Happy End

At the beginning of the lesson when the teacher gave the syllabus, I was afraid of this lesson. There were a lot of tasks. I was worried about them because it was difficult for me to complete these tasks exactly. I had never heard some tools in the syllabus. I thought that I didn’t have enough time to do them among other lesson. I thought that this was a very difficult period for me.

As the time progressed, I understood the importance of the course. I have learned a lot of new tools. They were interesting. I had a lot of accounts in web pages. I want my students to teach the subjects with using them. These tools are benefical for us. I hope that we can use these tools in the classrooms in the future.

I understand better now this lesson is necessary for us, because we have learned the various technologies in teaching and learning.  We know that computers are important in education, so we cannot avoid the presence of them in our schools. 

We finished the course for good. Now, I want to say that this lesson was enjoyable and pragmatic. I have satisfied this course. I am happy for taking this course.

Teacher, thank you very much for your effort and patient. 😀

 

 

The twelfth week

This is the last lesson of the term. The teacher mentioned weebly and second life.

Second Life (SL) is a massive online virtual world where people from all over the globe interact socially in a 3D environment.  
That all sounds pretty technical, but SL is mostly about people, from a wide variety of backgrounds, getting together to meet, be creative and explore. It’s highly interactive so people (in the form of avatars) can walk, talk, run, dance, swim, hear, romance and even fly!
Residents of Second Life can create items using in-world ‘tools’, such as clothes, dwellings, furniture, vehicles, weapons, animals, monsters, space ships … well just about anything really. In fact everything you see in Second Life has been created by SL residents and can be for personal use, given away or sold to others in SL.

Weebly for Education is Perfect for Me and My Students

Weebly is perfect for creating classroom websites, student e-portfolios, and websites for assigned projects. Our drag & drop website editor is stunningly simple to use, and appropriate for use with students of all ages. Weebly enables your students to express themselves creatively using a variety of multimedia features, all within a protected environment that you control. Weebly was named one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites of the year, and here’s why 

  • A Managed, Protected Environment for Our Students: With Weebly, we can password protect all your students’ websites with one click

  • It’s Free:  It is completely free to create and publish a website with Weebly.

  • Flexible Blogging Features: Post class updates, homework assignments, and news for parents using our super slick blogging features.

  • Powerful Multimedia Features: If you can imagine it, you can do it with Weebly

 

The eleventh week

Audio Boo is very easy to use. Its best feature may be its simplicity. No separate recording software is necessary and no difficult-to-understand RSS convesion tools are required. Audio Boo will create an RSS feed for iTunes for the podcaster. Audio Boo stores your podcasts online and allows users to share either directly on the Audio Boo web site or upload podcasts to Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Podcasts can also be embedded onto wikis and blogs.

 Audio Boo does not appear to monitor the content of its podcasts, so some podcasts may be unsuitable for students.

 The how-to video above demonstrates the all-in-one podcasting program, Audio Boo.

Podcasts can be used by the teacher as a possibility of getting new information for the contents of the lessons. It is even possible to get free updates of podcast episodes. So the teacher is always good prepared with the latest information on a topic and of course these datas can be used in the lessons.

The disadvantage on these kinds of datas is that the web is a public platform and anybody can publish things. Therefore the teacher has to check if the datas are verified. Furthermore the teacher has to get in touch with podcasting which might be time consuming.

Another problem is that there are so much podcasts in the Internet that is a big problem for the teacher to handle the overwhelming choice of podcasts.

The tenth week

This week, our topic is story jumper and digital storytelling. We make a story using story jumper and movie maker for kids. I think it is very effective for us. I have only difficulty in sharing these tools. 

For digital storytelling, teachers who bring digital storytelling into the classroom are discovering what makes this vehicle for expression worth the effort. They watch students gain proficiency in writing and research, visual literacy, critical thinking, and collaboration. They see students take part in a range of learning styles. Of course, they also see students make authentic use of technology. Sometimes, they even hear students discover the power of their own voice. I think it is very enjoyable and useful for kids.

The Story jumper is designed to…

  • give teachers an interface to manage and review students’ work.
  • enable kids to share stories between the classroom and home.
  • maintain strict privacy controls over student information.

   I want to use these colorful, enjoyable and motivating tools in the future for my students because I am sure they like these tools 😀

The ninth week

Twitter & Facebook

This week, we talked about these tools, We understood that we can use these tools in language classes.The teacher mentioned the advantages of facebook and twitter in education. Now, I want to share information about them.

Instruction in using Facebook should be an integral part of teacher education programs, particularly with so many different types of social networks emerging. instructing teacher education students on social networks encourages them to consider

 1) the technical and pedagogical characteristics of educational technology,

 2) the social aspects of  educational technology, and

3) how to think about emerging technologies in relation to teaching

 It is important for teacher educators to introduce students to social networks. As an optional assignment, teacher can have students create their own Facebook account and “become friends” with at least one other member of class. Then, have students post appropriate, classrelated images, messages about course assignments and events, and course applications, such as “Courses Connection,” on Facebook – persuade students to experiment with different features. Teachers who engage with a technological medium are more likely to value that technological tool in their teaching.

Teacher educators should have students implement Facebook in a currently taught course, focusing on integrating course content and objectives. When implementing Facebook, preservice teachers must consider a pedagogical rational for using Facebook as well as suggested course applications. To further identify real and potential issues when using Facebook, teacher educators can assign articles about the educational uses of Facebook. Then, drawing from their personal experience with Facebook and the readings, pre-service students can reflect about Facebook as an educational tool in the classroom or an a course blog.

I think that connecting with fellow dorm residents through Facebook can help a student overcome the kind of isolation that otherwise might lead her to leave school. A Twitter account can provide a shy student with information about events that facilitates face-to-face encounters with other students. Such personal interactions are vital to creating and sustaining a sense of belonging.

 

The eighth week

Today we learned online classrooms and wiziq. I reseached it and I want to share my knowledge with you.

Wiziq is the new age-platform for the teachers and the learners. Strategically it is an educational core that brings out the best of teaching talent to the learners’ world.

There is a teacher in every one.

 At WiziQ, I believe and you too agree that every individual has core knowlegde that s/he can give to others. In simple terms, every one is a teacher. WiziQ offers a platform for those core competencies to reach the acquiring hands and minds.

Benefits to the learners

  • An access to the best teaching resources from the world.
  • An opportunity to receive compelling content from experts, ask questions, homework help, and network with friends.
  • Ease with which even geographically dispersed groups can collaborate to obtain resources and knowledge.
  • Teacher profile to showcase your experience and expertise.
  • Calender to schedule and manage sessions with your learners.
  • Virtual classroom to teach students from home.
  • Search for the teacher of their choice in their area, country,across the globe.
  • Calendar  to schedule and manage sessions in their discussion forum.
  • Virtual classroom to learn at their place and pace from their teachers .

I think it is very useful for us. We can communicate with our students easily like a real classroom environment. I want to use it actively. 😀

The seventh week

Today, our topic was online classroom. We started the lesson with nicenet.org. I have learned that we can create our class and discuss our writings.

The advantages of using Nicenet.org is that shy students, who are reluctant to speak up in class, feel very comfortable writing their opinions and replying to other students. Also, students can learn from each others’ writing, especially if you are using Nicenet.org for the posting of writing assignments. Students can learn to help each other by clicking on “reply” and asking questions if what they read is confusing or missing something. Students can reply by pointing out specifically what they like about a piece of writing. Many students enjoy using Nicenet.org, in our experience, and so it is motivating for them do their best work. They also look forward to seeing each others’ writing. We used Nicenet.org to have students post homework assignments, first draft writing assignments, final draft writing assignments, and class work writing.

Another advantage is that the teacher does not have to upload files to a remote server to have student writing published on the Internet. This is a very fast way to have student writing published on the Internet.

One disadvantages is that only the class members can view each others’ work and no outsiders can. So you can’t see the other students’ writing.

Another disadvantage is that graphics and design elements cannot be easily used in Nicenet.org. Only writing can be displayed, no graphics or design elements. However, as a motivational tool to encourage writing, Nicenet.org is definitely a useful site.

The other one is campus.dokeos. Dokeos can be said to be one of the most useful tools of web-based learning as it combines most of the tools such as forums, learning path and blogs. Dokeos on Free Campus,

  • provides an easy way to create and control an online course for any teacher and student without requiring a server, knowledge to install and maintain the software, which is a real advantage over many commercial or open source free course management tools.
  • includes chat sessions which are saved automatically and saved in chat log file, which can be used later during the course.
  • allows teachers to adapt the tools in line with learners’ needs, which gives a sense of control and security

Online conference, which allows participants to communicate verbally and visually, is not supported on Dokeos on Free Campus. However, this can be overcome using one of online conference tools.

I think they are useful for us. The students will be able to learn the topic effectively thanks to them but the most important thing is that we need a computer and Internet. I hope that I can have these opportunities in my future class.

 

The sixth week

At the beginning of the lesson, the teacher mentioned ‘media manipulation’ and ‘media literacy’. When we share something, we should reseach it. Because it can reach the large masses. Especially it is used to bring up any topic to the agenda.

After that, the teacher told Prezi. I didn’t  hear this program beforehand. It is good.

I learned that it is quality in terms of visuality. It is prepared easily. Prezi is like a power point. You can prepare your presentation  here but you must connect to internet. This is only disadvantage. It is free. 

Thanks to Prezi, you can zoom in on writings and pictures, so you can draw the students’ attention  easily.

We will use Prezi in our final project. Although it seems difficult, as time goes on, we will learn in detail.

The fifth week

This week, we have learned how we can transfer the use of mobile phones in education, how we can use learning programs and what we can do in these programs.

Feedly is used to add your bolg friends like a google reader.

Skype is used to make voice calls and download film and music. It has got an advantage, it is used as acredit card.

Flipboard is used to match Facebook and Twitter. It has got an advantage. You can collect information in the same place. You can see an account which has got a lot of contents.

Ted Talk is used to follow actual topic.

Edmodo is used to be in contact with the students. Teacher shares a video and the students make a discussion about it.

Socrative Teacher is used to evaluate. Teacher asks questions and students answer them. Thanks to it, teacher understands whether they learn the topic. ‘True’ and ‘False’ activity can be used.

Dropbox is used to collect documents. It has got an advantage. It doesn’t clutter.

Merriam Webster and Oxford Advanced are online dictionaries.

This week, we have learned a lot of new things 😀

 

 

 

The fourth week

Firstly, I want to say that, I haven’t remembered the fourth week exactly, because I didn’t write my reflection on time 😦 I am sorry.

I don’t have any presentations about the topic, so I will try to write as far as I remember.

I suppose, the topic of the lesson was creating and joining groups online. The teacher mentioned about them. For example; Google groups, Yahoo groups and Facebook groups. Google groups and Yahoo groups were new for me. I just heard Facebook groups. I am a member of them such as elt.

Then, the teacher asked us whether we were a member of any groups and showed us how to create these groups. He mentioned their purposes. I see that they have got a lot of advantages. For example; we can inform and share something with our friends. We can be in contact with them easily.

After the teacher gave details about the topic, I learned their usage.

Now, I want to join in a group and learn a lot of things. 😀