Thursday, August 24, 2006

Final Word

"Everything that has a beginning, has an end." (The Oracle, Matrix Revolutions)

It has been a great pleasure working on the blog for keeping records of what I have contributed to the learning of this course. When looking back at this, I can proudly present these to anyone who is considering using blogs for education.

One final aspect to the development of the learning object that I shouldn't wrap up without mentioning is the citation of sources used. Respecting to the intellectual property of others is an essential element in both teaching and learning. So here's a list of the sources that I have used:

Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation. (2006). http://www.kcrc.com.hk

Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation. (2002). Review of payments to contractors for the West Rail project.

Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation. (2001). The way ahead: West Rail.

Structural symposium (2000). Highways and railway structures.

I would like to thank my partner, Ryan, for all the time and effort on to our work without which my blog would be incomplete.

Hope to see you all in future at another course where we shall continue communicating through blogging!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Final Instructions

How the Learning Object Works

1. Choose a station to START.
2. Choose a station to END.
3. Choose a date on the calendar by using the green buttons.
4. Input the time needed to travel for HOURS and MINUTES.
5. Click on GO AHEAD to proceed.
6. Data is shown.
7. To start over, click on CHANGE STATIONS.
8. Repeat step (1).

For Decision-making

The commuter of the West Rail can use it for planning his/her journey. In the social context, there can be a number of uses for different scenarios:

1. Commuter A is late for work. He needs to decide whether to take the bus or the West Rail to travel from Tuen Mun to Tsuen Wan. So he checks up on the expected arrival time of the next train and the travel time needed to arrive at his destination to decide on which mode of transport to take.

2. Commuter B is on a day off from work. She wants to travel from Mei Foo to Tin Shui Wai to visit the Wetland Park with her family. They also want to avoid the rush hour traffic. So she looks at the train frequency to decide on the earliest time when the rush hour is over.

For Mathematics Teaching and Learning

The idea is to introduce some mathematical and other concepts for primary and secondary students. For instance:

1. The further the distance between 2 stations, the longer it takes to travel (proportionality).

2. Different times of the day will have different train frequencies arriving on platforms (business concepts).

3. Time it takes to travel from A to B (speed).

4. The whole journey from A to B starting from when commuter arrives on the platform, including the time required to wait for the next train.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Final Learning Object