Tuesday, January 11, 2011

English Homework

Today, during the English lesson, we played a game called broken telephone. Each team of either 7 or 8 students had to form a line get a message down it to the last person. This person would then write down what he or she heard and see if it was correct. Unfortunately, our team's first player forgot the message after hearing it from the teacher, Mr Nooh. But, it highlighted to me the importance of communication. Communication is very important because it lets us exchange information. Without this exchange of information, life would come to a complete standstill as tasks would not be completed, requests would not be made and no information would be able to reach anybody other than its creator. My favorite forms of communication are oral, written/print and electronic communication. I feel that nothing can beat oral communication in describing ideas accurately. The way a person speaks and gesticulates can tell the listener a lot. For serious matters, I feel that written or print communication is the best form, as everything is put in writing and can be read multiple times and kept for future use. Electronic communication, in my opinion, offers the best way to communicate with the masses, as internet access is widespread nowadays. People who don't even know the "speaker" and are in a different country can listen in on things without having to do anything much. A person decides which for of communication to use at a certain time by taking into consideration factors such as the audience and the information needed to be shared.  I hardly face any difficulties in communicating with other people. However, at times, certain people do not understand certain things that I want them to and vice-versa due to a language, interest and/or knowledge difference. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 2: Video Reflection

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Day 2: Tower-Building Activity

Here are the slides on the Tower-Building Activity on Day 2 (5th January, 2010) at SST:





Day 2: Tower-Building Activity

Here are the slides on the Tower-Building Activity on Day 2 (5th January, 2010) at SST:





Day 1, Mac Attack 1, Activity 4: End-of-the-day Reflection



Reflection Questions

  1. What have you done today?
  2. What have you learnt today?
  3. Why did you choose to come to SST?
  4. What are your aspirations as a member of the SST family?
  5. How have you grown from the activities conducted today? Use one of the pictures from the PICASA album which best illustrates your growth (especially in relation to the 3Rs).
Answers:
  1. I've gotten more familiar with my Macbook, as well as written down a reflection and pasted in on the classroom wall.
  2. I have learnt how to connect to the SST wi-fi network, how to and how not to use my Learning Device, how to use Photo Booth, how to post a blog entry using my email as a platform and how to become a co-author of a blog.
  3. I chose to come to SST because in SST, I'm able to learn differently, do fun activities to learn and use technology to learn. I feel that in the future, the world will need people who can use technology very well.
  4. I aspire to be a member of the next generation of youth- the generation who will use technology to learn, learn not only basic facts, but how to use common sense and good judgement, too, and learn in a totally new way.
  5. The picture has been pasted above.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wishes on the wall

Most of us have heard of the song, "When you wish upon a star". But what about "When you wish upon a wall"? There's no song of that name, but if there was, the former would be a classic while the latter would be the latest song on iTunes. Wishing upon stars is the thing of the past, while "wishing" on walls (using Wall Wisher) is the thing of the present (and hopefully of the future). Wall Wisher, a gem of an app in my opinion, allows its users to make announcement to many people at a time, hold online debates and conferences, etc., and is a new way to communicate. Of course, it has its limitations. There is a 160-character limit on each post, which makes getting long messages across quite hard. Also, if too many people post things onto the wall, it gets quite hard to read certain posts. However, the positives of using Wall Wisher outnumber the negatives of using it, so I'd still say that it's a good application to learn how to use. Wall Wisher can be used in many ways by SST students. To me, the most important ways in which it can be used are to conduct silent debates and class discussions, conduct online conferences within project teams, notify students and/or teachers of certain events, conduct online surveys in which the surveyer can get instant responses and answer questions and get to know other students and/or teachers better by chatting in a wall. For example, there could be a question and answer session regarding a certain day's lessons, in which the students' questions as well as the teacher's answers to those questions are shared among the other students so that they wouldn't miss out on some information. All the students would, therefore, be informed about everything discussed among the students and teachers. Note: Below is the wall which I have embeded into my blog.