Learning Strategies advance with the Technology—Education 3.0

I was far too immersed in integrating Web 2.0 technology with my teaching practice, and ignored that thelearning concept is subtly evolving with the technology advancing.   Last week, Alec threw an Education 3.0 blog prompt at us. Frankly, start with the rough reading about web 3.0 and Education 3.0, I was confused with the concept between Education 2.0 and Education 3.0, as I found there are… Read more“Learning Strategies advance with the Technology—Education 3.0”

Where special learning happens -Blend your classroom using Flipgrid

In addition to those Google extensions which Alec showed us through the class sessions, I think, considering my context as an ESL teacher, “flipgrid” really has the wow factor. If you’ve ever used Google Classroom, it’s a similar concept except in flipgrid, you utilize videos to facilitate the interaction between the students and teachers. I was struggling with how to efficiently organize my English speaking class while the… Read more“Where special learning happens -Blend your classroom using Flipgrid”

Become less distracted… Stay focused on those priorities!!

Paying closer attention to the ultimate goal and make the train of thoughts be organized, then no matter how many tabs you open, you would not be distracted but staying focused on effectively achieving a goal. When I was working on the group presentation last week, over 50 chrome tabs were opened, but this alleged multitasking did not take my attention away from task except consuming ram memory… Read more“Become less distracted… Stay focused on those priorities!!”

Due to the limitation of the age, any theory may go rigid

After Neil Postman (1985) warned that “whether particular technologies teach students their ABCs and how to count is of minor importance compared what they teach students about learning and schooling, technology has experienced a significant change and continues to progress with an astounding pace. Technology is not constrained to the entertainment anymore, it has accelerated our life by reducing the time we spent on those mundane… Read more“Due to the limitation of the age, any theory may go rigid”

Extensions provide more opportunities for both me and students acquiring authentic English

In order to improve students’ English proficiency and accuracy, I am always seeking those authentic materials to enhance this process. When it comes to learning English, there will be a notion that learners are supposed to simulate those speaking or using authentic expressions. As I mentioned in my last post, there is less opportunity for students in China to have access to the contexts using English,… Read more“Extensions provide more opportunities for both me and students acquiring authentic English”

What types of teaching and learning are best explained by constructivism

After completing my readings, I identify my teaching philosophy as constructivism. Looking back at the beginning of my teaching career, I was striving to integrate constructivism learning philosophy into my classroom. As quote by Peggy A. Ertmer and Timothy J. Newby (cited in Bednar et al., 1991) “An essential concept in the constructive view is that learning always takes place in a context and that the… Read more“What types of teaching and learning are best explained by constructivism”

There is “no best apps” but an innovative idea in Education Technology

When the term “TPACK” had been mentioned in last class, it reminded me of a piece of conversation between me and my wife. It runs as follows: My wife:  If we would have children some time in the future, do you think it’s necessary to send them to  “after-school” classes. I am an accountant, which means I could be a mom tutoring their math homework and… Read more“There is “no best apps” but an innovative idea in Education Technology”