Draw your stick man !

Hi everyone, I’ve try out the stick man activity from the study desk and find out it is very interesting. I was laughing at my own work after finish the episode one. Thank you for one of my course mate Kym for posting about her confession of a failed artist. But I think mine is worst than her so I decided not to post it out. Ha !

For me, I was bad in drawing. I remember we used to have art class in our timetable when in primary school. We have to use different brushes, coloring materials and must put newspaper on table to avoid making the table dirty. I was showing a very low interest in drawing that time because the teacher is very strict and doesn’t allow us to be creative in our own way. Hence, I always got an average marks for my art work. However, after I graduated and went into secondary school and now in college, I realized that the ‘old method’ of drawing is integrating with technology now. As we can see there’re different design courses available in different colleges and universities. Mostly all this courses do teach students to use ICT tools for designing and drawing. Isn’t it awesome ? With the help of ICT, students do not need to draw all over again but just have a couple of clicking on the part that they want to edit. They can even try on different colors to check which one suit the drawing the most. Not to forget that we also can save our earth by cutting down the usage of drawing paper ! How cool is that !

So again, technology advanced did benefits us but still depends on how we integrate it in our lesson planning or even our daily life.

Oh ya, you may go to this link to draw your stick man and share with your friends around you ! I believe that the children would love to try it out too ! Have fun !

 

Chee Hoi.

MY GENERATION not Girl’s Generation.!

So, recently I’m kinda like quit myself from all sort of social networking, just to see whether I can survive. HAHA !

And after quit facebook for like a year, I am still alive !!! Well, thanks to myself that I actually did not very into it in previous. However, I started using Instagram once I got my first Iphone this year. Everyday I will have to check it for hundred times and just browse through all the pictures in it. Until recently, I decided to cut it down as sometimes it really distracted me from doing works and stuff. (I should learn how to control myself though).

But hey, you can actually do a lot of stuff even when you are not in a social networking. For me, I love reading, here’s come the time I will spend hours to hold a real book and read the entire book just in a day. I even challenge myself to read 4-5 books per week (the thickness and the words in the books are pretty a lot). And I did it. So for me, I am learning to not too depending on social networking as sometimes I would feel it is something that very abstract and i’m wasting a lot of time at it.

Well, again, different people have different point of views. Still depend on how you look at the changing though.

It is all just my own opinion so no offense to anyone alright. (:

Before I go, I would like to share one of the Jinny boy’s video from Youtube.   MY GENERASI (My Generation) 

Memories throw back while I viewing the video and there’s a lot of fun memories during my time when I was not having any hand phone or any other social networking sites yet. The good-old days of mine, there’re different games that I can play even I’m not having any high technology gadgets.

Ooopss, enjoy the video and get ready to back to your old days ! (:

 

Chee Hoi.

Toolbelt theory

“Toolbelt theory” suggests that we must teach our students how to analyse tasks, the task-completion environment, their own skills and capabilities, an appropriate range of available tools … and let them begin to make their own decisions. It’s all about our students (and you) taking control of your problems and developing a toolbelt (a collection of tools) that can help you solve the problems you are having. (Socol, 2008).

Nowadays, we are very expose into technology world included a young child. Whenever I step into any restaurant, there will be a gadget on table. I’ve seen a lot of parent letting their children to play on the gadgets to keep them sit still on chair while waiting for food. Is this a common scene you’ve seen as well ? What happen to the world now ?

Oh wait ! I’m not saying ICT is not good. It is a very wonderful tool if we use it wisely ! Yes, wisely and smart ! What will you do when you have an Iphone on hand ? Games ? Text ? Calls ? There’re a lot of wonderful stuff we can do with our gadgets, searching information, save important data, record important tasks or even editing our assignment with it. But, there are a lot of people had misuse the benefits of having gadgets.

Well, like how the toolbelt theory said, we must teach our children to choose on an appropriate tools in ICT. We have to let the children to know that gadgets are not just for playing games but there’re other wonderful tools we can use with it. Parents should not just throw the gadget onto the kids and let them play whatever they want. They should teach them how to select the right tool and explore together with them.

We have to choose the right tool in life regardless in work, studies, relationships and so on. A right tool will help us to save up a lot of time instead of wasting it in trier error.

Well, is still depend on individual. (:

By the way, feel free to visit a classmate of mine about the toolbelt theory – Erica

Reference:

Socol, I. (2008). CSUN 2008/A Toolbelt for a Lifetime. Retrieved 25 March, 2013, from http://speedchange.blogspot.com/2008/03/csun-2008a-toolbelt-for-lifetime.html

Develop your TPACK ! (:

Hi everyone,

I’ve learned about TPACK last week and now I only have the time to reflect on myself as in what type of TPACK I’m having.

So, first of all, what is TPACK ?

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) attempts to identify the nature of knowledge required by teachers for technology integration in their teaching, while addressing the complex, multifaceted and situated nature of teacher knowledge. The TPACK framework extends Shulman’s idea of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (Koehler, n.d.).

 

 

  • Content Knowledge (CK) – “Teachers’ knowledge about the subject matter to be learned or taught. The content to be covered in middle school science or history is different from the content to be covered in an undergraduate course on art appreciation or a graduate seminar on astrophysics… As Shulman (1986) noted, this knowledge would include knowledge of concepts, theories, ideas, organizational frameworks, knowledge of evidence and proof, as well as established practices and approaches toward developing such knowledge” (Koehler & Mishra, 2009).
  • Pedagogical Knowledge (PK) – “Teachers’ deep knowledge about the processes and practices or methods of teaching and learning. They encompass, among other things, overall educational purposes, values, and aims. This generic form of knowledge applies to understanding how students learn, general classroom management skills, lesson planning, and student assessment.” (Koehler & Mishra, 2009).
  • Technology Knowledge (TK) – Knowledge about certain ways of thinking about, and working with technology, tools and resources. and working with technology can apply to all technology tools and resources. This includes understanding information technology broadly enough to apply it productively at work and in everyday life, being able to recognize when information technology can assist or impede the achievement of a goal, and being able continually adapt to changes in information technology (Koehler & Mishra, 2009).
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) – “Consistent with and similar to Shulman’s idea of knowledge of pedagogy that is applicable to the teaching of specific content. Central to Shulman’s conceptualization of PCK is the notion of the transformation of the subject matter for teaching. Specifically, according to Shulman (1986), this transformation occurs as the teacher interprets the subject matter, finds multiple ways to represent it, and adapts and tailors the instructional materials to alternative conceptions and students’ prior knowledge. PCK covers the core business of teaching, learning, curriculum, assessment and reporting, such as the conditions that promote learning and the links among curriculum, assessment, and pedagogy” (Koehler & Mishra, 2009).
  • Technological Content Knowledge (TCK) – “An understanding of the manner in which technology and content influence and constrain one another. Teachers need to master more than the subject matter they teach; they must also have a deep understanding of the manner in which the subject matter (or the kinds of representations that can be constructed) can be changed by the application of particular technologies. Teachers need to understand which specific technologies are best suited for addressing subject-matter learning in their domains and how the content dictates or perhaps even changes the technology—or vice versa” (Koehler & Mishra, 2009).
  • Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK) – “An understanding of how teaching and learning can change when particular technologies are used in particular ways. This includes knowing the pedagogical affordances and constraints of a range of technological tools as they relate to disciplinarily and developmentally appropriate pedagogical designs and strategies” (Koehler & Mishra, 2009).
  • Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) – “Underlying truly meaningful and deeply skilled teaching with technology, TPACK is different from knowledge of all three concepts individually. Instead, TPACK is the basis of effective teaching with technology, requiring an understanding of the representation of concepts using technologies; pedagogical techniques that use technologies in constructive ways to teach content; knowledge of what makes concepts difficult or easy to learn and how technology can help redress some of the problems that students face; knowledge of students’ prior knowledge and theories of epistemology; and knowledge of how technologies can be used to build on existing knowledge to develop new epistemologies or strengthen old ones” (Koehler & Mishra, 2009).

 

I guess my TPACK will more on TP (Technology knowledge and Pedagagoy). I’ve teach for about 4 years and I have learnt few techniques to handle the kids from other teachers. However, my own pedagogy in education is not developing strong yet but there’s improvement from time to time. Technology part I wouldn’t say I am very expert on it, but, at least it is above the average ? So far I do not face any ICT problem in school and even help other teachers to solve theirs.

 

Well, TPACK is really an useful assessment for us to check up which level are we in. What about yours ?
Here’s my classmates’s http://jialerk1035828.edublogs.org ‘s post about  TPACK, have a look !

 

 

 

References

Koehler. M. J., & Mishra, P. (2009).What is technological pedagogical content knowledge? Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 9(1), 60-70.

Koehler, M.J. (n.d.). TPACK Explained. Retrieved March 25, 2013, from http://www.matt-koehler.com/tpack/tpack-explained/

 

Technology makes our life easier ?

Hello everyone, how’s your Tuesday ? I hope it goes well with you. For me, I spent my evening to read up the second book from one of my favorite series, and will continue the third one which is the final one later.

What ? ‘Manually’ ? You mean I still went bookstore and buy books ? Yes, I’m still going to bookstore to buy books to read. For a book lover like me, I would have to spend quite some money in the bookstore to buy the book I want. But now with the advance of technology, I can actually save pretty a lot with just buying a Kindle.

So, what is a kindle ?

The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers produced by Amazon.com. Amazon Kindle devices enable users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-booksnewspapers, magazines, blogs, and other digital media via wireless networking.[1] The hardware platform, developed byAmazon.com subsidiary Lab126, began as a single device and now comprises a range of devices – most using an E Inkelectronic paper display capable of rendering 16 tones to simulate reading on paper while minimizing power consumption. (Source from Wikipedia)

After all, this is one of the advantages of technology, it is much more convenient with just bringing a kindle out instead of a book which is quite thick and heavy in weight. Also, we would be able to find any kind of book or even magazines that we want and just download from the kindle. It is really a well made product for those book worm that will pay regular visit to bookstore and spending time finding the book.

However, I would still prefer of going bookstore and spending time for hours by going through pages by pages and decide which to buy. Well, I like having the smell of new book on hands. And I am actually real excited whenever I get to hold the book and feel the thickness of it. Ha !

Still, advantages of technology is undeniable has quite a big influence on us and our life. Is all depend on us how to deal with it and utilize the tools, ain’t you think so ?

(:

Chee Hoi.

Reference :

Amazon Kindle. (2013). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Retrieved March 12, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/

wiki/Amazon_Kindle

 

Wow ! PLN !

Hello again ! (:

As you can see from my title, this post is about PLN.

: Huh ? What ? You have no idea what is PLN about ?

: Oppsss …! So do I ! 

Is alright, let’s learn together !

So, what is PLN ?

PLN is a short form for Personal Learning Network.

 A personal learning network is an informal learning network that consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a personal learning environment. In a PLN, a person makes a connection with another person with the specific intent that some type of learning will occur because of that connection. (source from Wikipedia)

PLN enable us to make a connection with people around the places in world. We get to engage with people within same field/interest, is all about our own choices in who to get connect with. Even we have not seen any faces of them in reality, we still be able to connect with them and share what we wish to.

There’re a lot of social networking which linking to PLN such as  :

 

 Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets” (source from Wikipedia)

Facebook is a social networking service launched in February 2004, owned and operated by Facebook, Inc. As of September 2012, Facebook has over one billion active users, more than half of whom use Facebook on a mobile device. Users must register before using the site, after which they may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorize their friends into lists such as “People From Work” or “Close Friends”. (source from Wikipedia)

 

Diigo (pron.: /ˈdɡ/) is a social bookmarking website which allows signed-up users to bookmark and tag web-pages. Additionally, it allows users to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. These annotations can be kept private, shared with a group within Diigo or a special link forwarded to someone else. The name “Diigo” is an acronym from “Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff” (source from Wikipedia)

Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com. Up until May 1, 2010 Blogger allowed users to publish blogs on other hosts, via FTP. All such blogs had (or still have) to be moved to Google’s own servers, with domains other than blogspot.com allowed via custom URLs. (source from Wikipedia)

 

 and etc.

I’ve read through one of the blogger that have some brief explanation of what PLN is. Here’s is it –   Onceateacher

So, PLN do really helps in expanding our social network and allow us to build the connection between each other in a really short time. It will also helps us to gathers information from others for future usage or even share our own ideas with people around the world. Sounds amazing huh ?

Well, get your PLN network set now and have fun making friends and do more sharing with others !

Have fun ! (:

Chee Hoi.

References :

  • Blogger. (2013). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Retrieved March 11, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/

wiki/Blogger_(service)

  • Diigo. (2013). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Retrieved March 11, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/

wiki/Diigo

  • Facebook. (2013). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Retrieved March 11, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/

wiki/Facebook

  •  Twitter. (2013). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Retrieved March 11, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/

wiki/Twitter

  • Personal Learning Network. (2013). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Retrieved March 11, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/

wiki/Personal_learning_network

Second class reflection

Hello everyone, so I am here again to reflect on what I’ve learnt from yesterday class. It was the second class of the course and this time I think I was not so nervous or worry compare to the first class.

I’ve caught by one of the slides during class which have the title of ‘What are the role of teachers in 21st century in teaching and learning?‘ and million thanks to Ms.Kim, our tutor for the story of her student. I found that most of us, including me, do not really allow the children to think and solve problem when there’s problem occur. Mostly maybe because of limitation in time or rushing for the lesson ? We usually will just provide the solution for them instead of asking them to think what’re the possible way to solve it. This is unhealthy way to allow children to learn how to think because if there’s problem occur again next time, he or she will not know what to do without teacher’s help. Link back to ICT, in a computer game, we usually have to hit the specific key to get the correct answer. But how if there’s other acceptable answer except the one in the computer ? Sometimes technology still couldn’t act or think like a human brain, for me, I would prefer children to have a real life hands-on experiences instead of just letting them playing a gadgets. Children would be able to think further when they get to experience it by themselves. Hands on experiences are considered by most science educators to be the essential conditions for children to acquire new concepts or understandings (Butt, 1963).

After all, I think that is still depend on us, an educator, an adult on deciding how to integrate ICT into children’s learning and even in their daily life. What you think ?

Chee Hoi.

 

 

 

Reference

Butts, D. (1963). The degree to which children conceptualize from science experience.Journal of Research in Science Teaching 1 (1), 135–143.

First class reflection

Alright, I must admit that I’m still a new learner in technology. The first class was quite interesting as we were introduced to some useful website to make our presentation in an interesting way (though some of the classmates already explore to it earlier on). Was feeling ashamed because being an educator but know really less about technology, but well, I guess there’s more to go from now on to learn and grow in this course.

I’ve also found that there’s there’s different perspective to consider about integrating technology into curriculum. From our discussion in class, most of us are having almost the same points for instance, financial problem, healthy problem, time consuming, guidance of teacher and etc. It is undeniable that technology is important in this decades and children especially are indirectly explore to it as they grown up. However, too much of integration of technology into lessons might also cause negative impact on children’s learning.

Well, is it good to have integration of technology into curriculum ? Still an unsolved questions and is just depends on how we, as educator or parent to managing it, right ?

(:

Chee Hoi.