KS2 BITESIZE

Posted: February 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/english/spelling_grammar/spelling/play.shtml

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This online game can be used in classroom where it involves maximum participation of the pupils. Pupils need to use prefixes and suffixes to create new words, with new meanings, from words that they already know.

Teacher starts the lesson by introducing some familiar and regular words hat have prefixes and suffixes. Teacher first explains the meaing of prefixes and suffixes and also their uses.

Then teacher lets them to play the game in groups, so that they need to compete with each other while learning new vocabulary.

This game can be integrated in Year 4 classroom with high proficiency.

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KERPOOF.COM

Posted: February 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Function:

  1. DoodlePad
    • Basic paint tool
    • Print painting
    • Undo, redo, erase tools
  2. Make a Drawing
    • Similar to DoodlePad
    • More paint tools
    • Email, print, save as JPG
  3. Spell a Picture
    • Most appropriate for elementary students
    • Choose from multiple scenes and basic word bank
    • Basic literacy, sight word skills
    • Print picture w/ student name and list of words spelled

    View tutorial

  4. Make a Picture
    • Background, character selections
    • Email, print, save as JPG
    • Searchable graphics
    • Text and drawing tool
  5. Make a Story
    • Choose a storyline and themes’
    • Search feature for using characters
    • Save scene as JPG
    • Print completed image
  6. Make a Storybook
    • Similar to Make a Story application
    • Allows multiple scenes
    • Save and print book options
    • Background, paint, character, conversation balloon tools
  7. Make a Movie
    • Multi-track timeline
    • Choose storyline and scenes
    • Add music and conversation
    • Basic animation (assigning actions)
    • Share with Kerpoof group
    • Email completed movie

Limitation:

Internet connection

Navigation – Must reload site when switching between apps

 

Other advantages:

Teacher management tool
Allows students;

  • Share their work
  • Use discussion forums
  • Rate each other’s projects
  • Chat and collaborate in a moderated environment

Lesson plan suggestions for teachers

Educational values

Fantastic educational features

Teacher controls

Group message boards

Ability to share artwork and rate others

Perfect for integrating technology into multiple subject areas

 

TPACK!!

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Among the lessons that I have taught during my practicum in school, I remembered this one particular lesson as the feedback that I got from the students were all positive. I taught Standard 4 pupils with average proficiency, and this lesson’s focused skill is listening. Meanwhile, the language focus is past tense.I applied TPACK as much as I can into this lesson.

During set induction, I presented students with pictures taken from the movie, : “The Ants and The Grasshopper.” I used Power Points to show the slides of the main characters in the movie, and I made them guesses what are they and from what movie do the characters played in. Before introducing them to those slides, I asked them what fables or short stories are they familiar with. As to relate with the TPACK, during this stage, I applied open-ended questions for my pedagogical-knowledge. I encouraged them to discuss among themselves, to respond to the questions asked, and also to give their own opinion based on their previous knowledge. The technology that was applied here is obviously Power Point presentation.

During presentation stage, I drilled them with the vocabularies that they are going to use and listen during the next activity. I focused on the past tense words, that end with _ed.  Then, I played the movie. I asked them to watch the movie carefully and listen to the words spoken by the characters as there are past tense words they need to come out with, or use, for the next activity. The movie-watching part is the most important part of all because the students really looked like they enjoyed the movie. The choice of the movie is so important for me as the teacher should take many considerations to suit with the level, proficiency, suitability with the students and moreover, to draw the interest of the students. All these can be relate with TPACK, as I make use of the technology available to manipulate the lesson taught in order to make it interesting, but still, it maintains the suitability for and the level of the students. It all contains in the pedagogical knowledge and content knowledge.

Lastly, during the practice stage, students were given task sheets where they need to fill in the blanks with the suitable past tense words according to the story watched. So, this summarizes the content and knowledge delivered for the whole lesson and it can be evaluated based on the answers given by the students.

My Top 10 WishList

Posted: January 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

I wish………….

  1. that each school has all the facilities required for the students to be used in the teaching and learning process. At least, there is a computer lab that can accommodate a class at one time, so that they are familiar enough and feel motivated to cope with the requirements of the world outside.
  2. that all the teachers can co operate with each other, always offering help to each other, and also ready to work towards supplying the students with all the knowledge that teachers have to improve the quality of the outcome, in terms of the knowledge of the students with the requirements and demands of the public.
  3. that each school should have at least 5 teachers who are trained with the use of ICT and they are always updated with the ICT courses need to be attend, where those teachers can be one for each subject. This can help to maintain and improve the teaching and learning process itself as they can help the other teachers too to conduct classes with the maximum use of the ICT.
  4. that each school is always monitored by one representative to make sure that the school monitored has enough facilities to be used by the students. The teachers and the management of the school can always make complains to the representative to voice out any concern or problem regarding the facilities provided.
  5. that for each subject, there are enough teaching guidance provided in ICT so that teachers can make use of it. The teaching guidance must be prepared based on the curriculum specifications. Not to mean that the teachers are lazy. It is just as a guidance to suit with the level of the students and requirements of the curriculum.
  6. The examinations are changed into a new format that is to test students’ understanding based on each topic, not to just remember and review past questions’ paper. this is important so that teachers are not afraid to fully make use of ICT in classroom.
  7. students are provided with extra classes on how to use the ICT provided in the school. This class can also be used to teach them the bad influence of the ICT so that they get the overview of the good and bad of ICT, despite only learning new knowledge.
  8. that there will be no corruption anymore in providing the budget to be spend on ICT facilities. My dad always tell me about the corruption happened in school. So I really wish the teachers, management of the school, and also the ministers up there to be more wise and always think about the future of the students, not themselves.
  9. the main examination, UPSR is cancelled for a few years to give the integration of ICT to take place and implemented. To decide on whether which students should go to which school, the elite secondary school should make an exam by themselves, so they themselves can determine on what kind of students they want.
  10. that some of  the wishes above could be at least implemented in few years ahead.

My Teaching Experience

Posted: January 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Last semester, I was assisgned to teach a school located in Brickfields, SK La Salle. At first, I was not confident enough to go teaching at the school since it is an all boys’ school. But I thought of it as a challenge for me in becoming a teacher, regardless of what kind of students I get.

I found out that the school do have the ICT facilities ready to be used in T&L process. Then later I was informed by the studnts that they were rarely brought by their teachers into the media room to get used with the ICT facilities. Furthermore, most of the students there come from average family background since the school consist of Malay and Indian students only.

Among the experiences that I faced in utilizing ICT in the classroom, the most unforgettable one was with Year 1 students. As we all know, we can’t expect much from Year 1 students when they are exposed to ICT usage in classroom such as watching movies, playing online games and etc. On that day, I was assigned to take over this only Year 1 class because the actual teacher didn’t come to the class. So, I decided to bring them to the media room to watch a movie, The Ugly Duckling. Before this, when I entered their class, they seem not interested in learning. They preferred to play, walk around the class and disturb their friends. There was this particular student, who I cannot remember his name, was hated by his classmates, because of his dumbness and annoyed character. He likes to disturb his friends because he does not understand English at all. So when I brought them to the media room that day, I pay more attention on him. The moment the students entered the room, it became havoc. I just can’t control them where they were all shouting and running around. I had to shout more than once to make them silence and be seated. Then, I played a movie, The Ugly Duckling. Before that, I asked the class whether they have watched the movie, or heard and read the story before. I was shocked when there were none of them who have watched, read or even heard about the story. Next, while the movie was played, there was absolute silence in the room where most of the students really listening and watching it. Even though the movie is in English, the students were able to understand it. The thing that amazed me was the problematic student, who also seem to enjoy the movie. I was sitting next to him for the whole class, and he did asked me frequently about the plot of the story and also managed to guess it. He was just sitting and watching the movie even though at times, his friends did call him to disturb his attention. Later when the class was dismissed, he came to me and told me that he wants to be just as The Ugly Duckling from the movie. When I asked the reason, he said that he also wants to be cared like The Ugly Duckling. I was touched..

My second experience was a bad experience that I encountered with Year 4 students. It was not really bad but at least, I learned something from it. It happened when I used a short movie as the introduction and the stimulus for the teaching on that day. They were required to fill in the blanks with correct answers based on the plot of the story. At the end of the class, when I want to discuss the answers with the students, none of the could have managed to complete it. The most was 2 questions out of 10. It really surprised me. But then, when I asked the problem, they said that they do not actually understand the story. First of all, was because the spoken language of the characters in the story. It went too fast. Besides, the sound system was also bad. They said it was not clear enough. The last thing that I learned was, it is not suitable to give them a listening task while they need to watch the movie at the same time too. The task should be carried out after the movie, not while watching the movie, so that the story could be understand by the students who only have average proficiency of English language.

My last memorable experience using ICT in the classroom was with Year 5 students. The class was the last class and most of the students have their own problems with learning. There were one students who have leukemia, one students who only come to class twice a week, and there were so many students who could not speak, write and read in both languages, English and Malay. One day, I decided to bring them to the media room where I provided them with online games for the Mathematics subject. The topic that I taught on that day is about time. The students need to compete within groups where they need to show the correct time based on the clue given. The class went havoc at times but it was fun to see that they were all so eager to participate and I can also see their teamwork was so amazing where they keep discussing among their group members to pick who is going to answer the questions. I also allowed them to help each others in order to help develop their teamwork. I was so happy to see them participate in the class and never give up even usually, there were only not more than 10 students who always showed up in that class out of 24 students overall. After the activity conducted in the media room, I always encourage them to come to the school so that they can always play games like that and since then, there were at least 18 students who always showed up during my class.

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Posted: January 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

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COP Part B

Posted: October 21, 2009 in Uncategorized
First of all, n order to set up COP in classroom, i need to provide an environment that would encourage and support the development of the COP condition in the classroom. so, i have to make sure that my pupils in the classroom are close with each other. this can be done with the seating arrangements. either i set up their seating according to groups or in a semi circle, so that their seats would be next to each other. furthermore, by setting them in groups, indirectly, it will encourage their work to be done in groups, such as by discussions and etc.
Next, i will also encourage them to have their own email so that they can interact with each other during and also outside the classroom. lets take example during the school holidays in the end of the year. during that time, that is almost 2 months, they can still communicate with each other and i will also join them so that they would be prepare for next year. for this, i will create a group or a forum so that they can join me and i may know what they are doing during their holidays.
The activities that i will give to them also determine the use of COP. i will give as much as possible works that need to be done in groups. furthermore, i will also create portfolios for each of them so that they can use it when they are required to do works during the school holidays.
in order to sustain COP, all the teachers in the school need to cooperate and ready for themselves all the skills required to implement COP. besides, the role of the school itself is important too. the school needs to provide facilities, and also the money need.
THAT’s ALL!!!!!