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Last year I consumed lots of news about the state of politics in the USA. Some journalists would urge viewers to believe what they see in order to not be misled.


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Misinformation and disinformation distort like visual illusions. The video above provides insights into why we need to take that call cautiously. We cannot always believe what we see because our vision is easy to trick.

We need to rely on our mind’s eye, i.e., critical thinking. This is not to be confused with criticising which can be closed and cynical. Being critical is about being open and analytical.

Our actual vision can be fooled because it is a function of biology and physics. Our mindful vision can be developed to be broad and deep enough to spot the illusions of misinformation and disinformation.

This is my fifth image quote update for the week:

The danger of lectures is that they create the illusion of teaching for teachers, and the illusion of learning for learners.

My original image quotable quote was:

The danger of lectures is that they create the illusion of teaching for teachers, and the illusion of learning for learners.

This is one of those image quotes that 1) speaks for itself, and 2) had a great CC image from Flickr (thankfully, still available online).


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I love OK Go‘s latest music video. It is based on optical illusions to trick the eye into seeing what is not quite there.

I would remind outsiders looking into the ICT scene in Singapore schools that all they read and watch is not what they seem.

I am responding to reputable groups like Edutopia’s video feature of Ngee Ann Secondary School and Hechinger Report of ICT in Singapore.

A while ago, I responded to the video by simply stating that “one school does not a system make”. As for the article, I tweeted:

I am not saying that our ICT use or integration is a false illusion. There certainly are some very good examples here. But when observers and policymakers go off on tangents, make generalizations, or make claims with poor foundations, I cannot stand idly by.


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