Even Thing 11 only requires us to share one presentation/video, I would like to share three videos here.
FIRST: How to learn any language in six months | Chris Lonsdale | TEDxLingnanUniversity
I like the topic which really draws attentions to potential audience. It is also very specific, proposing ‘learning language in six months’. Even I am not a big fan of any exaggerate commercial slogan, the topic still fits current ‘public taste of the fast food lifestyle fashion’. I have not tried his way to learn another language, but his examples, his principles, and his ways of persuading audience really impress me and inspire me to have it a try.
SECOND: McDonalds serveren op een Foodbeurs?
If you do not understand Dutch, please remember to select the subtitles before watching. This video is becoming popular online these days. It is funny indeed. But you may also start growing doubts towards all ‘recognised experts’. Are they really that good? Do they really matter to you? There’s a Chinese saying: “人靠衣装,佛靠金装”, which means ‘the tailor makes the man, and the gold makes the Buddha’. First impressions may make our judgment. So anyway, McDonald’s or fancy restaurant, I still prefer my mum’s cooking. That’s never lie to me.
THIRD: 20140620 超级演说家2 北大才女吐露心声 唤醒90后的社会责任
This is a pure Chinese presentation. No English substitute. This TV show, 超级演说家 as translated as Super Speaker, is an original Chinese show for speech competition. It is similar to X Factor, but I think it is much more useful to raise individual voice and give storytelling. This video was presented by a second-year postgraduate student at Peking University. Her topic focused on the awakening of 1990s generation’s social responsibilities. I like her spirits, I like her attitudes towards to society and life. “…I am not here to adjust the society, instead, I am here to change the society……When you complain what is happening, and then you should remind yourself, you will definitely not do the same things that they are doing……Do not become those adults that we hate…”
I like blogs that not only sharing thoughts but also provoking others’ thoughts. I like bogs that stimulate a meaningful conversation between writer and readers. I am personally not fond of a simple comment, such as “I like your post/blog”, which actually means not much. Blogs, to me, as I posted before, is not fast food. Reading should an enjoyable process.
To accomplish Thing 10, I would like to reblog a post by Dialogical Discussions, and I also copy our little conversations here. I am doing a research related to this topic and just found the blog has brought a great discussion about a ‘modern student centred approach’. I hope you guys enjoy.
Though the teacher says this is student centred learning, the learning is very much still teacher centred. When she asks a student for an answer she immediately moves on to either an activity or asks another question. At the very least she could have responded to each student “when you said………..why do you think this?” or “when you said…….what is that you read that makes you say that?” so they are justifying and explaining further their answer. This means the respondent is having to work a lot harder and the other students are listening to a much more complex answer and gives them food for thought. The conversation in the class remains at surface level as a result even though it appears to be at a deep and level.
More analysis to come….
Question – if the students had BYOD what web 2.0 apps could she have used when the students are writing on the whiteboard so that she had all the students participating?
Thing 8 is about professional social network. I believe I have already address this issue in my very first 23 Things blog when I was discussing the online identity. So I may not provide much details here. But I really think it is a good practice to expand the online social network in a professional way. I have used LinkedIn casually for over three years. To me at the moment, it seems to be more likely a professional magazine instead of other potential opportunities. I have not used Academia because I am still a provisional year student and have not had much research output to fill the profile. I will use it once I get the first paper published. Finger crossed.
Facebook is definitely not a good alternative choice for professional activities. I find public figures need it to maintain the public relations but as normal people, I still want some privacy. Yes, another online identity that shares silly and funny stuff.