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.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Reading,Vocabulary and Lesson planning!

This week has been busy for me.I have been attending drama workshop in my county and our main focus was using drama-plays,verses,narratives and traditional dances to preach peace and co-existence.
The weeks topic was a bit challenging bearing in mind that most of the reading and vocabulary acquisition we normally depend on the tradition methods like using textbooks.But going through sample webs, i have learnt that it becomes easier to use  technology-CALL.The links to reading,writing are educative easy to adopt in class.I have learnt that it is important for the students and teacher to be computer literate.
Looking at lesson planning is a bit of a challenge because am used to the lesson plans that calls for traditional method of teaching.These are detailed and  i have learn a point or two to write them.
The project keeps on throwing new surprises!
Friends going through an article I kept on meeting the word ''key pal'' explain to me how it works.Has anyone ever used Skype? Share with me.

Friday, 27 January 2012

It's Delicious!;oh the sample projects?

Am finding this week's assignements,readings and project really demanding!
To start with the materials on aural/oral are fantastic.I really enjoyed going through different approaches in teaching.The greatest thing was to propel me to start applying some of the suggested approaches.Am a fan of Pre-,While-,Post-Listening design!

It is a bit tricky using Delicious though most of my colleagues say its superb.Actually it never occured to me that the links can be saved and retrieval made easier!A'VE LEARNT A LESSON!

What are your takes on the project samples? I never thought that this projects are so comprehensive and so involving! I want to say thank you to the teacher because I am starting on one as early as possible! 

Sunday, 22 January 2012


If there is a topic am looking forward to is this one!Am trusting it is going to demystify the american and english pronunciation.Am hoping that it may assist me to set up language lab!

Friday, 20 January 2012

Making the net work for you.

As am coming to the end of this week I must say that I really enjoyed the topic on web searches most. It is an eyeopener because i never imagined there is so much information for almost everything only with a right searching tool-talk of searching a niddle in a field of hay-it is easy.
For now my archaic approach to searching information has totally changed thanks to many searching tools options available.At the moment getting materials for my lessons is boosted because i can access variety of information for my students.They are really excited with the lessons.
Am yet to look at the learning objectives but i can't wait for the topic.
Colleagues have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, 13 January 2012


Am Wesonga Edward am a teacher of English and Literature .Am from Kenya in East Africa a beautiful country with friendly,courteous,welcoming and homely people.My students are exciting and enthusiastic about learning.
Personally am a go-getter person.I love my work and what I love most is facing new challenges and working towards overcoming. Tell me more about your country,people and yourself. Good evening.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Wesonga Academic Blog

Am realy excited about my blog.This was fun navigating my way through the web to have one.
Fellow members am looking forward to share academic ideas using this platform.Initially I was contemplating giving up but you guys your posts and also struggles in getting a blog of your own encouraged me. I do hope we are an academic family!

Monday, 9 January 2012


Wow! It is overwhelming to at last succedded in creating this blog!!!
Am really looking forward to interact and share experiences with all.
Please keep me posted.