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Hello guys. Welcome again. For this entry I would like to list down 7 possible items that will ensure an affective students’ centred, personalise learning and high order thinking lesson by reflecting my journey in completing the assignment A03. Check it out!!!

1. Give opportunity to the pupils to learn on their own way.

I believe that every pupil have different style of learning. Through this, we as teachers have opportunity to discover their ability and skills especially in the classroom. We cannot limit pupils learning development because it somehow will interfere their growth and demotivate them to expand their learning. Hence, this will encourage them to progress without anyone telling them what to do.

2. Always design a lesson that can deal with intellectual development.

Lesson plan is very important and it determines whether the objectives achieved or not. In my opinion, as teachers, we should always make sure that the activities for the lesson can challenge pupils’ creativity and their critical thinking skills. By encouraging the pupils to involve in this kind of activities, this will help them to develop their thinking skills and becoming active learners. I think by creating this kind of lesson, it will promote higher order thinking skills among the pupils and make them to think before doing or answering the activities.

3. Make more production and less talking.

I believe some pupils do not want their teacher always talking because it will be bored and lower their anxiety to learn. What we have to do is to make sure that the lesson planned should concentrate on more engaging pupils’ participation and involves movement rather than ‘Chalk and Talk’ method. The activities should be fun and encourage the pupils to participate actively so that they will learn through their experience.

4. ICT Tools.

The use of ICT tools has becoming important for teaching aids because it provides a new learning environment rather than using traditional way.(chalk, blackboard, picture cards) Using technology will allow the development of higher order thinking skills and at the same time give various style of teaching, student centred and personalised learning. List ICT tools given by the lecturer are very useful and it is up to us to make the learning more attractive and appealing to the pupils.

5. Encourage cooperative learning among the pupils.

Cooperative learning is important as the pupils can share their information, opinions and suggestions among them. Through discussion and working in group, it will help pupils to socialise and making improvement between them so that they can produce a quality piece of work. Besides, encourage cooperative learning can build self confidence among the pupils especially for shy pupil.

6. Fun and interactive activities.

I must agree that fun is vital element in learning. If the activities are dull and not suit with pupils’ interest, this will demotivate them to learn and increase their affective filter. This is because when pupils feel enjoyable, they will feel excited to learn unnoticed. The lesson and activities should be prepared in attractive way to cater pupils’ learning preferences so that the teachers can exploit their interest when creating the lesson.

7. Feedback and assessment.

These two factors are very important and should be done in teaching and learning sessions. Through assessment and feedback, pupils and teachers have chances to identify their mistakes during teaching and learning. Besides, this will encourage the pupils to give feedbacks from what they have learned and teachers have to improve their style of teaching and mistakes from the assessment. Thus, this will help both teachers and pupils summarise what they have learned and improve it.

I think that’s all for now. These are basically my opinions. Feel free to comment. Thank you…

Hi everyone. Thanks again for visiting my blog again. Okay, in this entry I would like to share what is E-Book is all about. E-Book stands for electronic book or digital book. What is the difference is that the book is from the softcopy and not hardcopy like we used to buy it from the bookstore or reading in the library. So, I have learned to improve EBook to be interesting and more appealing for children. There are many ways to improve our EBook and I will list some of it in this entry. I have chose the story entitled ‘Gina the Ballerina’ and make some improvise from it. Let’s check it out…>.<

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First of all, we can improve the EBook by choosing the right picture and make the fonts suitable for the children to see. Words and pictures are very important for EBook.

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Secondly, I have improved this slide by changing the picture so that it appeal with children interest and highlight some word and changing colour for the font so that children will find new words in the story.

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Then, we can make it interesting by tackling children thinking with some questions so that it will be interactive and motivate them to listen and watch the story.

There are some ways to improve EBook and by using our creativity, we can make EBook looks wonderful and appealing for the children. It will be fascinated when we see the children focus and try to involve in the story. That will be fun.

1. Choosing the right picture and it must be attractive.

2. Always use big fonts and highlight important words that we want to convey to the children.

3. Make sure the background suit with the story.

4. It should be fun and interactive by engaging children intellectual such as post some questions in the story, predict what will happen in the story and so on.

5. Always keep in mind that every story has its own moral values that we can teach to the children.

That’s all from me. Thank you very much…

logoAs salam and good day to everyone for reading my next entry. Thank you very much. For this entry, I have been assigned to explore new tools given by my lecturer and to implement it into personalise learning activity. All the tools given were awesome and one tool attracted me the most. So, in this entry I would like to share with you about Storybird which I found very interesting to use it. Before I start with Storybird, let me define what Personalise Learning is all about.

Personalise Learning is a unique, blended classroom and non-classroom based educational models that cater to every pupils’ needs and interest. Every pupil has different style of learning and teachers should vary their style of teaching so that pupils can show their true ability and strength in the classroom. This model will help teachers to give the pupils chances to be independent learners but with the help from the teachers so that what they learned being aid and understand on their own. For more information, you can click this link, http://theaplus.org/personalized_learning.html

Now, lets us see what Storybird prepared for us. Storybird is an online tool for e-storybooks that serve millions of pictures by creative and innovative artists all around the world. As I explored the tool, it came into mind how for us to make a story from different pictures that are not related at all. The story will be of track and no connection at all. But, that is why Storybird appeared that serve the users the ability to make a creative and interesting story with millions of pictures to be chosen off! It’s quite challenging and fun to utilise this tool and I believe it helps us to think and use our imagination in choosing the best pictures to make an awesome story. Through the site, I found fascinating stories created by others which attracted me and the stories were excellent to read it.

So, I have chosen Storybird to utilise personalise learning among the pupils and created a lesson that I think will help them through their learning.

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*I found one story that interest me and very attractive. It is about a cat who wants to become whatever it wants. Click this link http://storybird.com/books/one-cats-freedom/ Credit to bakeericee with the wonderful story.

Lesson

Target Pupils : Year 4 Average Proficiency

Topic : Storytelling

Procedures :

1. Teacher tells a story using the Storybird to the pupils.

2. Teacher tells the pupils to sit in horseshoe shape and pay attention to the story.

3. Teacher shows each picture to the pupils and tells the story to them.

4. Teacher interacts with the pupils by asking questions and guessing what will happen in the next picture.

5. Teacher explains the pupils with the pictures and relates it with their daily life.

6. Teacher asks the pupils what they can learn from the story.

7. Pupils raise their hand to respond their teacher’s question.

8. Teacher asks the pupils to pair with their friends and use the Storybird tool to create a simple story.

9. Teacher shows on how to create a fine story using Storybird.

10. Pupils pay attention and ask questions if they do not understand.

11. Teacher gives the pupils freedom to create what story they like and reminds the pupils to have moral values within it.

12. Teacher facilitates pupils’ work and assists them if they encounter any problem.

13. Teacher draws table on the board and gives the pupils a piece of paper to draw a smile face and another side draw a sad face.

14. Teacher instructs the pupils to show their opinion about their friend’s story by showing a smile face or sad face.

15. Teacher will write how many smile and sad faces show by their friends and writes it on the board.

16. Teacher calls each pair to present their story to the class.

17. Teacher asks the pupils to vote by showing smile or sad face what they think about the story.

18. Teacher counts and writes it on the board.

19. The pair who gets the highest smile faces will win the activity.

20. Teacher rewards the winner.

I like this tool very much and would like to use it in my teaching in the future. I hope by using ICT such as this tool, pupils will get excite and encourage to learn the language. Do feel free to comment so that I can improve my lesson to be more interesting. Your comments are valuable for me. Thank you for taking your time reading my entry…See you in my next entry. >.< logo

As salam and good day to everyone. I hope you enjoy reading my next entry. Last week, I get so many feedbacks and suggestions from my peers regarding our power presentation adapting from “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” I think all thirteen groups have done amazingly in designing and creating wonderful games for the pupils to learn.

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At first, when we assigned to do the game based on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’, we had difficulties in choosing the right game that can attract pupils’ attention and suitable with the topic learned from the pupils. It was not easy to create fun learning game adapted from ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ template as we have to consider many aspects such as theme, choosing the right fonts and pictures, contents, was it appropriate for pupils’ interest and so on. So, after we had several group discussions, we had come out with several ideas. The game we created focus on Year 3 pupils and the theme we chose was ‘Money’. To make it more interesting, we have changed many aspects from template ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’. It was not easy for us to integrate all aspects into the game and make it happen because there a lot of work to be done. However, it was very interesting as we work together choosing the right fonts, background pictures, hyperlinks and so on. We learned so many things by creating this game. Then, we come out with an idea to use candies in each question. We thought by using candies can attract pupils’ interest and make it the class interactive, fun and appealing for the pupils.

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Then, when came into presentation, we presented our game and received a lot of feedbacks and suggestions from our lecturer and friends. It was good comments and we wished to do it better next time. The session was very interesting in the class where we have to give comments individually using spectrum and promoted critical thinking and gave thoughtful comments to our friends. These presentations gave lot information to my group on how to do our assignment that benefitted to us. Before this, our lecture gave some questions regarding feedback giver and it really help us including me to be a critical thinker and give good feedback to others. I really enjoyed that session which helped me to realise that some points that I didn’t noticed before and forgot that this game was not for us but for the pupils that we hoped to be in the future.

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I’m glad that my peers have gave so many valuable feedbacks and reminders that I didn’t know which will help me in the future to design and create good and usable teaching and learning resources. Thank you again for all the comments given and I will develop and improve myself from time to time so that I can become an independent educator. This is my entry for this week. Thank you for reading and have a nice day.>.<

Do you know Magic Farm?

Introduction

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Salam and good day. This is my fifth entry and it is all about how we instil game in our teaching to make it fun and more meaningful. I love games and I think all children like to play games especially computer games. So, I found one game that really attracted me to use it in teaching as suggested by my friend, Zulhuzni. Thanks my friend. For this entry I would like you to find ‘Magic Farm’ as I thought it would be really fun to play and explore this game. Of course as you know, the title of the game is about plants and I will use it as one of my teaching aids.

Magic Farm is a computer game that teaches is how to take care of our flowers and plants by watering them when needed, plucking fresh flowers and fruits when it is the time and removing pesticides before it ruining your farm. The game also has other objectives to accomplish and this teaches the pupils to follow instruction in the game as well as accomplish the objective of the lesson given by the teacher.

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Target Learners : Year 4 and 5 pupils with Average and High proficiency.

Focussed Skills : Writing and Reading

Learning Objectives

1) To match words with the correct pictures.

2) To listen and to follow simple and longer instructions.

3) To accomplish the objective of the game.

4) To teach pupils to take care of plants.

Learning Outcomes

1.4 Listen to and follow simple instructions and directions accurately.

2.6 Express thoughts and feelings and give opinions on things read, seen, heard and viewed in simple language.

3.6 Acquire a wide range of vocabulary.

4.3 Match words to linear and non-linear representations.

4.5 Construct simple and compound sentences.

Specifications

1.4.2 Listen to and follow simple instructions.

1.4.4 Listen to and follow longer instructions.

3.6.2 Read and group words according to categories.

4.3.2 Match words to signs, pictures.

4.5.3 Construct simple sentences independently ( 3 – 5 words ) by looking at a picture.

Procedures

1) Teacher will explain on how to play the game to the pupils and asks the pupils if they do not understand. Teacher asks the pupils to play the game with the help of dictionary to search difficult in case they do not know the meaning in 4 or 5 groups. Then, teacher asks the pupils to write the words they do not know into an exercise book for future lesson.

2) Teacher reminds the pupils to take a look on how to take care of plants and focus on each word and picture that will show in the game such as pail, flowers, insects and so on.

3) Teacher asks the pupils how do they feel when they played the game and share their experiences with other group. Other group can ask questions and give their opinions about the game in the class.

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4) Then, teacher asks the pupils to write the steps on how to take care of the plant from their observations during played the game on a manila card given by the teacher. Teacher calls each group to present it in class and discuss it with other group. Teacher gives his suggested answer to the pupils and asks them to copy it into their exercise book.

5) For the follow-up activity, I will use this activity taken from the web which I think it is useful for the pupils to teach about vocabulary and it is related with my topic, Plant. This is the web address, http://www.first-school.ws/activities/science/seedsgrow.htm

6) Finally, I will discuss what the pupils felt using the computer game for their learning and whether they can understand or not the topic that I have taught them. I will identify their strength and weaknesses during their learning through game, Magic Farm and I will improve my lesson so that pupils will not have having trouble learning it.

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So, this is the general lesson that I have think about and it really need to be polished so that the lesson would be fun and interesting to be teach to my pupils. In my opinion, using games can promotes learning among the pupils because sometimes we also have to think what our pupils wants and from there, we can tackle their interest to learn. Using ‘Magic Farm’ as one of teaching aid were really helpful and I think by selecting appropriate game for learning can make a difference in learning especially encourage the pupils to be creative and independent learner. I think that’s all from my fifth entry and do give comments for me to improve my lesson and teaching for a better future. Thank you…

Salam and good day to everyone. I think it’s not too late to wish all my Chinese friends, Happy Chinese New Year of Rabbit. So, this is my fourth entry for my ‘ICT Technologies.’ In this entry I had chose one ICT tool to explore what it is all about. I make up my mind and I chose Glogster as my experiment tool. I thought Glogster was just like Friendster but I was wrong. What I can say about Glogster? This software act just like a power point in one big slide or mind map that we can put all the information in one source. Is it nice? As I looked into this tool, these are the reviews I stated on:

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1. The functions of the tool

In my opinion, this tool is great to be used in e-learning. This is because it allows the users to upload colourful pictures, sounds and texts depending on your creativity. There are many themes to be chosen depending on what we want to present in our Glog. For example, when we want to discuss about occupation, teacher can use Glog as a set induction by inserting some occupation images or maybe some sounds to make it more interactive and interesting to learn by our pupils. If the teacher is creative, Glog can be used in many activities such as storytelling, poems, singing songs and teaching important points in different subject. Moreover, as I went through this website, there is another Glog called Glogster Edu. Both are the same but Glogster Edu mainly focus on teaching and it is good for educators to use this tool as their teaching aid. Besides, I think Glogster also can be use for their homework or individual and group presentation as to encourage them to use ICT in the classroom.

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2. The limitations of the tool

I think all of you agree that this tool need internet connection and computers in order to use it. If the connection is slow and there are not enough computers in computer lab, I think we should forget about it. If we want to use Glogster for pupils’ assignments, we have to make sure that each pupil has their own computer and internet service at home to do it. It will burden to the pupils if they don’t have one of it and resulting late to complete their glogs. I also think it cannot match with Power Point because Glogster act as only one page that all the information packed together whereas we can add so many slides in Power Point. Lastly, it is not appropriate to use it in school periods because it may disturb our teaching and learning lesson because it takes some time for pupils to learn the tool.

3. When can this tool be used

As I have mentioned earlier, Glogster can be used to integrate ICT teaching in classroom. For me, we can use it either at school or home. But remember, it needs INTERNET CONNECTION. As a teacher, I can use Glogster for my set induction before I teach new or continue topic. The use of colourful images, sounds and texts can attract pupils’ attention to receive input from the glog and this can enhance pupils’ understanding about the topic. Besides that, I also can used it as my closure to reinforce what I taught before.

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4. The user friendliness from the teacher point of view (you)
I enjoyed glogging, inserting interesting sounds and upload colourful pictures on the Glog wall. I think it is easier to use and user friendly and pupils can learn it in a matter of minutes. By dragging pictures, select sounds to be put into their glogs and creating different colours of texts, I honestly think that pupils will enjoy glogging and there are many themes to explore on. Overall, this site is user friendly and it is not difficult to learn.

5. The tool is suitable for which standard

In my point of view, this tool appropriate to be used for upper level (Standard 4, 5 and 6). Some functions need to be addressed by the teacher and guidance are necessary for the pupils to use Glogster. Teachers ought to be creative because they have to manage items to be put into glog because it is smaller compared to Power Point. Using it as storytelling, presenting songs and poems or mind map would be interesting to show to the pupils what Glogster is capable of.

Finally, before I end my entry, I would like to stress out that each tool has its own weaknesses and strength. Maybe some school we cannot use it as our teaching aid but I believe we as a teacher has our own way to teach our pupils depending on our creativity. Adios…. >.<

Assalamualaikum and good day. Thank you for reading my next entry. In this entry, I will discuss about my lesson plan that integrated with TPACK package. This is the detail:

Year 3 Selasih

English Subject

Topic : Working People

Language Focus : Articles (a, an & the)

This is my lesson plan that I had integrated with TPACK (I do hope it was). This lesson plan I designed for average and low proficiency pupils in my school. I think it is simple and can be carried out easily in the classroom. So, I have categorized it according to Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge.

Technology Knowledge

In this lesson, I used my mobile phone as my technology tool. What I did was I downloaded the song entitled ‘When I Grow Up’ in my desktop computer and I transferred it into my mobile phone. Isn’t it difficult? I think yes because you have to choose correct song that can make it play loud using phone. If it is not suitable, the song cannot be heard and it will be useless. Trust me because I’ve already did it before and it was so horrible as pupils keep repeated ‘Cikgu, tak dengar la. Cikgu nyanyi la.’haha…So I’ve to sing the song and it was a bad idea. My singing was not good.=) So, maybe because I used mobile phone and plug into my small speakers, the pupils seemed to like it very much and excited. They enjoyed singing very much and repeated it over and over again. I also wrote the song’s lyric on manila card and pasted it on the whiteboard. This to ensure y pupils will have no problem to follow the song.

Pedagogy Knowledge

So, what approach that I used in my teaching? Simple, first I let my pupils to sing together and understand the song. Then, I asked them in group to focus on highlighted words I did in the song on the manila card. Each group has to discuss about it and tell me what they are. They managed to do that and understand it because I’ve already highlighted the words. However, most of my pupils did not remember the articles. That was quite a challenge for me. Then, I used picture and word cards to explain what is article and pupils seemed to understand a little bit. I’ve emphasized them to use correct articles (a, an & the) for correct occupations. To make it interesting, I have use physical actions according to the occupations to get pupils’ attention. Pupils were very excited and I am happy because my pupils seemed to understand it by remembering the actions that I have taught them. Then, to make sure they understood or not, I gave practices for them to do in group and individual work. Cooperative learning is very important in group work and pupils have to discuss among themselves to complete their work. By sharing their ideas and knowledge, pupils will improve their understandings and comprehension.

Content Knowledge

I can say the topic is interesting and wide. Pupils can learn so many occupations in this world. What they need is what occupation that I’ve to choose to teach in class. Most of them know almost all the occupations I taught and in the textbook, for instance, policeman, fireman, doctor and so on. I also include pictures for my pupils to enhance their understanding.

At the end of the lesson, the use of technology is essential for our teaching and it can make a difference even it just a bit. What is more important, we have to make sure that our pedagogy and content knowledge are strong enough to provide learning for our pupils. So, the TPACK is a must in every lesson and we cannot run from it. That’s all from me. Thank you for reading.=)

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