which term is the ‘correct’ use?

身为华文老师,经常得面对自己或学生的提问,例如“春节”、“农历新年”两个词应该用哪个?有没有哪个是“对”的?还是都不对或都对?

语言的使用本来就没有对错,是约定俗成的。但语文老师因为教学的特殊关系,经常需要把握对错的问题。对错的问题有时没有办法直接回答,一个方法是看看官方报章怎么用。如何寻找报章用语,可使用 NewspaperSG – Search Term Visualiser:

(screenshot credit: NewspaperSG)

网址:http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Visualiser

要注意的是,在作搜寻时,记得要加引号quotation marks. 因为 “农历新年” 和 农历新年 的搜寻结果是不同的。以前者为准。

have fun (:

Free Education Technology Resources eBook

my student colleague Grace Yeo shared with us this “EmergingEdTech’s 2012 Free Education Technology Resources eBook” released earlier in the year by EmergingEdTech.com under the CC-BY-NC-SA license.

while i’m not sure if all the ICT mentioned are still “emerging”, it does give a good list of tools which teachers can explore or revisit, which includes:

  1. Blogs (it’s listed first! but no, this is not the reason why i blogged an entry of this ebook :p )
  2. Collaboration & Brainstorming Tools
  3. Educations Games & Fun Tools
  4. Educational Videos, Lecutres, and Podcasts
  5. Facebook
  6. Free resources
  7. IWB
  8. iPads and the list goes up to 13 (:

visit the EmergingEdtech.com to sign up for their mailing list to grab a copy of the ebook, or download the local mirror here (thanks to emergingedtech,com for releasing the document under the CC-BY-NC-SA license)

enjoy (:

ISTE – NECC – NETS

this 2nd post within an hour is to capture the recent NECC (National Educational Computing Conference) held in San Antonio, organised by ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). reading a highlight from eSN, saw NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) being mentioned. looks like i have not been tracking developments in FRAMEWORK for quite some time *LOL* anyway it’s now included in the storeroom, so will read more about it when time permits 😛
oh yes, the NECC 2007 Research Papers can be found in this archive, and the NECC 2008 Papers here.

Need help choosing a wiki for teaching and learning?

WikiMatrix provides two choices:
1. A direct “Select-and-compare” mode which allows you to choose and compare features of some 99 wiki sites online. The comparison is very comprehensive, which includes General Features, Hosting Features, System Reqiurements, Datastorage, Security/Anti-Spam, Development/Support, Common Features, Special Features, Links, Syntax Features, Usability, Statistics, Output, Media and Files and Syntax Examples.
2. Use the “Wiki Choice Wizard” engine which will ask you a few questions and generate a recommended list of wiki sites for reference. The questions asked what features do you need, which include “History”, “What you see is what you get (WYSIWYG)”, “Software or hosted?”, “Your own Domain?”, “Corporate Branding”, “Storage System?”, “Free and Open Source?”, “Programming language?”.
a very useful reference to have imho 🙂