Sunday, July 31, 2005

Possibilities for Weblogs in Education

Dear friends,
Please find below the variety of applications that weblogs can bring in to our learning/teaching space.


Teachers could develop a classroom blog to..........
post short current events articles to invite students thoughts, reactions, and possible solutions
create a literature circle
post photos and ask students to create captions
foster book discussions in the form of an online book club
encourage student writing to demonstrate learning
direct students to curriculum web sites and have them read and make responses
communicate with another classroom
react to teacher entries about what they are learning and make connections to how this learning is relevant for them
post quotes and have students write their interpretation and apply it to something in their life
invite one student a day to post a summary of and their reflections on the day's learning
observe the growth of plants or animals or keep records of science experiments
spot and record student kindnesses or good deeds
develop new vocabulary by writing about the new word and having students create sentences or a brief paragraph using new vocabulary
enable students to post their ideas for the classroom or school
let student write short reviews of books they are enjoying reading

Teachers could create an informational class blog to ......
post a daily/weekly synopsis of the curriculum taught
homework assignments
a birdseye view of the class for parents
honor and celebrate class achievements
list class-related information such as calendars, events, homework assignments and other relevant class information
examples of good student work and the teacher's response to it
provide a day-by-day description of a specific teaching unit
a moment in time out of the classroom day to share with family and friends

Teachers could create a reflective, journal type blog to..........
share ideas for teaching activities to use in the classroom
share classroom technology management techniques
make reflections on each teaching day
explore important teaching and learning issues
tips for beginning teachers
gems of wisdom from the students in their classroom on any number of ideas
how-to's on using specific technology programs in the curriculum
a record of a new teaching project with what worked and what didn't

You can have your students create their own weblogs to..........
complete class writing assignments
create an ongoing portfolio of samples of their writing
express their opinions on topics you are studying in class
write comments, opinions, or questions on daily news items or issues of interest
discuss activities they did in class and tell what they think about them
write about class curriculum topics, newly-learned vocabulary words and idioms
showcase their best writing pieces
You can also ask your class to create a shared weblog to...
complete project work in small groups, assigning each group a different task
showcase products of project-based learning
complete a webquest
The above details were extracted from: http://anvil.gsu.edu/NECC2004/stories/storyReader$13

Saturday, July 30, 2005

My Philosophy of Learning and Teaching

MY PHILOSOPHY OF LEARNING AND TEACHING
To me education is an endeavour that cannot be confined within four walls of a classroom. It is a serenading sojourn that starts from the moment of conception of foetus. If the placenta can nourish a developing life-form with nutrients, so can it enrich the developing mind with good and sinister qualities of its progenitors. Genetic complement of the parents, environment of growth of the child at home and away and schooling environment together contribute to the evolution of a child’s mind. Education is an eye opener that enables a person to realize ones potential, which is otherwise dormant, empowers a person with confidence and introduces a sense of discernment, and a pragmatic worldview.

A teacher’s role is in inspiring, guiding, providing tools and supplies necessary to bring out the inherent capabilities of the students. Teachers should enable the students to become introspective, critically thinking and express their thoughts in a persuasive manner. For this, the teachers should earn the trust of the students. This can be possible only when a teacher is forever zealously present for the student. Our methods should be in tune with changing times, student centered, with inputs from the parents and community appropriately incorporated. The learning environment must be non-threatening where students can interact with their peers and teachers freely thus encouraging cooperative learning activities. This interaction also will encourage healthy interpersonal relationships. It is the achievement of interpersonal relationships that will be the key to peaceful future.

We are in an era that is witnessing exciting innovations in many fronts especially in the field of information technology, biotechnology and genetic engineering. Our environment is in shambles. In a fast globalizng world, realization of the present trends of science and technology and its future consequences, demand management and dealing with social consequences of market economy hold the key for a peaceful and harmonious life in future. Teachers as a community have the greatest responsibility of preparing their students for these future shocks – pleasant and ruthless. Challenges for the future will be in upholding respect to values such as freedom, equality, fraternity, democracy and secularism, understanding and interpreting their consequences to the student community.

As a biologist, I believe that biological sciences are better understood in natural study environment that is field based and practical. My methods will also emphasize the use of creativity in all its different forms and encourage the intelligence of the children to try and explore the use their hands creatively.

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Mahesh