Friday, 3 June 2011

Week 9 - Reflexion

Looking back at what we have learned and tried during the course,  I can divide the benefits into three categories. 

The first one would be the topics and tools I have already explored, mastered and used more or less successfully  in my teaching like blogs, WebQuests, interactive power points, some online tools and learning styles.  Still, the opportunity to  match how I have put them in practice against the course's goals and standards was invaluable experience because of  the acknowledgment it  received . 

The second one would be the methodologies and tools I have only  heard of  and read about but never had the chance or time to try out like some of the skill  building websites, rubrics  and PBL.  The pedagogical rationale  and motivating tasks provided detailed insight, precise guidance and clear direction how to apply them in  my work and consequently improve it.

And the third one would be the completely new concepts for me like ABCD objectives and  social bookmarking as well as new tools like Nicenet, Snapgrades and especially ANVILL. These opened new doors for me and  provided new sources of inspiration how  to start implementing them  in my lessons and reach a new level of  language teaching.

It is difficult to choose from these and decide which one was most important and precious.  Each of them will find their own way in my teaching, very likely as a combination of more than one. After finishing the course, I will go on carrying out my mission of finding new and  functional  ways how to use computers as effective and creative tools in teaching English as a foreign language and education in general with this course being  a  significant and indispensable part of it.

1 comment:

  1. Rachel

    Hello, Nada,

    Sincerely, I am so impressed of your point view which you classify to the three statements. As a course participant, I can’t agree with you more, because I am also benefited from it. Although I knew there are lots of tools that I can use for my teaching, I never have a chance to use it. As we know, people are always lazy if there is no stress, so I never force myself to use it. I know tools are so powerful to teaching, but I always give myself lots of excuse when I am busy. This is a great chance to force me to try it. In total, I agree with what you discuss here. By the way, also, I learnt a lot from you. Thanks for all your generous advice. It’s really a great experience to work with you as project partners.

    All the best,