The Successfulness of using Interactive Whiteboard (IWB)

Below is part of my evaluation in Part D. I hope I am on the right track. 🙂

An excellent success occurred during my professional practice was the integration of Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) into children’s learning. Interactive whiteboard (IWB) is an instructional tool that allows computer images to be displayed onto a board using a digital projector (BBC, 2012). Children were able to explore and observe the different types of clouds picture using IWB. This could be clearly seen throughout the 5 lessons such as in lesson 3, children’s attention were caught when teacher showed them the Prezi presentation about the different types/shaped of cloud picture (e.g. rain cloud, clear sky, high cloud and storm cloud) on IWB.  

Part A, B and C- Assignment 3

Finally I have done my Part A (Learning Journal), B (Preparation & Planning) and C (Lesson Plans) for my Assignment 3. Now, I have left one more part to do which is Part D. I have confidence to get full mark in part A, but not in part B, C and D. Although I have done both Part B and C, but I am still worried about it.  I am not sure if my points were on the right track or not especially in part B theories part. Next, I agreed with Crystal, in Part C, although each lesson only graded 1%, but it looked quite difficult to get the full mark because it requires many things to fill up in each lesson template. As for Part D, I started to work on it bit by bit and I felt stress in doing this part because this part worth 20%. I am hoping to get this done before 28 October and I do hope my points are on the right track. Good luck everyone. 🙂

Lesson Plan Reflection (Week 3)

Let me share with you about my reflection on one of my lesson plan in week 3. I implemented this lesson by allowing children to record the online weather chart game using IWB. Once everything completed, children were asked to make a bar graph by using laptop; they were also need to do it in a small group and make comparison about the four weather conditions (sunny, rainy, cloudy and windy). I explained what bar graph is all about with the children before they make the bar graph.

Overall, this lesson was carried out quite successfully as children’s attention were caught when they get involve the weather game session. They enjoyed playing with the online game and asked to play it again second times.  However, the lesson was carried out 10-15 minutes longer than expected as some of the children spend too much time in making the weather bar graph. Apart from that, most of the children were able to compare the four different weather condition by counting how many times were sunny, rainy, cloudy and windy. They also enjoyed using the ipad to draw their favourite weather; and they were able to tell teacher (me) what’s their drawing is all about. I could say that, Skitch software is a useful tool for children to use it as part of their learning. Fun and interesting! 🙂

Part B Planning and Preparation

Thanks to Ms. Kim for providing us the information about the Assignment 3 (Part B-Planning and Preparation). Below is the information that we need to write in part B:-

Planning 10% should include 2 main components:-
1. Context
2. Planning

Below are my planning processes and approaches that I used in my part B:

  • Constructivist Learning Theory
  • Backward Design Model
  • Bloom Taxonomy
  • TPACK (CK, PK, TK)

Ms. Kim has also shared some of the information with us in the class. Please read through it 🙂

  • Must have links to theory.
  • Don’t explain theory, reference it and explain how you use it in planning.
  • Have a general planning approach that is linked to your PE context.
  • Don’t have to write prose.
  • Turn the rubric into questions, ask them.

Image       Image

Reflection- Lesson Plan (Week 3)

Let me share with you about my reflection on one of my lesson plan this week. I introduced one of the lessons to the children by giving a story. The focus was about weather condition “A Windy Day.” I have also posted some open-ended question with the children and asked them to talk about what wind feels like, and how it make things move.  Apart from that, I also implemented this lesson by allowing children to record today’s weather on laptop (with teacher’s guidance if necessary). Besides that, children also constructed a simple experiment related to this lesson topic. They recorded the experiment process by using digital camera and also recorded down some note in their science journal book. Children also uploaded some photos unto prezi presentation by using laptop and wrote a short caption on each photo they have taken throughout the experiment process.

The lesson took extra (another) 15 minutes to complete the whole lesson because the children spent lots of time uploading the photos unto prezi presentation. Overall the children were able to learn what they were supposed to effectively especially during the story time session and children enjoyed captured photos during the experiment process.

Reflection for Week 2 Practical

This coming Friday will be my final week of Professional Experience. I am so happy. 🙂 Let me share with you about my reflection on my second week practical (last week). I introduced one of the lessons to the children by giving a story. The focus was about weather condition “A Rainy Day”. I have also posted some question for the children, what rain is all about (e.g. why is it rain? Where is the rain come from?). Apart from that, I also implemented this lesson by showing them a YouTube video about the rain cycle. I paused the video for awhile and explained it to the children what rain cycle is all about. The children were really excited and curious about it. Besides that, I also allowed children to make a simple indoor rain experiment. It was truly a great exposure for them and good learning experience. They were also interested in using the video camera and digital camera while recording the rain experiment. Although there were many challenging task I need to handle such as classroom management and children’s behaviour, but it was truly a great experience using ICT with the children and also handling children’s behaviour.

Experiences with Skitch software

I have actually downloaded this app into my student’s ipad at school. I explored this app with my students aged 6 years old. They had captured some of the images for the ‘weather’ theme lesson plan. At first, I demonstrated and explained to the children what “Skitch software’ is all about. Then, I allowed children to explore their drawing using ipad (Skitch). This was their first time using this Skitch software on their ipad. Some of them were able to utilize it easily but some of them felt hard to do it. Although they faced many difficulties with this software but I can tell you that, the children were enjoying their drawing process and they asked lots of question during the class lesson.  Finally they would able to complete their drawing. Below is one of the pictures I took during my class lesson.

ImageFigure 1: Child A is drawing a sunny day weather using ipad (Skitch software).

Apart from that, please feel free to read one of my blog about ‘Skitch for ipad’

You can try this and I believe both children and adults will enjoy this app too. 🙂