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

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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.

 

You need to learn to laugh at yourself!

As an educator and learner, it’s very important to “know” how to laugh at yourself.

Now what do I mean by that?

Simply, as human beings, there are many things that we just don’t understand/know. Nobody knows everything. But, true, there are people who know quite a lot of things. But that did not come out of thin air; they were not born this way. They all went through the tedious burden of “learning” how things work. In the process, there were moments when they felt helpless and did not think they would learn what they wanted to learn, but after a while, they realized that what they were frustrated with was a simple part that they needed a little help with, or they just missed a simple thing along the way! and that’s when they “laugh” at themselves!

To conclude, as educators, we need to constantly improve ourselves and , in the process, learn how to laugh at ourselves. Students, also, are in need of such an attitude in and outside of the class. So, come on everybody;, start learning and “laughing at yourselves”! 🙂

To practice or not to practice..

It has long been said that “practice makes perfect”. I don’t necessarily want to break that saying or disqualify it entirely. Nor do I want to propose a “rocket-science” method that would replace the vitality of practice. Rather, there is more to practice than meets the naked eye!

When talking about language acquisition, I can’t emphasize enough that no body would be able to achieve a decent level of fluency and efficiency without really indulging in getting his hands dirty (if that is an appropriate expression), and actually speak it or write it. However, I think that it doesn’t really matter how much you practice the target language if you aren’t consciously aware of the mistakes you make and/or how to correct your utterances! Continue reading

الإنسانُ عاطفيٌّ بِطبعِه!

صورة شخص في حالة استرخاء عاطفي

للعاطفة عمقها الأصيل في شخصية الإنسان

 

خَلقَ اللّه سبحانه وتعالى هذا الإنسانَ العظيم بتركيبه، المعجز بتنظيمه، والعجيب بسلوكياته، كي نتأمّل فيه ونستنتج منه ما ينفعنا ويذكرنا بواجبنا تجاه خالقنا البديع. وعندما أقول أن الإنسانَ عاطفيّ بطبعه–هذا لا يعني بأي حال من الأحوال أنه مصدر ضعفه؛ أو قوّته.. بل يحتمل الإثنان! كيف ذلك؟ لنستكشف معاً..

أنا–من خلال تأملاتي في الناس وسلوكياتهم–أجد شيئا مثيرا للإهتمام.. هذا الشيء هو أنّ أكثر ما يُغيّر من سلوكيات الانسان هو عاطفتُه–سواءاً كان هذا المؤثر يجذبه أو ينفّره. Continue reading

The “Candle Lighting Ceremony” aura

Flags of different color combinations, signifying the multi-country culture of the university, are brought about to the “Rothman Center” hall, with some harmonious bagpipe music along the way. Then the university’s board members walk up ahead to the platform.. The mission is to spark the first light in the lives of the new citizens of the University–the new students. Continue reading