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It has been a hot month of April in more ways than one. 

I rarely rely on air-conditioning, but I have had to use it several times this month to get a decent night’s sleep. 

I have also enjoyed the most varied work ever since striking out on my own as an education consultant since August 2014. 

In early April, I evaluated the ability of future faculty to facilitate modern learning. Last week I sat with colleagues in what might be called a Board of Examiners meeting. We were bored of examining because the series of learning experiences is unlike anything I have ever been involved in. 

In the middle of April, I delivered a keynote and participated in a panel for the Social Services Institute, the professional development arm of the National Council of Social Services, Singapore. It was wonderful to see a major player wanting to shrug off the shackles of traditional education. 

Not long after that I flew to a conference overseas to facilitate conversations on the flipped classroom vs flipped learning. The strange thing is connecting with Singaporeans there that I could more easily meet at home. 

After returning from my trip, I met with a passionate edu-preneur and professor after we connected via my blog.

Another connection was a result of my keynote. It will take place via one of two Google Hangouts that will bring April to a close. I hope that it will bring more opportunities in the months to come.  

The other Hangout is a result of my flipped learning talk last January at Bett 2015. I am tempted to call it remote mentoring and hope to repeat a strategy I tried at the more recent conference. 

The exceptionally warm weather here is not the norm at this time of year. The variety of work I have had is not the norm either. While I hope the muggy days and nights go away, I do what I can to keep the sizzling work in play.

This tweet was not an April Fools joke.

Being Number 1 in problem-solving is something to be proud of. The problem with that is 1) some people do not understand that there are different kinds of problems and problem-solving, and 2) the report brushes aside important details in favour of the numbers game.

The problems featured and tested in the report were the academic sort. They were certainly made more realistic, but they do not measure complete problem-solving ability.

For example, try providing neat responses to:

  • How do I stop this bully?
  • Should I marry this person?
  • How am I going to get by this month?
  • Why should I (not) leave this game guild?
  • How do we get newspapers to report more thoroughly?

I was privileged to hear Andreas Schleicher present in greater detail the comparative problem-solving abilities of 15-year-olds around the world. I Storified some quick notes here.

I reshare a photo I took about the sample of Singapore kids’ ability to solve “interactive” problems. Schleicher used the word “dynamic” when he presented. We are not Number 1 in this aspect.

One might argue that situations where the variables keep changing all the time are harder problems to solve. These also mirror life more accurately.

Let’s not sit on our laurels. Let’s not be fooled by a headline.

On a separate and unrelated note, I really enjoyed Mojang’s juvenile but funny April Fools prank. They replaced the usual Minecraft startup music with the Game of Thrones theme song.

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We laugh now at Google’s April Fools joke, Google Nose Beta. But who knows what the future will bring?

Take the ingredients of creativity, innovation, and humour, and the future dish smells nice.

Did you get through this April Fools unscathed? There were lots of Internet pranks and some were more obvious than others.

This one about offline versions of YouTube videos is downright fun.

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