I believe each one of you has been quite busy this week, creating a class or a site, and exploring the different websites for making materials. It was so exciting for me. I wanted to try every thing and didn't know where to start from.
Our task was to create a site using Google sites; or a class on Nicenet; or an exercise, but we ended up doing as many as we could of those choises. I enjoyed looking at the impressive class sites created, and trying some of the interactive materials and worksheets uploaded on our wiki.
I've decided to create a class on Nicenet and a blog, then I tried HotPotatoes to make an interactive matrial. I did it successfuly and it was my first time. I wished I had the time to do more than that but it was the final week of classes and we were preparing for the exams. However, I have about a month before traveling to Syria for the summer vacation and during this time I will try all of these tools and master working with them. The class and blog are plain without any posts or uploads. I'm going to use them the next accademic year and I don't know which level I'm going to teach yet. I want to try to create a site and I know it'll take me some time to do so, therefor, I left it for now and I will come back to it during this month. Is it as easy as you made it seem, or it's hard as some have mentioned?
I will start my teaching on September with many new ideas I want to try and I hope the students would be as enthusiastic as I am. What I learned this week is that we can make teaching very interesting and exciting for both students and teachers with the use of Internet tools. I realize now that what I've been doing for my students was not good enough and keeping updated with the latest trends in teaching is part of our responsibility as teachers.
Have a good week