An apple a day keeps a doctor away!
Hahaha, that is how exciting and relevant an apple can be!
I am talking about both - apple as a fruit as well as a gadget anyway :D
Never in my mind that I will one day jump into an Apple Teacher's wagon. It is not because I have less interest in using Apple gadgets; no, in fact, I had my second Macbook Pro last year and started using Macbook Air in 2014. I was also blessed with an iPad Pro provided by the faculty to assist my teaching & learning.
I think the only reason why I didn't even give myself a chance to explore an opportunity to become an Apple Teacher (AT) was merely because of my ignorance. I thought that choosing not to become one will give no harm to me as an educator. Due to hectic daily activities and tight working schedules, I intentionally put it aside.
Anyway, thanks to Dr. Fiza, who contacted me last week, asking whether or not I am interested in becoming AT. Well, her small request made me said YES. And I didn't take long for that. Spending about 2 hours in front of my lappy, I navigated through the page and tried to understand the requirements. It was relatively straightforward to the point. So I took all the quizzes in one go. As a result, I received both AT awards for Mac and iPad :D
So, what does it mean to become one?
From my point of view - although an AT doesn't make you obliged to conduct any training or sharing sessions, the least you can do is to convey a message of how convenient it is to work in an 'Apple environment'.
I am a big fan of Mac, not because it is 'Apple' brand but having used it since 2014, I am pretty confident to conclude that Mac is the best tool everyone should own - it is slim and light, and more importantly, it offers a longer battery life compared to other laptops. Keyboard-wise - it is pretty durable! If your work demands you to create a pile of presentations, try Keynote!
iMovie comes with handy features as well. One can compose interesting movies without learning too many technical aspects, as iMovie is pretty much easy to use.
As for Macboook Pro - the one that I am using now - I am in love with its sound quality. Imagine listening to Spanish guitar music while working on a journal article on Sunday! It gets me immersed in my 'me time'!
I admit that I use Mac a lot more than iPad, and I believe that iPad is not a laptop replacement. But I cannot deny that iPad itself can handle everything that a laptop can do. As in Mac, you can also create slides and movies using Keynote and iMovie on iPad. Ah, not forgotten about Pages. If you don't use Canva as I do, Pages can offer many templates for graphic works.
** There are lot more things you can do with both - I am just highlighting a few significant ones
So peeps, do not hesitate to own yourself a Mac if you are looking for a satisfying tool. I am not saying that I do not recommend you to choose iPad over Mac, as it depends on how you plan to use them. If you are a multitasker, a Mac will suit you well. But if you are looking for a handy tool, iPad should be the one. The choice is yours! :)
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Alhamdulillah, despite a long and hectic daily schedule, our ODL team and I managed to spare a little time for our first workshop under ODL Essentials for SMEs Series!
Creating Learning Materials using Screencasting Technique - We picked up this topic as we are aware that many SMEs need to develop their teaching materials. Screencasting is a simple technique that everybody can apply to create video-based learning materials. If you have presentation slides in your laptop folders, it is time to add some value to them! Using the existing slides, you may enhance the interactivity by adding your explanatory video - and I bet students will appreciate it more! And if you want to show the 'how-to' process, especially when using any tools on your machine, the screencast technique will work wonders!
We will continue providing this kind of support to all ODL SMEs. For this first workshop we have about 90 attendees and hoping to have more participants in the future insha-Allah ..
See you when I see you guys! :)
It has been a few months back since I talked to Dr. Rosni regarding the invitation. She called me asking for having a session on how to manage research while we are in the midst of a pandemic crisis. Everybody is working from home, thus limiting a face-to-face meeting, which also affected how research data can be collected.
Two simple tools, yet powerful to help researchers focus on their research content and management, are Wakelet and Trello. In this session, I shared my experience using these tools and how they significantly assisted me in getting going on time.
Thanks, KUIS, for the invitation! Hopefully, this will benefit all!
Synchronous and asynchronous are basic terms when it comes to online or distance learning. When the pandemic struck, teaching and learning activities were shifted online. Whether you like it or not, that is the only option left.
But after almost a year of being under this new norm, we should have mastered the arts and science of planning, selecting, conducting, and assessing our online and distance classes. When is it suitable to conduct a synchronous session? What are learning activities and techniques should we use when you have a large group of students in your Google Meet class? How to ensure students' engagement throughout the session? How can you guarantee collaborative learning to take place when students are learning from a distance? These are among the examples of questions that need to be deliberately answered by all of us, educators.
My heartfelt thanks to SieQa committee for this invitation. I had fun sharing my little insights on this topic :)
A week before the seminar, we had a quick catch up with the organising committee. Dr Ooi briefed us the tentative and how the sessions would be organised.
And these are among the participants who attended the session. Thanks for joining!
Changing the 'exam' narrative and how to rethink the assessment methods? Join me to explore more about assessments particularly in the HEIs context!
This year will probably be the most hectic year throughout my life. I am not kidding, just sharing my strong gut. It is not merely due to training, workshops or consultancy with my fellow friends out there but I strongly believe that my current task will be haunting me - I am ready for sleepless nights! Ok will talk about ODL later in the next entry (when I really have a courage to do so!)
Alhamdulillah, managed to 'escape' from my routine works to be with fellow friends from the Resource and Educational Technology Department, MOE. Mrs Phua was the one who approached me I think last December 2020. She expressed the needs of the department to explore more about the potential of Augmented Reality (AR) and possible benefits when it is integrated to text books.
I couldn't say no to this proposal as AR is always my passion. So I designed the 2-day training into two segments. Thanks Hazrati for willing to be my partner in crime hehehe. We presented two tools for AR - Blippar and Metaverse. Each of the tool serves different purposes. Blippar can be used for more informative kind if materials whereby you can produce a more interactive learning material using Metaverse as it allows you to arrange the cards just like developing an authorware.
We had more or less 80-90 participants attended the 2-day training. I think I had a blast during the Q&A session. Thanks for all the questions, suggestions and insights. I wish we could have more time for that but of course the time wouldn't permit. InshaAllah there will always be next time kan!
Wishing the BSTP a good way ahead and all the best with the AR-integrated text book project!
This is not my first time involvement with EduTech conference series, as I was invited to talk at EduTech conferences for three times already since last year. Next year, there will be another Edutech (Malaysia) conference that will be happening on 24 to 25 February 2021. I had a Zoom meeting with Qian Xin, who wanted me to share contemporary issues on online teaching & learning, especially from the perspective of the Malaysian context. One of the my main points was - to what extend do we (educators) know what lingers in our students' minds when all learning activities and assessments are brought online? All this while, we tend to talk and focus more on what educators should and shouldn't do when they conduct online learning experiences. But do we realize that very little of us dare to dive into our students' ocean of thought and understand their struggle? So, let's hope that Malaysia EduTech will present something from students' very own perspectives this time, and we should learn then on how to modify our current approach! An emic perspective insight will definitely be interesting to help us learn and explore more :)
Thanks Germaine and Qian Xin for inviting me to Malaysia Edutech! Let's hope everything that we plan will be a success. See you in Feb 2021!
I was invited to present a keynote speech for 2020 IEEE Conference on e-Learning, e-Management and e-Services (IC3e2020) that took place on 17th November 2020. Redesigning a Meaningful Online Learning for Learners: Where Do We Start and Where Do We Go? - that was the title of my presentation. Everybody is talking about shifting teaching to online mode but little that we know that the shift needs a planned modification, not only related to the content delivery alone. Rather, it involves more aspects - students' actual needs and capacity (cognitive as well as their technology affordances), learning experiences to suit the objectives, a choreography of activities so as to ensure active learning to take place and not forgotten, the aspect of assessment.
I also highlighted the importance of identifying the root of the problem that is to be addressed by using a performance discrepancy analysis. This is a core approach taken by all instructional designers. Without understanding the actual cause of students' performance, we will never be able to provide them a remedy. Being an educator is not easy huh, but if you love your profession, I bet this process will give you abundance of blissful satisfaction as you know what you are doing, and why you choose to do it :)
My heartfelt thanks to Assoc Prof Dr Sian Lun Lau for the invitation!
Another sharing session with other great speakers on smart learning & teaching plan for students and faculty! Unfortunately, due to a specific, personal reason I couldn't make it that day :(
Anyways, I had several participants connected to me via Swapcard as well as LinkedIn. I hope you enjoyed the session and I am sure there are a lot of key things for you to take away!
Alhamdulillah, another sharing session took place via Microsoft Teams. Thanks to my fellow colleagues from the Faculty of Information Science & Technology for joining me in this session!
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