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:: Personalised Learning:S.H.I.D.O.N.N.I ing~:: March 16, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — admiral31712 @ 7:54 pm

Hi guys..

For this entry, we were asked to create a Personalised Learning lesson based on one of the ICT tools which were given by Ms.Ng. Out of the 7 tools  I really indulged myself in Shidonni! Shidonni is a virtual world for kids targeted at 4-10 year olds, which focuses on unleashing the creativity of its users by allowing them to draw their own characters for use in game play.

 

Basically this is how I’m going to integrate Shidonni in my lesson.

Year: 2

Topic: My pet

Stage: Production stage (Speaking Skill)

Learning Objective: By the end of the lesson, pupils will be able to:

                                    1. Draw their favourite animal pet.

                                    2. Talk about the pet that they have drawn.

Procedures:

1. Teacher introduces Shidonni to the pupils and explains to them how to use the tool.

2. Teacher asks the pupils to draw their pet by using Shidonni.

3. Pupils start to draw their favourite pet.

4. Once the pupils have completed drawing, teacher asks each pupil to share about their drawings by talking and describing about it.

5. If time and technology allow, teacher will ask each of the pupils to present their drawn pet electronically. If not, the teacher can Print pupils work and let each pupils talk about their pet.

My lesson is simple and yet it is one part of personalized learning in a way that it caters to the pupils’ interest (their own pets). Children generally like to talk about themselves, and to hear their classmates doing the same. They enjoy talking about their favourite things, hobbies, animals, sports, families and so on. You can also change the topic to “My Family and I” and let the pupils to draw their family members and themselves.

 

::I questioned..I learned..:: February 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — admiral31712 @ 11:16 pm

Last week , the ICT class really opened up my mind and eyes to the possibilities of adapting and using game show concept such as “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in the classroom. I still remembered those days when I always sit in front of the TV just to watch that game show. The game was packed with adrenalin rush where there is a risk in every question. When Ms. Ng assigned us to create that game using the choices of templates from PowerPoint presentation, I questioned myself on the possibility of it to be a failure if we are to use this in real classroom context. I mean, yes, all of us have watched this game before, but the thought of using this kind of concept in the classroom was something new, right? So me and my groups discussed and started to complete the task. The task was not as easy as I thought. We revised, modified here and there again and again just to ensure that the game could be used in the classroom. There were many aspects to be considered of while designing this game such as the theme that could capture the pupils’ attention, the suitable choices and the use of colours and graphics, the size of fonts, the complexity level of the questions, and the pupils’ level of comprehension and proficiency. The target group was Year 4, so we changed the rating/award system by using sunshine and rainy chart. In the real “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” game, there’ll only be one winner but in our “Who Wants to be My Sunshine” no groups will be eliminated. Those were some of the modification and adaptation made by our group during the process of completing the task. All of us were so proud of ourselves upon seeing our end product. Yaay!

On the presentation day, I was amazed of the other groups’ presentation. WOW!

I could see different interesting themes and concepts, the creativity of the graphics and ideas presented by my fellow course mates. I learned how to give feedbacks individually after watching each groups’ presentation. It was difficult at first to comment of their presentation, but I opened up my mind and heart and gave my feedbacks based on my observation of their presentation (hoped the feedbacks given helped them to improve on their presentation) J. Ms. Ng was right when she said that we need to receive the feedbacks from others with an open heart and mind. Some of the comments received said that we need to improve on the choice of background of the game and the use of colours which they thought may not be suitable for the kids. Ms. Ng commented on the inserting of audio which could enhance the game overall (thanks Ms. Ng! ). The feedbacks given helped me and my group mates to reflect on our presentation on that day (thank you so much for all the feedbacks given!). I really enjoyed this session. What is more important, I learned that we can actually adapt the game concept (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) or any game show into our lesson by considering many aspects and also by improving on it in the future through the feedbacks and comments gained from others..:)

 

Turning an online game into a simple lesson..::Magic Balls!:: February 15, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — admiral31712 @ 2:47 pm

I loved to play all types of games in Miniclip.com. One of the online games that I chose and make a simple lesson out of it is “Magic Balls”. The best part of this game is you can play it online or you can even download it. It would come in handy for the teacher to use this game even without the internet accessibility in the school.

 

Here are the explanations on the simple lesson that I have created inspired by this game. The game is integrated in the Practice/During/Explore stage.

Year: 1

Focused Skill: Speaking

Integrated Skill(s): Listening, Reading, Writing

Language proficiency: Average proficiency

Language focus: Nouns (Colours – red, green, orange, grey, purple)

Learning Objective: By the end of the lesson, pupils will be able to:

                                    1. Group two or more balls of the same colours to

                                        remove them.                         

Before/Engage

-Teacher gives the input on the name of the colours( red, green, orange, grey and purple) to the pupils through the use of relia and flashcards.

-Teacher drills the vocabulary with the pupils and gives examples in context.

Examples:

1. The grass is green in colour.

2. The apple is red in colour.

3. My bag is orange in colour.

4. Siti’s umbrella is purple in colour.

5. The table is grey in colour.

*During/Explore

– Teacher divides the pupils in small groups ( 3-4 persons in a group).

– Teacher flashes the game on the screen by using the LCD projector.

-Teacher explains to the pupils on how to play the game.

-Teacher tells the pupils that they need to work as a group to complete each level.

– Teacher asks the each group to list down all the colours that can be found in the game.

– Each group has to create one simple sentence for each colour and present their answers in front of the classroom.

After/Elaborate

-Pupils maintained in the same group.

– Teacher distributes 5 coloured papers (red, green, orange, purple, and grey) and a drawing sheet to each group.

– Pupils are asked to create a collage using the coloured papers provided.

-Teacher asks the groups to use their own creativity in creating the collage.

-Teacher displays the end products on the wall or at one corner of the classroom.

 

Review on 1 of the ICT tools that captured my heart..K-E-R-P-O-O-F! February 7, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — admiral31712 @ 8:33 pm

Hi guys..

Chinese New Year holiday has left and now here I am..back on my feet on this 4th entry. During the holiday, I get to explore all the 11 ICT tools that were given to us for our third assignment. Out of 11, I would say that I loved K-E-R-P-O-O-F so much! I was really impressed by this tool. Wish I had this tool when I was in primary school. Haha ! Oppss.. I am a teacher-to-be now so let us get back into the reality. So now I would like to give some of my opinions after exploring Kerpoof.

 

1. Functions of the tool

Kerpoof, which was launced in 2007 and being purchased by Disney in 2009. This web-based creative art tool is one of the teacher management tools. This amazing ICT tools allows students to share their work, use discussion forums, rate each other’s projects, and to chat and collaborate in a moderated environment. The best part of this tool is it has lesson plan suggestions for teachers..(yaay!). In Kerpoof, you can make artwork, make an animated movie, earn “Koins” which you can trade for fun things in the Kerpoof Store, make a printed card, t-shirt, or mug ,tell a story, make a drawing and vote on the movies, stories, and drawings that other people have made.

 

 

2. Limitations of the tool

However, I found out that there were several limitations of this tool. The first limitations is when we want to switch between applications. For example, if you are now at the “Make a Card” section, and you want to go to “Spell the Picture”, the entire website must be reloaded. Besides that, the accesses to all features are limited in a sense that you have to have a premium account which costs you a sum of membership fees (which is not in Malaysia’s currency, of course! ) for you to enable to access premium features such as additional scenes, characters, actions and music.

3. When can this tool be used?

I think this tool can be used in any stages of the lesson, may it be during the set induction, pre, while, or post stages of the lesson. It is up to the creativity of the teacher and how he or she wants to utilize and integrate this tool in the lesson.

Spell a Picture

 

Make a Picture

 

Make a Card

Tell a Story

 

Make a Drawing

 

Make a Movie

4. User friendliness

Despite of its limitations, I would say that Kerpoof is a user-friendly tool for everyone. Why did I say this? This is because it has “How-to” guides for users. This guide actually helped people who haven’t heard of Kerpoof to explore and understand how to use features in this tool. Personally, I feel that Kerpoof is very useful for the teacher to integrate technology into multiple subject areas.

5. Suitable for which standard?

This tool is suitable for lower and upper primary level because each application uses more features and tools as they advance. The level ranged from basic(which can be Spell a Picture, or Make a Picture) up until the advance level (from Tell a Story until Make a Movie) activities.

 

Lesson plan + TPACK.. January 24, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — admiral31712 @ 4:12 pm

Hi guys..

My third entry here is about one of my lesson that used ICT and how TPACK (Technological Pegagogical Content Knowledge) were embedded in my lesson. The discussion on TPACK last week really opened up my eyes that “Hey..there was TPACK in most of my lessons”. Haha. So all this while I’ve been TPACKing and I just knew about it last week.

One of my lessons which I have used ICT is listening lesson and the language focus on that day was on Simple Present Tense. My class, 2 Maju was of mixed abilities and the level of proficiency was low to average. Based from my experiences and observation of the childrens’ behaviour, I would say that my kids prefer more to hands-on and group works activity. Worksheet is fine, but too much of worksheet made them feel bored. So, I’ve decided to arouse their curiosity first, and then give and explain the content, and after that only I let them to practice what they have learned and discuss the answers with them. For set induction, I showed them a picture of a boy brushes his teeth. I elicited their responses by asking Wh-questions about the picture. After writing down their responses on the board, I told them about what they are going to learn. Next, in pre-listening stage, I used a videoclip and ask Wh-questions about it. I highlighted the simple present tense that I wanted to teach on that day: eat, goes, reads, listens, and gets up and I give example by teaching the words in context. (e.g Ali gets up at 7.00 o’clock in the morning everyday). You can see the example of the video that I used below:

In the while-listening stage, I gave them worksheet to be done as an individual while in post-listening stage I divided them into small groups and distribute an A3 size of crossword puzzle to be completed. In closure stage, I reuse the picture from set induction and I asked them the importance of brushing our teeth everyday (personal hygiene).

I must admit that it is very difficult for me to find a suitable video that suits to Malaysian classroom context and is appropriate to my pupils’ level. As a teacher, the technological knowledge helps me to consider several factors when choosing videos, songs, or other ICT resources to be used in my teaching and learning process. For example like this video, it was colourful, the language used was simple and easy to understand, the quality of the audio was good, and  the examples are shown clearly through the pumpkin character  in the video. Besides that, the content of the video is similar to what the pupils do every morning (life experience). I let the pupils watched this video repeatedly (about 3 times, I guess). Next, I ask Wh-questions regarding the video such as “What is the video all about?”, “What can you see in the video?”, and “What the pumpkin did in the video?”. When explaining the concept of Simple Present Tense to them, I drew a connection between what the pumpkin did in the video and what they do every morning. At the end of the day, I could see that they understood the concept when I marked their worksheets. Technological knowledge allows the teacher to choose ICT materials which are suitable to be used in their classroom. When it combines with the pedagogy or method that the teacher used (depends on the teacher..in my case.. I just mix and match), your pupils will get the content. Or in other words..TPACK! =)

 

My Top 10 Wish Lists January 17, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — admiral31712 @ 9:32 pm

This second entry is all about wish lists! Oppss..don’t get me wrong..it is not my 24th birthday wish lists or has something to do with new year. It is about things that I want to change about the ICT situation so that it can be conducted in the teaching and learning process! Want to know what my wish lists are? Let us countdown from 10, people~

10 : All the teachers must at least have the knowledge on how to operates those techno tools. Having the right tools but without the knowledge how to use them is a total waste!

9 : The government should provide enough technicians to every school in Malaysia so that all the problems related with the ICT tools can be tackled  efficiently and not being left there until they are dusty and cannot be used at all.

8: The school administrator must create monthly schedule for the technician so that all the technological tools are being monitored frequently to make sure that they are in a good condition and are in high performance. The implementation of this schedule is important to ensure that the technicians assigned for the particular school do their job as they are asked to.

7: Provide media room with well equipped ICT facilities in every school. Each school should have at least 2 media rooms. If the school is big, perhaps they can have 3-4 media rooms. If the school is small, maybe they can have 1-2 media rooms.

6: The school itself should be supporting in the usage of ICT in the learning itself. The implementation of ICT in children’s learning would be difficult if the school rejects the idea and does not see the benefit of ICT in delivering the knowledge to the children.

5: Teachers must have a backup plan. A laptop, speakers, and a projector is must-have equipment so that the lesson still can be conducted in the classroom if the computer lab or the room where you want to conduct the lesson could not be used. The projector can be borrowed from the media room.

4: There should be a subject on the ICT being taught in the school as one of the core subjects. This subject will focus on the basic skills on the use of the application, software, and hardware of the computers which are organized in a hierarchy from easy to difficult according to their levels. Once the children have mastered the knowledge, they are encouraged to explore the technology by themselves which involves their critical and creative thinking skills. This is facilitated by a trained technology teacher. In other words, the development of ICT skills should be embedded in learning objectives in the Primary School Curriculum.

3: Planning for ICT use should be at school level and should address key issues including the use of ICT for children with special needs, equality of ICT access for all children, and health and safety when using ICT.

2: Co-operation between home and school can facilitate the development of a common understanding about the use of ICT as a tool for lifelong learning.

1: The integration of ICT in the Primary School Curriculum should be directed toward enhancing teaching and learning. Here, everyone plays their role: policy makers, the school administrators, ICT co-coordinators, teachers, and PTA (parents-teachers association). In addition of the direction towards enhancing teaching and learning, I would strongly recommend that schools use filtering software to control access to Internet sites. Besides that, educational portals may be used to control the level of open access to the Internet within the school.

 

Practicum January 9, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — admiral31712 @ 5:45 pm

After 3 months of holiday, here I am again in the world of techno! I guess it is still not too late to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011! All of us start off this New Year with new resolutions and freshly new us. This is my first entry and basically it is about my experiences in using ICT during my 3 months period of practicum.

School: Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Sungai Besi(2), Cheras

Year: 2 (such cute and adorable kids. A bit naughty sometimes..)

Subject: English and Science

Frankly speaking, the school was situated near setinggan area whereby the children who enrolled in this school came from poor social economic background. Some came from broken family while others the parents did not give their corporations to the school or even care about their children’s education. Some of the pupils are very smart and good in their studies while others did not have the chance to shine because some of the teachers had given up their hope on them.

Based from my 3 months experience teaching there, I found out that most of the teachers there did not utilize the use of ICT in their lesson. A normal lesson would be chalk-and-talk, or using flashcards. This is because the facilities provided in the school are not adequate. There is only one computer lab with around 20 computers there, but only 2 out of 20 can be used. Besides that, there is no access to the internet in that computer lab. There are 3 projectors in the school, one in the computer lab itself, another one in the science laboratory, and the third one is in the Year 5 classroom. Out of 3, only 2 can be used. So the use of ICT was a bit hard but I challenged myself to incorporate ICT in my lessons, and I succeed.

The use of videos as a stimulator in my lessons has made the pupils got very excited to learn English language and created a fun learning atmosphere in the classroom. Most of the videos I chose to use for the lesson had the lyrics flashing on it which is easier for the pupils to sing along while they were watching it. And some of the videos were very colourful and the language used was easy for the pupils to understand. Here are some of the examples of the videos that I used for my English language lessons:-

Besides using the videos for my English lessons, I also used them in my Science lessons. Usually the videos were imparted either during the beginning of the lesson or in between the lesson to explain the science concept to the pupils, enhanced their curiosity and deepen their understanding of what they are learning. Below are some of the examples of the videos used:

Apart from the videos, I also used PowerPoint presentation as my teaching aids in delivering the message of the lesson:-

restructuring ideas stage 1

restructuring ideas 2

The three months of teaching practice really opened up my eyes to the reality of teaching in the education field. It gave me the opportunity for me to apply whatever we have learned and adapt them in a real classroom situation. The uses of ICT aided my lessons as well as motivate the pupils to be creative and interested in their learning.