Life before the computer, prezi and ebeam ….

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Good day, dear all! I would like to start my blog with the quotation by Norman Ralph Augustine “one of the feared expression in modern times is – the computer is down» by this expression you can understand that I will write about innovative technologies in class and their advantages.

As usual teacher knows that using cell phones are the real disaster, because students start searching something else, or they can start chatting with their peers. Sometimes computers distract learners from their learning process due to the fact that the Internet is full of attractive websites.

I found some videos on YouTube website that grabbed my attention. Before discussing any new innovations, I would like to discuss some obstacles of bringing new technologies to school.

The title is “To bring technology to school”.

There is a bright example of high tech prohibition in schools. The students raise the problem of an old-fashioned style of teaching, and they do not want to continue taking notes in their notebooks anymore. They want to be updated, to download documents, to share homework via the website, and to send all documents in some seconds. There are many schools, which have the strict rules of bringing any piece of electronic technology due to the danger of being stolen or broken inside the school.

The video promotes school rules of how to make using electronic devices legally at school. This is a nice idea, and I think we should start by changing rules how to use techniques at school. Afterwards, the students will be able to use all electronic devices without any problems and teachers will benefit more. Following these students’ devices will be strictly checked up by IT specialist; as a result, some new software will be installed in order to block unwilling websites to use during the school or lessons. These measures will help students to concentrate more on their studies, moreover teachers will be sure that their students work on something very important but not just entertain themselves.

The next videos are about prezi and eBeam, I find these two innovations very impressive. These two innovative ideas always help to have very interactive lessons. I first learned how to use Prezi in 2013 when I was studying PDP in Nazarbayev University, only then I realized that my lessons and especially presentations were miserable before.    

As you see in the video that the presentation with prezi is very dynamic. You can insert a video, media, picture or table; whatever you want. However you need time to learn how to use it.   The next item is unique for me, as I bought it myself in 2013. There is a promotion video about its features;

What is your first emotion?

Yes, I had the same exciting and unbelievable thoughts. This is portable device to carry anywhere you want, you do not depend on one classroom with smart board as you have your own smart board. You are able to use it even on the wall, however you need a computer to work with it. Additionally, imagine yourself you have this smart device, and you have good skills of presentation with prezi, as a result your lesson is perfect; all your students are excited, so they are not bored during the lesson.

We cannot imagine our life without computers now; also we think that lessons without any computer device are boring. Nevertheless, a computer has one drawback as it can be crushed; besides you have the threat to lose all your documents and necessary information.

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14 thoughts on “Life before the computer, prezi and ebeam ….

  1. Thanks for your post!

    My I ask your opinion about recent restrictions on smartphones at NIS. Most of our teachers and parents are happy with that. What about you? Are you for or against such strict rules?

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    1. Dear Talgat

      Although this is a question addressed to Akzharkyn, I can not keep silence not responding as this is one of the burning issues in our school too. The decision on smartphones is helpful in most cases, however smartphones can be wisely used in the process of the lesson. For example. during literature classes the students can use phones for the dictionaries, encyclopedias, recordings and time keeping. Moreover, phones usually serve as reminders of different activities. I think the main problem while taking up this decision was that the students use their phones for cheating and it distracted them from studies, although this is the issue of improvig the students’ self-responsibility.

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      1. Last year students used to chat with their peers via smartphones during break times. This year they chat face to face. I think it was a good decision to restrict using smartphones at schools.

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      2. Dear Laura, thank you for your active discussion about this topic. Cheating -is a problem too. unfortunately as we have word restriction in our blogs, so I was able to discuss only the usefulness of these devices and their strict prohibition to use. It is the situation when parents are asked to sign the official document. There is a rule that parents are aware of electronic device prohibition at school.

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    2. Dear Talgat, this is nice question because I decided to talk about first restrictions about using devices, as we have to solve this problem first. We can shout and tell “We are modern”, “We are updated”. unfortunately as you see yourself our schools from one hand want to be superior in using modern equipment, from another hand they prohibit thier using at school. there is no logic.

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  2. Akzhakkyn, very nice quatation and video. Obviously, we can not do without computers nowadays and this situation provokes our inflexibility and unpreparedness to changes. we should dose the degree we apply computers and technology at the lessons

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    1. Dear Oxana, I do completely agree with the idea that we need to dose our lesson with the degree of computer use. I remember we had excellent lessons using just a simple board, a piece of chalk and a dust. However, it has changed since modern technologies arrive every day. It is excellent if we have all our school modern.

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  3. Dear Akzharkyn, thank you for post.

    From the second video you shared I found interesting the idea of Devices Registration. But still I have hesitations on students`proper application of iPads and mobile phones during the lesson. Yes, they have permission to take electronic tools to the lesson to take notes, but I suppose any technology may interfere and distract the student from more cognitive perception of the learning material. It is a matter of control and monitoring in terms of the teacher and responsibility and awareness in terms of the student.

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    1. Dear Aigerim , thank you for your comment. I know that my blog is full of videos, but I wanted to raise the question of technology using rules. You should know that most schools do not let their students bring or use them. This is obstacle to us and our students. I do also agree that all technologies distracts our students from the lesson procedure itself. This is the reason why I discussed the idea of installing special software to block unwilling websites in school area.

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  4. Dear Akzharkyn,

    In your post you mention the use of students’ own devices in the classroom. My post focuses on that strategy, and explains it in more detail. However, there is one thing that both of our posts seem to miss, and I think that you have the expertise to cover that point.
    I know that you have a lot of experience working for private language schools (and managing them, too). In your opinion, what are the differences in using technology in a public school and a private one? I for one feel that in private schools both learners and teachers are given more freedom, and therefore they have more potential for the use of technology. Do you agree with this statement?

    Looking forward to a meaningful discussion.

    Thank you,

    Dostan

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    1. Dear Dostan, If you want to compare the use of modern technique in private and public school, it is obvious that public schools lack of all those number of technologies, which you can find in private schools. Moreover, I can give you example when I had my PDP practice at “Torzhan” private school, I was shocked to find that they do not have free internet access for all students. There was no air conditioners in classes, additionally their smart board was out of order. So this is a situation to compare when in reality not all private means well equipped.

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  5. Dear Dostan,
    I found the usage of innovative technology in education context very essential but arguable. Doubtless,using innovation novelties is very significant in teaching and learning processes.This tendency is demonstrating its effectiveness in any mode of learning including secondary schools,inclusive education and private tutoring as well. However,most schools have not become aware of technology’s benefits completely. As the result students are prohibited to use technology means in schools over our country. On the other hand,school learners tend to abuse phones,computers and applying them irrationally. Therefore most Kazakhstani schools view on this practice with suspect and distrust.
    As to your question,the key difference between state schools and private centers is lying under “freedom”. Private tutors are free from bureaucracy,monitoring and control. They are not only responsible people for learning process and allow students apply different means of technology. Indeed,students are more interested in quality learning rather than teachers in private education centres.

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    1. Dear Zhuldyzai, you discussed many problems connected with using modern technologies at once. it is irrational use of smart phones or tablets during the lesson, as we are students ourselves; I can honestly say that I also use my phone during the lessons. I discussed with Dostan that private school does not mean well equipped, however they have more opportunity as they have less students and more fundings.

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  6. What a great post and discussion! Akzharkyn, your writing shows some signs of improvement in organization and grammar. There were no parts of this post that were confusing or out of place. There are, as you probably guessed, still a couple points to work on.

    The first is your continued use of comma splices (and run-ons). Here’s one:
    I would like to start my blog with the quotation by Norman Ralph Augustine “one of the feared expression in modern times is – the computer is down» by this expression you can understand that I will write about innovative technologies in class and their advantages.

    And another (this is a set of three in a row!):
    This is portable device to carry anywhere you want, you do not depend on one classroom with smart board as you have your own smart board. You are able to use it even on the wall, however you need a computer to work with it. Additionally, imagine yourself you have this smart device, and you have good skills of presentation with prezi, as a result your lesson is perfect

    Revise, revise, revise!

    The second point is the concept of “throat clearing”. Try to avoid overusing phrases like “I would like to write” or “You can see that I will write”. This gives the reader the impression that you’re not ready to jump into explaining your ideas.

    Even with these ongoing issues, this is a good piece of blog writing.

    4/5

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