I maintained this blog as an Instructor in the Professional Educator Diploma at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt. I was privileged to teach teachers from a variety of public and private schools in Egypt. I was humbled by the experience as I learnt a lot from them. The course focused on integrating technology into the classroom. This blog showcases many of the teachers’ projects during the course. Though the course has ended, its memory remains vivid in my mind and heart. My work with teachers fuelled my current research on teacher professionalization policies and the politics of teacher professionalism in Egypt. I am currently working on my research as a PhD Student in Educational Studies, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Mary Victor Kostandy
First, I want to tell Dr. Mary that ” All of us really miss you so much and remember each day, each word and each situation with you”. We all hope you a successful life and God will be with you in your studying and get the best grade.
I would like to share our photos in ETCT 504 during our class and our group work.
I hope all of us a successful course.
We have learned a lot from Dr Mary. she has successfully involved us in the designing and planing environment and encouraged us with her energetic and loving spirit and this is,I think, the most important element that empowered all learners in the class.
Her excellent way of teaching made us to learn through doing and practice in a co-operative and collaborative atmosphere.
starting with showing us videos and asking learners to comment on them was an excellent start that attracted all learners and gave them enthusiasm to go further into a world of an attractive technology-based experiences of teaching and learning.
What I liked most about the course is the way of teaching that tended to make a balance between the role of the teacher and that of the learner.we have got,indeed, the opportunity to be active learners involving in the learning process.
I have liked all teaching tools we learned during the course especially those using multimedia and interactive tools.
wikis and blogs are excellent learning tools that facilitate communication and collaborative skills that are needed in the 21 st century.
One of excellent tools i liked is Quiz maker.this software allows you to enrich tests with additional info slides and multimedia content including audio, video, images and formulas
I love iSpring because We want to teach. We want to train. We want to communicate. We want to educate. We don’t want to program computers.
With iSpring Quizmaker you can generate interactive Flash quizzes with multimedia and branching. I have used this tool to create interactive tools online enriched multimedia. with the help of this tool one can dive into all the advanced features for e-Learning development provided by iSpring Learn.this link gives you more information.
this is the link of the software
Now I have my own blog which my students can visit . I also will have an Edmodo account which is my favourite tool from all we have learnt . I communicate with my students via facebook but it is not an educational tool there are ads which I don’t want also I feel it’s more social than educational – sometimes I ask them to write a comment about a post I made they reply happy birthday to you Mrs Ghada – I saw how teachers all over the world communicate with students and the most important I learnt how to update my teaching and how to become a part of my students’ life how to be a technological native not immigrant thanks to you Dr Mary .
- I liked Hot potatoes because it helps me to have good and fast worksheets and exams .
- Also the Flash card creator is very important for designing cards for lessons
- Powtoon is also very creative programme to make presentations accompanied with animation and photos.It is so good for my primary stage students .
I learnt , I enjoyed , I spent a useful time , Thank you Dr Mary and all my colleges .
Dear Dr. Mary,
I can’t really find kind words to express my happiness, thankfulness, appreciation and gratefulness to you for your great efforts with us during the course. you give us a lot of important information in a simple and easy way to apply in our classes in the coming year.
From the beginning till the last session, I never forget the co-operative spirit among my kind colleagues. For me, I gain great experience from all and each item we have in the course.
Because our world is changing at a very rapid pace and the needs of the workplace are evolving, in my point of view it was very important for us to discuss in the course how to link the education that our students are receiving with the essential 21st century skills that students need in order to succeed both as students, and later as members of the workforce. I found this topic of great benefit for me to implement it in my class. Continue reading