(i) KEY TAKEAWAY(s) from the 3-day Workshop?
An incidental point of learning during the workshop was in terms of classroom management. For instance, when the task requires students to produce a video, we need to be mindful that there’ll be 4-5 groups in class recording at the same time. Appropriate spatial allocation is hence crucial to ensure that the quality of the recording will not be affected.
It’s important to constantly remind ourselves how we must ensure that the activities designed will enable a full utilization of the 1:1 facility, especially in group activities, and that we will not end up with a situation where students use only one of the four computers in a group to complete a group task. This may translate into a situation where there are free loaders in the group which is definitely not what collaborative learning is about.
The workshop has also widened my repertoire in terms of teaching resources in an ICT-pervasive environment. There are so many tools/platforms/facilities online which I wasn’t aware of previously. It’s really made me re-think how classroom teaching is going to be so different an experience, come January 2010. The challenge is how we could leverage on the use of ICT in conceptual-based teaching, and also in terms of developing students’ soft-skills and competencies.
(ii) Any question(s) that you would like to ask?
I will like to find out more about the differences, both qualitatively and quantitatively, of the effectiveness of teaching and learning in a 1:1 classroom, as compared to the traditional mode of teaching which we have been accustomed to.