It has been four days I am attending the course. Even in the first week, I learned a lot of new online teaching techniques. I think creating the class discussion through Nicenet will be a good useful tool for creating online teaching and learning environment. Even though I am attending a distance course, I feel really close to my tutor and peers when discussing the focused topics. Thanks to my tutor, Janine who is always there to make our course lively with the clear detailed instructions. I like the way most of the course structures are created using the user-friendly Google applications. Now I know how to create survey form using Google application. The most favourite part of this week task is creating my own blog. Before this, the only place I express my feelings and opinions online is on facebook where I can share my status with my colleagues and friends. I have never reflected about my professional experience using the technology. However, I always wanted to make my own blog one day. And I never try to use blog as I thought that it would be difficult to handle one. Now I am writing on my lovely blog and I feel wonderful and proud of myself being part of this course. Still, I really want to explore more about changing the beautiful template for my blog.
I found that writing is more fun and enjoyable on this blog. So, I can't wait to tell my students about this fantastic online tool which can definitely improve their writing skill. And I really like the fact from the reading article "Blogging for ELT" which says, With weblogs, students can find themselves writing for a real audience that, apart from the teacher, may include their peers, students from other classes, or even other countries, their parents, and potentially anyone with access to the Internet.
I think that my students will enjoy writing more if they have the real audience who can reply, give comments and appreciate their works. I bet they won't even notice that they are practicing one of the language skills.
Well, that's all for this week. I'm going to add my blog to my course wiki and nicenet now. This first week is full of surprising and amazing online tools I have learned. I can't wait for the next week.