(Finally) HPA, Here We Come !!

March 31, 2010 at 4:08 PM (Uncategorized) ()

Ahaha. I was hoping and hoping and hoping x1000 this would work.

I really sooo want to upload my group’s video for all of you to see.

But.

I checked the available file formats again, and there was no mention of .wmv. Or any video file for that matter.

Then I realized that the only way for me to be able to upload and embed video files into this blog would be to have a Video Upgrade.

Which would cost me $59.97 per year, per blog.

Yikes. I guess that’s out of the question. >.<

Thennnnnnnn

A thought struck me.

I can upload videos from YouTube right?

And I have a YouTube account right? (Which I set up quite some time ago but never had any chance or reason to upload any videos before now so my sakuraliz2411 channel is pretty much empty >.<)

So……..

Why not upload my group’s video onto YouTube, and then link it to my blog from there?

Waaaaaaaa.

Aren’t I simply a genius? :P

So, ta-daaaaaaaaa !!!!

Here it is !

(Now I can say) Enjoy~~ XD

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The Final Unveiling

March 26, 2010 at 1:29 AM (Uncategorized) ()

Tutorial 25.3.2010

Today was our video/group assignment presentation.

Our group decided to go first. I mean, why not? Everyone else seemed a little reluctant to.

So, I was just rubbing my palms thinking, “Let’s just get this done and over with.”

Our video was comparatively short. But I think we did okay. Was happy with what we had done. Honestly, though the video may not seem much, but all our sweat, blood and tears went into every minute of it.

We had the most problem with the file format. Every time we wanted to do something with a video, or a clip, the file format is always not suitable. Like Windows Movie Maker, for example (which was what we used to do our video) could only read .mpg, .mpeg or .wmv files, but not .flv. So, more than a dozen times, we had to convert one file from this format to another, downloading suitable programs just so we could use the file. Much time wasted on that. It was exhausting, seriously >.<

But I was happy with the outcome of our hard work.

Then we saw the other groups’ videos.

OMG.

They were all seriously good ! And I enjoyed each of them :)

How did they make their videos so canggih-fied? Wow. I seriously admire their masterpieces. They were really good :)

I am certainly impressed with our class. We all managed to release fairly decent videos all for the benefit of HPA, the previously unknown and now known mystery jungle area of UKM :P

Some videos actually even made HPA seem worth making a trip to. What a miracle ! XD

However, I am mostly satisfied with our work. Hopefully, Major Jasmy is too :)

If you’re interested, have a look ! Enjoy~

Oh, darn.

Just as I was going to upload our group’s video for you to “Enjoy~” I realized that the WordPress “allowed file formats” do not include .wmv – which is exactly the file format our video is.

Sigh.

Will this problem never cease? :(

I’ll fix this later. Darn. I’m so disappointed. >.<

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So Close

March 24, 2010 at 11:39 PM (Uncategorized) ()

Our video is done.

Oh.My.God.

It was one of the toughest videos I have ever worked on.

Not on the task alone, but we just experienced problem after problem after problem after problem…*go on to infinity*

It was utterly exhausting. But I think we’re done.

The grand UNVEILING is tomorrow.

Takutnya… >.<

Hope everything goes well. *crosses fingers*



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Here It Is ! :)

March 19, 2010 at 9:11 PM (Uncategorized) (, )

This is the video from which I got my idea for my bag.

Since everyone was asking about it, I give you the video. So have a look yourself, and see how easy it is to make !

Have fun trying it out like I did ! :)


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Awesome T-Shirt Bag

March 19, 2010 at 1:00 AM (Uncategorized) ()

Tutorial 18.3.2010

I was late for class today.

An hour late. >.< Yikes.

Had my college dinner the night before – Malam Anugerah Pelajar (MAP) XIII – in which I was an AJK of the Protocol Department. I learned a lesson here:

NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER JOIN PROTOCOL FOR ANY EVENT EVER  !!!!!!

Well, I am thankful for the experience, but I would never be that foolish again. >.<

Anyways, the event ended at 12.00am but by the time we had cleared all the tables and chairs and swept the floor clear of litter and rubbish, it was 1.00am. After washing up and showering, I plonked into bed, unconscious, at about 1.30am.

The last thing I remember was waking up at 7.05am when my roomie’s alarm went off, then frowning because I had set mine to 7.45am.

When I next opened my eyes, it was 9.30am.

My class started at 9.00am.

You should have seen me JUMP out of bed !

I was actually really disappointed for being late. Because I missed out on more than half the class’s presentations ! And I was so looking forward to seeing what everyone else had done for their non-electronic teaching aids.

Yes, did I mention that the one day I am late to class is the day that we are supposed to present our projects?

Talk about irony >.<

I missed a lot of my classmate’s presentations, which is sad. But I was happy to present mine ! :)

I got the idea for my non-electronic teaching aid from a Youtube Video actually, which I thought was really cool and simple to make, and thus, the perfect project to do with special children, which Major Jasmy kinda emphasized on :)

It was a T-Shirt bag. :P

It is basically a bag made from an old t-shirt. It was really simple to make, taking up only half an hour of my time. All I needed for materials was an old t-shirt, black duct tape, a pair of scissors and a stapler and staples.

The only difficult part was forming the shape of the bag, but the rest was just lining the bag with the black duct tape.

It was a fun project to do and I love the end result !

Ain't it pwetty?? :)

(p.s: Thanks Yana for modelling for me ! :P)

I guess it helped that my t-shirt had a nice “bag-feel” to it. So it ended up looking like a bag I could have bought from a store. :)

I felt that this was a good teaching aid, in the sense that it could become an individual class project for children to do. It was simple because there was no sewing involved at all. Just a lot of stapling and taping :)

The children would have fun doing it, and they would end up with a little recycled bag they could use to put their water bottle, umbrella and lunch box in. Each bag would be different because they would be using old t-shirts that they each used to own.

And it would practically cost them nothing, since the main material needed was an old, unwanted t-shirt ! The black duct tape and stapler can be provided by the teacher. The children may need a little help with the stapling stage of making the t-shirt bag, but most of it would be done by the children themselves.

Hence, I personally love the non-electronic aid I chose to do :)

Argh. How I wish I had not been late and missed the rest of the class’s presentations ! :(

Anyway, had an interesting class today – admired many of my classmate’s creativity and hard work !

I LOVE my T-Shirt Bag ;P

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The Shiny Thing

March 14, 2010 at 1:17 PM (Uncategorized) ()

Lecture 12.3.2010

Dr. Arba’at took over the lecture last Friday.

I was a little late for class cos I could not wake up that morning. I had slept at 4.00 am the night (or morning, rather) before finishing up my part of the Teaching of Speaking and Listening lesson plan pair assignment.

So, instead of being there by 7.45 am like I usually do, I took the 8.00 am bus and was 10 minutes late to class.

Thankfully, Dr. Arba’at had not started yet.

The first thing I noticed was that the entire class had taken up the first few rows of seats in the lecture hall, which was unusual. Normally, we’d fill up the back seats, waaaaayyyy in the back of the lecture hall.

I snorted. Dr. Arba’at must have made them move forward.

Then, he started his lecture on “Integration of ICT into the Teaching and Learning Process.”

He talked a lot about computers and software and hardware, soft skills and hard skills….

Changes in the teaching and learning process from a teacher-centred one to a student-centred one – which calls for a more independent learning approach. One which integrating ICT in the process can provide. Since exploratory discovery methods of learning is encouraged in our students, using technology like the internet and personal computers is beneficial.

Teachers should also encourage active learning, instead of passive (like lectures are >.<) and emphasize more on discovery and creative learning. Teachers should also bear in mind that learning should be a 2-way thing which is interactive and fun and not 1-way (mainly teaching>>student).

SMART school was a concept by the government as an attempt to encourage  and facilitate the use of ICT in the teaching and learning process. Schools such as these were chosen and given the privilege to be subsidized for computers in all classrooms to be used by teachers and students alike.

With such facilities, students are able to work and study independently on their own, with only minimal guidance from the teacher. Yes, the teacher is still needed to provide the teaching and the input. However, students could study at their own pace, and do extra drills and practices via computer programs and electronic interactive tasks. This promotes self-driven learning and lifelong learning as well, since students are able to gain information on virtually any topic in the world with the familiarization of computers and its applications like the internet.

This also increases the quality of the teaching and learning process as well as add variety to the delivery part of teaching. The vast available resources on the internet simply boosts the quality of learning and information.

Although many schools can afford to provide their students with computers and internet facilities, there are still many, especially in rural areas that simply do so. And of the those schools that can afford these facilities, may experience difficulties and problems in providing the space and the maintenance for it.

While learning this is class, I kept getting distracted. It was really annoying but I just could not for the life of me take my eyes off it long enough to look at Dr. Arba’at’s slides for more than 5 seconds.

My eyes kept going back to this shiny, shiny surface in the front of the lecture hall.

I think certain people might understand what (or who) I mean. :P

For those who do not understand what I am implying here, it is better for you to remain that way ! XD

Comparatively productive time during this lecture, considering how I kept getting distracted by The Shiny Thing, and the lack of sleep. :)

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Play Over Work, Any Day !

March 12, 2010 at 12:41 AM (Uncategorized) ()

I was involved in the New Tune Live Performance XIII in DECTAR up until late the previous night.

So many rehearsals and practices on my Chinese pronunciation (which I am utterly hopeless in >.<) and dance moves for the finale which I did not want to mess up.

I was completely exhausted after spending eternity the whole day in DECTAR busy with practices and prepping for the show and returning to the comfort of my room only at 1.00am in the morning :(

So, it was no surprise that I did not feel like waking up at 8.00am in the morning for a 9.00am class the following day. >.<

My feet hurt, my back ached, my eyes were heavy, and every yawn I made (which came every few minutes or so) made me tear up as if I were crying over a tragic Korean drama story.

Here’s a secret: I really did not feel like going for class this morning. Yes, I was actually extremely tempted to skip.

I rushed to get the 8.30am bus and made it to the Lab nice and early for class. Took a seat at a computer and started browsing through my usual: Facebook.

Sometimes, it is so automated that it scares me. >.<

Without realizing it, it was already

10.15 am

and Major Jasmy had not yet appeared on the scene !

Strange >.<

Was class canceled and I had forgotten to write it down?

But there were others who were there in the Lab as well. So, it’s not just me.

Eh, korang, mana Major Jasmy? Takde kelas ke?

I shrug.

Facebook addicts ! wheee~

And return to Facebook.

Make use of the free and fast internet connection in FPend, why not? :)

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Reflection #5

March 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM (Uncategorized) ()

Lecture 5.3.2010

Dr. R took over the class for this week’s lecture. It seems like such a long time since we had our last lecture. That’s because this year, coincidence or not, most of the public holidays fall on a Friday.

We talked about the definition of technology and educational technology. Technology means not just the tools like computers, or LCD projectors, but also methods, techniques and knowledge employed or used.

Previously, the style of teaching everywhere was the same –

The teacher speaks, the students listen.

But now, with technology fast advancing upon us, there are so many different ways of not only conveying teaching material but also in aiding students for searching of information on their own as well as interacting with others. Students can now encounter knowledge for themselves :)

Such variety in styles of teaching and learning is beneficial to diverse learners in our education system. Audio and visual aids are now easier to prepare and disseminate as compared to times before.

Dr. R also talked about how we can align technology with learning. Sometimes, many teachers are knowledgeable in such areas but are not aware of how the knowledge can be used to enhance students’ learning, which should forever remain a teacher’s primary concern.

Just like this blog is used as a learning tool, teachers can use WordPress blogs for students to obtain notes, exercises, further enrichment tasks, sharing and interaction between teacher and students as well as amongst themselves. WordPress has many features that seem to be advantageous for such a purpose, like being able to create categories to make things more organized, community support (among bloggers), high and effective measures against SPAM, and good comment moderation (where the owner of the blog can edit comments written by other people).

With the knowledge that we have of the use of media, as teachers we should learn to integrate it into our teaching. It can be used as an effective teaching aid that enhances students’ learning and not just teacher’s teaching.

There was a video shown by Dr. R (her son Faisal helped :P) where a certain Michael Wesch mentioned about how he had done a simple show-of-hands survey in his lecture room and more than half said that they did not like school. However, when he asked who did not like learning, no hands went up. This goes to show that the fact of the matter is,

Students are willing and anxious to learn, yet the educational institutions they are in do not seem to encourage that, or maybe the manner in which teaching and learning is conducted.

Hence, this should make us teachers realize that:

…a serious revamping of the method in which we teach needs to be done in order for us to remain current and meet the needs of this constantly evolving body of students with diverse learning styles.

One way is by integrating media and IT into teaching. Studies have shown positive results, so why not?

We should always be willing to learn and try new things out. Trial and error is the best way to go. That’s what I am doing now anyways.

What have we got to lose, except self-doubts? :)


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Brochures Again

March 6, 2010 at 9:21 PM (Uncategorized)

Our assigned computer lab for our Edu Tech tutorial class has been taken over by Principals from other schools here for a seminar. Or talk. Or some program or other. Not the first time though.

So went to Lab 5 instead of Lab 3.

Thank God I didn’t barge in through the door. That would have been embarrassing >.<

Major Jasmy was late last Thursday. But he didn’t waste time in giving out a task for us to do during our tutorial class.

I guess Facebook had to wait for now :P

He copied a brochure file into our thumbdrives and asked to work and improve on it on our own. Then we were to email him the completed, upgraded version of it to his email.

What did he mean by work and improve on it? Change the font or the colour scheme to make the brochure more legible, or make the headings more obvious, clear and organized.

So we worked on it for about an hour.

My gosh, it was actually pretty tough ! There were so many words and we could not cut down on them, or shorten the number of words. And because there were so many words, the font had to be not bigger than 9, otherwise, they would not all fit ! >.<

And choosing the right colour for the font was a challenge as well. I would place that blame on the background picture chosen. I mean, who chose that background for a brochure? There were just too many colours, certain bits really bright and certain parts really dark. It made it that much more difficult to choose one colour for the font because a light colour made the words in the bright part unreadable, and a dark colour made words unreadable on the dark areas ! Such a pain !!

Finally decided on luminescent blue cos it was partly visible even in the bright areas. So that’s that.

Making the headings clearer were more fun. Made text boxes for each title and filled it with luminescent blue (I think I am eternally indebted to luminescent blue ! :P) to make them stand out. I like that bit of the brochure.

I had problems with the second page as well.  The background was just too difficult to work with if I wanted people to not have to strain their eyes till they pop out when reading the words.

So, again, I used the idea of text boxes but filled in with transparent grey so that the words looked slightly clearer, yet did not completely hide the background colour and design.

So, I am pretty satisfied with what I did with the brochure. :)

First time using Microsoft Publisher though. Previously, for an assignment for Computer in Education in my first year, I did a brochure from scratch using Microsoft Word. :)

I felt that Microsoft Publisher was very limiting. In the sense that the layout is pretty much done for you. Whereas in Microsoft Word, you could practically do anything you wanted ! However, Microsoft Publisher does make your life easier :P

Anyhow, that’s what we did for our tutorial class. Pretty simple and straightforward, methinks :)

Page #1 of Brochure

Page #2 of Brochure

Not bad eh? :P


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