Diana Cetina Assign2 Summary

Assignment 2 Summary

The first goal of the resource created for this trial was to give teachers of General English 4 (intermediate English level) a space to express their feelings, experiences, concerns and challenges that arise as a result of teaching with the Reader. The reader is a short story book which students read in class once a week and use to practice extended reading skills. For several different reasons that the teachers explained on the blog, students do not engage at the level it is expected. Consequently, this has created challenges for the teacher as well as for the students. Since very little has been done to address the problem due to the reader being such a small component of the curriculum, a blog using Edublogs.com was created for teachers to list the issues they are facing indiviually with the reader. The second goal of the resource was to identify themes based on the teachers’ posting in order to create professional development worshops at work that could potentially help teachers tackle the teahing problems and learners engage with and learn from the Reader the most. As it can be seen in the last posting on the blog for the purpose of this assignment, three themes agreed on among teachers have been identified. This shows that a blog can be extremely useful for the school to arrange relevant teacher training which is likely to better the effectiveness of the teaching and learning process. Because the blog has been initialy created for the purpose of this assigment, no more postings will be made until the school has officially decided to implement it as one of the ways in which teachers can document their experiences. However, up to this point, it can be argued that the viability of a blog could be demonstrated once formal PD session are created and teachers experience the benefits of both the blog and the workshops. A blog has the potential to be a successful instrument for teachers to share issues, dificulties and thoughts to create better learning outcomes for students. For the future, the blog’s quality and efficiency can be enhanced to ensure the realiability of information and the fficay of teaching.

Assignment 1 Summary

The development and use of technology to enhance teaching skills, social media such as blogging in this case, is proof of that technology is taking over education and more importantly, teacher education and training. One way for teachers to use this technology as an aid in teacher development is the creation of blogs to connect and share with other teachers what they are learning and facing inside the classroom. Blogging for teacher development helps teachers understand the value of technology and how to use it to improve their instruction.

According to the research findings used for my essay, the online media is proposed to be utilized by the virtual groups of practice since online correspondence and advanced media have risen as fundamental tools for teachers in contemporary times. Online media, for example web journals, are proposed to be utilized since they encourage educators with an intelligent approach to participate in a group of practice independent of the confinements of face to face communication, money, time or space. The examination demonstrated that web journals help in the advancement of online groups to such an extent that high cooperation and joint efforts among instructors offer far reaching perspectives and experiences for their expertise improvement. In this way, blogging must be utilized in light of their different advantages. The key focal points of blogging were recognized to be a straightforward entry to key archives and data whenever by giving a solid specialized tool that allows instructors to work together by posting messages and reeving different reactions; a simplicity of figuring out how to utilize a blog and a reflection on the encounters and educating techniques.