Friday, 16 March 2012

Hi all,
It sad to know that this is our final day of the course.To me ,the course has been of the benefits and it has shaped the way I approach teaching.We have been together for the last ten weeks ,shared a lot and interacted together.I must say am blessed to have met you!
I have had wonderful discussion and through the sharing I have learnt that we share a lot in the course of our duties.How I wish that we again have similar course in future!
To me it is sad to say bye but how I wish we keep in touch through the blogs and mails!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

The Project,Learning styles and technology

Am happy and again happy that am through with the project work for this course.It was always hanging on my shoulders.I felt some relief when I clicked the send button.
Learning styles this weeks topic I've enjoyed it.I have enjoyed the Nicenet discussion most.What I can comment is we need to identify the nature of our students best before we embark on any technological tool to use.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

What a week!

It has been an incredible week for me pals.To start with there was the official release of the national examination in the country by the minister in charge of education and from his comments the languages performance was dismal.Hence he talked of strengthening of the e-learning to improve the languages grades.My students did not perform well they registered a drop.
Back to the tools.I liked the anvil tool.Though I did not make it for the class during the time but from the discussion  by Jeff I strongly believe that it will assist my students in learning the language a great deal.
Commenting on my peers project is another thing that kept me busy .I must thank my peers for their sincere comments and I took them positively.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

The Project

Wow! This week is a bit interesting with many work and deadlines to fulfil!
First am very happy about my colleagues in group that is Onesmas and Lina I am sure we are going to have good time sharing and correcting our projects.To tell you the truth it is going to be hectic but all in all we shall succeed.
The one computer classroom.Well I had not thought of many uses of a single computer in a class but it is amazing from using it for administration purpose,communication,library,researching,teaching resources,as a tool!
So far am looking for background information for my project.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Power point presentations

This week's power point presentations material and information really assisted me.I have longing to learn how to use the power point in class.Am happy that I have learnt how to make the slides and also letting it assist in class interaction.The message I have learnt is simplicity in the making of the slides so that apart from the message the students get the information with a lot of ease.I am happy that the topic was timely because am preparing a talk and it is imperative that we submit the power point for our presentations.

The Project: A Facebook Classroom.

This is my project and I wish to share my pre-implementation stages so far that I have been through.In my class description I pointed out how my school is lucky to be used as a pilot school on e-learning project.Some of my students are not computer literate though many are and do take computer lessons.After doing some observation I realized that my students have a weakness in expressing themselves in written.I needed a tool that will create some interest in them to develop their skills in writing and also in reading.I needed a tool that they are familiar with in using that is how I arrived on using Facebook because they have accounts with it.In addition,I realised that it will be easy to use.

First,I shared the idea of using the Facebook with my students which elicited a lot of curiosity.I realised that those who don't have the Facebook accounts need first of all to register for an e-mail accounts.A good chance to them to sign up for the account.
Some who had the accounts were easy to go with to  the next step.
Thus I have to create a Facebook account specifically for the class which then we are going to invite members to the class by liking the page.
But I must point out that signing up for the e-mail  account to the students was a big step.
I have my reservations about using the tool because most of them are used to it as a social tool for interaction and not for academic purpose.Some challenges will crop up but hopefully we shall succeed.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

PBL and Alternative Assessment

The  week has come to an end !Thank God! Fantastic readings and activities of this week.though I had never thought about alternative assessment I am challenged by the whole discussions on the nicenet by you guys.I think as teachers there are other valuable ways of assessing our students.The use of PBL as away of learning is fantastic.Students it is better to learn from experiences and I realized that the method is good.I prefer students who can learn on their own through activities rather than depending on teachers.creating a Rubric for the first time using Rubistar was an experience worth remembering.I think that site really and will continue to assist.I must thank you all because you are fantastic and I benefit a lot through your posts and discussions.