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EDUC 190 1st Sem 2011-2012 Class

Photo courtesy of Loreen Eslao

Congratulations for finishing the EDUC 190 course! 🙂

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RSCON3- Multimedia in Educaction

The video conference that I attended is Multiculturalism in the Classroom, with Vicky Loras as the speaker. She is Greek-Canadian, so it is implied that she really knows multiculturalism. The topic may sound not as relevant to technology as the whole conference aims to do, but being aware of multiculturalism can be a great help to netizens to mingle with others from different countries. Because of globalization, people from around the world can connect easier than before. It can be through social networking sites or Skype, or even in the outside world, people can meet people from different cultures and races. So the aim of the discussion is about how to educate both children and adult alike on how to be open with multiculturalism.

The speaker emphasized that different is beautiful and there is a need for exposure to multiculturalism. Because if people weren’t open to it, they tend to be prejudicial: in races, skin color, religion, etc. The speaker then told us a story about a boy, which became her student, who doesn’t like to be with another girl. It is implied that the girl is a Native or Black American, because when the boy was asked why he dislike the girl, it is because of her skin color. The speaker then asked the boy if he knew why the color of the girl is darker than his, the boy answered he didn’t know. The boy learned his mistake, and after a long time, he and the speaker met each other again. When the speaker told him that she always tell his story, he laughed and thanked the speaker because she changed his life. See how one single lesson changed the boy? Lessons about multiculturalism may sound insignificant, but it can be a great factor in one’s life.

Now, the speakers give us ideas for incorporating multiculturalism for young learners. She said that first, you must get them talking about their own countries. And then, have an activity of show and tell from their own countries. Finally, let them interact. They would ask each other and so they would learn each other in diversity and may see beautiful things in the world in general. In analyzing of commonalities and differences, they would be open to anything.

The speaker then gave us a list of books about diversity: The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf, The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, Can You Say Please by Karen Katz, and Harvesting Hope-The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull. She also gave us icebreakers on adult students to have great opportunities for cultural elements to appear.

All in all, I enjoyed the video conference, although for me, it is not a video but only an audio one. Also the audio is choppy so sometimes I cannot understand what she is saying. I thought that the conference will take up so much time, but it is only a brief discussion of the topic. My fellow participants are also active and very welcoming. It is very fun and you will learn so many thing in a little amount of time.

Learning Styles!

Presenter: Evridiki Dakos

Title: Learning Styles (VAK) – Teachniques and activities which cover all learner types in class

 Date: July 30, 2011 (7 – 7:30 pm)

 

“The type of activities a teacher uses in a class determines both teacher’s and learner’s success.”

 – Evridiki Dakos

We always say that every student is unique and different; they have different personalities, capabilities, weaknesses and learning styles; that each one of them has something to put on the table so as an educator, there is a need of adjustment. It is not only the students who should adjust but the teachers as well. But the question is how? If a teacher is used to traditional teaching, when voice, blackboard and chalk are only the tools used, how can a student who is kinaesthetically or musically intelligent learn?

We always say that in order for the students to listen, we need to know them and connect the discussion to their experiences? But how will you do that if from 30-40 students, each of them has different styles and preferences, not all of them are interested to what you are saying?

This conference that I attended online answered what I am really curious about. It gave me ideas to make not only the students to learn but also to be motivated. It was really helpful to me since I will need those activities when I become a pre – school teacher. I like how informative it was but not in a boring way since there were interactions like we were asked to type our suggested activities to cover visual learners or all types of learners etc. I gain information also not only through the presenter but to the people joined in the conference as well. I also like when she gave example of activities that can combine learning styles (such as kinaesthetic, audio and visual: matching on the wall & running dictionary) and showed us pictures of people doing it. It just means that what she was saying is not what she thinks will be effective but tried and tested. This conference widened my creativity and made me enthusiast more in teaching kids! And I must say that this webinar, since it was my first time, was amazing! Technology can really make things possible! :))

 

 

RSCON3 experience

Presenter: Phil Hart, Jo Hart, Edna Sackson, Cecilia Lemos, Berni Wall

Title: Assessing Assessment

Date: July 31, 2011 | Time: 7:00-8:00pm +8GMT

I agree with what Miguel said about the difficulty of entering this portal. Since it was raining earlier, I couldn’t connect to the internet. I started trying to connect at 5:00 pm so that I can go to the 6:00 pm discussion but because of delayed internet connection, I failed. I also don’t know where I will start opening files so that will end to the Elluminate Live program. I think my experience is similar to almost all of my classmates due to lack of experience in this kind of platform. But when I saw the powerpoint presentation (I’m doubtful if that is a powerpoint) with the different buttons in it, I began to excite. The buttons were really interactive, making you a virtual participant in the virtual world created by the discussion. There is a chatbox where everybody was engaging with one another. Sometimes the moderator of the panel discussion communicated using this. It is also used to ask an emerging question or issue from the speaker of the topic, and then the participants try to answer those questions. The experience was almost perfect, but there is an inevitable flaw that directly affected the participants of the online conference. Because this a panel discussion, some of the participants speak as well. What I’m trying to say is because of the diversity of nations participated (I encounter participants from Chile, Australia and Italy), the speakers’ accent also varies. This condition is very hard for me because I have a little hearing difficulty. Because I didn’t see their faces, I couldn’t understand were they trying to say, I couldn’t read their lips. I also have a hard time understanding the presentation as a whole, but I still acquire good insights from the conference, thanks to the chatbox. But even if there is a chatbox where I can read some of the concepts discuused by the speakers, it still not effective because it not coherent because of informality of discussion. Adding the burden to me is the reception of the sound I received, which echoed once in a while.

Over-all, the experience was still great. I want to repeat again, but now with a topic I prefer and the speaker/s I can hear.

Creativity and Creative Learning: Redefining the future Learners

Presented by: Dr. Pam Burnard of Cambridge University

Date: July 30, 9:00 pm

The topic I chose was a talk on Creativity and Creative Learning: Redefining the future Learners last July 30 at 9:00 in the evening. It was presented by Dr. Pam Burnard of Cambridge University.  It was my very first time to attend an online seminar and I was really excited. Unfortunately, it was not easy to access the website, in fact it took me some time to finally install the program  in my laptop. When I entered the session  room I was amazed because there were about a hundred participants from all over the world and most of them were educators and researchers.

Her topic was not a new topic for me because last semester, I have taken it as one of my major subjects in Special Education. The discussion was very light and it was informative. She reiterated that schools must not suppress students’ creativity. She encouraged everyone to develop children’s creativity through different  activities such as posing questions, presenting ideas in different approaches and having hands-on experiment during the lesson proper. She also made use of interesting videos for us  to see how creative children perform in a musical concert.I also saved a copy of her slide as a reference for future discussion. At the end of the session, we were given a chance to raise some questions about the topic.

I enjoyed a lot and thank you sir for giving us the privilege and opportunity to be part of this year’s Reform Symposium .

Creating A Community of Learner’s Online

Lynn Boyle

July 30, 2011

12:30 – 1:00 a.m.

 

 

I attended two webinars, this one and the other one Moodle and Mahara for the next time slot. But I prefer to talk about this one.

Mainly because it was the first experience and because I felt I was able to participate in this one more.

I actually was the first participant to join the session, besides the moderators in the room. And I guess that contributed a lot to how I got to initially feel at home. One of the moderators said Hi, and I’m not that new to talking to strangers online, and replied without much hesitation.

We got into a two-or-three turns talking. I had to admit having to check what I was telling slash typing to her, all the while trying to take in the surroundings of Elluminate Live.

It was great to know that Sir Noel was there as well; at least I certainly knew I wasn’t alone. Thus, disintegrating the few remaining anxiousness I had.

The topic was interesting as well, since it was on distance-learning and how it works. And since the webinar is similar to online learning, the other participants were having fun and had no trouble relating. People would suddenly say that they’re glad we (the rest of the participants) couldn’t see her in her pajamas right now.

The whole things was quite the experience – having to talk with people you know is halfway across the globe and being able to learn from them the same way as if you were in a traditional classroom discussing.

 

Why Schools Should Be Like a Family Restaurant

Presenters: George and Alec Couros
Title: Why Schools Should Be Like a Family Restaurant
Date and Time: 31 July, 2011, 11:00 am

Just like most of my classmates, if not all, it was my first time to attend a webinar. I was surprised to find out how many people from around the globe actually participate in such activity. To add to the excitement, Ate Kamae kept on encouraging me to finally start joining one. (She already started attending a few webinars at the time.) It seemed like she really did enjoy them.

The webinar that I attended made a connection between a school and a restaurant. Teachers/Owners should know their students/customers. It is very important to make social connections that students may feel important. Consequently, teachers should cater to unique tastes/kinds of sudents. They are encouraged to be flexible in teaching and not have a rigid set of teaching styles because students are not robots but individuals who have different personalities and abilities. That is why, teachers should continuously assess the menu/curriculum.

Another point raised was the importance of a good and comfortable atmosphere. There were photos shown where children were working on something in their laptops individually. They looked comfortable but I’m still unsure if I’d be comfortable with that sight. As long as the children aren’t adiicted with technology, it’s okay. But if it’s actually eating them, I don’t think it’s such a good idea. Children need the real social stuff. I guess it’s also a challenge for the teachers to teach the students on how to maximize technology for learning and limit those that hinder them from going out of their comfort zones and mingle.

At the end of it all, the most important point was about passion. We all need it, whatever we choose to do in life. One of the speakers said that the children should see the passion teachers have for teaching. I realized it’s not just important for myself but also for my future students, if ever I become a teacher.

In conclusion, I find webinars an excellent source of teaching and learning. It’s like attending real international conferences, for free! It was just quite challenging to multitask. 😉