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Donald Trump is good for the world. A Shanghai BIG Debate.

On August 23rd in a Shanghai bar, I had the opportunity to once again to debate in support of Donald Trump’s presidency. And ounce again, just like before the election, the Trump side won. It was all part of BIG Debates Shanghai ongoing monthly debate platform where expats and locals …

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Hitting kids… Is this still a debate???

Is it still socially and politically correct to hit kids, even your own? I thought it wasn’t… at least not in the developed West at least. On May 24th 2017 I was a front-liner on a Big Debate on this very topic entitled, “Hitting your children in acceptable.” I argued …

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Learning to build wooden bicycles…

Riding bicycles and building them are two very different things. While riding the bicycle is all about enjoying the ride or getting the most out of it for transport, amusement, and competition; manufacturing a bicycle requires paying attention to specifications, and being aware that any error may spoil the final …

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Research Questions: How to make a good one

A good research question allows you to focus your writing and provide you with an answer that will form the basis of your thesis. Research questions do not need appear in the actual paper, but having one will ensure that you remain focused while going through the writing process, and …

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My Academic Writing Reflected

Academic writing, it’s great! The best part for me during my undergrad years was the research. The process of searching the stacks at the university library followed by long afternoons spent pouring over books, scratching notes, and delving into hitherto-unknown areas of enlightenment all in the pursuit of getting that …

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Training for Learning

I wrote this for my university MA program. Here you will find a little bit about my life and my training and teaching philosophy. In my daily work, well, in most of my daily work, I am in training sessions training 20 to 30 teachers to teach pre-school to grade …

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Gamification: What is it?

This a short video I made on Gamification Theory. You may be surprised that it’s not just about video games but that gamification affects much of our lives. Whether it is our newest app, our education, or our jobs, gamification plays a role. It also makes video games and just …

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A Short History of Educational Games

For my university program I had to create a timeline for a topic on Learning and Technology. I chose Educational Games. As topics go, this one is quite extensive. In fact, during my research I discovered that there are literally hundreds of educational games since the 80’s and specially since …

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Ed-Tech: From the Past, Still the Past

Before delving into the historical progression of educational technology, a good question to ask is: What is “Technology”? Technology simply is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. In that case, perhaps, if one considers it science, “writing” is the first educational technology and our journey should start there. …

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Research: Why, & What does it tell us?

Research is important because without it we’d never know anything. To conduct research we must have some notion that the world we experience is real and that there is some knowable truth we can arrive at through observation, questioning and experimentation. To do research we must be realists to a …

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Are Our Schools Ready For the Future?

It’s a tough question… but the answer is easy, it’s “no”. The reason the question is tough is because schools, their design and purpose, has been the same since their arrival on the scene at the end of the enlightenment and the dawn of the modern industrial age. They are …

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My Identity in Bits and Bytes

The readings from my MA program are quite good. I especially enjoyed Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. Jenkins, H (2009). It never really got me thinking about my own identity however, but helped me understand the challenges to employing digital media in education …

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Thoughts on Cyber-Ed: Should we hand hold?

Upon completing Unit 2’s course readings for LRNT 521, part of my Masters Degree at Royal Roads University a recurring idea was proposed, that instead of simply supplying web storage to students, or a walled in computer based learning environment where students can only act in ways dictated by the …

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4 Teaching Tips for ESL

We are all dedicated teachers and we all want to do what is best for our students, but sometimes we aren’t doing the best job we can do. Every teacher benefits from taking a look at their classroom habits from time to time and checking we are not making the following …

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