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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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Lost in Laowai Land

I originally published this article in August of 2013 while home in Prince Edward Island for the first time in 5 years and after having lived in Shanghai for 4 years. A few years have passed since that time and in a month I am once again going home. Right …

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In Search of Mark Kitto

Forward: I originally published this on January 5th 2013 after my first visit to Moganshan on two blog sites I used to run. I’m republishing my best work here. Enjoy! Journey to Moganshan The Decision My first encounter with Moganshan and Mark Kitto came about a few years ago when …

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LaoShan for the Holidays: Day 2

*Click here for Day 1 Having had a terrible night’s sleep, quite unsure if it was good enough to qualify as “terrible”, we exited our hotel and went down to the bay where the crowd was steadily growing delivered by a long line of “free” buses. We went to a …

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