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Date:2005-12-15 15:05
Subject:Local e-learning content
Mood: anxious

Four components of a constructivist learning context are:
- an engaged learner,
- hands-on interaction with the materials of the task,
- an authentic problem-solving context, and
- human interactions during the process

It takes a very creative teacher to implement a constructivist pedagogy with technology rooted in behaviorist theories. Not many teachers have the time (or support) to be that creative. This means that increasing use of computer-based technologies will likely, at least in the short run, result in a movement away from constructivism in classrooms.

What do you think local e-learning content lack, in terms of instruction?

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Date:2005-12-13 15:17
Subject:Application of behaviourism
Mood: cheerful

Dear colleagues

Please contribute your ideas for ONLY one of the following topics below:

(1) Apply Gagne Nine Events Strategy for a specific lesson
Get some ideas from http://www.schoolshistory.org.uk/interactivelessons.htm

(2) Apply Merrill Component Display Strategy for a specific lesson
Get ideas from http://www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm

(3) Prepare an advance organiser for the lesson
Get ideas from

Thank you for your ideas.

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Date:2005-10-20 14:55
Subject:Views on behaviourism
Mood: pessimistic

John Seely Brown, Cheif Scientist for Xerox PARC and well known for his research on inovation and learning once cautioned educators that we are spending so much time addressing why "johnny can't read" that we forget to address why "johnny can't innovate".
He then provided some suggestions for how we should go about addressing the challenges of learning today.

* We should rethink how today’s digital students learn
* We should tap into the natural curiosities and passions of students
* We should leverage peer-based learning communities
* We should leverage the open resources of the net to re-conceive schooling and learning for and in the
digital age.

Do you think behaviourism is suitable for the digital age?
Let's discuss this issue -
According to behaviourism, What Should Educators Try to Achieve?
Questions to consider:
- What educational goals are most consistent with this theory?

- what is the purpose of schools and education?

- How does the theory define achievement?

- What are the factors that contribute to achievement?

- What are the factors that contribute to lack of achievement (possibly causing a child to be labeled)?

Think about the Malaysian Education system while answering these questions. Is it possible that Malaysian schools have a "push" (supply) model, rather than a "pull" (demand) model - just like a factory?

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Date:2005-10-14 10:28
Subject:Good morning
Mood: contemplative

Hi colleague
"Selamat Sejahtera to all" and assalamualaikum to muslims

Just thought of sharing this story with you:
"One evening deep in June, mid-summer to be exact, a mouse ran into the office of the Educational Testing Service, and accidentally triggered a delicate point in the apparatus just as the College Entrance Examination Board’s data on Henry Carson was being scored.

Henry was an average secondary school pupil, uncertain of himself and of his talents. Without the mouse, Henry’s scores would have been average or below, but the mouse changed all that, and the computer obligingly produced amazingly high scores in both verbal and quantitative areas.

Henry’s extraordinary abilities were soon known throughout the school. His teachers looked at him in a new light, wondering how they could have underestimated his ability. Counsellors were puzzled at how they had missed his obvious talent, and college administrators vied with one another to win Henry for their colleges.

For Henry Carson the world changed, and he grew as a person and as a student. For the first time he recognised his potentialities, and gained in confidence, beginning ‘to put his mind in the way of great things’. So was born one of the best men of his generation."

Believe or not........but the story is true.

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Date:2005-10-13 11:16
Subject:Join the community
Mood: impressed

Hi colleagues,
To post comments, you will have to join the community first. Click the MyUserInfo link on the top right hand side of this page, and go to Community Information, and click on "join the community" link.
Do this soon since I am looking forward to reading your ideas.

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Date:2005-10-13 09:49

Hi everyone. Enough of me doing all the writing. Let's hear from you too.
Remember this quotations.....

- “Minds are like umbrellas, they function best when open.” Walter Gropius
- "Going to school is nice - but getting an education is even better.” Unknown Author
- "The real voyage of discovery consists not in making new landscapes but in having new eyes.“ Marcel Proust
-"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.“ Plutarch
-"If you can reflect about what you've learned today - and then write it down - it's yours to keep tomorrow. If you practice it tomorrow, it's yours to keep.” Harry X. Tudas
-"Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein
-"Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re always right.” Henry Ford
-"The only truly educated person is the one who has learned how to learn.” Carl Rogers
-"The teacher - if he is wise - does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom - but leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” Kahlil Gibran
-"Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.” Aldous Huxley

I welcome your views on the concept of learning based on the quotation given to you. But you are free to explore your ideas and come up with your own definition.
Then, relate your ideas above with the following question: What is the difference between conditioning and learning?
Have you ever been conditioned to do something, which you think you have not truly learning?
Looking forward to your comments.

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Date:2005-10-13 09:25

Welcome to our online blog or journal. Although this is part of your coursework and your contributions will be graded, I do hope that you will enjoy the experience of sharing your thoughts, opinions, and reflections with others. George Bernard Shaw once said, "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." So, let us put our heads together to discuss issues, stories, anecdotes, about learning.
Let me begin with a story:
A carrot, an egg and a cup of coffee...You will never look at a cup
of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how
things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to
make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and
struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water
and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the
first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the
last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil,
without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the
carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and
placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it
in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She
did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter
to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she
observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter
to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked,"What does it mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same
adversity - boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went
in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being
subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg
had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid
interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside
became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After
they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on
your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but
with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the
heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a
financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and
stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and
tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot
water, the very circumstance thatbrings the pain. When the water gets
hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean,
when things are at their worst, you get better and change the
situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are
their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you
handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to
make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to
make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The
brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't
go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and

What has this got to do with learning? Nothing actually...........but by reading this story we discover something new about ourselves, and hopefully, if we try we will change our behaviour or attitude.
THEN, we will definitely change (INTO A BETTER PERSON THAN BEFORE).

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