Saturday, October 30, 2010

Unique Features of Modelling and Simulation

Data Logging


Firstly I want to thank Prof. Assoc Dr Sopia Mohd Yassin as she gave the opportunity to me to explore and discover the ICT application that some of them I have never even heard before. Being exposed with all the application makes me realizes how the use of that application makes the learning and teaching process more effective.

            When I was introduced to the module of Engage, Empower and Enhance model, I realize that it is very important for a teacher to first elicit the student prior ideas about the topic that are going to be discussed. By doing this the teacher know what was in their students minds and ideas about the topic and this will make it easier for the teacher to correct their students theories. Empower will of course makes the students understand and give them the information needed for that specific topics. In addition, when the teacher use method that can prove whether the students idea are right or wrong, this will make the students interested to know more. Enhance will increase students understanding as it needs students to apply what they have understand about the topics by applying it into a different situation. This model is very efficient in teaching and learning process of the students.

            But in doing this there are some difficulties since the teacher needs to be very creative to have the idea, what is the best way to elicit the students ideas and how to conduct the empower part. The teacher need to be very creative so that teacher are not giving the students the answer of the problems instead of let them to solve by themselves.

            Data logging is a very modern ways in conducting experiment. By using this application, it will makes the students get the most precise results for every experiment their conduct compared with the conventional ways and this will helps students to understand the experiment based on the theory they learnt. Simulation and modeling is  very good to enhance students understanding since it helps the students to see something very discrete that cannot be seen by naked eyes and even microscope. It will makes students ability of imagine to get better.

            The ICT application is very importance but there is still some obstacle in doing this. Since all of this application needs their own gadget, there are problems when the gadded needed are not in good condition or have been not up to date anymore. And this will affect the class activity. Technical problems also one of the obstacle. Since the teacher are not expert in handling the gadget, this will waste the learning period as time would be use to just set up the gadget. From my opinion, to solve this there should be a special amount of budget for this ICT application. For the technical, teacher should be trained very well before they are allowed to use the application in the class. A team of technician also needs to be provided in schools so that they can help in setting up the gadget.

            Entering this ICT class makes my interest in exploring ICT application increase and I will use everything I have leaned when I start to teach one day.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Reflection on Alternative Conception

After I learned about Alternative Conception I realized that every person in this case student have their own concept and ideas on the subject being teach. It is not the matter of wrong or right concept, the main idea is the teacher need to let the students to elicit their ideas and concept and then it is the teacher's role to correct the ideas. From my opinion, this is the best method on teaching especially Science subject since student will learn from their mistakes and will make them understand better and they will remember it for a long time. As a future teacher, I will definitely use this type of teaching method in class to ensure a better teaching and learning process.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Why I Love My E-Portfolio

This semester is the first time for me to learn how to use e-portfolio and I find it very interesting and useful. Here, I want to state several reasons why I love this e-portfolio.

1. I can put any format of my assignment inside. I do not need to worry of the space since it is unlimited.

2. I can make an attachment or link any video or website of my topic and it will make revision easier without any needs to search for it when in use.

3. I am able to share my information with other readers and I can also get the knowledge from others e-portfolio for free unlimited.

4. E-portfolio helps to save the world and our environment since it do not use any paper. It is environmental friendly.

5. No worries on losing my files since it is all in e-portfolio and I have no problems on file managing or bringing a lot of stuff anywhere, it is all in e-portfolio.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Plant Physiology PBL


Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris was established on 1st May 1997 based on Government gazette P.U.(A) 132 & 133 dated 24th February 1997 under the Order of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Corporation) and the Order of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Campus) 1997. However, the history of this University dates back to 1922 when the University was then known as Sultan Idris Training College (SITC).

SITC was set up by the British government and it was the brainchild of the Deputy Director of Malay Schools, Sir Richard Winstedt. SITC was officially opened on November 29, 1922 by the Chief Secretary to the Federation of Malay States, Sir George Maxwell, making it the highest institution of learning exclusively for the Malays at that time.

Graduates of this institution were greatly respected and honoured by the society as it was renowned for producing prominent figures like the ‘Father of Modern Malay Language’, Zainal Abidin Ahmad or popularly known as Za’ba, novelists like Harun Aminurrashid, and Ahmad Bakhtiar and legendaries such as Ibrahim Yaacob and Aminuddin Baki. Tan Sri Awang Had Salleh, a national figure in the field of education and not forgetting the Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Ghaffar Baba are also the ‘products’ of SITC. To many, SITC was regarded as the birthplace of Malay nationalism.

In the early days, students of SITC had to undergo a three-year training course, where they learnt traditional skills and arithmetic. These students were under the tutelage of its teaching staff comprising of four Europeans, one Filipino and ten Malays.

After the 1957 Razak Report, new subjects were introduced and the training course was extended to five years. In addition, the name of the college was changed to Maktab Perguruan Sultan Idris (MPSI).

Traditionally, MPSI accepted only male students. However, in 1976 it began to open its door to the female population admitting its first batch of 150 female students. 1n 1987, the Minister of Education bestowed the institute status upon the country’s oldest teacher training college, and MPSI was thereafter referred to as Institut Perguruan Sultan Idris (IPSI). With its new status, IPSI started to introduce new courses including a twinning programme with Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (currently known as Universiti Putra Malaysia). By then, the number of students, lecturers and support staff had increased in tandem.

It is the aspiration of the Ministry to have only graduate teachers spearheading both the primary and secondary schools in Malaysia. Thus, in order to realise such noble dream, the Ministry of Education granted the university status to IPSI on 1st May 1997.
Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah campus is located at the border of Perak and Selangor in Tanjong Malim on a 33ha of land. However, the ground breaking ceremony of the new Sultan Azlan Shah campus has taken place on 24th April 2002 by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah Ghaffarullahu-lah. The new campus will be built on an 800 acres of land located at Behrang Ulu, 5km from its current campus