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Project Based Learning

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When we thought of LearningPoint, our focus was to provide Project Based Learning. Here is what Wikipedia has to say on Project Based Learning. Project-based learning, or PBL (often “PjBL” to avoid confusion with “Problem-based Learning”), is a constructivist pedagogy that intends to bring about deep learning by allowing learners to use an inquiry based […]

Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

Math: Developing a Mindset

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You keep hearing about Mathematical thinking. What is it? How do you develop a Mindset for Math? Khalid has a nice post on How to Develop the Math Mindset. Math uses made-up rules to create models and derive relationships. When learning, I ask: What relationship does this model represent? What real-world items share this relationship? […]

Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

Vigorous Writing is Concise

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Vigorous Writing is Concise I borrowed this phrase from Jon Bentley, who in turn was quoting William Strunk Jr.’s observation in Elements of Style. Jon says that this is true in both English and Programming. In this chapter titled The Most Beautiful Code I never wrote, from the book Beautiful Code, Jon shows how you […]

Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

Virtual Spaces as Third Places

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The concept of third places is a new one to me. Thanks to Konard for blogging about Classrooms as Third Places and providing some useful links. Third Places Oldenburg suggests that beer gardens, main streets, pubs, cafes, coffeehouses, post offices, and other third places are the heart of a community’s social vitality and the foundation […]

Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

Blog as a Tool for Learning

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I was looking at Open Education (thanks to Stephen), and found this fragment on how to use blogs for the course: Each week you should read the assigned material and blog answers to the questions for the week, or simply complete assignments for weeks when there are no readings or questions. Your blogging should demonstrate […]

Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

They Have Never Seen an Hour Glass

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Dr. Mitra likes the way in which Indian children reinvent computer terms and icons in their own language. “They don’t call a cursor a cursor, they call it a sui, which is Hindi for needle. And they don’t call the hourglass symbol the hourglass because they’ve never seen an hourglass before. They call it the […]

Information, Intelligence, Knowledge

Wiki Mind Map

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I just discovered Wiki Mind Map on LifeHacker. I tried a couple of maps. It is a cool way to visually browse information from Wikipedia. It may be a nice tool for presenting information, as well. You can click on the link and see the new mindmap of the topic or head over to the […]

Emerging Technologies

A Lesson

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I mentioned a lecture on Emerging Technologies in MIT Courseware earlier. Here is a slide titled “Final Lesson”, part of the summation. This calls for a new kind of training. Teaching people the ability to adopt and use new technologies to do what they do better. Also teach them to understand how the technology will […]