Read a book a day with “Four Minute Books”

About a month ago while browsing through Quora, I chanced upon a question asking What are the Best Book Summary Websites.  In one of the responses was Niklas Göke‘s answer: Four Minute Books. Four Minute Books is Niklas’ passion project for 2016 where he reads a book and writes a summary everyday for a year…

Computational Thinking: Do Computers Think?

What Computational Thinking Means “Computational thinking” has been the buzzword of the last year.   Many coding apps and coding classes for kids claim to teach computational thinking.  Most will invoke the keywords like “conditional logic”, “sequencing”,  “algorithms”, etc. “Coding is not an end itself, but one means to get to a far more critical end:…

How to get a Free domain + More! (for Students)

Namecheap offers free domains for students   NameCheap is offering free branded .me third level domains (TLD) to current students from UK, US, Canadian and Australian Universities as part of their education’s initiative to get students online.  As of 22 Apr 2016, there were 2,102 eligible Universities, including 1,931 US universities, 133 Canadian Universities, 24 UK universities and 14 Australian Universities. (If your university…

My Top 10 Crowdfunding Tips

(A response to a request on Quora by someone who wanted to crowdfund his brother’s education of $50,000)

Hacking Premium Twitter Tools

This Hack is worth more than $1,188 (Originally posted on Medium on 14 December 2015, updated on 3 May 2016) Almost every professional content marketer I know pays for a certain tool to see what content gets shared, who the influencers are etc. Sure I’ve tried it out, it’s a fantastic tool —but the PRO version…

My Problem with Heuristics and Singapore Math

Seth Godin published a blog post recently “For those unwilling to think deeply”, which made me think about the problem with Singapore Math and heuristics. “You can just use the tool without understanding it, copy the leader without realizing where she’s going, follow instructions without questioning them.” Why? “More likely, you don’t want to expend the…

World’s Largest Study in Critical Thinking

World’s Largest study in Critical Thinking UK education technology startup Macat, in collaboration with Cambridge University are conducting the world’s largest ever study on Critical Thinking in education and the workforce. While the research is being done by the Cambridge School of Education, the survey is being funded and administered by Macat, a UK edtech…

Food for Thought – The Ethical Implications of Too Much Tuition

Making Caring Common: Tuition and Ethics Harvard’s Making Caring Common – a part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education – recently made a dramatic call to all college admissions officers to look for active contribution to community and to reduce the pressures of excessive over-achievement.  Almost 90 colleges including all of the Ivy League Universities have…

Making Gifs

Making Gifs for Twitter I started making Gifs when I realised that they were becoming popular on Twitter.  In particular, Dustin Stout , one of the early Tweeps that I engaged with would always reply with a Gif. So one of the very first Gifs I made was this one that I sent to him! @dustntv…

If money is all that matters, forget Harvard, do a STEM degree instead

“Forget Harvard: Here’s Where To Go To College If You Want A High-Paying Job” In an article was published in Co.Exist (Fast Company) on 4 May 2015, Senior Editor Ariel Schwartz cited a study from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program that ranks two- and four-year colleges based on economic outcomes for graduates.

Re-educating for Creativity: Ken Robinson’s TED talk

Quotes from Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk about how schools kill creativity   “Creativity is as important to Education as literacy.” “If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original.” “We stigmatize mistakes. And we’re now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make.”

Shift Happens – Did You Know?

(Source: Shift Happens – Did You Know? – Changes in global populations and technology – video) Shift Happens Did you know / Shift Happens is a project by Karl Fisch, a high school teacher who created an extremely popular presentation in 2007. “25% of the population in China with the highest IQs is greater than the population…

2x Impact Day pop-up site!

2x Impact Facebook Open Graph Image The importance of having the correct dedicated Facebook Open Graph Image and text  was something that I picked up when making my first fundraising website (http://deb.bi/WantstoBuildaSchool) as well as when we ran our GiveWhatforXmas campaign.  So when it came round for Windows donation matching, and the microsite that I created,…

Christmas is all about Giving!

  This is another Gif that I made on the iPhone. Apps used: 1. Photo Collage to add words and images; 2. Gifx to add the animated floating hearts.    

#GiveWHATforXmas: Adsy Microsite and Mobile Web

Adsy – A cute platform for a microsite Check out our #GiveWhATforXmas microsite and mobile website made with Adsy and Impress.ly   The site can be viewed here:  http://deb.bi/GiveWHATforXmas-Microsite Impress.ly – an Impressive Mobile Web / App Platform Our Mobile Web (App-looking site) was made with impress.ly’s App platform which creates a mobile web site…

#GiveWHATforXmas: Asher Dharsan 2015 Xmas Campaign Video

Asher’s  GiveWhatforXmas Campaign video – Asher was a typical 13 year old boy – he really did not want to participate in this experiment at all. While his sister Anya was up for being filmed and making music videos, he kept asking if he had to do it. But when it came to his turn,…

8 Unexpected Lessons I Learnt about Fundraising

8 Unexpected Lessons I Learnt about Fundraising Some of you may know that I have been fundraising to build a school in Laos with Pencils of Promise (apologies to those I have been hassling over the last few weeks), but it’s done!  Between 8-Oct-15 to 26-Nov-15, US$25,050 was raised from 80 super generous friends in 46…

Parenting Advice from the First Lady of China

Controversial parenting advice banned in Chinese media strikes a cord with Singaporean parents Many people have asked me where I found  parenting advice from Peng Liyuan, the First Lady of China because if you try to google it, you won’t find it anywhere in English.   This is the story. My mum sent it to…

The Value of a Tweet: $174 per Donor

A Mid Campaign Tweet by Tweep analysis of the Value of a Tweet First Posted on Medium: The Value of a Tweet: $174 per Donor — Medium I’ve been fundraising to build a school in Laos with Pencils of Promise. If you breakdown the sources of donations that I received, Twitter is was the other social…

Let’s Make Magic: A Story of Singapore’s Growth

Over the last 50 years Singapore’s growth can only be described as monumental. In the 1960s, we had the same GDP as Nigeria. Today, Singapore has the 3rd highest GDP per capita in the world, overtaking the G10 nations and the other East Asian Tigers.