh, plus ironically permissive. I have to remain gentle, but firm.

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17Feb

Screen Time App to Assist 21st Century Parenting

In my home country, I avoid giving my kids smart phones and constantly discussed with them to reduce peer pressure. After moving to Finland, I decided to give them smart phones believing that the way they’re using them can be shaped with proper discussion and supportive monitoring app. As a student of the learning sciences and technology, I am not blindly experimenting them with my kids, but what makes the difference is my own progress from a complete novice to an expert-to-be.

With knowledge, and meaningful education my kids currently experience, I think that learning to use technology for both education and entertainment can be nurtured.

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30Jan

Flipped Classroom: Designing Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL)

This semester, we are using the Claned as our learning platform, specifically to test the collaborative learning features on it. In ‘Designing Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL)’ course, articles are shared on Claned, we can read and highlights the text, seen by other collaborators when switched on, commenting and many other features that make reading a journal article more interactive and engaging.

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14Dec

Between Academic Research and Classroom Examples

sig27

SIG27 was a unique experience for me especially when I reflect it as a part of the process  in transforming a novice to an expert.  On top of all the introductory and core courses we had this Autumn semester, SIG27 also exposed me not only to the theories, researches and current trends in the field of learning sciences, but also to experience constructively in a very coherent way how a student and research-to-be should have, cognitively, emotionally, socially and perhaps spiritually too.

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1Nov

Self Regulated Learning to Transform Teacher Centered Setting

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In Khalifah Model School (Secondary), when we transformed the school system from teacher-centered essentialism to student-centered progressivism, we believed that this transformation will help to save our students from being victimised by public education that concentrates a lot on low order thinking skills, mainly memorising and understanding. The transformation involved a lot of different approaches in teaching. In the new setting, students are supposed to take charge of their own learning, with teachers changing their role from being the ‘expert’ in content to the expert in designing a learning activity.

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11Oct

Socrative and My Kids: How Pupils React to Technology

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“Okay kids, see you in the evening!” I stepped out from our apartment heading to the university.

It’s the first day I left my wife and kids at our new home in Finland, while attending my morning classes at Linnanmaa campus, one class at 8:15 in the morning on the Introduction to Learning and Educational Technology, and another one at 10:15, our class on Survival Finnish Language. There will be around two hours break before another meeting with my Demola Oulu project at 2pm in the City Centre.

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13Sep

Getting to Know the Collaborative Learning

Collaborative Learning: a joint intellectual effort by students, sometimes with the instructor, searching for understanding, solutions or meanings or creating a product [LET 2016, Oulun Yliopisto]

Collaborative Learning: a joint intellectual effort by students, sometimes with the instructor, searching for understanding, solutions or meanings or creating a product [LET 2016, Oulun Yliopisto]

Learning, Education and Technology (LET) program is built on three major themes and they are (i) collaborative learning (ii) self regulated learning, and (iii) learning of expertise. During this first one month of the program, we had several sessions to make ourselves familiar with collaborative learning. Hany Hachem helped us a lot introducing the concept. Instead of explaining them in lectures, he designed the sessions into many different types of collaboration which we do them ourselves, and reflect them each time the session ended.

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