Frog Leap Test

Here is a little ‘test’ that is (supposedly) part of a second grade Computer class in China .  Some figure it out right away. 

Others report having to work on it for a week (or more) to solve it. 

Click on the test below …Frog Leap Test



Connectivism and Connective Knowledge CCK09

I have just registered with this Connectivism and Connective Knowledge CCK09  that will be jointly facilitated by George Siemens and Stephen Downes of University of Manitoba.

As a participant of CCK08, I would like to continue my learning journey with this round 2 of Connectivism and Connective Knowledge.

What motivated me to join the course last year?  How did I learn in CCK08?

There are also various posts in my blog detailing my CCK08 learning journey.  This Connectivism Community  may also be of interests to you.

For CCK09, what motivate me to join the course?

My passion towards learning and research.

What motivate you to join CCK09?


Disruptive innovation

Disruptive innovation has significantly changed the way we perceive success in the commercial world.

Many corporate leaders were superceded by the niche markets innovators during the last few decades.  Was it a result of the disruptive innovation?

Isn’t there a similar phenomenon observed in the digital world of networking?

Within the last few years, there were great changes in the use of technology.

See how the Web 2.0 technology has taken roots and being adopted by hundreds of millions of people.  Simple, fast, and easy to use tools taking over the complicated, hard to install tools and technology. 

Mobile,  iphones and ipods are pervasive. 

Lap top computers taking over the desk top computers.

Personal blogs taking over the formal web pages.  This is followed by microblogging on Facebook and Twitters taking over some of the personal blogs. 

Digital social networking taking over some of the formal social communities.

How about the impact of all these “disruptive innovation” on news media, formal education, learning, our formal careers, and our daily habits?  

Will our First Life be taken over by some of our Second Life?  🙂

Wayfinding in the virtual world

This paper on wayfinding provides me with significant insights into how I could explore while immersion into virtual space like Second Life, Online Games and Google and Delicious Searches, and RSS feeds.

We are encouraged that the observations reported in this paper support the application of environmental design principles to virtual world design. We expect to broaden our investigation in the future to include environments with vastly different spatial characteristics. As environments become more complex and abstract, we will need to determine whether or not a human’s conception of an abstract space is analogous to that of a physical space. Early indications are that this is the case, but a definitive statement at this time requires us to speculate as to the nature of virtual environment representations of the future.

This virtual world design also draws me to reflect on the navigation and search strategies that are available through social tagging, delicious, Google and Bing Search, and Google Map as navigator.

In this wayfinding

A better understanding of how the human navigational system works has important social and practical implications, too. Elementary educational programmes will be one area to benefit from a greater insight into the development of children’s visual and spatial abilities. Likewise, the project outcomes should help to find solutions for those confronted with problems in spatial orientation – the elderly, the visually impaired, and patients suffering from brain damage or Alzheimer’s disease – to cope better with everyday life.

This reminds me of the wayfinding moment to the moon-  a small step on the moon, a big step for human.  Let’s celebrate the 40th anniversary upon first landing on the moon – 20 July 1969.

We choose the moon

Blogging and learning

Enjoy this

Blogging offers the bloggers the following

– recording half baked ideas

– musing

– connecting with people

– networking, getting to know what matters to people

– gripping with ideas, thoughts and insights

So, personal blogging is very informal, it works as it is written at a personal level.

Knowledge is fundamentally personal when it comes to blogging.

What do I think? 

That captures the spirit of personal blogging, of personal sensemaking. 

As blogging is personal, how would that make a difference to the community?  How would a blogger collaborate with others?  Group blogging (edublogs etc.)?  Community blogging?  That’s the communal sensemaking…

What’s next? How about way finding?  What are the ways to connect the bloggers and community bloggers to other communities, institutions, the “global and digital society”?  “Googling”, Delicious, social tagging, social networking such as Facebook and Twitters (as microblogging), Ning and Wikis (wikipedia and wikis) all form nodes and are part of the conduits, connections, and networks towards meta-learning, that way finding journey towards global learning.  That is the Personal Learning Networks (PLN) and Personal Learning Environment (PLE) that we all are creating, building, and contributing.

This gives rise to the ontological approach towards knowledge creation and personal learning.  That’s the innovation towards knowledge  creation, building, and aggregation through connecting, interacting, communicating, understanding, amongst people.  That’s the transformational learning we all aspire to.   That leads us to be connected to the Wisdom of the Crowd.  Would that be our ideal learning journey for life?