TM	  
Educa)on	  Defini)on:	  The	  process	  of	  receiving	  or	  giving	  systema)c	  instruc(on,	  especially	  at	  a	  scho...
e-­‐Books	          Facebook	     Google	                     Internet	                                                   ...
Outcomes	  +	  Virtual	  “teachers”	  eg:	  Khan	  academy	     -­‐	  Respect	  for	  true	  “knowledge”?	  +	  Distance	 ...
The	  Educator’s	  dilemma….	  	                       • How	  can	  students	  be	  made	  recep)ve	  to	  intake	  of	  ...
where	                     Science	                       Educa*on	       	     	     Arts                     Media	     ...
Learning	  SEAMlessly…	                         combines	           ZZZZZZZZZZZ                  ZZZZZZZZZZZ              ...
Beyond	  literacy	  Beyond	  enrichment	  …a	  partner	  in	  green	  educa)on	  
Teacher	  	  Training	        Green	  Days	  &	  Science	  Fes)vals	              Birthday	  Par)es	    Weekend	  	  Works...
Botany	  via	  Gardening	  Chemistry	  with	  	  Household	  Reagents	                                                    ...
Salient	  Aspects	  of	  Green	  Dots	  experiences:	  • Hands-­‐on	  experiments/Do	  &	  Learn	  ac)vi)es/Edutaining	  G...
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Take	  home	  messages…	                       •  Learn	  and	  share	  SEAMlesslyTM	                         • Let	  educ...
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Opening Address to NUS Freshmen - 3 July 2012

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Opening Address to NUS Freshmen - 3 July 2012

  1. 1. TM  
  2. 2. Educa)on  Defini)on:  The  process  of  receiving  or  giving  systema)c  instruc(on,  especially  at  a  school  or  university   Implica)ons  of  defini)on:   •   Format:      One  way  interac)on  between  teacher  (giver)  and  student  (reciever)   •   Knowledge:    Teacher  is  knowledgable,  student  “knows”  lesser   •   Ins)tu)on:  Occurs  within  hardware  viz:  school/university   •   Access:      Eli)st!  
  3. 3. e-­‐Books   Facebook   Google   Internet   Reality  Mul)ple  channels  &  formats  of  “informa(on  on  demand”  with  choices  that  can  in)midate!  
  4. 4. Outcomes  +  Virtual  “teachers”  eg:  Khan  academy   -­‐  Respect  for  true  “knowledge”?  +  Distance  learning  via  technology   -­‐ Inability  to  discern  right/correct  from   wrong/incorrect?  +  Democra)c  access…anywhere,  any)me   -­‐   Pursuit  for  depth?    +  Students  as  contributors   Foot  wide  inch  deep  syndrome?  to  new  knowledge  through  Q&A   -­‐ Changes  in  behaviours  +  Old  paradigms/hypotheses/poorly   Pa)ence?    validated  informa)on  sieved  out  rapidly   Confusion?   Distrac)ons?   Boredom?    
  5. 5. The  Educator’s  dilemma….     • How  can  students  be  made  recep)ve  to  intake  of   informa)on  i.e.  Cul)vate  open  eyes  &  ears   • How  does  one  kindle  a  spirit  of  curiosity  and   con)nuous  learning?   • Can  educa)on  be  made  more  interes)ng?  With   fun  and  entertainment  embedded?   • Can  teachers  become  mentors  and  learn  to  learn   from  students?   • Can  systems  for  discrimina)ng  from  regurgita(on  of   informa(on  to  applica(on  of  knowledge  to  crea(on  of   new  knowledge  and  the  wisdom  of  how  to  act   situa(onally  be  developed?   • Can  we  embrace  the  new  without  losing  the  old?   • What  are  the  cri)cal  pillars  of  future  educa)on?  
  6. 6. where   Science   Educa*on       Arts Media    come  together  SEAMlessly  
  7. 7. Learning  SEAMlessly…   combines   ZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZ Z   Z   ZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZ ZZ   ZZ  
  8. 8. Beyond  literacy  Beyond  enrichment  …a  partner  in  green  educa)on  
  9. 9. Teacher    Training   Green  Days  &  Science  Fes)vals   Birthday  Par)es   Weekend    Workshops   Extra  &  Co-­‐Curricular  Ac)vi)es     Summer  &     Holiday  Camps  
  10. 10. Botany  via  Gardening  Chemistry  with    Household  Reagents   Health  &  Nutri)on     through  Cooking   Physics  with     Recycled  Objects  
  11. 11. Salient  Aspects  of  Green  Dots  experiences:  • Hands-­‐on  experiments/Do  &  Learn  ac)vi)es/Edutaining  Games  • Encourage  curiosity  and  inves)ga)on  in  a  naturally  structured  way  • Co-­‐opera)ve,  Co-­‐par)cipa)ve  &  Inclusive  across  age  brackets  • No  text  books!  Outcomes:  • Memories,  Experiences  &  Learning  Outcomes  for  a  life)me  • Enhanced,  natural  curiosity  • Self-­‐discovery  of  passions,  poten)al,  what  one  may  want  to  or  then  not  want  to  do  for  one’s  life  
  12. 12. Movie  clip  
  13. 13. Take  home  messages…   •  Learn  and  share  SEAMlesslyTM   • Let  educa)on  be  a  con)nuous  inflow   of  enlightening  experiences  beyond   and  outside  of  formal  university   • Your  educa)onal  endorsements  may   or  may  not  provide  you  sustainable   jobs  but  if  you  discover  your  passions   and  learn  to  mone)ze  them…   …your  future  is  bound  to   be  evergreen!  

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