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February 28, 2011

Rainstorm Before “The Sunshine”

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I heard… the presentation was quite interesting…

I heard… they were somehow satisfied…

But I only heard… and was not there… when the groups were presenting the ‘products’…

What I ‘feel’ to write here is, everyone has their own ways and thoughts when doing the work. It is subjective. What makes the different is the effort. Creativity would be number two (2) – (how to measure creativity? Using cr8tivy meter??). NO. Efforts would determine creativity.

I don’t know how well my group presented on that day. I don’t know how difficult they were during the presentation because I was not there. BUT I know something- how much TIME/EFFORT/DISCUSSION we had when creating the lesson for the game “Who Wants to Be My Sunshine?” I can’t explain much but I can describe some;-

6 days earlier: – Every one of us HAD to think of a lesson using the game.

5 days earlier: – We met and everyone explained their ideas. We combined the ideas to be one. We decided on a topic (year 4). We divided the subtopics (to make questions).

4 days earlier: – We met and discussed. Nicholas and I did the PowerPoint Slides. Tina, Ayu and Idzy did the template (the game).

3 days earlier: – We met and showed our work. We changed the not-suitable-parts together.

2 days earlier: – We met and discussed on how to present (divided it since the slides are many)

1 day earlier: – We didn’t meet. We just thought of questions that other people would ask during the presentation day.    

That’s all what I remember. The game was created for a revision lesson. For me, revision is important as some pupils forget what they have learned (it’s true… and me too). So, the activity would be a revision activity and also the way teachers evaluate the pupils. To those who gave feedbacks, I’ll say thanks a lot. We couldn’t see our mistakes as details as you guys. If I have a ‘time machine’, I would go back to the past and change it. But still, we are not perfect…

February 15, 2011

Come To School to Play Games

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Targeted Year: 1-4 (Mix abilities)

Learning Strategy: Inductive learning

Language Focus: Noun (vocabulary)

Stages: Pre teaching (any lesson) @ While teaching (group activity)

Source: http://www.playkidsgames.com/games/pinball/vocabulary/pinballvocab1.htm

Game: Vocabulary Pinball – online games

Procedures: – (This one is for Pre-teaching activity)

  1. Teacher shows the game to the pupils.
  2. Teacher explains how to play the game and demonstrates the game in front of the class.
  3. Teacher selects several pupils to try out the game.

Procedures: – (This one is for While-teaching activity)

  1. Teacher groups the pupils into 2 big groups (left and right)
  2. By using the projector, teacher asks each group to send two representatives (each round) to play the pinball.
  3. When group 1 is playing, group 2 has to answer the question and do the action from the word that group 1 get (the hint got when group 1 finish playing the game).
  4. The game then continues with group two (the round depends on the teacher).
  5. Teacher evaluates the pupils through the answers given, actions done and discussion among group members.

 Example of questions from the game:-

p/s: no need to run the activity in the computer lab. just use it in the classroom with a projector and a laptop. by doing that, it will be more interesting and teachers are easy to monitor the pupils (as a whole)

February 7, 2011

ToonDoo

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What can you trigger out from the picture above? Once you read the text in the picture, I bet your mind might be thinking about FaceBook straight away. It’s interesting, isn’t it? I mean the way the picture tells us about FaceBook. It’s in indirect way. What about an ordinary picture of the FaceBook logo or a text explaining about FaceBook? We still can get the point of FaceBook when we see the logo or the word FaceBook right? So, what’s the different?

 We learn about e-book, don’t we? A “virus-scale” of book people have made nowadays. It’s easy to bring, to read, to keep and to share with other people (I call it virus-scale coz we cannot touch the book; only see it, just like virus). But, the point that I want to say here is, when can we use that ‘thing’? We have real books around us right. So, what’s the different?

The differences are :-

1. People sometimes do not notice things when they do not think.

2. How many pages do people (Malaysian) read from a book even if they have a book in their hand?

That is us, adults. What about young children? Do we want them to be like us later/in the future? I DON’T WANT. So, that’s what we, as teachers, have to think when teaching. We have to think of something interesting that can ‘drag’ them to ‘like’ thinking and reading. Among the ICT tools that I learned and I tested, I prefer and suggest the ToonDoo, e-software for teacher. But first of all, what is ToonDoo? ToonDoo is the TWO things (pictures) above. It is a combination of e-book and cartoon strips in pictures. Why do you think I suggest this e-software?

 1) The function of ToonDoo

One of the reasons is, children like to see cartoon pictures rather than plain pictures, just like comics. I like it too (I think you too) even I’m not young anymore. The different between this cartoon strips and ordinary pictures is, a picture tells us directly about the focus thing for example, the logo of FaceBook. When children see the logo, they know that is FaceBook (without have to think). What happen if we show them a cartoon strip like the first picture above? Of course they will figure out the point but they have to THINK first. That is what I want to stress here. Teachers have to always teach the children to think. I know people hate to think (just like me) but if we give them interesting materials (above), they will think because children see the cartoons as fun things.

Second one is, if you wonder when to use e-book, now it’s the time. But first, be aware that e-book is not like the ‘thick’ book. If not, children won’t read it (me too). It’s boring. What we can do is, we just create our own e-book and simply add pictures into it so that it becomes interesting materials. Just extract the ideas from a real book. Then children will read for sure because the word e-book will make them to read. By doing that, you are promoting, developing, and inculcating children’s interest to read. If we ourselves do not read book much enough, children also will be like that. To overcome it, we have to replace the older way of reading into this techno-reading. That is the big point here. By using ToonDoo, you can do it FREELY. There are many features of interesting stuffs embedded inside that we can use to create our own comic strips and e-book in picture form. We just have to manipulate ideas (use you brain – don’t be lazy) and express it using this ICT tools.

2) The limitations of the ToonDoo

Everything is not perfect, even this ToonDoo. The Not-Best-Part of this tool is we can’t insert audio into it. But, we can ask the pupils to read it aloud right? So, it’s not a big problem. Other than that is, for comic strips, the cartoon character provided is not too many. If we use it frequently, children will get bored but, as I said earlier, we can manipulate the stuffs inside, for instance by taking pictures from other place. It is just the matter of time teachers have to spend to create it. The most problematic thing is, teacher has to have internet access to be able to use this e-software at least at home. Many schools do not have the connection but that is not a problem. We can print it out and show it to the children in the classroom.

3) When can this tool be use? 5) Which Standard?

Personally, this tool is best used at all stages. It depends on the teachers’ creativity to use this stuff (if the school has internet access). If the school doesn’t have internet access (or limited), it is still applicable but in printed form whereby the teachers have to provide the sample of the product and ask the children to do it in classroom (writing). Even though they couldn’t ‘feel’ the real thing (using internet), at least they get the idea the ToonDoo is suggesting. And the best part is, me myself will say that it is applicable for all standards.

4) Friendliness for teacher

It is user friendly, simple stuff, low cost, short time consuming and applicable everywhere and every time. Just suits the life of a teacher (always busy-working less than 6 hours per day –> I don’t know why). For me the word ‘friendliness’ cannot be used. Why? Because people will always want to do something easy in their life. Ironically, they hardly give something easy to other people (that is human)…

January 24, 2011

TPACK in My Lesson

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TPACK? What is that? Did I apply it in my lessons during the practicum? If you guys ask me 2 weeks ago, I would probably say: NO, I DON’T THINK SO. Haha. But if guys ask me now, I would say: I GUESS SO..

Technological+Pedagogical+Content+Knowledge @ Total Package. That is what I learned about TPACK last week. Actually I was a bit confused about it but later on.. (it’s ok la..). I guess I don’t have to explain what TPACK is (You already know). So, let’s get straight into the point. But first, have a look at one of my lesson below. I would explain further about the lesson later on. You guys might ‘see’ how TPACK was implemented in the lesson differently from me (people usually notice what we do but not ourselves). And I will (try to) explain it with what I think related to TPACK.

Part 1 – implementation of TPACK in the lesson

Year 5, mix ability, 19 pupils, 60 minutes English lesson, topic of irregular verb.

This video was not used during the set induction. I played a guitar and hummed the song first. Then I asked the pupils whether they have heard the song. Some said ‘yes’ and some said ‘no’. Later when I told them that they were going to sing a song, they got very excited. Then I showed the video.

After watching the video, I showed them the lyric (full) and read it together with them. Then I showed them another lyric (incomplete) and asked them to identify what words were missing. I just used PowerPoint slide to show the lyrics (bad handwriting). But, for the missing words, I only used manila cards (to focus their learning).  

One two three four five 1 2 3 4 5 : poem
AKA – Once I caught a fish alive

One, two, three, four, five.
Once I _____ a fish alive,
Six, seven, eight, nine ,ten,
Then I ___ it go again.
Why did you let it go?
Because it ___ my finger so.
Which finger ___ it bite?
This little finger on the right.

After that, the lesson continued as usual; teaching and learning process and also worksheets (to make them practice what they were learning). For post activity, I showed them pictures of people doing things. I also provided them with some words under each picture so that they choose the correct one. Once they have chosen, I asked them to write a sentence using the irregular verbs learned before the lesson ended.

                                                               EAT-ATE

Part 2 – Explanation

A)  How content-knowledge is being taught via pedagogy-knowledge?

If you look at the lesson above, I actually applied many teaching methods and not only specified on one (we can’t right?). Since I was teaching using songs (converted from the poem), I could say that the main method was audio lingual. My target was to make sure the pupils to listen the correct pronunciation of the lyrics first. During the part, I did a lot of drilling (repetition) till they could sing the song with correct pronunciation. Then I moved on to indirect learning. I didn’t simply tell the pupils about the focus language but I asked them to detect it (with some prompts). Then I applied direct method where I explained to them what those words are. Then it continued with some exercises and drilling parts which for me, is very crucial. Irregular past tense is ‘heavy’ even for us. There is no specific formula for it so I just focused on several words (to introduce the type of verbs). Singing without moving will surely be boring. Thus, while singing, I also make asked them to do some action. I believed that if we do something, we will remember the thing. So, the TPR method (total physical response) is one of the best ways to teach (most importantly they were enjoying themselves while learning).  

B)  How technological-knowledge helps the pedagogy to make the students get the content?

The important part of the technology in my lesson was, it ‘show’ and indirectly explain about the words. For example, a picture of a man eating a burger actually explains the word ‘ate’. Some pupils do not know what the word ‘ate’ is. But when they see the picture or watch the video, they know that ‘ate’ is ‘eat’ but they do not know about its tense. In order to show them the tense, a simple word like yesterday is enough. They can directly know that ‘ate’ is history (yesterday’s action). By that, we could see how technology ‘urges’ the pupils’ brain to be active. It also makes them feel interesting whereby they enjoy the lesson. Knowledge will efficiently ‘go’ into their brain then. Apart from that, technology settles most of educational problem. In teaching, it is like using direct method where the knowledge is delivered directly. Pupils could see what they are going to learn. We control the content and it is possible to drag them to the language focus easily and effectively compared to traditional way.

p/s: but for me, it is more effective if we combine technology with traditional way while teaching. Why? Because the more effort we give to teach them, the more knowledge the pupils will get. As teachers, we have to have ‘that’ kind hardworking..:)

January 17, 2011

I Wish The School Has..

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Hi guys. These are my top ten wish-lists which fly around my head for few days. I think every school should have this.

10. A Convenient English Computer Lab

I prefer to call it English Computer Lab because I will be an English teacher later on. And why does this thing appear in my wish list? Is it different with normal computer lab? For me: OF COURSE. The normal one is no different with computer center. Only rows of table with computers. Not interesting and not applicable for KIDS. I prefer one with more spaces which allow the pupils to not only sit in front of the computers. They need to move around as well. Learning ICT doesn’t mean that we have to look at the computer only but learn based on the input as well (example; interacting through videos). The arrangement also has to be in groups that will promote interaction and discussion. Teachers also will easily monitor them while having activities.
9. A complete ICT tools > Smart board, camera, video camera, computer (20 are enough), projector etc.

If every class has ICT stuffs, that will cause our government to invest a lot. And ‘surely’ those stuffs will be broken somehow later. So, the best thing is to just focus on the lab (complete it as much as possible). That will reduce the cost and at the same time, schools will have ready-to-use ICT equipment. If that happens, not only English teachers will benefit from it, other teachers also will have no problem when conducting integrated ICT teaching. In fact, the tools also are can be one path to expose young children about ICT. They will have the opportunity to learn how to use it.

8. Separate learning tools

During my practicum, the only thing provided for me is the CD from textbook. Then, I had to create my own ICT based learning tools. For me, it will be better if the lab has specific learning tool. For example, a CD that includes videos ONLY, a CD that includes pictures ONLY and etc. Not to say that government has to provide all of that to schools. But it would be a collaboration of teachers’ work (divide the work and pack it and then label it and then put it in the lab). It would be great teaching aids later on. Moreover, we won’t have to waste time, wondering what we want to extract from the CD given. The pupils also will be more focus as they are clear about what they are learning.

7. A lab supervisor

This is one of the most important one. Imagine that you have a house. If there is no one cleaning up the house daily/weekly, what will happen? It is similar to the lab but much worse. If the lab is dirty, we can clean it. But if tools inside it are BROKEN, who wants to repair it? Once broken, many procedures have to be done to make it usable again. (Policy) Then teachers will face the problem in using the ICT later on. So, for me, it is wise to maintain it before broken. This is the thing that I personally want our authority to take a look. Providing is good but maintaining is…… (Use your brain).

6. Sufficient time

The problem in our education is time constraint. Most teachers complain about it (especially to finish up the syllabuses). For me, to teach using ICT need more time. The one that most of us learn (1 hour lesson) is crap. It is only usable for traditional method. One question from me, can you learn and create something (using ICT) in less than 1 hour? If we teachers are given more time while teaching using ICT (not necessarily every class), the output will be better. Pupils will have more chance to explore and do self learning then.

5. ICT knowledge (at least about few things – for pupils)

Young children are attracted when their teachers teach using ICT. They are eager to use it during activities after learn it. But most children nowadays are ICT blind. They know about facebook, myspace, and etc. but do we realize that they are ‘blind’ when it comes to educational stuffs related to ICT? Teachers should seed the pupils to learn independently using ICT, not only teach them using ICT. They will still gain knowledge but they would not be able to build up their own knowledge. That is sad. This can be done if the teacher shows them proper ways to use ICT. The result, they will end up with searching their own knowledge and become independent learners (not only in school).

4. E-learning

Asking young pupils to do blogging is…ridiculous. Some of them not even know what to write. What I mean with this E-learning here is teachers would ask the pupils to do E-diary. They can use PowerPoint or Word to write what they have learned weekly. By then, it will develop the pupils’ awareness about their own learning. Teachers also can easily monitor pupils’ progress and help them if necessary. This could be done in 15 minutes, once a week during the class and put it in a folder (created by teacher). Unconsciously, the pupils learn to express themselves.

3. LAN, File sharing, email etc..

Sharing is caring. That’s the only thing I would say about LAN. In the lab, some pupils have no ideas what to do. If they can ‘see’ and ‘share’ their friends’ work, they will know what to do then. They are not only learning about how to share, but they will develop reading and observing skills as well through their friends.

2. A stable internet connection

Before I entered my school for teaching practicum, I only know about streamyx and broadband. Then, I heard about schoolnet – an internet program run in schools. The name is very convincing and might provide a better service (since it is under government). But sadly, it is just a name. Worse than streamyx and has a lot of problem technically. As far as I concern, the authority pays a lot to a specific body to manage this service but why is it still making problem? I think, it is better for the school to just use the ordinary internet service like streamyx and whatsoever. It is more convenient and less problem. The connection is important for the pupils to explore the knowledge. If it is broken, how come they want to learn (independently)?

1. ICT course for teacher

My top priority is for the teacher itself. Just tell me one thing. How do you want to teach using ICT if you do not know how to use ICT. Word, PowerPoint and Excel can’t be considered as powerful ICT stuff. We have to have extra knowledge to deal with the current situation. My suggestion is, teachers should undergo ICT courses consistently to catch up with the current world. Then it will be useful to teach pupils using the new knowledge. We are preparing the kids for future. So we have to teach them ‘future’ things, not ‘history’ things..

January 9, 2011

Practicum Experience

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Last semester, during my practicum weeks (+/- holidays = 6-7 weeks ONLY). I was placed in SK Jln Sungai Besi 2 which is in suburban area. Nothing much different with other ordinary primary schools in KUALA LUMPUR. For me, they are all the same, I mean, dealing with young children.

Luckily I got year 5 pupils in that school. First impression, I thought they were easily controlled. Unfortunatelly, it seemed to be the other way round. But I dont mind because I like it (noisy n extremely active class). I could say that my class was one of the ‘noisiest’ class in that school. Not because of they were uncontrollable, but we were having lots of games and activities during teaching and learning hour (almost everyday).

My class was a smaller one – only 19 pupils. Its a mixed class (not only Malay, Chinese, and Indian – also got pupils from Sabah). There are only 18 teachers in that school but I must say they are the best. I learned a lot from them in terms of helping me to improve my teaching skills and the better way to control such pupils.

Talking about the facilities in that school – it is AWESOME. Everything is sufficient. Laboratory.Computer Labs. Hall and many more. But sadly, it is not used wisely. I dont know whose mistake it is (maybe the teachers OR the pupils OR maybe not BOTH of them). Learning to be a teacher is totally different with the reality. I talked a lot to the teachers and listened to their experience. It was something extra for me – rather then learning abot education stuff only.

Experience..

Experience?? Of course it is countless. In college, I did simulated teaching ONLY (So called teaching). But in the school, everything is real. The kids are real, the knowledge is real, and the situation is real. One thing that makes me wonder – why most of the theories I learned couldnt be applied? It seems like no purpose learning all that stuff. I prefer to learn things that connected to the real world and not only ‘unseen’ things. It would help me a lot by then.

Regarding activities, most that I conducted require the pupils to move around (hands-on). I dont prefer the traditional ways (chalk and talk). Not only the pupils will get bored, ME TOO. I looked the pupils were very happy while doing the hands-on activites (seemed like they were playing). That makes me to be fully energetic to teach them. The result was also better compared to if I use chalk and talk method (I tried it during the first class). Some of my friends asked me, “Why do you spend a lot? Just teach like always. Its the same”. NO. ITS NOT THE SAME. Believe me. The children will remember more than 80% if we do interesting activities during teaching process. The prove – my pupils got a better grade during the PKSR 2 test compared to PKSR 1 (conducted earlier). I dont mind spending some money on THEM in fact, I got the allowance (and that should be used on THEM not for our own use)

If you (readers) are in my shoes, I bet you will be tensed up. Why?? Basically, there are only 6-8 observations through out the practicum session but 4 out of my 5 teaching were OBESERVED by at least a teacher assigned. My heart beats like hell but only in the first 3 weeks. Then, it was like a usual thing happened everyday. Moreover, I thanked to them (who observed me) because you showed my weakness and helped me to upgrade myself.

       “Safian, do not use Malay words in the class yeah….EVER..”

What would you do if the pupils not even know simplest English words like HE/SHE/WE and many more? What would you do if the pupils keep forgetting what you have taught them again and again? What would you feel if you talk to the WALL all the time? And what would you do if 20% of the pupils in the class are illeterate even in BAHASA MELAYU? I have no answers to these questions. Maybe the person who asked me could give me the answers…=)

ICT Implementation

As I said earlier, most of my teaching were not chalk and talk and of course, I implemented ICT stuff in some of them. I dont really remember all the things but basically, I could divide them into three aspects.

1stSongs and Poems
For me, standing and singing songs like in the assembly is BORING. What I did was asking them to dance by looking at the video they watched. The movement cheered up the class even though the class was hectic. It was the easily way to make them remember the words and sentence structure. For example, I used a song entitled “Move Your Body” by High 5. That song taught them about body parts and at the same time, simple present sentences as well. Sure I had to demostrate first (it drained a lot of my energy) but I was happy to see them learning in a fun way..

2ndBoard Interaction
I used this method mostly when I teach science to them. It is difficult to just explain the knowledge in words. So, I made them to build their own knowledge by interacting with the software combined with some cards and lab apparatus. I got good comments not only from the pupils, but also from the teachers and the headmaster as well.

 3rdMovie watching
This method I inspired from my foreign UM lecturer DR THOMAS LAHAIE (salute you doc). What I can say is, it is the most effective way to teach the pupils about composition and summary. They had to watch the movie and then carry out some writing activities. I found out that the pupils enjoyed it so much and they expressed it freely in their writing through imagination that they found from the movie.

Finally, this experience is very wothy to me. I bet that I couldnt get this much experience if I stay learning in college ONLY..

January 4, 2011

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October 30, 2009

Reflection on my last journey in PKEY3101…

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As far as I remembered, our first task was to create and manage our own portfolio using WindowsLive as the channel.  And now..it has been towards the end of this course. I am quite sad because I did not have the chance to do further activities regarding this course. Of all the tasks that we were assigned to do, the one that is most prominent is the e-portfolio. To refresh our memories about e-portfolio, I would like to state its definition again before proceed with the main question in this last entry. E-Portfolio is an electronic portfolio of acquired learning – knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through formal, non-formal, informal, accidental and incidental learning. The e-Portfolio is currently defined as “a collection of authentic and diverse evidence, drawn from a larger archive representing what a person or organization has learned over time on which the person or organization has reflected, and designed for presentation to one or more audiences for a particular rhetorical purpose”.

 

In this last entry, we were asked to answer either e-portfolio worked for us during this semester, or the other way around. As for me, definitely without hesitation I would say that e-portfolio does work for me during this semester. E-portfolio helped me to organize my thoughts in a consistent way through the weekly reflections in the space (blog). I felt like I was given the freedom to pour out my feelings, experience, and my opinion about the lesson that week. I don’t have to go through paper-and-pen kind of reflection which is quite troublesome and ended up with a cramp hand by the time I finished writing it. But it is a different story through e-portfolio because all I need to do each week is to just put all my thoughts and feelings into words by typing on my keyboard. Very convenient and user-friendly. Haha. Thank God…

 

Besides that, e-portfolio also helped me to upload pictures, videos or any materials which I feel it is suitable and related to the course in my space. Indirectly, it allows me to enhance my creativity skills in searching interesting materials to be uploaded in my space. Sometimes, it is easier to express or deliver the message of what I am trying to say through the use of pictures, or videos. It added in the atmosphere of colourfulness to my space.

 

To wrap up everything, e-portfolio brings a new definition to the kind of task and observation that maybe can be implemented in the classroom in the future where technology would be the base or platform in learning. I learned a lot from this e-portfolio starting from expressing about myself, my philosophy and goals in life until the demonstration in learning through the adding of pictures, videos, uploading files to the skydrive and so on.

October 13, 2009

Edu Web TV

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Video
viewing is not a new thing to be applied in classroom. Since years ago, many
teachers have used it as a part of their teaching materials. Video viewing is
not only used as an introduction to certain learning areas but nowadays,
Ministry of Education has developed a web page specified for teachers which
contains a lot of videos related to teaching and learning. Edu Web TV is one of
the programme suggested by the government to be used by teachers while teaching
in the class. Unlike before, this new developed educational TV programme is
created to help teachers to give extra knowledge to pupils. Flash videos, real
videos, pictures, English, Science and also Mathematics are some of the areas
covered in the Edu Web TV. In fact, it is not only applicable for teachers,
pupils also can benefit from this programme whereby there can self explore and
gain knowledge from it.

In Malaysia
context, the application of this Edu Web TV is looked to have a better expected
result especially to make the learning process to be more meaningful. Guidance
is also provided along with the knowledge in the programme. Thus, it makes the
teaching and learning process to occur not only in school but also at home.  

My Dreamed Classroom

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If I
was given a power to create my own classroom, I will create one that is
different from any other classroom in this country. Being in school for more
than 12 years in the same looking classroom made me to think that why every
classroom in schools has to be the same.

Pupils
nowadays are not similar to people like us before. Since they are Generation Y
and also techno savvy citizen, I think that classroom nowadays should be
embedded with fully high-tech equipment. This doesn’t mean that the classroom
is full with computers, but, I mean the surrounding. Maybe every table should
have a touch screen LCD where teachers can teach the pupils visually and also
promote interactive learning. It would be difficult to call upon every pupil to
go in front of the class to participate in an activity, but if they can do it
from their place, it would be more participative since the touch screen LCD
allows them to engage the learning easily. Thus, teacher can monitor their
progress holistically.

Apart
from that, the classroom should be limited to only 25-30 pupils per class. When
the number of the pupils is smaller, teacher can effectively monitor them. Since
the classroom is equipped with technology things, the risks of the equipment to
be broken and pupils misusing it can be reduced if there are fewer pupils in
the classroom. Talking about teaching and learning process, teacher can conduct
the lesson easily without using textbook. All data are restored in the main
computer and flashed out on the LCD during teaching hour. By having this kind
of thing, it gives the teachers more advantages since there are no longer
pupils forgetting to bring the book. Activities can also be conducted online during
the classroom hour. Pupils are tested about the topic learned directly just
after they have been taught. No more worksheet needed as reinforcement to the
learning.

Even
though the IT concept is applied, but still, environment-based learning needs
to be considered. What I mean here is the class decoration. We know that young
children are attracted to colorful scenery. It is difficult to create such
scenery in a classroom. But by using a technology, nothing is impossible. Since
projectors are now available, many different themes can be projected on the
wall of the classroom to represent the topic learned. From there, pupils are
suited in a ‘real’ situation and they probably learn better.

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