Friday, June 30, 2006

Reflection from the fifth lesson

After finishing the design of raindrop, I realize that I have to master the concept very well before I can start to do my work. I must fully understand the relationship between the size of raindrop and its shape. Later, when I do my final assignment, I must pay special attention on it.

Reflection from the fourth lesson

The learning objects are appealing to the users. I am interested in learning how to construct them. At the end of lesson, I realize that I have to design a learning object for presenting 'raindrop'. At that time, I feel frustrated on how to start my task. I believe that I have to equip myself with more technical skills before I can design such animated learning objects.

Tentative topic

I would like to present the difference between the present tense and the past tense. Students feel confused when they apply the tenses. If possible, I will introduce the forms of simple present or past tense, too.
I am thinking of using a timeline to start my visual representation.
Honestly speaking, I am doubtful whether I can make good use of my technical skills to finish the assignment.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Here is my simplest raindrop.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

My first clip (updated)

Oh, I am afraid that this clip is in bad quality. (This is the best one so far I did!) Some photos look blurred and I think I have to change the file format before I create the clip. However, I don't have time to do it at this moment.

Please give me suggestions on how to improve the quality of photos and the clip in general.

I have discovered one cause of the problem. The pixels of photos are not big enough and they look blurred. I should find some photos with larger pixels. Here is the improved work. This is the process of learning- trial and error. While I have been working, I realize that we can support each other through posting encouraging messages. (Just like what I have received) I will do so more.

I create this clip because of the following reasons.

  1. I love this musical myself.
  2. F4 students have to watch movies and do their school based assessments. In other words, they have to watch more and learn from them.
  3. The musical will be on show in July and August. It will be a topic for my students as they can find the advertisements in newspapers or magazines.

I have downloaded the photos and soundtracks from these websites.

Reflection from the third lesson

I have tried to use the software- Photostory to create a short clip. The software is very useful because I can link photos with animated transitions in a short clip and even import some background music to the clip. It is much more appealing than just showing photos to my students.
I have designed something like a trailer which can serve as an introduction before students watch the movie or as a reminder to retrieve images of the screens after they watch the movie. As a result, students can have a more in-depth understanding of the movie. Moreover, it may help save my time to broadcast some chapters of the movie again and again.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Task 2 (Draft)

Here is my task 2. I have done three versions already and this one is the best one. I feel rather frustrated to complete this task because I don't have a clear concept about five layers of atmosphere. I have to read the description again and again. Moreover, I just know a little bit flash and I have forgotten how to apply tweening with a motion path. This is not what I want. If I have time, I would like to improve on it.
My task 2...

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Reflection from the second lesson

For this lesson, I find that effectice visual display can save us a lot of time to decode text. I am sure that we need to use a lot of words to explain 'squid' this word to our students. But after showing the picture, I believe that they will know what it is since they link the picture with their daily experience. Definitely, most of them have come across 'squid' in a market.
However, I also find difficulty in constructing effective visual displays. There are some factors leading to such a problem.
First, we don't have a clear idea about the concepts presented. Task 2 is an example because I am not familiar with the compositions of the atmosphere layer.
Second, audience may have an interpretation different from the presenter. It can create a lot of misconceptions.
Third, we cannot make good use of the software to present what we want. Just like now, I feel rather frustrated to employ firework or flash to create representations for task 2. Anyway, I will put my full effort into trying it.

Thursday, June 01, 2006


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