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No, this is not a primer for anyone who needs answers to questions about the lunar new year. It is about what I observe during reunion dinners and family visitations.

I observe this every year. The best conversations stem from honest, non-leading questions. They are asked by the truly curious and the humble-to-learn. The worst are ignorant statements made loudly and repeatedly.

Even though this is a public holiday and a moment of rest for educators, there must surely be a pedagogical lesson or two to draw from that observation. 

Happy Lunar New Year of the Rabbit!

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This was Apple’s product tribute to the new lunar new year. And, yes, it is lunar and not Chinese since one race does not have dibs on it.

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But mine is not a rant on how peoples of other countries also celebrate this event. It is an appreciation of the processes behind the product.

The cynics might say that both videos are advertisements for Apple. They are. But the educator in me would point out how many more focus on the product (like a test score) and how few focus on the processes (like the actual learning).

Here’s to more product and process (P&P) videos over the weekend!

If I widened my social media circles, I would probably meet people who think that the restrictions for the lunar new year are unreasonable. I find these people unreasonable, i.e., they cannot be reasoned with.

If they were reasonable, they might realise that they are focusing on what they want (to do as they wish) instead of what they need (to participate in the collective effort of public health and safety).

If they were reasonable, they would think about the long-term benefits of social precautions instead of the short-term benefits of selfish behaviours.

As usual, I turn to connections in edtech. Administrators might want to meet technology quotas, but they need to determine if the technology implementations are effective. Teachers might want to use technology to fulfil a mandate, but they need to focus on how technology enables learning instead.

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During a visitation this lunar new year, a family member played a video of a gathering on an almost 30-year-old video tape.

Through the video “snow”, we watched a snippet of Singapore in 1991. Folks gathered around the TV screen to question their fashion and hairstyle choices, and to gossip about relatives who had since passed away.

Since the video featured the apartment we were in, some marvelled at how little had changed by comparing what was on screen with what was around us.

Only one part of the video caught my attention. While the adults in the video chatted in the living room, a girl busied herself by playing video games on an old console.

Back in the room, my son was sitting in the same place as the girl in the video. In between watching the video time capsule, he played video games on his iPhone. So much time had passed, but so little had changed.

I was not thinking about kids being kids. I was thinking about how quick adults are to judge kids as they explore and learn on their own. I was also wondering how oblivious adults are to the change process (or the lack of, in this case).

For me, the visitation video was a reminder that things might seem to change superficially. But if we dig deeper, things actually remain the same. The way to tell if anything has changed at all it to examine the history of a behaviour or practice.

I have a lunar tic at this time of year. I have to resist the urge to point out we just marked the Lunar New Year (LNY), not the Chinese New Year (CNY).

Wishing someone a happy CNY is perfectly fine if you are celebrating in China.

If you are not in China, you are not thinking about the non-Chinese who also celebrate the LNY, e.g., some Thais, Vietnamese, Koreans, Japanese.

Some do not give a damn and others call this semantics. I call this being inclusive and taking a global perspective. It is about adopting a flexible mindset instead of clinging to a fixed one.

You do not have to be an Apple fan to enjoy this video. It could have been shot on any device with a decent camera. It took good storytellers to put it together and that is what matters.

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The video was a short movie commissioned by Apple to be shot on an iPhone X. It was Apple’s agenda and in their interest to promote the technical capabilities of its latest flagship phone.

But the technology without skill, passion, and a good story is pointless. One need only look at the phone libraries of wannabe food Instagrammers. A superior tool does not guarantee a superior outcome.

The video was technically well-shot and edited. It was also skilfully managed to tell the story of a mother connecting with her son even though she had to work over the Lunar New Year.

I liked how the movie “ended” so that the viewer could get involved. How so? I imagine an educator asking her students to suggest how the rest of the story continues and why.

The story also revealed the director’s agenda. He made a statement about modern parenting and the pressure of schooling without throwing it like pie in the face. He tugged at heartstrings to make his point firmly but gently.

The video is a lesson on narrative design, leveraging on emotions to create impact, and letting viewers or learners draw their own conclusions by generating discussion. These are the new standards for what makes a resource high in quality and effective for facilitation.

This evening I hand over the CeL Twitter ambassador reins to another member of the department.

My parting tweet was:

In order that they grow, snakes must shed their old skins. They often require some friction to slough off the old skin and might be a bit vulnerable shortly after shedding their old veneer.

The same could be said of change agents or the process of change.

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Today marks that start of the Lunar New Year. It is the Year of the Dragon.

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We will see lots of lion dances over the next few weeks.

Depending on where you stay, you will also hear a lot of them whether you want to or not. I would not mind so much if they added some variety like the troupe above.

Those lions certainly aren’t dragon their feet! Actually, they are tigers (different heads), so that might explain the unusual behaviour.

Many thanks to Cheryl for sharing the video with me last week.

It’s the start of the Lunar New Year (LNY).

I prefer to wish folks a happy LNY instead of Chinese New Year (CNY) simply because it is not just the Chinese that celebrate this new year.

People used to believe that the world was flat and that the Earth was the centre of our universe. Then we learnt otherwise. If we learn that Koreans, Thais and Vietnamese also celebrate LNY, then our perspective should change.

Just because CNY has become common lingo does not make it right. Some call this nit-picking. I call this being precise.

Yeah, it’s a slow blogging day but a hectic week, so I play my harp. Happy LNY!



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