Champa Rathnayake

Champa Rathnayake

Champa Rathnayake is an ICT teacher by profession and based in Kandy, Sri Lanka: "I am always inspired by the potential of new technology in education. Being a teacher who often tries new things on education processes, I make my career an interesting one. Rarely I get bored with what I do at school. I am a lifelong learner; hence I take every professional development opportunity as an opportunity to become better in the education process. Inspiring my colleagues and to join innovative teaching practices are part of my personal dedication as an educational-resource person."

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Champa Rathnayake: PBL 30 years ago and citizens of 21st Century

by Champa Rathnayake
Expert Educator Columnist, Sri Lanka

This is something I am trying to analyse. Beyond 25 years, I had noticed how my mother taught to her students. She was teaching in primary classes. So, I heard always the phrases “subject integration”, “learning by doing “with regard to her professional talks with her colleagues; and I was not a teacher.

I review that, John Dewey’s idea of “learning by doing” advanced and applied in education as a teaching learning methodology called Project –based learning (PBL), was well implemented in her classroom.… Visit the author's original post

PBL 30 years ago and citizens of 21st century

This is something I am trying to analyse. Beyond 25 years, I had noticed how my mother taught to her students. She was teaching in primary classes. So, I heard always the phrases “subject integration”, “learning by doing “with regard to her professional talks with her colleagues; and I was not a teacher. I review that, John Dewey’s idea of “learning by doing” advanced and applied in education as a teaching learning methodology called Project –based learning (PBL), was well implemented in her classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Inspired by Students

Its amazing! I was becoming lazy,frustrated,willing to give up anything and so on.Because I was tired after the stressful GCE Ordinary Level exam paper marking.Then,schools opened officially for the new year and closed again the  day after for the presidential election.Schools were re-opened on 12th January.It is only one day I spent at school.Kids gave me the strenghth! Everything in the year plan just started breathing. Frustration vanished.Newer ideas overflow with students' interaction.I have become energetic agan.
Students started with questions on what I have promised last year.Skype with students from another country,present animated stories in powerpoint and videos to others,Doing projects using cameras and field trips (thats how they,last year grade 6 students, have perceived PBL).They do not worry about other things happening around.So,I have to start with them quickly.… Visit the author's original post

Champa Rathnayake: Need To Use Technology In The Classroom

by Champa Rathnayake
Expert Educator Columnist, Sri Lanka

Some decades ago, the teachers get their pupils to use slates to write on. As a pre-school child I used a slate with pencils, which made with slate too. Sometimes it made a screeching sound when it scratches the slate surface. Sand boards are still used to train students the shapes of letters and numbers, in the kindergarten and primary classes. The way that I used them as a pupil, is a memory I still cherish.… Visit the author's original post

Champa Rathnayake-ICT Teacher/Coordinator,Kandy Model School,Sri Lanka

I am Champa and I teach ICT .Getting teachers and students engage in PBL with educational technology has become my favourite part of the duty at school.I work as an ICT resource person for the fellow teachers in my education zone and national level workshops.My first love was programming and I guide students with VB and java.I have won several ICT related awards with my students.I like to initiate the divert paths towards educational success of my students.… Visit the author's original post

Understanding



Advanced and Boolean Searches -This is a continuation from the previous stage.A very good understanding is essential for creating ,modifying and refining searches to suit the searching requirements.
(Eg:Bing)

Blog writing-The learner can type,write or talk on a specific topic or a daily journal.Reporting is done through basic understanding.The blogs can be used for discussion and collaboration,which develop higher level thinking of the learner.
(Windows Live Writer)


Twittering-Twittering helps understanding and collaboration,although facilitates simple forms of messages based on " what are you doing?"


Categorizing-Digital classification-organizing and classifying files.Using folders and other tools.Visit the author's original post

Remembering – Lowest in the LOTS

Remembering is in the lowest level  or the first in the LOTS of the Bloom’s Taxonomy. Yet remembering is important in the process of thinking and learning.The verbs been introduced in the Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy are ;
  •  Bullet pointing  
  • Highlighting
  • Bookmarking 
  • Social networking
  • Searching
  • Googling                                                                                                      
The actions indicating by the first two verbs are simply facilitated in many  tools in Microsoft Office Package such as MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Publisher .In addition switching between the font styles where important facts are in the digital reading material helps the learner to remember.Visit the author's original post

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Microsoft Tools that can be used Based on Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Teachers use Bloom’s Taxonomy and Bloom’s revised Taxonomy in developing teaching and learning experiences .Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy is a way of linking Bloom’s revised taxonomy with the key verbs to use of digital tools.
Benjamin Bloom developed his taxonomy of learning objectives ,in understanding the learning process.He proposed that learning fitted into one of the three psychological domains;
  •  cognitive domain-processing information, knowledge and mental skills
  • Affective domain – Attitudes and feelings
  • Psychomotor domain – manipulative, or physical skills

Bloom’s Taxonomy examines at the cognitive domain and this categorizes and orders thinking skills and objectives.The taxonomy follows the thinking process.Visit the author's original post

Using Microsoft tools in Project Based Learning

Using Microsoft tools in  Project Based Learning

Engaging students in PBL activities make both, teaching and learning interesting,free of tension,more students's active engagement,use of digital tools to create artifacts and present findings/products digitally.The most important fact I notice is that students find their learning more interesting as they use a various types of computer applications like Microsoft office package, AutoCollage,Kodu,Movie Maker,OneDrive, and Google and Bing search engines.Even though there are more advanced tools are used by students in other parts of the country,majority of the Sri Lankan students use an average set of Microsoft tools.But they are being used creatively.
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