what world will my child live in

saw this video shared on moe channel in a feed:

(02:33-) “one thing that is going to be very important is to…learn to learn, in which as you are learning the theory, you are also applying it to a set of problems that are very real. The computers will know the fact, and the computers will be much better at executing the procedures than you will ever be.”

translating it to the two aspects of language learning (cultural content & skills):

“one thing that is going to be very important is to…learn to learn, in which as you are learning the language skills, you are also applying it to a context that is very real. The computers will know the language, and the computers will be much better at executing the skills than you will ever be.”

“one thing that is going to be very important is to…learn to learn, in which as you are learning the cultural contents, you are connecting them to a context that is very real. The computers will know the fact, and the computers will be much better at recalling the contents than you will ever be.”

what are we (both school/teachers, and parents) teaching today that is preparing our children for the world they are living in tmr? #food4thought

bringing up boys/children

chanced upon this TEDx sharing by Colin Stokes on his views, observations and experience in bringing up children. while the title of the talk highlighted boys, the influence of movies are apparent on both boys and girls. therefore this provides food for thought for parents regardless if you have boys or girls in the family (:

one new thing i learnt from Stoke’s sharing is the Bechdel Test, which examines movie to see if it meets the following criteria:

  1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
  2. Who talk to each other
  3. About something besides a man

how many movies can you name that pass the test? off-hand i can’t think of any :O

but if you are curious to find out, you can visit here (:

Children as digital natives

Was looking at the “Digital Youth Portrait: Dana” which forms part of the Digital Generation Project. Some good reminders from the video:

“the children that are digital natives a day … are still children. They are children who like stories, they are children who want to be respected, they are children that want to love learning …”

“they are probably more digital native at home than they are at school.”

“video and the internet are the next big wave of how we were trying to reach out to youth … teaching via the internet, conferencing through the internet … and that’s how she got sucked into it”

“literacy is not just not abt text, and it’s even just not about what’s visual, it’s about a combination of the visual, the oral, the interactivity, and being able to support children in all different ways”

“the techonology is the way to do, so you do not need to teach them all the time, you can get a kid with passion at home doing things …”