My most powerful learning environment #liismooc

As I was growing up, I had developed a critical eye on what works in an educational setting. My particular observations regarding a powerful learning environment started with when I was a young boy at grade 4. It was when my science teacher asked for a volunteer to bring a “rotten toast” to the school laboratory to demonstrate to the rest of the students in the science class the components of rotten food and the kinds of fungus that grow in it. What I did is I suddenly started linking real life with classroom’s mostly theoretical knowledge. Continue reading

Should you restart your computer now?

There are times when you need to shutdown/restart the computer. There is no escape from shutting down the computer and starting fresh; and this could be more frequent than people would think. Though there could be some potential problems with repeatedly restarting your computer, below are some of the signs that signal a need to restart your dear computer and save sometime of your day–and saves you sometime of aimlessly looking into the computer configurations:

  • When the network adapter (wired or WiFi) starts acting funny (i.e you can’t seem to be able to connect to any available network near you)
  • When the screen halts for more than 2 minute.
  • The application you just installed doesn’t function as it should
  • The mouse pointer doesn’t seem to be found and/or it no longer moves

If you want to restart your computer yet it won’t restart because it’s stuck, then press and hold the power button for at least 5 seconds and this will force a shutdown (it’s called: Hard reset). Wait 5 more seconds and press the power button again.

هل أشتري كمبيوتر بشاشة لمس أم بدون لمس؟

touchscreen-laptop-300x292أعتقد أن من الأمور المحيّرة “والحديثة” عند الذين ينوون شراء كمبيوتر (حاسب آلي) محمول هو: هل عليّ أن أشتري واحداً بشاشة لمس؟ أم اكتفي بكمبيوتر عادي بدون شاشة لمس؟

في الحقيقة لا يوجد جواب مُعلَّب لهذا السؤال، ولكن ما يمكنني قوله هو انه بجانب ان المشتري يجب ان يفهم احتياجاته من السعة والمعالج وروتين الاستعمال و”اللون” (أكيد هذا من الأشياء المهمة لدى الكثيرين ومن ضمنهم أنا)، يمكن القول أن شاشة اللمس هي المستقبل، ولن تحتاج للتفكير كثيرا في هذه الخاصية لانها ستكون موجودة في الغالبية الساحقة للحاسبات الآلية. وذلك–في اعتقادي–للاسباب التالية: Continue reading

A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology

Great way of otherwise practically defining edutech tools

Bryan Alexander

devil_gags9999In the dark and satirical spirit of Ambrose Bierce, I offer the first draft of a Devil’s Dictionary for educational technology terms.  May it entertain, and all be forgiven.

App, n.  An elegant way to avoid the World Wide Web.

Blended learning, n.  The practice of combining digital and analog teaching.  Also referred to as “teaching”, “learning”, and “the real world”.

Blogging, v.  The practice of writing to and interacting with an audience through an easy to use, automatically archiving tool.  A curiosity, which might be significant if every anyone used it.  Can be neatly buried by the LMS.

Competency-based education (CBE), n.  A tentative recognition that learning might occur outside of academia.  Obviously dangerous, and preferably reserved for the lower classes.

Digital native, n.  Student worker.

Engagement, n. That which everyone talks about but really does not know what it means. (thanks…

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Back to blogging

It’s been a long time since I blogged last. I think it was just being lazy really. Throughout that 3-year period, I did blog though, tremendously, just not on this site, but rather on social-media platforms (namely facebook, twitter (which you would find on my main page as an extension) and others). I think they are very attractive to us; and we are programmed to respond to them as well–we, after all do want to be noticed by “more” people.. to expose our thoughts to a wider and more spontaneous crowed of people.

Anyways, I will be posting more often, and more casually, now and then about my ideas, responses, regarding eduation and technology, more causally until I have time to post “more formally” I guess.