Archive for February, 2011

Hey…I want to be the millionare~

hi guys….we meet again…this time I will reflect about my experience in doing the PPT task  (Who wants to be a millionare) with my other group members and also the presentation on this PPT task from the other groups.

 

 

From the task that we had been assigned, we realized that there are actually many ways to approach and teach the students in fun ways. It just depend on our creativity and our way in manipulating things. The PPT “Who wants to be a millionaire” is one of the examples. From the very basic software which is the Power Point, we can actually create and invent such a wonderful and fun games like this. We can put pictures, sounds, animations and many more in the games and make it interesting and attractive to the students.

Furthermore, we found out that this activity is really suitable to test the students understanding on the lesson taught as well as the effectiveness of the lesson taught to them. From this, we can actually trace which part the students could not or hard to understand.  This will help the teachers to know which part they should revised  with the students for that lesson.

Plus, this game can also be used to sum up the whole lesson. It is because, teachers are able to use all the main point or the focussed skills taught in this games by including the questions related .  Hence, the students will be able to see the overview of the lesson taught in this game.

Moreover, during watching our friends presenting their ppt slides, we found out that there were actually many ways in enhancing and improving the games and make it fun to the students. Many of us had change the background of the slides and make it suitable with the topic questioned in this game. There were also images, sounds and many more things that were included just to make it more attractive and suit with the targeted students.

So, hows your opinion? Interested with this game? you can use it in your lesson to. Feel free to adapt and improve it based on your students and the topic taught. As for me, I will surely use this game…hopefully you guys enjoy reading this post….thats all for now…daaa~~

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Restaurant city~

For this 5th entry , I will share about Restaurant City games that I played through Facebook. As for me, I can somehow use this games to promote the learning of English Language for the students. There are lots of things that can be used  manipulated for the sake of the students in the classroom. Im sure the lesson will be fun and the students will be interested in participating themselves in the lesson.

 

Now lets look at the lesson plan…

Year: 3

Language proficiency: Average Proficiency

Topic: Prepositions (Eg: behind, besides, in front of, between)

Skills: Listening and writing

Previous knowledge: Nouns(names of things in the restaurant. Eg: chair, table, front door, etc)

Learning objectives: In the end of the lesson, students will be able to :

-Place the things according to the preposition said by the teacher.

-Write the right preposition of the things said by the teacher.

Procedures:

Set induction

1)Teacher projects the game and gaining the students responses by asking them about the position and place of the things in the game.

2) Teacher lists down the students answers and lead them towards the topic which is “Prepositions”

Pre listening

1) Students discusses the prepositions listed with the teacher and the other preposition introduced by the teacher.

2) Teacher asks the students to make some notes about the preposition.

3)Teacher tests their understanding by asking the several questions on the preposition with the use the games projected.

Listening

1) Teacher asks the students to decorate the restaurant by listening to the teacher instruction on where to place the things in the restaurant.  Teacher will use the preposition that they had discussed previously.

-the students will click at the decorate icon before they can start decorating-

-start decorating based on the prepositions said by the teacher-

2) Teacher checks the students work.

Post listening

1) Teacher will project the games on the screen and said one of things in the screen.

2) The students are required to write the right prepositions related to the things said.

Closure

1) Teacher concludes the lesson and reemphasizes the topic taught.

 

Hopefully this simple lesson plan will be useful to everyone…I think thats all from now…daaa~~~

Peeping the Tux Paint~~

hoyeah…we meet again guys…so hows holiday? hows Chinese New Year? hopefully you guys enjoy this festive holiday. Ohh..before I forgot. hopefully its not too late…I just want to wish all my Chinese friends a  very very Happy Chinese New Year and may your life will  be more prosperous in this Rabbit Year…dun forget to give me angpow okay..ho3…

 

Anyway…back to the topic upthere..”Peeping the Tuxpaint”..emmm….what is Tux Paint actually?  My first impression of Tuxpaint is one of the software like “Paint” programme…alaa..the one that we have in our computers…we use it to draw something virtually.

 

haaa…this one…”Paint”..got it? hu3..

 

However..”Tuxpaint” is not totally like “Paint’. Tuxpaint has more functions and advanced than Paint. Tux Paint is a  drawing program for children ages 3 to 12. It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. Teacher can use and manipulate this software to teach the students in class.

Now lets talk more about thi Tux Paint…

1. The functions of the tool

  • Teacher can use this software to teach lots of things. For instance,  he/she can use this to teach and introduce various of colours to the students. Teacher can choose any colours provided at the bottom of the screen and show it to the students.

Plus, teacher can test the students by asking them to colour the blank canvas by the colour said by the teacher. From this, teacher can know wheter the students had mastered the name of colours taught to them.

  • Then, teacher can also use this software to teach the students about shapes. It is because, this software provided types of shapes that can be choose by the teacher.

Teacher can also use this to trigger the students creativity by asking them to create objects based on the shapes provided to them. For instance:

  • Furthermore, teacher can also use this to teach the students about “Jawi” or “Chinese” writing. It is because, it has calligraphy button that can be use by the teacher to show and demonstrate on how to write Jawi or Chinese writing using this calligraphy.

  • In addition,teacher can manipulate and use this software to teach numbers and calculation to the students.

The examples obove are just some of the use and function of this software, you can try and explore by yourself in order to get more ideas on how to use this in your classroom…and now lets talk about the limitation of this tool.
2. The limitations of the tool

Eventhough, there are lots of thing that can be done by teachers with this software, there are also some limitations and weaknesses that the teacher need to face when using this software.
  • First and foremost, teacher can not use this software to do animation or movement with the pictures used. So, it will be less attractive to the students.
  • Secondly, teacher will not be able to use sounds in this software since it do not provide any sounds or musics to be included in any of the teacher’s or student’s work. So, it will not favour students with audioand music intelligences who have the tendency and interest of music and sounds when learning something.
  • Thirdly, this software is actually suitable for lower primary students and did not really suitable for the upper primary school students. So, this software can’t be used through out the years and the teacher will need to find another software thats suitable for the upper primary students.

3. When can this tool be used

This tool can be use in any stages of the lesson (from set induction to the closure).It depends on the teacher to use their creativity and manipulate this tool in their class. However, for me, this tool might be more suitable during the production stage whereby the teacher can ask the students to do or create something with this software based on the lesson taught previously. They can use this tool to show their understanding of the input given by the teacher.

4. The user friendliness from the teacher point of view (you)

In my point of view, this tool is easy to handle.That is why, this tool is more suitable to the lower primary students. It has label on each button and the user will be able to know the function of the button by looking at the labels.  The words use for labeling the button is really simple and easy to understand. Those simple words will be very suitable for the primary school students since their vocabulary bank is still in the process of enriching and acquiring words. Plus, this software provide instruction to the users. “Using the program is so effortless and fun maybe because Tux, the little Linux mascot is around guiding you and giving advices at the bottom.– SharedReviews.com, May 23, 2008.”

The picture above shows the instruction provided in the software.

5. The tool is suitable for which standard
This tool will be suitable for the lower primary students which is from the standard 1 until standard 3.It is because the function of this software is quite easy and it will be suitable to be handled by them. It provide basic skills such as colouring, counting simple calculations and numbers which is really needed for these lower primary school students.
Ohh..before i forgot….just want to share some of this Tuxpaint tutorial thatI found in youtube.
So… I think thats all for now..hopefully this entry will provide some information about this software…
bye2..tatatititutu~~~