Week-10 Reflection


Dear My Friends,
This is the last week of this 10-week course. This week we gave some advice and suggestions for future e-teachers. Also we talked much about the integration of technology for the accomplishment of our goals.
I agree with the comments you did on the nicenet. Maybe being on time and attributing the collaborative part are the most important parts in this course. Each of us increased our pedagogical field knowledge and increased our teaching skills with appropriate use of technology and technology implementation. So my next advice is for the future e-teachers, commenting and writing post and using discussion board lively in order to learn from others much and help others, too.
Lastly, I thank my colleagues in this course, Courtney and other moderators. I hope we will be more productive language teachers with the knowledge we learnt and hope to adapt, use, implement our web-skills into our lessons.
Best regards,

Ali-TURKEY

Week 9-Reflection

Dear my colleagues,
An intelligence is the ability to solve problems, or to create products, that are



 valued



                within one or more cultural settings.

This is ninth week.
In the discussion board, we discussed much about learning styles and specifically  Howard Gardner's nine multiple intelligence types. Using internet for different intelligence types, PPTs, video clips, dictionary webpages, and others for sequential and global learners are mostly discussed ones in the discussion thread.

Actually, I am not much familar with the intrapersonal and existential intelligence types before as I heard the other seven types many time before. While trying to learn much about the styles and their integration into the language course, I learnt much from  the page http://epltt.coe.uga.edu/index.php?title=Multiple_Intelligences_and_Learning_Styles and http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/mi/index_sub6.html

The webpage (http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/mi/index.html)  presents us much detail about the multiple intelligence theory.

Here are some headlines mentioned there.

What is the theory of multiple intelligences (M.I.)?
How does this theory differ from the traditional definition of intelligence?
What do multiple intelligences have to do with my classroom?
How has M.I. theory developed since it was introduced in 1983?
Who are the critics of this theory and what do they say?
What are some benefits of using the multiple intelligences approach
in my school?

How can applying M.I. theory help students learn better?
How can I find out more about M.I. theory?

Technology is a great tool for the integration and catering various  multiple intelligence types at the same in the class. This week underlined its importance one more time and taught me that even creating a simple blog can increase my learners' intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence with self-paced activities and  well-designed online discussions.

Lastly, I am very thankful to my peer-review Janja for her fruitful comments about my final project. Her comments shed much light on me about creating a better final project. She helped me much and I hope I could help her with my comments about her project also.

Best.

Ali

Week 8-Reflection

Dear All,
We almost finish the course. This week was the peer review week. I am so sorry Janja.
I am sad about my late posting and reviving. Reviving my colleagues' project was a fun actvity and the project checklist helped me much to check my project also.
I also created a padlet that I will use for my class. I uploaded a few documents for my class and also shared the link at my class's Facebook group.

Best

Ali

Week-7 Reflection

Hello everyone,

Sorry for late posting this week. I am busy with travelling other cities in Turkey for educational purposes and taking visa process to move another country for teaching. So I missed some points in this week, but I tried to read the articles about learner autonomy, the one-computer classroom and mobile device use language classrooms. These three topics are interrelated to each other and learner autonomy comprises of the others. Language learning means active participation of learner. The participation is not simply an in-class activity, it also includes extra-curricular ones. At that time, directing students to learn and motivating to study gain importance for long-term language success. One of the best way of fostering motivation and active participation is increasing learner autonomy by encouraging them take part in their own learning. Sometimes, teaching hours are limited to accomplish all learning short and long term goals. So directing students outside the class helps us to accomplish these goals. In todays’ education World, almost all classes have at least one computer or a Tv unit. This week has given some ideas how to set such an one-computer classroom and help our students. Also most of us are familiar with the some of the suggestions mentioned in Linda (1999)’s strategies about one computer classroom (http://www.lburkhart.com/elem/strat.htm). Another point of this week was, mobile-assisted language learning. Two weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me some ideas about the use of mobile phones in the class and we talked a lit bit. At that time, I said some drawbacks about using mobile phones, as it easily distracts students’’ awareness and interest to other sides. To be honest, I was not a big fan of mobile phones, thought that we could find some more productive ways to help our students. It worthes trying, as all learners have cell phones specifically smart phones. Also, I recommended my students to download apple applications TED, TEDICT, Busuu, mono lingual and bilingual dictionary apps or other ones. My colleagues’ posts about the mobile phones and twenty ideas of Reinders (2010) (please visit http://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/48_3_4_reinders.pdf) and the article about the mobile apps changed some of my negative ideas about the phones. In face to face classes, all ideas worth trying.Lastly, I liked using Padlet, it is a very user-friendly webtool for sharing documents. Hope to use it soon in my class.

See you soon.

Ali-TURKEY

 



Week-6 Reflection

Dear all,

This week was about engaging students with technology integrated language teaching activities. Everyone has many innovative teaching activities for the engagement of students as we know the crucial importance of the student engagement in long-term language learning success. Enhancing engagement with technology addition is a more encouraging one. Using blogs, wiki pages, videos, PPTs, etc. In addition websites, https://todaysmeet.com/http://www.voki.com/ are useful tools and Lore’s suggested page http://www.thiagi.com/interactive-lectures.html was also helpful.

Another good point of this week was the task about creating a PPT and sharing it on our wiki page.
See you next week.

Ali

Week-5 Reflection

Dear All.

We are at the mid of the course and during this 5-week journey I learnt a lot.
This week was about Project Based Learning (PBL). Todays's technology eases our job in using PBL in our language classrooms. As many websites are available for collaboration like dropbox, moodle, or other file-sharing ones, we can help students' learning from others with different tasks.
Creating a rubric for our class is another point of this week. Here is my rubric link
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ESSdCAhkVii7hlUrtc5wZu8xgWf7_mfcPIvtGSkxIMw/pub
I created this rubric for evaluating my students' grammar knowledge about the prepositions. It is easy to apply and also informative. A rubric in the Rubistar page inspired me and I adapted that rubric according my students' language levels and needs.
I read the comments in the brainstorming activity about our course project at the nicent area. Many of my friends tried to find a technology-enhanced solution for their problems in their class. One of you reminded me the very useful online class platform " EDMODO" "https://www.edmodo.com/", I heard it for the first time in an ELT conference and it sparkled some ideas.
See you next week.
Ali

Week 4 Reflections

Week 4 Reflections

Dear my friends,

This week  I read two articles about using technology in reading and writing. I liked Boas (2011)'s article Process writing and the Internet: Blogs and Ning Networks in the classroom. The article gave me many useful ideas and showed that we can use the same material for different purposes too. In the discussion board, I came across many useful webpages, too. Some of them are as follow " http://www.magickeys.com/books/, http://www.newsinlevels.com/, http://legacy.lclark.edu/~krauss/toppicks/toppicks.html, www.a4esl.org, http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/, http://www.bygosh.com/index.html, http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/creative-classroom-activities, http://americanenglish.state.gov/ebooks, http://fog.ccsf.edu/~lfried/"

Another important issue of this week was technology enhanced lesson plan activity. Here is my template link

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tMwolF9UQRYtSUf8HdTeN7x1Hlm93uxey47hkiUDmLU/edit?usp=sharing

Website recommendations are very helpful, I am trying to look at each of them and bookmarking, Thanks to my friends for creating this document  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h0CQ_xX8z5ovbaJQn9P_IYzx_KvldjuUiRfIP6XOCuk/edit?usp=sharing

In addition, each week we are all together moving a head about using technology and internet in our English lessons. Sharing thoughts about our final study projects and getting feedback from other colleagues really develops our understanding and teaching skills.
Best wishes

Ali-TURKEY