which term is the ‘correct’ use?


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)


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 (:

word recognition n memorisation

chanced upon cram.com from a mailing list:


two games for any singe list. a taste of it:

time will be sucked away by the games, but this could probably be time well-spent to recall and revise any characters set that a teacher desires a student to learn. yet to collect empirical evidence to proof that it works 😛

an insightful sharing of personal experience of the flipped classroom

the idea of flipped classroom(s) has gained attention in the recent 1-2 year or so. in her blog post “The Flip: End of a Love Affair“, Shelly Wright shared her flipping experiment and why she gave up flipped instruction. at one glance, it appears that the idea of flipped classroom doesnt work, but in fact as Shelly shared in her experience, the experiment worked out so well that her class has moved beyond the usual conception of a flipped classroom. not sure how many teachers would be as excited as me in learning how things had worked out and evolved. one thing i’m quite sure is Shelly plays a key role in this evolvement. imagine, a teacher who only asks students to watch videos at home, and babysit students in class to do their homework and act as a tutor if help is needed doesnt appear to be the way a flipped classroom will work out imho.

one of her ending statements serves as food for thought too:

“I’ve learned that inquiry & PBL learning can be incredibly powerful in the hands of students. I would never teach any other way again.”


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 (:

learning analytics

saw this post by dr ashley tan on learning analytics. while looking at the infographic, i’m just thinking perhaps the day when learning analytics can be realised could be the day that learning for the sake of exams can (finally) be replaced with learning for the love of learning. and when that day comes, some teachers may sweat and feel helpless, cos one may not know how to teach not for the sake of exams while at the same time, teach with the support of machines (generalised to include both hardware n software)  :O

source acknowledgement: OpenColleges, via another dot in the blogosphere