I ‘d like to start telling my experience during week six . This week our topic was creating students centered classes and Interactive Power point. With all the links and the information provided by our instructor Janine at http://tep.uoregon.edu/resources/largeclasses/usingtechnology.html I could identify many useful techniques to use in small and large classes. It is important to consider that when we have large classes 45 student in a classroom; it is sometimes a hard work to deal with every students and make them work individually, so in this case is very convenient to apply new techniques that allow students to replace the traditional ways of learning. The idea of integrating technology is to encourage students and engage them to be part of their own learning process.
Cooperative work, the use of a blackboard for assessment and keeping students engaged in lectures are techniques that give students the opportunity to participate in groups and involve them in an active construction of knowledge. Creating a supportive environment could also help to get an active participation in learning process. I consider really interesting the he use of a blackboard for assessment It help as an efficient tool to test students performance , provide automatic results and feedback It also save teacher grading time.
On the other hand I consider really important the use of power point presentation in our classes. I have found many tips to transform traditional presentation into interactive presentation. Using some action buttons, pictures, visual animations, sounds and other features we can create great interactive presentation to work with in large classes. I found also some templates we can use to create multiple-choice quizzes according to our needs. I made use of it to create a multiple choice quiz with the idea of practicing Information question and the use of the auxiliaries do/does. First I wrote some question, then I wrote the answers, I hid the ansnwers; when the students click during the test If the answer is right the students will get a well done and if the answer is wrong the student will get a try again.
Referring to the this week It was quite rewarding I started asking my students for their emails and for those who didn’t have one I asked them to create one, so they already have one, and in this they had to send me an email telling me the importance to have an email and for what they could use it. Then the second step was show them using a projector some sites to practice listening, and writing skills. I introduced them Randall’s Lab, elllo and ellusions. com and I explained them the importance of them and how they can use these tools to improve their English learning inside and outside classroom . We tried in class a listening exercise and the task was get into the site again and explore their features and tools it offers, Using this information we will have next class a discussion about it .