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Reflection

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Reflection on the assignment EDU 3105
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REFLECTION
Through the assignment of the subject EDU 3105, Technology in Teaching andLearning, I have learned and gained numerous priceless experiences. In this assignment,we are required to produce a video clip based on a chosen theme and produce a web-based learning package based on a selected topic within the syllabus of a subject taughtin a primary school.Initially, when I received this task I am of the opinion that his assignment is quitetough as I am not a tech-savvy person. Besides that, I am lack of experience in the areaof producing video clips which consists of montage, content and closure sections.Therefore, this is totally a new experience for me as I only produced a documentaryduring Semester 1 for my Social Studies assignment. After I have received the coursework, the first thing that comes in my mind is Ineed to plan what I have to do. First, I have collected materials on Malaysia Englishlanguage syllabus in order to search and select the most suitable topic to be used in my
coursework. After a few considerations, I have decided to select the topic “AnimalStories” in
English Year 2 syllabus. Next, I started to analyze my target learners anddecided that my product should be comprised of activities suitable for a heterogeneousclassroom which is a mixed-ability classroom which the majority of students haveintermediate level of proficiency.
Based on the students’ abilities and capabilities, I have derived a few objectives
pertaining to what I wish them to gain and achieve through the web-based learningpackage. The learning outcomes and objectives that I wish students to achieve consistof various language skills from such as listening, reading and writing. Next, I started tobrainstorm suitable ways to design my learning package.
 After gauging the students’
profile, interests and level of proficiency, I decided to select a few suitable methods,medias and materials to present the content. After careful selection, I have incorporatedseveral multimedia elements which include text, graphic, audio, video and interactivity.The process of producing the web-based learning package is totally a newexperience for me as I have to start to learn everything from zero. In order to completethis task, we are required to install and learn to operate programs such as Kompozer and Core FTP Lite. Kompozer is basically a free and open source web editor that is used
 
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in designing and publishing web pages as well as used to set up and manage thewebsite. Meanwhile, Core FTP Lite is another freeware which enable us to update admaintain our website via FTP. I am able to use Kompozer to manage my site but I facedobstacles in installing and using Core FTP Lite to upload my files to my site. However, Iam glad that I managed to overcome the problem by having another alternative which isFire FTP. This is a plug-in that can be installed in the Mozilla Firefox browser that hasthe same function as Core FTP. All I need to do is after designing my web page usingKompozer, I have to upload the resources that I have used in the web page such asimages, exercises and web page templates through Fire FTP. Through this task, I amable to learn the way to embed video, convert Microsoft Word file to PDF, hyperlink,create a Powerpoint by using all sorts of function featured in the software, producingexercises using Hot Potatoes.Meanwhile as for the video clip task, since my web-based learning package isabout
the topic “Animal Stories”
I have decided to do a video clip about a visit to zoo.The content of the video is basically about a television show
, “Kids TV”
having their shooting session at Taiping Zoo, Perak which featuring the habitats and real lives of animals. The video clip serves as a great way to further develop material that is beingtaught in the classroom as students are exposed to educational content in a differentway where they are allow to explore in variety and gain better understanding. I have
used the “Sony Vegas Pro” and “Corel Ulead Video Editor” instead of “VideoPad VideoEditor” because the program failed to work properly in my
laptop as the freeware doesnot have the latest version for Window 8 operating system.I have encountered many problems during my process to complete the web-based learning package and production of the video clips, First, since my laptop isinstalled with the latest Microsoft Window 8 operating system, I found out that manyprogrammes that need to be used in my coursework turned out incompatible with mysystem. Some of the programmes that have incompability problems are VideoPad Editor,Corel FTP and so on. However, I am glad that I am able to overcome the problems after 
seeking my lecturer, Madam Sumitra Kan’s guidance as she provide
d assistance andalternatives to solve my problem. Besides, I also made my own initiative to find other programs which has the similar functions such as Sony Vegas Pro and Ulead VideoStudio Editor to replace VideoPad Editor. I also feel grateful as my colleagues arealways there to support me and willing to lend their laptop in order to solve my problem.
 
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Furthermore, I also have problems in using the programs to complete the task asI am a completely a raw hand in designing web-based leaning package. I feel blurred asI want to start my assignment during the school holidays as I completely do not have anyidea regarding how to do it. However, I am glad that I am able to finish my task after seeking help and assistance from my colleagues that willing to share their knowledgeand help me to solve my problem. I also able work on my project by referring to thetutorials of programs provided by lecturer as the tutorials contains step by step guideand has helped me to retrieve bits of information about the input during lecture hours.During my video clip shooting day, I also faced problems in which the DSLRcamera that I have borrowed does not come in handy as the animals that being kept inthe zoo is quite a distance from the visitors. The lens of the DSLR could not afford toshoot in such a far distance. In turn, I have to shoot my video using my phone camerawhich end more has lower resolution than video clip recorded using a camera.Furthermore, we are having weather problem on the shooting day where there wassome light rain when the shooting session took place. It took us quite a while to wait for the rain to stop and the animals to come out again from their home.Through this coursework, I have discovered my own strengths and weaknesses.One of the strengths that I have portrayed throughout the coursework is effective timemanagement. I have made use of the time well by planning the flow of my coursework.By planning my work, I am able to keep track of my work as it acts as guidance andgives me ideas about what should I do next and keep track of about my next progress. Another merit is that I also gained much new knowledge. By completing thisassignment as I am exposed to many new things such as production of video clip, waysto take photograph and designing a web-based learning package. I have learnt that it isnot easy to produce a video clip as well as web-based learning package. All theserequire high commitments as well as it includes many details in the during the productionprocess. For example in the process of producing video clip, I found out that in order toproduce a good video clip, we need to have a control of the elements of video suchfrequency, sounds, graphic, velocity and so on. Furthermore, I am also exposed tovarious new computer programs that are able to assist me in preparing resources andmaterials for my lesson as a future teacher.

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