Archive for February, 2013

I love this video it is inspiring. Learning to write and read code will fit nicely in the new technology curriculum

Suhaimi Ramly

Show this video to kids you know, it might make a difference in their lives. Heck, show it to teachers and parents.

Learn how to program. For the love of god, learn. It’s never too late. I finally learned C++ after I graduated from university. But I’ve learned programming since very young (6 years old) using LOGO and BASIC. Not learning programming at MIT is one of the biggest regrets of my life.

Thanks to Luqman who showed me this video. Luqman and I started a programming society last year. The society was given a boost when my friend Dr. Ong Shien Jin agreed to be its first president. Our first project is training talented high school kids to do algorithmic programming in order to participate in the IOI. We also ran the inaugural Malaysian Computing Competition (MCC) last year. Thanks to Dr. Normaziah and Dr. Teddy at IIUM, along…

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Certainly gives me something to think about, after the success of his “Hole in the Wall” experiments. The idea of students working in self-organized learning environments may have many applications but will it work for the majority??

TED Blog

ted2013_0035945_d41_4606Where does education go from here?

[ted_talkteaser id=1678]On Tuesday, Sugata Mitra accepted the 2013 TED Prize and offered a bold wish for the world: that we encourage children to explore questions about our world in self-organized learning environments. He proposed the founding of a School in the Cloud based in India, and encouraged TED community members, wherever they may be, to foster education by encouraging a sense of wonder in kids.

This week’s TED Weekends, posted a few days earlier than usual, features essays from great thinkers on the ideas advanced in Mitra’s talk. Here, a selection of these essays, for your reading pleasure. 

Sugata Mitra: We Need Schools … Not Factories

From Plato to Aurobindo, from Vygotsky to Montessori, centuries of educational thinking have vigorously debated a central pedagogical question: How do we spark creativity, curiosity, and wonder in children? But those who philosophized pre-Google were prevented from…

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