Quality Instruction: My Kid’s Experience

“Thank you for coming. After one month schooling, I want to share with you some feedback regarding your kid,” Sam said.

“Thank you for arranging the session and having me today,” I replied.

“I found your kid struggle in Mathematics but at the same time, very strong in Arts, ” Sam showed me some notes she made about my kid’s learning progress.

“Yes, that is very true. I didn’t mention anything to you and somehow was hoping that you will discover it at one point,” I said.

“So, I will use the strength to overcome the challenge. I will use more Arts to explain Mathematical concepts to your kid. That might help your kid to sense the logic easier and faster!” Sam shared her strategy to assist my kid.

I was speechless.

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Visiting ‘Future Schools’ Around Oulu, Finland

Learning in the 21st century is no longer compounded of what happened within the classroom’s wall.

The traditional idea of education and schooling served well the needs of the industrial society, but current and future life demands learning to concentrate on the holistic wellbeing of learners, reducing the separation between life in schools and home.

Changing operational culture as well as the pedagogical culture is hard, but the manipulation of architecture and interior design of learning spaces is another way to enhance changes.

These future schools demonstrate how pedagogy, leadership, capacity building, technology, teacher training and the architecture of the learning space are brought into action.

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Memanfaatkan Setiap Peranti Apple di Dalam Ekosistemnya

Mengusik pengguna iPhone memang satu keseronokan terutamanya dengan budaya trolling yang subur di media sosial. Mereka yang setia dengan iPhone diejek sebagai pentaksub, terutamanya dengan fenomena tidak masuk akal geng yang pantang keluar model baru, sanggup beratur malam ke siang. Terasa seperti iPhone vs alam semesta.
Saya memakai iPhone pertama adalah pada tahun 2010 iaitu dengan model iPhone 3. Lama dahulu. Ia kembali ke rahmatullah apabila anak saya tumpahkan air ke dalam pemegang cawan di kereta yang di dalamnya saya letak iPhone. Sekarang ni pakai iPhone 6s Plus yang dibeli tahun 2015. Summer baru-baru ini ditukar skrin apabila saya terlepas iPhone berkenaan lalu jatuh terhempas ke lantai bus stop.
Ada banyak benda yang saya pun kecewa dengan perkembangan iPhone, terutamanya selepas Steve Jobs sudah tiada ini. Jadi bukan-bukan pula.
Namun saya masih setia menggunakan iPhone.
Selain iPhone, saya juga menggunakan iPad Pro bersama Apple Pencil.

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Interactive Reading for Web Pages

If you own an iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil, or any models of iPad and stylus including your own finger, you can read articles more effectively.

On Safari browser, convert the article into pdf, then export the file to Notability. In Notability, you can highlight, make notes, basically interact with the text.  I created this tutorial video using iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Keynote, Notability and Viva Video Pro.

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Teachers as the Experts in Designing Learning Activities

“I am sorry because I feel like I am using you to cover my weakness,” the teacher said.

“No, you shouldn’t see it that way. You are doing something that all teachers should do.

Last year, one of the teachers from my school back home in Malaysia asked me a favour. She invited me to share my thoughts with her students in the history class she is in charge. They were discussing “the importance of awareness in the nation building”.

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Learning of Expertise: The Journey From Being a Novice to an Expert

Learning in our master program is unique.

We had very few traditional form of lectures.

Only twice written final exams.

Most of the learning were designed to be done by DOING.

In our Learning of Expertise course, we were experiencing the process related to knowledge transfer from novice to expert. Students are expected to identify and develop their expertise from the course.

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21st Century Education From Prophetic Example

In this narration, which tells us about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his students in the words of Malik bin al-Huwairith (r.a), Muhammad was concluded by his student as a teacher with love and passion, easy to deal with, he was not only concerned with the subject, but sensitive enough to the students’ state of emotion, showed genuine interest to know the details, the students trusted him to share their personal matters, and he responded amazingly acknowledging the needs without belittling them.Read More »21st Century Education From Prophetic Example

Kidslox to Assist Screen Time Management

I have been using Screen Time Labs application to control my kids’ smart phone for many months. The app works well on my kid’s Samsung S5, but facing trouble on both ASUS.

It works horribly on iPhone 5s and I patiently communicate with the company asking them all the possible solutions but so far it remains problematic. This has caused a lot of trouble between my kids and I since the restriction is not implemented as it should. Especially when the iPhone is blocked unnecessarily that I have to disable the app entirely to regain access.

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Multi-Store Model of Memory and Classroom Strategy

The Multi-Store Model of memory, referring to the The Atkinson–Shiffrin model, is very relevant at explaining how meaningful schooling to my students. Our objective is to produce lifelong learners, but students easily forget everything not just after finishing the schooling years, but even after examination. What is taught at school will hardly taken into real life and shape the society if the system is focusing on factual knowledge and learning takes place around what, when, who, where, with little attention given to why and how. It is hard to achieve the deep learning.

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