And… This is the last week. The course has taken 13 weeks. During these weeks, we have learned a lot of things. At the beginning of the term, I have thought that the course would overstrain us. It would take lots of time. In fact, we have many lessons, homework, projects, presentations etc. we have a lot of duties, and we haven’t enough time to do the tasks. Especially, I was afraid of writing the reflection of each week. Indeed, I’m not good at the things related to computer. So, I have thought that the course would be persecutory, but I have seen that the course would be benefit for us after I looked at the syllabus. The tasks in each week are enjoyable, useful, helpful. They ate good ways of teaching for us in the future. Sometimes, we have had difficulty in tasks, but we have sometimes fun. Some of the tasks are easy, but some of them are difficult. I’m not good at using computer. Thanks to these tasks; I have developed my using computer skills. The tasks that we have done are the things that we can apply to our students easily. It prevents time consuming. We are in the technology age. The children of today are digital natives. They love the technology. For example, most of them already have a facebook account from birth. So, we should be used to use the technology in our lessons. Especially, using technology in our department is very easy and enjoyable. It’s too cheap. There is a computer in almost all schools. It is attractive for the students. Especially, using it for young learners and beginner-elementary levels is good and effective. They should acquire all skills at the beginning. They should be good at seven areas; writing, speaking, reading, listening, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. And I believe that the students will develop their creativity. They will be active in the lesson, or they can work as a group. And the technology makes our lesson effective. The tasks that we have done are good for our students. They will be able to do a lot of projects individually or as a group. Besides, we can give them homework by using these tasks.
I want to talk about the tasks that I like and that I will use in the future. For example, I will use facebook, twitter. Thanks to these they can follow the groups. Or, I can form a group for my students, and I can use it for informing the students about the lesson, homework, project etc. I will use most of the mobile applications. They will make my lesson easy, attractive and effective. And, I will use wordpress for my intermediate level students. I can ask them to write something by giving a topic. So, they will develop their writing skills and their creativity. Especially, I will use Dokeos. I will create a class made up from the student in my class. Even, I can apply a quiz. The other one is digital storytelling. I think it is very effective in teaching writing, reading, listening, pronunciation etc. In fact, it can be used in teaching all skills. As a teacher, we can prepare a digital story and we can use it in our classrooms. We made the students to listen to the story. Then we can ask them to retell the story or after they listen to it we can ask them to write an end by changing the end of the story. Besides, we can ask them to write a new story by looking at the digitalstory that we prepared. It is very useful, attractive, colorful and effective. At the same time they can develop their creativity. It is appropriate for the students between 5-16. I will use it absolutely. Finally, one of the tasks that I will use in the future absolutely is weebly. It has a lot of creative things and it is colorful. For example, I can ask the students to create a website. Apart from homepage and contact page, I can ask them to create some pages related to the lesson such as projects homework, podcasts, speaking etc. I can give them weebly tasks to them.I think that we have learned very helpful things that we can use in the future thanks to this course. We take this course as optional, but I think it should obligatory. Every student should take it. To me, it will help us while teaching because we are in technology age. Now, we should know how to use/apply the technology in education. For today’s education, knowing how to apply the technology into the education is necessary absolutely. If you don’t want to be a standard English teacher you should know these tasks, you should take this course. I suggest you to look at these tasks that I have mentioned one by one. So, you can be an ideal, perfect English teacher. I have liked this course so much and I have found it very useful and helpful. I’m sure that you will think like me, too. And, you will use them in the future or now. I’m sure that I will use them in the future. In fact, I’m using some of them from now on. 🙂