Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Time flies so fast since we have been participating in this course in April until now. It seems like we have just begun but it is the week 10 now and it is the final week for us. This is my first time to participate online course. Every week I found everything new for me and my teaching. From the first week task, Blogs in ESL classrooms by using www.blogger.com took plenty of time during my summer vacation. I was confusing while I was doing it and I did not know how to create it before. I took the time to learn and tried to create it and now I think I get use to of it but I am still not good in creating it. I went through my classmates’ blog and found they are interesting. Most of them know how to build their blog more interesting and good in technology. On the week 2, we had a discussion about search engines and ABCD Model for writing objectives. I found NoodleTools.com is very interesting and a lot more for searching engines to help me find wonderful academic things online. They are easier and more options to do. I have thought that Google is a magic website to search for anything I want to know but now my eyes are opened widely and gained lot of website to search. ABCD(Audience-Behavior-Condition-Degree) model in writing objectives. It helped me manage my lesson by setting the good objective to focus on and make it is clear on what I want students to learn. On week 3 and 4, we had a discussion in using technology to enhance the four skills. During the two weeks I got many excellent websites to integrate into my class for teaching all four skills. They are available for me as a teacher of English and it’s easy to prepare before class. Unfortunately, I lost all assignments on week 5 because of my trip. I couldn’t find the internet connection and have a discussion on Nicenet. The task and discussion on week 5 are really interesting so, I went through my friends’ WebQuests and I tried to read more information and learn more how to create WebQuests. I think it meets many conditions for language learning which including social interaction, authentic tasks, and learner autonomy. I will try to do it some other time after finishing this course. I am really interested in using it with my students in the future. On week 6, I have read about multiple intelligences and learning styles from Gardner’s. Yes, it helps me understand my students’ learning style and know how to offer them lesson. In addition, effective teaching and learning language cannot be successful without assessment and this week helped my teaching convenient by using Rubistar for setting the assessment criteria. Then I have learned about Interactive PowerPoint. I found it is really cool to create Jeopardy game and make PowerPoint more interactive. For the task of one-computer classroom is really suitable for my context. I usually use my laptop and overhead projector to teach my students in class. I have gained lots of models from my classmates from this task. They are very wonderful and useful to adapt to my teaching.
Overall, week 9 is really synthesis and really practical for us to put everything which we have learned from the first week to create our week 9 task, creating class sites and making exercises with online tools. I think week 9 is the most useful topics and excellent week for me. Moreover, project report promoted to practice of what we have learned about in this course. It is our outcome from this course. Actually, every topic is really useful and practical. I can say that all I have learned are new for my knowledge. I can apply those wonderful websites and topics to my training and my research in the near future. They are really excellent!

Well, many thanks to my professor to provide this wonderful course and my classmates to share those excellent ideas on Nicenet. I do develop my skill in using technology and integrating into my class and I am very happy to participate in this course with all of you. I think everyone is thinking the same thing as mine in sharing and setting a training course for our colleagues and others teacher who are interested in integrating technology in their classrooms. Not everyone will get the great opportunity like us to participate in this course but they will have a chance to learn from us. I hope I will get some advice from my classmates here if I need some help to doing so in the future after this course ends.


Saturday, June 5, 2010

WEEK 9: Online tools for enhancing learning&Create an online course site or an exercise to use online or offline

Week 9: Almost done!

Being in this course for 9 weeks makes me realize of the reason why I took this course even I am not much good at technology. I thought I would get new experience and gain more knowledge about it. How lucky I am to have chance to learn from our classmates and our professor. Everything we have learned from this course since the first week until now week 9(nearly end) is new and really useful for my language teaching. I was thinking about sharing the knowledge from this course to my colleagues at the school and other teachers of English in my area. Webquests, Noodle, delicious, blogger, interactive power point and all useful websites for English teachers are available on the Internet which we can apply and choose the appropriate ones to our lessons. It is easy and very convenient to integrate technology into classroom. Deborah provided many wonderful links and things for us here.
This week our professor assigned us to use different tools and implement to create the lesson with the technology and Nicenet, Blogger, Google site all are free and simple to use for promotion, discussion and assignments online for our students. Even the first time was not easy but I just keep trying then I found that it is not so difficult to create the class online or post the assignments. The websites which are useful for teacher of English suggested applying this week are really wonderful. I found http://www.toolsforeducators.com/ for making exercises online to print out. The tools for educators - word search, bingo, crossword puzzles, and board games: Personal Educational Press - flash cards, bingo games, matching, multiple choice exercises to print out: http://www.educationalpress.org/index.asp and Easy Test Maker (paper tests): http://www.easytestmaker.com/default.aspx for helping my life easier in writing test because I can insert new question from the list, True/False, Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Matching or Fill in the black then just click the question format I want to add. I got www.123listening.com from Ruslana. It is very useful for practicing listening skill. There are worksheets and audio materials about different topics that are suitable my students’ level. And here are the lists provided for E-Teacher Scholarship program by my professor, Deborah.
Make exercises to use online or offline on a computer or to print out
• Hot Potatoes - download this program at http://hotpot.uvic.ca/ to use it on your computer. It's easy to use and lets you create matching, cloze, scrambled sentence, and multiple choice exercises and crossword puzzles. You can get help online or download this how-to PDF.
• See some interesting exercises at http://eolf.univ-fcomte.fr/index.php?page=technically-interesting-hot-potatoes-pages
• Xword Puzzle Generator - create crosswords to save and use on a computer or print out: http://www.edict.com.hk/xword/generator/
Make exercises online to use online:
• Web Poster Wizard - free website for teachers and students to use as part of a course. It uses a very plain format, but it's very easy to create something with text, one graphic, and links on each of 4 pages: http://wizard.4teachers.org/
• SMILE- a variety of web-based activity generators. Requires a free registration. The application here are quite interesting, but they take more time to learn to do. http://clear.msu.edu/teaching/online/mimea/smile/v2/index.php
They are all great! and worth learning!