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The BATCHEM Project: Progress on Web

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This Chinese New Year holidays I worked feverishly on the Web thread of BATCHEM and made good progress.  Here’s a batch ’em technical progress: Set up a VPS with the LAMP stack, migrated content & databases from Dreamhost, and installed Python 3.3 and node.js on the server. Registered jon.hk (cute), and Parked jkwchui.com on top of it. Updated lpcuwc-coral.hk Setup Moodle 2.6 on chem.jon.hk, Installed a responsive theme, customized the appearances, selected, installed, and tested all the extensions required for the desired...

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The BATCHEM project

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in chemistry, IB, LaTeX | 0 comments

Chemistry is the study of matter, and the bedrock upon which studies of medicine, materials, energy, and the environment lies.  As such, introductory chemistry is a required subject for all scientists, and a solid mastery of chemistry gives deeper insight and appreciation to many other matter. It is a challenging subject to study, as the “central science” demands from its student unusual versatility.  Proficient chemists seamlessly transition between the symbolic, microscopic, and macroscopic worlds, intuiting — as the...

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Biorock program on Gili Trawangan

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Conservation, Show in Feature Slider, Travel | 5 comments

Biorock program on Gili Trawangan

Reflections on the 2-weeks Biorock reef conservation program on Gili Trawangan

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UWC: Schedules and Timelines (in progress)

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in IB, Personal, United World Colleges | 7 comments

UWC: Schedules and Timelines (in progress)

Comparing the day-to-day life, academic cycle, and year-cycles of UWCs.

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Our “Course Outline” Display

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in chemistry, IB, Show in Gallery, Visual Arts | 2 comments

Our “Course Outline” Display

I teach chemistry, but I am a kindergarten teacher by heart.  I favor the bright, vibrant, tactile, and physical.  I’m also deeply of the meta persuasion, believing that one must care about the details but never lose sight of the bigger picture. As the school year kicks off, I mused about how to present the course outline.  Do I send off two pages of PDF?  Do I send off a spreadsheet?  Should it be “moodle-lized”?  The progress should be planned, and the plan clearly communicated to students and co-teachers.  But the plan...

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Clocks of History (Chinese Dynasty edition)

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in Personal, Show in Feature Slider, Show in Gallery, Visual Arts | 0 comments

Clocks of History (Chinese Dynasty edition)

An experimental project that accurately portray historical time as a clock-face. The current outcome is one where Chinese dynasties are juxtaposed against periods in Western history.

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Project Preview: Multi-functional Wall Map

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in Personal, Visual Arts | 0 comments

Project Preview: Multi-functional Wall Map

In moving to Hong Kong, I decided to detach myself from possessions and live a minimalist life.  My place at the College, however, doubles as a meeting place for meeting with students, and certain furniture comes part and parcel with the flat. But I have no use whatsoever for the TV stand.  (I haven’t watched TV for more than 15 years.)  The maintenance staff kindly took that away, and left behind a blank wall.  I decided to do something with it.   I like chalk, maps, and magnets; the wall would be all that. There shall be a magnetic...

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Reflecting on ToK Art Day

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in IB, Personal, Theory of Knowledge, Visual Arts | 0 comments

Reflecting on ToK Art Day

In August our Theory of Knowledge (ToK) class had an Art Day.  The day began with three lectures weaving together music, visual art, dance, and theatre, and concluded with a visit to Osage, a contemporary art gallery.  One of our students blogged about the exhibit; here are my observations and reflections on art, specifically, visual art. The day reminded us of the vast variety of creations that have been referred to as “art”.  Even within visual arts, there are different techniques, media, intentions, popularity, and a myriad of...

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Life at the Hong Kong UWC

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in chemistry, IB, Personal | 6 comments

Life at the Hong Kong UWC

Three months came and gone since I’ve moved into LPCUWC as a chemistry/theory of knowledge teacher.  What was it like?  If I’m pressed for a one-word summary, it would be: intense.  With half the time, half the resources, we expect to accomplish twice as much — and we often do.  The string stretched tautest do ring brightest. The work My first realization of this came from course planning.  Coming back from an IB workshop in Singapore, I started laying out the plan for the year.  The academic term here is comprise of eight...

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Brief personal update

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in Personal, Website | 0 comments

Brief personal update

Life’s been a whirlwind in the past year, and perhaps especially so in the summer.  Since coming back from Europe/Africa in June, there were a sequence of family issues, followed by the move in, training, and start of a new job.  A number of projects and correspondences were put on hold… if you’re one of them, my sincere apologies.  I hope to get my head above water, and get back to you as soon as possible. Saying bye to Canada, I’ve returned to Hong Kong, and will be teaching chemistry and theory of knowledge (ToK) at...

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