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Saturday, May 11

  1. page New Age Teaching and Learning Environment edited Addressing Issues of Inequality in Access to ClassroomTechnology (Written by Alfred Mounde) In the…
    Addressing Issues of Inequality in Access to ClassroomTechnology (Written by Alfred Mounde)
    In the last few years, teaching has been characterized by a teachers standing in front of the class, armed with a piece of chalk and a duster probably on the left hand as they teach learners who are supposed to take in whatever the teacher says. This is no more as there are newer methods of teaching using technology.
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    Exploring this topic is exciting because the teachers’ sphere of operation has gone beyond the four corners of the class to the global village. This means that the latest methods of teaching are available to the teacher through collaboration with other teachers. In addition, teachers can use online tools like Voicethread to teach learners. The learners can comment on the presentation as well as the teacher. A teacher of English can post a voice thread of an analysis of a poem and ask the learners to contribute further. For instance the students can comment on aspects of style employed by the writer. All the students in the class can comment at any time before or after the class. This saves time and makes the learners want to hear what the teacher’s comment is as well as their fellow students’. The use of internet tools for creating and sharing knowledge makes new age teaching a reality. The chemistry teacher does not have to perform dangerous experiments but students can access videos featuring such experiments. It therefore makes sense for the teacher to teach using games and simulation.http://voicethread.com/about/features/#feature-integration
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    EDITH CHEGE: EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS
    Schools all over the world are implementing reforms to become centers of excellence and produce globally competitive students. The culture, values and beliefs of a school community matter in determining how a school performs .How is a school culture established? School mission and vision statements play a significant role in setting a school’s culture, clarifying the roles and relationships of the members of the school community and designing the desired outcomes .It works when a school has got good leadership ,well trained and motivated manpower , Integrated curriculum ,safe and orderly environment ,strong support from the parents and the community ,positive expectations and relevant learning and teaching resources .
    Effective schools have strong inspiring vision and mission statements .For instance the following is a vision statements for one of the best schools in Kenya:
    Starehe Boys Centre: To be a global center of excellence in youth development, effectively providing leadership and academic skills geared toward promotion of a just and caring society that is founded on high moral standards.
    The vision statement communicate the principal objectives of a school .It is a driving force towards the attainment of a school’s goals .It gives the direction the students, teachers and other school’s stakeholders should take in order to achieve their shared goals .When displayed on all the corners of the school, it defines the expectations and future of the students. A mission statement summarizes the steps and plan on how to achieve the targets a school has established .Vision and mission statements should be developed through the collaboration of the administrators and teachers to keep them alive. Lezotte (1991) points out that effective schools have clearly articulated school mission through which the staff shares an understanding of and commitment to instructional goals, priorities, assessment procedures and accountability.
    School leadership determine the degree at which the school’s community believes in the vision and mission statement .Good principals believe and pursue the school’s vision and mission statements .This increase the confidence the teachers have on their supervisor .Effective instructional supervisors are committed to model the school community by persuading the teachers ,students and parents to persistently follow the school’s vision and mission .The results are great when the teachers are willing to work with the administrators .Therefore the administrators should ensure that teachers are active in the decision making processes ,including the designing of the school’s vision and mission statement . Imposing changes to teachers does not work. Teachers should be involved in identifying problems around teaching and learning .In daily classroom experience, it is the teacher who has the core details of issues affecting learning. The teacher should also be given the opportunity to provide solutions for these problems. The principal should also be able to encourage the teachers talents and interest by supporting their professional development ,coaching the inexperienced teachers and restoring those that are down trodden .They have strong interpersonal skills like good communication ,give equal opportunities to all teachers, listen effectively , are adaptive ,appreciative, team players and are aware of what is happening in the school and are activators of new projects that are beneficial to the learners .These skills help them to strengthen the relationship between the administration ,teachers ,students and the community .On top of that ,they should provide the learning and teaching resources needed to achieve the school’s goals .They are also responsible of working collaboratively with the teachers to give directions to students in a way that provides clear ,easy and useful guidance .
    One great thing evident in effective schools is a team of self- motivated teachers, who arrive at school early in the morning, are busy through the scheduled time and mostly remain at school in the evening .These teachers have confidence in their ability to perform and change the learning of their students.
    Their expectations are high and these is translated to the expectations of the learners :learners live the expectations of those who directly influence them .These kind of teachers do not wait on administration to be reminded of their daily responsibilities .They are busy developing and applying knowledge of curriculum ,instructions ,principles of learning and evaluation to implement the school’s vision .Through their commitment to work ,students are impressed and develop a desire to reach higher academic goals .These teachers have personal vision which inspire them to teach with purpose .They welcome and address diversity in the classroom by treating all the students in the classroom equal regardless of their skin color ,physical and mental ability ,gender ,region and family background .They provide the best learning opportunities for all students by employing cultural responsive pedagogical skills .These pedagogical skills includes cooperative learning, incorporating multicultural information and resources in all subjects. They create strong classroom culture like listening and responding positively to the learners, tracking the speaker, high classroom control and accommodate the learners differentiated needs .All these have a positive impact on the student attitude towards schooling .Effective schools have got teachers who care for the students.
    Effective schools have safe and orderly environment .This is an environment that is perceived immediately one enters the school’s compound: well- maintained infrastructure, sense of order, systematic flow of school activities and highly disciplined students. In such an environment, the students are comfortable and their concentration span in the classroom is high for there is minimal external-distractors. The principal and the teachers should provide security to protect the students from physical, mental and emotional damage .This include protection against prejudice, violence, trauma, substance abuse and threats .How much was learning hurt in the school that twenty one students were murdered within the school’s grounds? Learners exposed to harmful school environment may fail to develop essential skills and knowledge for life.
    Parent and community involvement is very useful .When parents monitor the progress of their children at school ,the children put more effort for they know their parents value education .The community may participate by sponsoring some of the school’s projects for the success of the school. A successful school is reflected in the society by the presence of productive citizens.
    Finally and not least, students have a major role in making a school shine. All the factors discussed above work well when the students are respectful, disciplined, hardworking, motivated, cooperative and organized.

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Friday, May 10

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    Teaching is no longer a one-person show. The learners are now involved actively in the learning process. The role of the teacher has changed from teaching to facilitating. A typical, 21st century class features students who create and interact with materials inside and outside of the classroom. Biology students can be given a chance to download a game like Cure the Bunny and study the internal organs of an animal instead of buying and dissecting one. They can play the role of a doctor, too in trying to save the life of the bunny! . This not only saves time, but also generates the desire to learn more. The learning experience thus becomes exciting and engaging.
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    Visual and audio input gadgets are also important, instance, Elmo (a document camera) comes in handy when presenting material to a class. A student’s work, like an essay, can be projected using this tool. Instant corrections can be suggested. A wireless voice amplifier like BoomVox is necessary for the teacher to use if the class includes a learner with hearing problems.
    Project-based learning is an integral part of the 21st century learning and teaching environment. Learners can make use of the internet to search for material on a given project. A history teacher can assign learners to find information about historical figures in a certain country. They can use Google search or yahoo or any other search engine to get these materials. Perhaps the learners can go ahead and create a miniature museum out of this research. It makes learning a lively experience. For instance, Kenyan students can learn the life history of Jomo Kenyatta and then create a miniature museum complete with fake letters he wrote in prison. The English language teacher will take advantage of this research and teach students how to write a biography. So there will be inter-disciplinary collaboration.
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    These and much more exciting opportunities are available, but to a limited extent. There is a great disparity between urban and rural schools as well as developing and developed countries. It is obvious that the developed world is much more endowed with resources that help schools equip themselves with the latest in instructional technologies. However, technology tools are just that-tools. It takes the creativity of the teacher to impart knowledge (http://BooksToRead.com/e/et.). Ertmer (1999) explains that “teachers need opportunities to observe models of integrated technology use, to reflect on and discuss their evolving ideas with mentors and peers, and to collaborate with others on meaningful projects as they try out their new ideas about teaching and learning with technology” (p. 54). An attempt has to be made by the teachers to ensure that the teaching and learning environment is absolutely conducive for meaningful teaching/learning experiences to take place.
    Governments and the private sector need to take affirmative action to help raise technological standards in financially-challenged areas to break any disparity in academic achievement across regions.
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  2. page New Age Teaching and Learning Environment edited In the last few years, teaching has been characterized by teachers standing in front of the class,…
    In the last few years, teaching has been characterized by teachers standing in front of the class, fishing out a piece of chalk and a duster probably on the left hand as they teach learners who are supposed to take in whatever the teacher says. This is no more as there are newer methods of teaching using technology.
    Teaching is no longer a one-person show. The learners are now involved actively in the learning process. The role of the teacher has changed from teaching to facilitating. A typical, 21st century class features students who create and interact with materials inside and outside of the classroom. Biology students can be given a chance to download a game like Cure the Bunny and study the internal organs of an animal instead of buying and dissecting one. They can play the role of a doctor, too in trying to save the life of the bunny! . This not only saves time, but also generates the desire to learn more. The learning experience thus becomes exciting and engaging.
    {IMG_4643.JPG} A high school class in session
    Exploring this topic is exciting because the teachers’ sphere of operation has gone beyond the four corners of the class to the global village. This means that the latest methods of teaching are available to the teacher through collaboration with other teachers. In addition, teachers can use online tools like Voicethread to teach learners. The learners can comment on the presentation as well as the teacher. A teacher of English can post a voice thread of an analysis of a poem and ask the learners to contribute further. For instance the students can comment on aspects of style employed by the writer. All the students in the class can comment at any time before or after the class. This saves time and makes the learners want to hear what the teacher’s comment is as well as their fellow students’. The use of internet tools for creating and sharing knowledge makes new age teaching a reality. The chemistry teacher does not have to perform dangerous experiments but students can access videos featuring such experiments. It therefore makes sense for the teacher to teach using games and simulation.http://voicethread.com/about/features/#feature-integration
    New age teaching involves re-energizing the students to do what is necessary in order to learn. The teacher has to create an enabling environment for teaching and learning. It is not enough to have the tools and technology; it takes creativity on the part of the teacher to make delivery of material possible. The 21st century learner is well-versed with new technology and it is up to the teacher to make sure the technology is exploited by the learner to gain knowledge. Blogs, wikis, voice threads, podcasts, prezis, and other web 2.0 tools are absolutely necessary for the learner and teacher.
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    Visual and audio input gadgets are also important, instance, Elmo (a document camera) comes in handy when presenting material to a class. A student’s work, like an essay, can be projected using this tool. Instant corrections can be suggested. A wireless voice amplifier like BoomVox is necessary for the teacher to use if the class includes a learner with hearing problems.
    Project-based learning is an integral part of the 21st century learning and teaching environment. Learners can make use of the internet to search for material on a given project. A history teacher can assign learners to find information about historical figures in a certain country. They can use Google search or yahoo or any other search engine to get these materials. Perhaps the learners can go ahead and create a miniature museum out of this research. It makes learning a lively experience. For instance, Kenyan students can learn the life history of Jomo Kenyatta and then create a miniature museum complete with fake letters he wrote in prison. The English language teacher will take advantage of this research and teach students how to write a biography. So there will be inter-disciplinary collaboration.
    {http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQHJT2nfu6CaEJBE-IYr-fkxbtRREziBdtPmLwbrUucbaQHXOS9zg} Image courtesy of wordpress.com
    These and much more exciting opportunities are available, but to a limited extent. There is a great disparity between urban and rural schools as well as developing and developed countries. It is obvious that the developed world is much more endowed with resources that help schools equip themselves with the latest in instructional technologies. However, technology tools are just that-tools. It takes the creativity of the teacher to impart knowledge (http://BooksToRead.com/e/et.). Ertmer (1999) explains that “teachers need opportunities to observe models of integrated technology use, to reflect on and discuss their evolving ideas with mentors and peers, and to collaborate with others on meaningful projects as they try out their new ideas about teaching and learning with technology” (p. 54). An attempt has to be made by the teachers to ensure that the teaching and learning environment is absolutely conducive for meaningful teaching/learning experiences to take place.
    Governments and the private sector need to take affirmative action to help raise technological standards in financially-challenged areas to break any disparity in academic achievement across regions.
    References
    Earle, R. S. (1998). Instructional design and teacher planning:
    Reflections and perspectives. In R. M. Branch & M. A.
    Fitzgerald (Eds.), Educational Media and Technology
    Yearbook (Volume 23, pp. 29–41). Englewood, CO: Libraries
    Ertmer, P. (1999). Addressing first- and second-order barriers to
    change: Strategies for technology implementation. Educational
    Technology Research and Development, 47(4), 47–61.
    Links
    http://www.agame.com/game/cure-the-bunny.html
    http://BooksToRead.com/e/et.

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Sunday, May 5

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    On the other hand there are some challenges in conducting the organization. The difference in ages, schools, experience, mission, vision can be also the challenges in running the program. It is not easy to conduct the program although it has been decided before. It also takes the willingness of other members to be actively engaged in activities that have been planned and conducted every month.
    MGMP Program
    Administrative work such as academic plan for a year, academic plan for two semesters, time table, competency standard, analysis for competency standard, lesson plan, remedial plan, test items, analysis for test items.
    Work shop for current issues such as technology and new curriculum.
    TOEFL Practice
    Sharing sessions for teaching techniques
    Social Activities such as outing, competition among schools, attending wedding ceremonies.

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    In the book Professional Learning Communities at Work: Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement ( Du-Four & Eaker, 1998), it is stated that the most promising strategy for sustained, substantive school improvement is developing the ability of school personnel to function as professional learning communities (p. xi).
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    the year. The program are usually decided by the members as well as the committee. The programs can be about the teacher's administrative staff such as lesson plan, academic schedule in a year, the current issue in technology related to teaching management or administration, English proficiency, sharing teaching technique, work shop, social activities such as competition or outing.
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    conducting the organizationorganization. The difference in ages, schools, experience, mission, vision can be also the challenges in running the program. It is not easy to conduct the program although it has been decided before. It also takes the willingness of other members to be actively engaged in activities that have been planned and conducted every month.
    MGMP Program

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