EDC601 course has been very useful as we covered many useful technologies which I can use immediately in my classroom. The most interesting thing for me was the Pecha Kucha presentation. Though Power Point presentation has always been a very important part of a language classroom, the time limit forces us to think much deeper and craft a much more efficient presentation. Or it helps beginners to do a very simple but effective one. I also enjoyed creating an instructional video with Screencast. I will definitely be able to use this as a task in my classroom.
While I enjoyed learning these, I must add that there are still very limited resources out there directly for teaching Japanese, or colleagues who are exploring the possibilities of connecting with each other and sharing ideas and collaborating. I feel I made a first baby step towards connecting to my colleagues by creating the Wiki page. It is still a very small platform as it is shared with teachers in my department, the idea is to expand it to get connected to other teachers somewhere out there. One of the ways I am looking at is Skype in the classroom. It already has 18550 teachers worldwide and I am looking forward to find some colleagues with the same mind to share ideas and do collaborative projects. It will be very exciting for my students to actually communicate with other students or native speakers through this forum.
One of the things I wanted to explore in this course was RSS feeds for students. Though I haven’t had too much time to search for useful sites, I looked at some sites and even though they are in English, I think students will be able to use them for certain units they will be studying. I could tap into their knowledge of digital literacy as they must be managing the vast amount of daily information in a very effective way and come up with some good information resources we can use in class. Just realizing this possibility has been very useful for me.
I have got may fresh ideas from this course and that’s why I think I am pushing myself to take the masters course. I like it as it is very practical and useful and I also enjoy interacting with colleagues from different parts of our school and learn from each other.