EDT1303 (week 13) 09/12/15

USING TECHNOLOGY vs INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY

There are 2 sections for this course. I am in section 1 which is on Fridays. Section 2 classes are on Wednesdays. Last week, Mr Shukri had informed us that he will be off station this Friday. He said we can join the section 2 class on Wednesday if we would like to. Turned out that I was the only “rajin” student among the section 1 girls who showed up in class today. Maybe it’s because I love technology and enjoy IT classes…………

At first, I felt uncomfortable to be in section 2 class because my friends weren’t there. But later on, I started to feel grateful to be there and enjoyed my time. There was very little of teaching and more of just frankly talk by Mr Shukri. And by “frankly” i really mean FRANKLY FRANKLY!

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This is what Mr Shukri had planned to teach section 2 in today’s class and he displayed this image on the screen. Before he started his lecture, he advised us that if we’re planning to do our masters, it would better if we work for couple years as an experience. And that was the starting point for his “frankly talk”. He told us how he ended up being an IT lecturer even though his degree was in BENL. He shared his experiences with us. We were being so busy body. Some girls started asking him questions about his personal life too ^.^

Surprisingly he gave so many detailed information about himself and his family. I was just sitting, listening, laughing and enjoying the moment because it was a good feeling to know your lecturer beyond the academic limits.

To me, the best part was when he told us he has TWIN DAUGHTERS!!! I LOVE KIDS! I LOVE TWINS! I WANNA SEE THEM! (T_T)

I’m sure they must be so adorable! OMG I FORGOT TO ASK THEIR NAMES! my heart is crying

So moving on, he turned around at the projector screen and realized that he was carried away way too far from today’s topic XD

Then he explained the above table. In between his explanation, he talked about MOOC too. At the end of the class, he told us to search for MOOC in Malaysia. He said our university has three online courses available. One out of those three courses, Introduction to Digital Photography, is his course he said. I will be taking that course next semester In Shaa Allah 😉

That’s all for today’s class’s review..

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EDT1303 (week 12) 04/12/15

Today’s class was mostly all about sitting in our groups and complete whatever work we had to do to complete our assignments. Towards the end of the class, Mr Shukri told us to open our Gmails because he wanted to show us how to work on Google Docs. And that was it! Myra and me got the chance to start to annoy Hazira XD

She doesn’t use Gmail. She still uses Yahoooooooooo! 😀

I was being so nice to her and offered my second Gmail account (the old one) to her so that she could follow the class but no, she refused to use it XD I don’t know why I’m laughing too much

Another thing I learned about in today’s class is bit.do

In this website, you can shorten long address links into a custom short word.

and…………………That’s all I guess :p

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EDT1303 (week 11) 27/11/15

Today we were told to make a video on PowerPoint. Not just any video but the exact video that Mr Shukri had shown us in one of the previous classes. I had never done this kind of thing before but in my mind I was thinking that it will be easy since it’s just playing around with animations. But it was very time consuming to find the exact animations that Mr Shukri has used.

The good part was that, we were allowed to discuss and help each other in class. It was a fun class just like any other 😉

To see my short video click Here! Here! Here!

 

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EDT1303 (week 7) 23/10/15

This week’s class started with my group’s (group 5) presentation on the topic of “Television – the new saviour”. Followed by the presentations of groups 7 and 8. There is four of us in the group. Hanisha, Hazira, Ummaira and me.

To be honest, I wasn’t satisfied with my part of the presentation since I was expecting it to go a bit different and more smooth. I was nervous, of course. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t speak to my audiences with full confidence. I was even more disappointed to find out that some my audiences weren’t really giving attention while I was presenting. How did I know that? It was simple. They were like “Huh? What? Me? Come again?” when I asked few basic questions throughout the presentation. But I don’t blame them for that. I think it’s me who failed to get their full attention.

On the other hand, I was very happy about how my friends did their parts. Especially Hazira. She had to prepare herself to present Ummaira’s part within an hour or so since Ummaira couldn’t make it to the class due to her early flight to Sabah. [Thanks for that Hazira! You did great even though you were stressed out!]… Hanisha presented quite well too. She had to find most of the sources online because our book had a very little information about her subtopic.

After the last 2 groups finished their presentation, Mr. Shukri gave general comments to all 8 presentations. Such as:

~> good engagement. 

~> enough confidence.

~> didn’t read from the notes.

and so on…

Then he introduced to us the terms “mooc” and “flooc” which got my friend Hazira like “Oh! This reminds me of Muke and Dr. Fluke!”

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But nah! Mr. Shukri wasn’t talking about them for sure. What he was talking about were Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and Foreign Language Open Online Course (FLOOC). “These are new trends of teaching” he said.

After that, he talked about Macintosh and GUI. And moved on to the topic of Infographics.

What is Infographic? It is a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data. One can put a page full of information into a single picture and make it more fun to read. Because, of course, just observing an image is way easier, less time consuming and more understandable than reading passages. This is the best way of delivering information to those who doesn’t like to read.

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Mr Shukri showed us this above image as an example of an infographic and said that is one of his favourites. He told us this is gonna be our next task. Each group will have to create an infographic image for their respective topics.

Another one thing he talked about towards the end of the class was Kindle. It is a small hand-held electronic device for reading books, which has been developed by online retailer Amazon. Rather as you download an iPod or MP3 player with music, you download books (via wireless technology) on to a Kindle and read them on it.

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That’s all about this week’s class.

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EDT1303 (week 6) 16/10/15

Hello folks!

Actually, there’s nothing much to talk about this week’s class except that one technology which was introduced to us by Mr. Shukri. It’s called Swivl

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Image 6.1 Swivl and its marker

He walked into class with this “thing” in one hand and a tripod on his other hand. While he was setting up the device, all the students (including me) were staring at him and were wondering what that “thing” was. Mr. Shukri didn’t keep us blank for long. He explained us what the function of this so called Swivl is.

~> Swivl is a robotic platform which can be used for recording presentations or class lectures. Users can connect a smartphone or tablet, or a DSLR camera, and use the free Swivl app to record video of the presentation…

Basically, all you need to do is connect your device to Swivl and press the “record” button on the marker whenever you’re ready.  As a presenter, you don’t have to worry about not being in the center of the camera. You can freely move around rather than standing at one place. Because Swivl will track you both horizontally and vertically as long as you have the marker with you. You can either hold it in your hand or wear it around your neck. There’s no need to worry about your audio too. Even if you’re far away from the camera, your voice will be still clear in the end result. Because the marker will be recording your voice while the camera is recording you.

That’s exactly what we used the Swivl for in our previous class. Mr. Shukri connected his iPad mini device to Swivl. He then handed the marker to one of the members of the first group that was going to present. 5 groups out of 8 had the time to present last week. PowerPoint presentation of each group was recorded onto his device. Later he will share the videos with all of us, I think. The other 3 groups will be presenting this week.

That’s all for today 🙂

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EDT1303 (week 5) 09/10/15

As soon as our class started, Mr. Shukri asked us all “How many components are there in a PC?”. Everyone gave their own opinions. The correct answer is as below

“PC has 4 components. Those are input, process, output and storage”

Let’s look at those components in a simple diagram

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After telling us about these components, Mr. Shukri one by one pointed at the students and said out loud the name of one component to each one of us. At first, we all were blank and didn’t understand what was happening. Then he told us to make a short presentation about that particular component we got using Microsoft PowerPoint in 15 minutes. Everyone turned to their PCs and started searching the Internet about their topics. I got the component Output.

Exactly 15 minutes later, Mr. Shukri told us to stop typing and asked if anyone would volunteer to present their PowerPoint slides on the LCD projector. When he said that, I mistakenly understood that he just wanted any random student’s presentation to show to the class but what he actually meant was he wanted that volunteer to come to the front and talk and explain his/her slides. So that misunderstanding made me raise my hand up before he even finished his words. The moment I realized I had to present I got a mini heart attack but it was all good after I kept repeating to myself “It’s okay! These are my classmates! They’re not gonna eat me!”. But still, my voice was shaky while i was reading the slides. When I was done with my presentation, Mr. Shukri said he wants another volunteer from the boys too. One of the guys (which I don’t know his name) came to the front and presented his slides.

Then, sir asked the whole class to voice out their opinions about those two presentations. People started commenting. Some of the comments were like ~

…” sources are directly from the Internet “…

…” too many words in one slide “…

…” it was boring “…

and so on. I agree with all of the comments above. Of course everything is from the Internet because we had only 15 minutes to do the presentation. Who would waste his/her time going to the library, looking for a book and reading it before doing the presentation when he/she is given 15 minutes only?  To cut the long story short, that’s what we did in the first 20 minutes of the class, presentation and discussion. Then Mr. Shukri started his lecture about PowerPoint with a cool slideshow on the LCD screen projector. His very first slide (if I’m not mistaken) had a message that said:

Create PowerFUL PointS

To do that, you need to follow the “4 Principles of Visual Presentation Design”. Those are:

~> Contrast 

~> Repetition

~> Alignment

~> Proximity

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While talking about good presentations, Mr. Shukri asked us if we knew any good speaker or presenter. He then said Steve Jobs is one example. “He was one of the best presenters” said Mr. Shukri

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Throughout his lecture, Mr. Shukri kept emphasizing one phrase and eventually it got stuck in my head. He over and over and over said

think visually!

He said “each slide MUST have a point!”. He told us not to add unnecessary slides to our presentations just to increase the number of slides. Because “Less Is More” and also, not to put all the information in one slide since we are allowed to use unlimited number of slides.  Another advice he gave us is to occasionally go blank. In other words, have few blank slides within your presentation. This gives you a full attention of your audiences when you want to talk about some things which are not included in your presentation.

At the end of his slides, Mr Shukri had a list of Do’s and Don’ts for creating a “Powerful Points” Presentation. Here are few of the many that I managed to jot down:

DO:

~> use east to read font type

~> choose a color palette and layout

~> choose only key points to highlight

~> choose a simple background

DON’T:

~> use serif fonts

~> use many different fonts

~> underline to highlight

~> use fonts that are smaller than 30 points

~> change color or layout

~> use bullet points (if possible)

Before Mr. Shukri finished his class, he introduced to us the Canva where we can create slide shows just like we do on Microsoft PowerPoint.

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To learn more about making a good presentation, he suggested us to look up for this following book

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EDT1303 (week 4) 02/10/15

“What do you look for when you’re buying a new phone or any other gadget?”

Our class started with the above question. We were asked about our smartphones. This question made me reflect back to the time when I bought my first smartphone. I went to the store and in my mind there was no any specific phone I was thinking of buying. As I was looking through, the salesman introduced to me one of the latest phones which had been released recently during that time. It was Huawei Honor 3C.

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Image 4.1 Huawei Honor 3C (black)

What did I like about this phone? I have several answers for this question. First, the size. I liked how this phone has “not too big and not too small” size. Fits in hand nicely and doesn’t slip off. Second, the wide and smooth screen. The size of the screen is suitable for using many applications as well as for playing games. And it’s easy to switch from one application to another. The smoothness of the screen gives users a pleasant feeling when they swipe on it. Third, the weight. The phone doesn’t weigh much even though the it is satisfyingly big not small. So the chances of it falling off your hand is less. Fourth, the sound. This phone has a clear and loud sound system. Last but not least, I liked the fact that if I bought this phone, I was  going to be one of the few people using this phone at that time since it was new in store.

Why were we asked about smartphones? Here’s the answer: our topic for this class was “Diffusion of Innovations”

“Diffusion of innovations is a theory that seeks to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures”… ~ Wikipedia

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The image above shows that the area under the curve is divided into five categories. These categories refer to five different types of people in terms of adopting the latest technology of their times. Those are:

Innovators ~> Innovators are willing to take risks, have the highest social status, have financial liquidity, are social and have closest contact to scientific sources and interaction with other innovators. Their risk tolerance allows them to adopt technologies that may ultimately fail. Financial resources help absorb these failures.>

Early Adopters ~> These individuals have the highest degree of opinion leadership among the adopter categories. Early adopters have a higher social status, financial liquidity, advanced education and are more socially forward than late adopters. They are more discreet in adoption choices than innovators. They use judicious choice of adoption to help them maintain a central communication position.

Early Majority ~> They adopt an innovation after a varying degree of time that is significantly longer than the innovators and early adopters. Early Majority have above average social status, contact with early adopters and seldom hold positions of opinion leadership in a system.

Late Majority ~> They adopt an innovation after the average participant. These individuals approach an innovation with a high degree of skepticism and after the majority of society has adopted the innovation. Late Majority are typically skeptical about an innovation, have below average social status, little financial liquidity, in contact with others in late majority and early majority and little opinion leadership.

Laggards ~> They are the last to adopt an innovation. Unlike some of the previous categories, individuals in this category show little to no opinion leadership. These individuals typically have an aversion to change-agents. Laggards typically tend to be focused on “traditions”, lowest social status, lowest financial liquidity, oldest among adopters, and in contact with only family and close friends.

Mr. Shukri told the class that as future teachers we should try to belong to one of the first two categories, Innovators or Early Adopters. Or at least we have to be among Early Majority people. He said that we have to try to be the first ones to discover latest technologies and see what new features they have to offer to us.

Next, we briefly talked about how the technology of music developed from cassette to MP3 Player

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From the early 70s until the late 90s, the cassette tape was one of the most common commercial forms for the distribution of prerecorded music. Then CD Players took over it until MP3 came to life. This is just a simple example to prove that every technology has its ending point. Because new versions and new updates of every technology is awaiting to be discovered. So we cannot just stick to one and stop inventing better ones.

This is pretty much all about this week’s class.

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EDT1303 (week 2) 18/09/15

On this blog, I’ll be talking about two things. Those are TodaysMeet and WordPress.

To many of you, these two may or may not be something new that you never heard of before. Well, to me they were. I had no idea what these are when my lecturer mentioned them in our class.

Let’s start with

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What is TodaysMeet?

TodaysMeet is the premier backchannel chat platform for classroom teachers and learners. Designed for teachers, TodaysMeet takes great care to respect the needs and privacy of students while giving educators the tools for success.” says uncle Google.

What does that mean? Well, it means that a person, in this case a teacher, who wants to have a group discussion or anything like that, can create an online chat room on TodaysMeet. The link to that chat room or the name of the chat room will be shared with the students. Students need to insert their names or nicknames to join the chat. Then the chat bar will appear on the left side of the screen along with the typing bar on it’s right. This is how it will look

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In our class, we were given the link to our chat room and our discussion topic was “The difference between Instructional Technology and Educational Technology”. All students posted whatever answer they found on Google. I have to admit that it was fun.

One thing about TodaysMeet is that, you can only write up to 140 characters in one message. But there are some really nice advantages of this website that you can read here. To open

Our next topic is WordPress.

This is an online tool that helps people to create their own websites as well as blogging. In fact, you’re reading my blog on WordPress. There are multiple of themes you can choose from to decorate your website. You can even customize them. It’s cool isn’t it?

Now, let’s see what uncle Google says about WordPress.

Google: “WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.”

Theres not much I can tell you about this blogging tool. You have to discover it on yourself to understand better. There are so many features you can find in the WordPress settings and some other places such as themes, menus and so on.

To create your own website on WordPress click here.

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EDT 1303 (week 1) 11/09/15

Our first class started with an introduction, of course. I got to know some of my new classmates and my new lecturer, sir Mohd Shukri Nordin. He’s fun and cool. His way of teaching and cooperating with his students are unique. I think everyone in the class, including me, is enjoying his techniques. He makes learning easy and enjoyable.

Now, let’s move on to the main parts of our first class. On our first day, we were introduced to two things. Which are Padlet and Kahoot! 

 

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What is Padlet?

Padlet is a blank wall. A wall on which users can leave posts such as text, images, videos and links. The user who wants to create a wall on padlet must register first. Then he will be able to make a hidden blank wall with a custom URL. This link later will be shared with the participants so that they can post on the wall. Now, to make everything sound more understandable, let me tell you how we used padlet in our first class.

Our lecturer created an empty wall and displayed the URL address on the LCD projector screen. Since our first class was all about introduction, as i mentioned earlier, we all had to post some basic information about ourselves. Such as our names, ages and anything else that we would like others to know about us. To do that, one just have to click anywhere on the blank wall and a typing bar will appear. One awesome thing to mention here, is that the users who want to leave a post only, do not need to register. They can directly post by just clicking on the wall.

The “owner” of the wall will have all the “power” to rule over the posts on his/her wall. In our case, sir Nordin had the power. Meaning that he was able to choose any background and any layout he wanted. Besides that, he could also edit or delete irrelevant and unnecessary posts to make his wall look more neat  and nice just like in the below image

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Image 2.2 Example of Padlet wall

That’s all I got to say about Padlet. 

For more information, click here.

By the way, Padlet app is available on the App Store for iPad users.

Now, let’s talk about

Kahoot!

This was the second tool sir Nordin used to make our class even more fun. On Kahoot! you can create an online MCQ test in a game mode. The topic of the questions can vary according to the will of the one who is creating the game. It can be all about the movie “Frozen” or “Your basic knowledge about IT”, for example. The game may be “played” by up to 1000 “players”. The participants need to have any device or a gadget to join the game. And of course, they need to have an Internet Connection since it’s an online activity.

Each question will have 4 choices of answer and each answer will have its own respective color. The question and the answers will be displayed on the LCD projector screen so that everyone in the room can see it. It will look like this

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As soon as the question is displayed on the screen, the choices of answer will pop up on the students’ gadgets. Which looks like this

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Students must find the correct answer from the screen and tap the corresponding color on their gadgets. But they must keep in mind that their time is limited. Each question has a time of around  5 to 30 seconds with a background music to motivate the players. So, basically, that’s how the game goes.

One important thing to know about Kahoot! is that, you need to not only give the right answer but also give it as fast as possible. Because your score depends on your speed as well. That’s all…

Woot Woot to Kahoot!

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