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Data and information are not boring


Data and information are not boring. The key is to select the appropriate (and accurate) data to support your message. But it also matters how you bring the data alive, giving it context and meaning.

以上文字來自 Presentation Zen 的文章: Hans Rosling: Don’t just show the notes, play the music! 作者引用了 Hans Rosling 的一些短片,示範如何生動地報告統計數據:

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我很認同 Hans Rosling 在其中一段片段所說的:

“…few people will appreciate the music if I just show them the notes. Most of us need to listen to the music to understand how beautiful it is. But often that’s how we present statistics; we just show the notes we don’t play the music."

我認為同樣的理念,也可以應用到教學上,例如是數學科目。為甚麼老師不應該只讀資料,僅僅把各種方程式和計算法則述說一遍?因為那等於向學生展示一首樂譜(而且是早就印在書本上的樂譜),學生卻未必能夠自己去演奏、欣賞和享受那首音樂。更有甚者,那班「會考毒」中得深的學生,為了考試,只好硬背這些樂譜,結果花了大量時間「溫習」,到頭來都沒學到甚麼,我認為這樣的教育是十分失敗的。

所以,教學時除了要說出資料之外,還應該指出這些資料之間的關係,其背後的意義等,當然生動的表達也十分重要。而平日自己閱讀時,也應該留意這方面的思考,這樣的學習才有效率。

延伸閱讀:Hans Rosling: Don’t just show the notes, play the music!

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