Penang update

by | Monday, May 12, 2008

Today was my presentation at the University Sains Malaysia.

I was picked up this morning by Abdul Hamid, a huge beefy man, with little English, but a great smile. A beautiful half-hour drive along a sea-side highway led us the University which is perched somewhat on a hill with a great view of the ocean. (No pictures, sorry.)

My presentation started at 9:30 and there was a very good crowd (over 50 faculty members and graduate students from across the university). I am glad that I had talked to Rozinah on Saturday about who would be in the audience. For some reason I had been expecting a teacher education crowd, but she informed me that it would be more of a higher education group, so I used my time yesterday combining the talk Matt Koehler and I had given at the Colloquium on the Changing Professoriate back in March with the talk Matt and I had prepared for the GCCCC conference. Moreover, the talk was to be in two parts, from 9:30 – 11 and then from 11:30 – 12. So I had had to break my talk into two parts – a longer first part that introduced the TPACK framework and a shorter second half that spoke directly to issues related to higher education and still left time for questions. I was a little worried about the timing of the thing since I had no opportunity to practice the talk and I tend to blabber on forever, if given a chance.

All said and done, the presentation went off well. The timing ended up being perfect and we had a good question and answer session at the end along with some interesting one-on-one conversations with individual faculty members and students during the break and after the session. It was really a lot of fun.

I got back to the hotel (after a nice lunch and some great conversation) only to realize that I was missing the power cord for my laptop. A brief moment of panic prompted by the realization that I was just at the beginning of my trip, and it would be difficult, if not impossible, to find a MacBook Pro power cord, particularly given how briefly I was staying at various cities. A couple of phone calls later I was glad to learn that I had left it at the meeting room and that the ever dependable Abdul Hamid would be bringing it back to the hotel.

The evening was spent shopping for trinkets. For dinner, I realized that I was really missing American food! So I ended up going to Chilli’s and having a nice grilled chicken salad! Can you believe that?

Topics related to this post: Conference | Creativity | Design | Learning | News | Teaching | Technology | TPACK

A few randomly selected blog posts…

Ambigrams & Mathematics at HYSA

Ambigrams & Mathematics at HYSA

The Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy (HYSA) is a school designed for highly gifted students in grades 7-12 affiliated with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Arizona State University. Last Friday I had the pleasure and honor of working with all the...

Innovation in hybrid/blended doctoral courses

The July 2014 issue of Tech Trends has two articles co-authored by me. The first is part of our ongoing series of articles on Rethinking technology and creativity in the 21st century (you can find the more recent article here and the complete series here). The other...

New Computational Thinking article published

Voogt, J., Fisser., P. Good, J., Mishra, P., & Yadav, A. (2015). Computational thinking in compulsory education: Towards an agenda for research and practice. Education & Information Technologies. Available at...

National Sun Yat Sen University & Taipei

National Sun Yat Sen Unversity has one of the most gorgeous campuses you can imagine. Nestled between hills, with wonderful views of the ocean, with little twisty roads that connect departments and buildings, just beautiful. My hotel room had a magnificient view of...

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali For an interactive card click here ... . Remember to turn your volume way up, and click anywhere in the sky above the Taj Mahal for some environmentally friendly, fireworks.

Deep-Play on Michigan Radio Stateside with Cynthia Canty

I am a huge fan of Stateside with Cynthia Canty, a radio show on Michigan Radio. So imagine my excitement when I was interviewed by her about my ongoing exhibition (Deep-Play: Creativity in Math & Art through Visual Wordplay) at the MSU Museum. The interview was...

Human-Centered values in a disruptive world

Human-Centered values in a disruptive world

I have seen the power of the market… But when it becomes the only language, when it becomes the only way of thinking about the right thing to do, it leaves us with a very impoverished sense of how to live together -- Giriharadas, 2018 Over the past few years I have...

Poem or Pie

I recently read the following poem by Grace Paley and just had to write a response. Anyway, here's the original poem: The Poet's Occasional Alternative by Grace Paley I was going to write a poem I made a pie instead     it took about the same amount of time of course...

Diwali 09 Photos

The Lansing temple recently organized a special Diwali program. My daughter Shreya participated in a dance and I, as always, took photographs of the event. Click here or the image below to see all 161 of the photographs I took. Enjoy. You can also read a poem written...


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *