Wednesday, November 11, 2009
What do you like about blogging?
First of all, I like reading other people’s blogs and this has created an interest within me to create my own blog. I do have my own blog other than this and it was created not very long ago, before I enter this class. Hence, when Mdm. Foziah told us that we need to create a blog to pour any feelings and reflects on the class, I was quite excited to hear it. I never thought that blogging will become parts of my learning platform and was actually another coursework which I collect marks from it.
Blogging offers us many benefits and I like the features that it provides us place to pour out feelings or reflects on anything we see, hear, think, talk and even receive! This is also platform where we can share what we have with each others. I came across many blogs before and there is one thing that I found COMMON in every blog, they tell things from their own perspectives and what’s the differences is the way the tell the story ~ some people use a really witty and sarcastic way while some are comfortable to be direct to the point. Well, this is the thing which I like most about blogging. It’s authenticity where we got to tell others what we feel from our own perspectives!
When I reread what I had wrote in my last entries, I can see the development of learning and this really gives me the insight to do well in my learning, so that i will be able to develop more and more each days.
Besides that, blog also provide us the opportunity to decorate our own blog according to our preferences. There are many funky and beautiful decoration can be found in the net besides other application which is really exciting such as we can share our songs online, pictures, updates on ourselves and lots more!!
What you do not like about blogging?
Although blogs provides us with many interesting features, but I guess, it is not as friendly as Windows Live do. I found out that I face difficulties when I want to put pictures or even video songs in it. It was quite a frustrating experience to see my entries gone when I mistakenly press wrong key. Oh! This really upset me very much.
To be able to sign in to blogspot.com, we need internet connection. Hence, when there is no connection available, and we got so many things to tell and do in the blog, it has really pushed me to the maximum. This is one thing that we cannot afford to do unless if we have superpowers that can make it work although without internet connection.
Besides that, it was quite tedious for us to check on our friends updates unless we have their blog address. But, problems will occur when we do not have the address since we won’t be able to know or read the updates on their blog. as i said earlier, blog was not really friendly in the sense that it does not really connect us with each other unlike other social networking application such as Facebook, twitter and Friendster.
What have you gained from blogging? eg. Language skills, improved fluency, critical thinking, improved thought processes, technology skills etc.
I realized that I gained a lot from blogging! I was able to improve my language especially my writing skills besides sharpen my critical justifications as well as creative thinking. Besides that, not to forget, my technology skills too.
As we need to write an entry each week regarding the class we attend, indirectly it helps me to write better and better from days to days. This is because I will be able to learn new words besides have to think on what to write each week. i need to always organize all the knowledge i get and since i need to do it weekly, hence when it comes to write it was like a breeze where i don’t need much time on thinking what to write for each post. i just simply open my blog and start to pour all the knowledge i learn and know. Besides that, i also need to really understanding each topic thoroughly so that I will be able to write my reflections on each class I attended.
Moreover, i also get the chance to sharpen my critical judgment and justifications since i will be able to see other people’s view on certain things. This gives me opportunity to see thing differently and from other people’s shoe. So, it teaches me to be open to any opinion regarding certain things.
In terms of creative thinking skills, I am able to decorate my own pages with my own preferences; hence it does improve my creative skills since I need to decorate it as beautiful as I can so as to attract other peoples to read it.
What do you like about this course?
One thing that i find very interesting about this course is that it gives me chances to learn about different software used to edit audio and video and even teach me on how to make my own movies using various softwares. I also learn on how to edit pictures and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it very much.
i know that i am not very good in using internet, hence by learning this course, i get to know things i do not know before such as how to download videos, extracting files and even how to upload videos! heh~ i guess, there’s a lot of things that I’m ignorant before so by involving in this course, it has really gives me something!
Another thing that I like was the video making process. I do not sleep just to make sure I really satisfied with the product. at last, it turned out to be quite well and i am proud to say that i am able to create my own video now! hehe :P .No matter what it is, I really ENJOY learning this course!
What you do not like about this course?
i would say the workloads. i find it quite too much since we are not only taking this subject for this semester, but we also have other subjects to be covered too. It is quite stressful to always have to complete and do things which would not really benefit us at the end. i know that the portfolio given is to make us to be well versed in those skills but sometimes it did not really show us the skills that we need to master.
What have you learnt from this course?
There are lots of things that i find very beneficial and can bring this knowledge when i am out for teaching later. This course really helps me in preparing me as a future teacher in terms of using and developing resources and technology in the classroom. i get to learn on how to develop teaching aids using various sources such as videos, audios, flash cards and even e-book. Besides that, i also can brush up my skills in using internet as well as learn new things. if before this i did not really know on how to upload videos or extract files from the net, but now, i am proud to tell that all those things are at my fingertips! :P this knowledge is like a treasure for me to be applied later.
What have you learnt from this course that you did not expect to?
at first i thought that i will only learn about how to integrate and use technology in classroom which is quite similar to one of subjects that i am taking this semester. but, it turns out to be really different and i am very grateful that i have this opportunity to have learn this much. i think, if it is not this course that i am learning from, i would still be be using the hand made teaching aids besides will still afraid when it comes to technological world. i do admit that some of the software being introduced in this subject is like an ALIEN for me but now, i guess i am able to name and even use them on my own.
What have you expected but do not learn from this course?
the software that has been introduce to us did not really serve its purpose since we did not being taught on how to use it. we also have to discover them on our own which i find it quite tedious and difficult. i also did not expect that we will be applying the hands-on methodology to the maximum since most of the work done in the class requires us to do and experience on our own.
If you can change anything about this course, state what is and elaborate?
i would say the way we are being evaluated where some of the work done is not being given marks and some of us think that it is such a waste where we already give our very best in doing it. besides that, i think it is better if we stay in the same group since some of us already comfortable with each other’s style of working and having to rotate group will give us problems.
On a scale of 1 – 10, please rate your computing and technological skills for both before and after undergoing the course.
i would say before undergoing the course, my computing and technological skills is only 5 but now, after undergo the course, my skill might be improved to 8.
that's all for now
and HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!
salam and bye bye bye to all,
lecturer, Mdm Foziah and
not to forget,
this would be my last class for the semester specifically for this resources class. i bet i will surely misses Mdm Foziah very much and not to forget, to listen to her story :P
and with the arrival of week 14, it told us that exam is coming and that we need to study and study and study and study! i am not ready to face the exam yet and i guess now it’s time for me to enjoy my last class first before i locked myself up with all the books and lecture notes for the exam.
as this is our last class, many people did not really turned up making the class seems so small with very few students. but, i guess this was the best class since we got to listen to Mdm Foziah’s precious experiences while she was studying overseas. she told us all her experiences in travelling around the world which makes me very jealous of her [ jealousy in a sense that it is a positive thing]. the story told really made me up and it is like a “spark” which boost my spirit to study hard so that, one day, i will also be able to get the opportunity like this. i really really wanted to feel how life was in the other side of the world and i guess, i have a very long way to go!
being able to experience new things, live in new environment, getting to try out some funny and crazy things, making new friends and even broaden my mind and knowledge, who on earth will say “NO” to chances like this, and i hope that one day, May HE grant me to go there to achieve my childhood dreams. INSYAALLAH.
Lesson Plan is one of the most important things which teacher like us need to have and know and be well versed in it. this is because LESSON PLAN is the plan which will determine on how we are going to conduct our class on that particular day. it contains details on what topic to be taught to the students, the activities, time frame and even what resources will be used in that teaching and learning period. It is very important for us teachers to carry out thelesson in the classroom based n what is being planned and arranged so that we won’t missed out any important things that should be taught and given to the students.
I think that is all for this entry. Till we meet again in my last entry and till then,
GOOD LUCK FOR THE EXAMINATION and
salam and BYEEE ~
Actually we need to submit our assignment 2 which is the teaching aids, but she has agreed to extend it to the other date, and this made us relieved since we have not finished completing them yet. she also asked us to add in more teaching aids we know so that indirectly, it help to expose us to different kinds of teaching aids which can be used in class later. so, i would like to THANK Mdm Foziah ver much since she was able to understand our situation. THANK YOU MADAM! :)
Furthermore, there were many things lacking in our assignment and teaching aids collection since we only provide an example of teaching aids for each type. So, if we want to get better results and grades, we should vary the teaching aids for each type so as to benefit studnets to the maximum.
We were being introduced with another application which is Microsoft Publisher which generates things such as brochures, flyers, cards, advertisement and so on and so forth. These are some of the things that we need to put in our portfolio for assignment 2. There are many things which can be done by using this software and they are all very good and useful for us when we want to produce various teaching aids later.
We also discuss and set the date for our upcoming test and it was agreed to be held on the 28 October 2009. HUH! time really flies very fast and it is like a blink of an eye, i feel like it was only yesterday when we enter UM and now, this semester has come to its end already. i guess with all the workloads and tests, it “help” to add on to our misery and suffer and not to forget, TENSE! =.=;
In a nutshell, that’s all for now and i guess, i need to speed now since i’ve got so many things to do and if i was to delay it again, i’ll be left behind by my friends!
pen off and till then,
salam and bye bye bye
Its 12th week now and i have to admit that time flies really fast! Without i realize it, it has been 12 week since i step my foot in UM and i have to agree that i do get different experiences here if compared to college. This new learning environment has never failed to make me wants to explore and learn more and more, day by day.
This was quite a nice week since we need to submit the video done today! YEAY! At last, the awaited moment has arrived. i can’t seem to be patient anymore since all the hard work will hopefully be paid off now ^_^
We also had uploaded all our video in the group’s YouTube Channel where other people will be able to have access to them too. After waited for Mdm Foziah to enter the class, as usual, we carried out our own activity while some people are busy altering their videos and the tutorials. HUH! i guess, i can now breathe with all my heart since i know that we had gave our very best in this video making process. THANKS TO NAEM for being my video partner, he’s done a great job and i’m looking forward to work with him later ^_^ v
i also would like to THANK all my cohort mates~ fiera, hakim, shikin, nine, idzy, syah, alif, tina, fendy, shima, choo, yati and all cohort 4 for making our video a success. and to those extra actors and actresses whom helped us a lot, don’t worry because sooner or later, there’ll be someone from the production house will call you to go for audition :P
it was very enjoyable and exciting to get to watch each other’s video together in the class. of course there are critiques or comments or praise from our friends, but i guess we need to take it positively and regard that as part of learning process. from what i watched that day, i know that most of my friends do have hidden talent and they are just too shy to show it to us! and i have to admit here that THEY’VE DONE GREAT JOB!
This learning experience will surely help us later when we are out for teaching practice or become a real teacher. There are lots of things that can be done by using this new knowledge i get and that e should always practice it with the students. it is a skill which need to be learn by heart and not something which always bothering us later.
i think, i’ve babbled too much here,
salam and bye bye bye
till we meet again in my next post ^_^
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
raya was just finished and now, back to normal life again!
but, i guess the happiness from the celebration was still within us since there are some of our friends who bring and sharing along their “kuih raya” with the others. it was a F-U-N and enjoyable experience since this allows us to get to know each other’s story during the celebration.
in this week 11, we had to combine with the Tuesday group since Puan Foziah is not really well. due to her condition, she required us to present the article been assigned to us before and i think, all groups had did their very best in disseminating and sharing new knowledge they get from the article.
in fact, i found out that these articles were very good to expose us, the new future teachers to the reality of students in school; their nature, skills need to be learnt and enhanced and etc. my group had chosen the article entitled “The Use of Technology in English Language Learning”. the article briefly told us about the importance of 4 most basic and essential skills needed to be mastered by the students which are reading, writing, speaking and listening.
it is important for teachers to take note that we need to involve all the 4 skills to improve and train the students so that they won’t be left behind by the other friends. These 4 skills is also important in giving platform for the students to learn English in an easy way.
i think it is good that mdm foziah asked us to present our article so that we did not get any misunderstanding about it. we know that we are different so the way we think is also different, hence there are tendency for us to have different views on certain things. through this presentation, any misunderstanding will be cleared off and clarify, so this is one of the good way in teaching and learning- discussion and brainstorming.
we had also discussed about the assignment that we need to send just about after that. the assignment is about producing teaching aids such as flash cards, video clips, audio clips and etc. as there were some confusion regarding the assignment as we did not aware that assignment 2 need to be sent in week 12 together with the video production.
however, as everyone was present on that day, thus we take the opportunity to discuss and solve all confusion arise so that we are clear on what should we do and be alert on the due date.
i must praise some of us that they took the responsibility to be in charge in handling the discussion since there were quite a mess among all of us. so, KUDOS to them! ^_^
i think that’s all for this week. i am very glad since i am clearer on what should i do and that the workloads is reducing from day to day and one thing that i learn most is
TIME WAIT FOR NO MAN!
salam and bye bye bye bye
till we meet in my next entry! :)
the “raya” spirit is very high now that most of us has already went back home and there are only few peoples left in the class. they all went back home so that they could spend time with their family besides preparing for the BIG day. sadly, i was still here, the need to attend classes still buggering me with the responsibility to hold as student.