PLN Activity: Twitter 3 & Feedly Blog Post Response (Week 6)

PLN Activity: Twitter 3 & Feedly Blog Post Response (Week 6)

Twitter tweets:

[1]

This tweet talks about the need of change for the U.S. Education system, while it talks about the importance of Ed Tech in promoting learning, I think the article has a very good point: “To be clear, no technology can outperform a great educator…” but they are there to “[free] up educators’ time and empowering them with data and tools that enhance their ability to teach.” This reminds me that we are not saying everything must be done with tech in the 21st Century, but to use it to our greatest benefits.

[2]

YouTube is definitely an amazing resource for education. With the launch of YouTube Kids, it allows children to truly tell a DIGITAL STORY! I am excited about that because it is a great tool to foster creativity  , right?

[3]

This tweet is about “5 Best Online Presentation Tools for the Classroom”. I am deeply impressed by some of the tools. For example, “Glogster Edu” is a great tool that teacher can use for students assignments. Allow students to create a “electronic poster” as their project should be fun.


Blog post response: “Sentopiary” from SpeechTechie

(www.speechtechie.com/2015/02/sentopiary.html)

As an aspiring English teacher, I am very interested in engaging students in grammar lessons. One of the most common complaints I heard from students abut English grammar lessons is that “It’s so boring”. I actually think they are right – how do you expect it’s fun if we just teach by doing exercises and exercises on the book? I love the app Sentopiary, as introduced in this blog post a lot. Not only the app can ‘teach’ students about simple sentence structure, the way that it is designed allows students to dig into the syntax of the sentence they are constructing. It kind of reverse the traditional way of tackling the problem:

Teacher: “Give me a sentence”

Student: “….”

Does this situation sound familiar? True, it is difficult to ask a student to construct a sentence when you put s/he in the spot. The app does a very nice job by taking this barrier away – students can mess around with the app and construct a sentence on their own! I think what is truly amazing about the app is that students would not need to know the labelling of the structure to create a sentence, as stated in the post, “This app would seem to contradict that principle with its emphasis on lab,eling the structures.” However, as students are making their way through the creation of the sentence by trail-and error, they have actually understood the concepts behind the structure. That is, as they are choosing the noun, verb and object to form a sentence, they will pick up those concepts simultaneously. The app also has a beautiful colour scheme to highlight different grammatical categories, and allows a wide range of levels which makes it ideal not only for advanced students, but even beginners.

I also think that this tech has allowed teachers to engage students in a student-centered classroom – teachers can form groups of students, allow them to make sentences with the app, hold a sharing sessions and do a wrap up of the lessons with the important take-away of the activities. What makes it more feasible is that the app would give students some hands-on experience, that they are taking an active role in their learning. This reflects very much my philosophy of education.

~Will

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