Saturday, 17 March 2012

LAST WEEK

It is easy to say this is the last week but regretful am going to miss you people on Nicenet ,
For the past nine weeks was such a wonderful experience to have been exposed to wonderful knowledge and skills. From the day We were introduced to class rubric, delious page , blogs and Nicenet it was amusing and real great to learn,

Though the class ends the knowledge will not end, Nicenet and the wiki will be my preferred tools and the PPT will be maximally used to enhance technological changes,
I would have lot to  say but no word that would suit my altitude so my only word is saying thanks to you all to have share great knowledge from Janine you've been such wonderful classmate. Bye and  meet you in Facebook group.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Week 9, Final Project

This week was  a week of its kind, working on finalizing  the project report thanks to Lina and Wasonga for their productive comments which make my final report look they way it is, it was nice having them as peer reviewer.

The discussion for the week was rewarding  mainly talking about multiple intelligence and learning styles sure everyone got the desired facts, in addition to multiple intelligence the article by  Richard Felder at http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/ILSdir/styles.htm  was the wonderful as it describes the types of the learners and what learning style is suitable for each type.
For example he talks of the ;

VISUAL AND VERBAL LEARNERS
Visual learners remember best what they see--pictures, diagrams, flow charts, time lines, films, and demonstrations. Verbal learners get more out of words--written and spoken explanations. Everyone learns more when information is presented both visually and verbally.
In most college classes very little visual information is presented: students mainly listen to lectures and read material written on chalkboards and in textbooks and handouts. Unfortunately, most people are visual learners, which means that most students do not get nearly as much as they would if more visual presentation were used in class. Good learners are capable of processing information presented either visually or verbally.
How can visual learners help themselves?
If you are a visual learner, try to find diagrams, sketches, schematics, photographs, flow charts, or any other visual representation of course material that is predominantly verbal. Ask your instructor, consult reference books, and see if any videotapes or CD-ROM displays of the course material are available. Prepare a concept map by listing key points, enclosing them in boxes or circles, and drawing lines with arrows between concepts to show connections. Color-code your notes with a highlighter so that everything relating to one topic is the same color.
How can verbal learners help themselves?
Write summaries or outlines of course material in your own words. Working in groups can be particularly effective: you gain understanding of material by hearing classmates' explanations and you learn even more when you do the explaining.

This is very rewarding for teachers as they can seek for alternative of helping the learners.
Nyinondi.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Week 8, ANVILL's week.


ANIVILL's WEEK 

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This week has been a wonderful week for very few things , one of the things is meeting with the entire class one line it was wonderful to talk to you guys, am sure Jeff made his best to make us meet in the same time.
The week also had a topic on ceating online class, it is nice to have the online class as I said on my post  but my concern is about the areas where internet and even computers are still a problem.
My suggestion on the schools where accessing an internet or even computers then one-computer classroom will be the best for them as only the teach can have one for all the requirement.

My question may be what about the places where electricity is a problem(mainly in remote )?  how can we integrate technology in those areas?

Monday, 27 February 2012

Week 7. A WONDERFUL WEEK,

LEARNERS AUTONOMY AND ONE-COMPUTER CLASSROOM.


From this week's discussion no one would deny the facts from the articles about learners autonomy. It is the desire of every teacher to have a class whose students are independent, determined and eager to learn.Thanasoulas in his articles talks/defines  learners autonomy as  includes

  • for situations in which learners study entirely on their own;
  • for a set of skills which can be learned and applied in self-directed learning;
  • for an inborn capacity which is suppressed by institutional education;
  • for the exercise of learners' responsibility for their own learning;
  • for the right of learners to determine the direction of their own learning


True every student and teacher I guess knows it , the main challenge remains how could someone promote learners autonomy in unfriendly environment, When talking of unfriendly environment I mean situation like where teachers are forced to accomplish the syllabus with certain limit of time, some students are not intrinsically motivated, some parents demoralise their kids for learning, social and economic impacts all these leads to students lacking self-esteem in learning .However as teachers we should try our level best to encourage the learners to be motivated and self determined for learning using whatever means available in you/our environment.

Taking about one-computer lesson, it is important for a teacher to have a piece of computer with him or her as most of works are simplified with the use of compute. Most of the advantages have been discussed in details in my discussion on the nicenet but just to add is that the teaching load  will always look like being minimised.
I have always been using a c computer in all my preparation and my task is giving students what have prepared and sometime it is easy to print for them.
My call  all the teachers should think of promoting learners autonomy with the use of technology where the computer is one of the component.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Week 6 Reflection

TECHNOLOGY RELATED CHANGE  AND IMPLEMENTATION

Am lucky for this week because the world in no longer large, as the large classes are no longer large,
all this is being made possible with technology. 
Since the beginning of this course I was thinking of what to do which will mean change to integrate technology in the class.

Am happy to inform you that I have been working hard to convince the school administration to let student have more time in computer Lab for they will be equipped with more knowledge including English, thanks to God am given a permission to have classes/lessons in the computer lab.

My plans from next week is to develop a project with my students that we shall be working on in Nicenet, I thank Rade and Janine for they  have been seriously helping and giving me instruction on what to do with technology.

Second plan is to utilize full the Power point Projector available at  the school , this will increase interaction of the students in the learning process. I think of using more power point presentation because it draws the attention of the students so the participation may be raised as some learn more by seeing.

Another plan was to use the Facebook but the school administration seem reluctant  on allowing student access their Facebook account as most of them do non academic stuff.Perhaps later they will be allowed but if not I hope the Nicenet will serve the purpose. 

May you please give me suggestion on where to improve or correct, your comments are my progress.
Kind regards.
Nyinondi

Monday, 13 February 2012

Week 5 Reflection

It has been a wonderful week for me  as the main ideas rally reflected what  I expected.

Tarting with the rubrics I always desired to have the proper way of assessing my students so being exposed to the rubrics am so certain my students will enjoy from this methods.
The challenging task was that of WebQuest and PBL , when reading the articles on both the webquest and the PBL I become excited and I thought my teaching were going to be modern , my students would like it but I tried to create one oh my God I got lost on the way.

Should I give up obviously not I will continue struggling until i become one of those who use this technology in their normal teaching. I do expect some  of my colleague who  already know it will continue helping me.
Nyinondi

Monday, 6 February 2012

WEEK 4 REFLECTION

the swahili proverbs states(translated),
" no matters how some one feels about the facts the truth will remain the truth"
The given saying  proves to me that it is important to acknowledged the facts,
For this week one thing have learnt is the preparation of the lesson plan using technology, interesting of it is how to in cooperate materials from the internet, it was wonderful. I am of the plan that after my exams I should let my students for their first time in life learn by the new approach of integrating internet in their learning.
The only challenge I remain with is whether a will be able to secure time for my student in the computer lab is it is full scheduled for over 700 students, .certainly i will.

otherwise I should say i had a wonderful week let me wish you a nice weekend.