Saturday, May 24, 2008

Our members

Our group consists of two members: Mak Koon Wing Kenneth and Yan Chit Wang. The theme of our blog centres around the Olympic Games.

Google Earth for Hong Kong equestrian event!

This is where the equestrian event takes place in Hong Kong during the Olympic!


Monday, May 19, 2008

Reflections on web 2.0 tools

Reflections by Mak Koon Wing Kenneth:

At first glance, blog is so funny and I think it is difficult to do. But creating a personal blog is fun. When I see my own blog, I feel a sense of ownership and achievement as long as my blog remains functional.

The integration of different web 2.0 tools into the blog allows for educational purposes. The whole blog can centre around a main theme. Here are some tools that I like most.
Youtube and TeacherTube are useful whenever teachers want to incorporate certain videos related to the curriculum into their teaching activities.
The Slideshare helps teachers to distribute the Powerpoint online through the web and students take pride in presenting their Powerpoint materials via the web by Slideshare.
The Mindmeister helps to create mind maps so that students can construct knowledge together in an interactive online environment. Students learn in a collaborative way so that the zone of proximal development can be extended in an interactive learning environment.
Delicious helps collect web links useful for students and teachers to share information and web pages by forming a community of practice. It is fun to decide bookmarks of my own. It is informative to allow students to check others' bookmarks to facilitate smooth transmission of information throught the web.
The Zoho Writer is useful whenever students want to edit passages together. It seems particularly useful in English writing so that students can construct knowledge by writing articles in groups.
The RSS feeds keep me informed and updated of latest events. We don't need to go the website to check whether certain websites are updated or not, which is very convenient.
Podcasts allow me to present my voice over the internet. I yearn to incorporate all these into my teaching practices.
In short, I like using blog and web 2.0 tools to organize my portfolio since their potentials for education are high. I think the blog is presentable and beautiful, which elates and excites me. Students like to learn via creation of blogs too. Many teaching and learning materials can be delivered to students via blogs so as to make a learning curriculum beyond textbook-based level. The blog makes promotion of new books and gathering of feedback from students possible. With the implementation of liberal studies as a new subject in the new senior secondary curriculum, webtool 2.o technology can surely enable students to share information and construct knowledge together so that the culture of "learning to learn" can be fostered and cultivated.
More reflections by Yan Chit Wang:

This is our very good experience. We can learn so much about how to combine different media including texts, photos, movies, music into one piece and integrate all these into the internet.

We can respond through the blog so that we can learn how other people think. We can communicate by effective methods. In the future, it will be a very powerful method to improve our teaching skills.

Web 2.0 Tools

Introduction to different web 2.0 tools


Web 2.0 ToolsFunctions
FireflyChat with People on the same Site as you
IcebergCreate Custom Applications
BlogUppEasier Website Pomotion
MyrlConnecting Worlds





Here is the table for Olympic Games edited by Zoho writer:

Olympic Games

The Olympic Games[1] is an international multi-sport event subdivided into summer and wintersporting events. The summer and winter games are each held every four years (an Olympiad[2]). Until 1992, they were both held in the same year. Since then, they have been separated two years apart.

The original Olympic Games (Greek: Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες; Olympiakoi Agones) were first recorded in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece, and were celebrated until AD 393.[3] Interest in reviving the Olympic Games proper was first shown by the Greek poet and newspaper editor Panagiotis Soutsos in his poem "Dialogue of the Dead" in 1833.[4]Evangelos Zappas sponsored the first modern international Olympic Games in 1859. He paid for the refurbishment of the Panathinaiko Stadium for Games held there in 1870 and 1875.[4] This was noted in newspapers and publications around the world including the London Review, which stated that "the Olympian Games, discontinued for centuries, have recently been revived! Here is strange news indeed ... the classical games of antiquity were revived near Athens".[5]

The International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894 on the initiative of a French nobleman, Pierre Frédy, Baron de Coubertin. The first of the IOC's Olympic Games were the 1896 Summer Olympics, held in Athens, Greece. Participation in the Olympic Games has increased to include athletes from nearly all nations worldwide. With the improvement of satellite communications and global telecasts of the events, the Olympics are consistently gaining supporters.[6] The most recent Summer Olympics were the 2004 Games in Athens and the most recent Winter Olympics were the 2006 Games in Turin. The upcoming games in Beijing are planned to comprise 302 events in 28 sports.[7] As of 2006, the Winter Olympics were competed in 84 events in 7 sports.[8]

Here is the mascot for the Olympic Games:

Here is the screen of the website GO2WEB20.

We are students, Mak Koon Wing Kenneth and Yan Chit Wang. We are ready to learn something new in class. It is beautiful, successful and very useful, isn't it? We must thank the instructor for helping us to create this web page.