5 Ways to Use Social Media in Classrooms (Session 1)

5 Ways to Use Social Media in Classrooms (Session 1)
By Ahmad Amirali

This year, I am experimenting and have introduced ‘Online Discussion Forums’ in my classroom to help my kids reflect and personalise whatever they’ve been taught at the school (Previous Article: The Online Discussion Boards – A Classroom Pedagogical Tool | How to Use Guide | Pros & Cons). Similarly, there are number of ways through which teacher can involve students in personalisation mode and using social media as a pedagogy for student learning and engagement is one of them. One may ask ‘Why social media?’, Well, It’s not a secret that today’s students are hooked-up with social media due to its popularity and the sense of communal belongingness. Therefore, many teachers are incorporating social media platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook into their curriculum. From ‘bulletin boards’ to ‘fake Facebook profiles’ for historical figures, teachers are turning what students post on social media into classroom assignments. Read More …

The Online Discussion Boards – A Classroom Pedagogical Tool | How to Use Guide | Pros & Cons

The Online Discussion Boards – A Classroom Pedagogical Tool | How to Use Guide | Pros & Cons
By Ahmad Amirali

Since we are living in an advanced ‘Space-age’ where ICT (Information Communication Technology) is now becoming an integral part of our lives. Therefore, the ethical use of technology as part of the lesson plan provides a paperless and collaborative learning experience for students. However, in developing countries like India and Pakistan, the use of virtual tools usually discouraged by teachers in the classroom due to lack of professional development and in some regional context the lack of resources like multimedia projectors or even cellular devices. It is essential first to reflect how, as a teacher, I perceive the idea of using technology in the classroom? Do I believe that using technology means the use of heavy tech-gear in my classroom as a pedagogy? This perception not only limits the idea of a technology-engaged class but also discourage teachers even from getting involved in this process. Read More …

Why is Personalisation the Key to Student Success?

Why is Personalisation the Key to Student Success?
By Ahmad Amirali

The term ended, and so the remarkable journey comes to an end as well. Not to mention that many more adventures are yet to come 😛 . However, I always ask a question to myself – its kind of my reflection, what one important learning my students took with them during the whole term? How will that learning be going to impact their lives in the real world? Well, with these two big questions, one concluding question popped in my mind what makes them remember these learnings? And the answer is the heading of today’s post – ‘Personalisation’. Read More …

The Impact of Video Games on Students Academic Progress

The Impact of Video Games on Students Academic Progress
By Ahmad Amirali

In previous term, there were many occasions when parents complain about their children gaming habits and its now become common belief that video games may be going to rot your brain. Well, I must say, Think again! Online and desktop computer games have many constructive effects on students’ learning and decision-making skills, but parents and some educators are still uninformed of these impressive results. According to Sanchez research, children learn team ethics and collaborative techniques by playing and completing gaming levels or tasks. Read More …

Reflection Diaries: Am I Indeed a Bad Teacher?

Reflection Diaries: Am I Indeed a Bad Teacher?
By Ahmad Amirali

Today, when I finished teaching my classes, a thought struck my mind, am I truly a good teacher? What makes me a good teacher? I started my reality checklist; are my lessons plans submitted on time? Are my students happy with me and my teaching? Are students’ parents satisfied with me? Is my school management confident with me? However, this checklist unable to prove that I am a good teacher? I always think that if my students love my teaching and engage in my planned activities and lessons, then it means I achieve my goals to become a good teacher. Today, the question is not how good I am in my teaching; the problem is how bad I am in the eyes of my students? But why my students would see me as a bad teacher? Read More …

6 Tips to Teach in Multilingual Classroom

6 tips to teach in Multilingual Classroom
By Ahmad Amirali

Teaching students in a language other than their language may create a learning issue in students. I still remember, When I first visited the upper Chitral region last year (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan) many students were not even familiar with their national language, i.e. Urdu. It was an immense learning opportunity for me. However, it taught me that every achievement has its first beginning. Even though literacy is central to students’ educational and career success, it can be one of the most thought-provoking things for students to develop. When it comes to developing countries like Pakistan, the literacy issue is among students rises when they migrated from their traditional classrooms, where instructions are in their primary language, to the new or foreign context where language and practices are not familiar to them. Read More …

Bitmojis: Creative Way to add Popular Culture in Classrooms

Bitmojis: Creative Way to add Popular Culture in Classrooms
By Ahmad Amirali

As technology is flourishing, the traditional classrooms are now taking new shape. School classes now become more dynamic, and the use of smart ICT (Information Communication Technology) resources are now standard. From Smart Board to Holographic projectors, students are now engaging more in experiential learning virtually than before. Developing countries like Pakistan, classrooms are still a long way to go in terms of such high-profile smart ICT classroom tools. However, teachers like me, actively use user-friendly smart apps and ICT integrated pedagogies that may create some definite differences in students’ classroom learning experiences. Read More …

Cellular Devices are Not Allowed in the Classrooms – New Law Introduced by French Government

Cellular devices are not allowed in the Classrooms – New Law Introduced by French Government
By Ahmad Amirali

There is a new campaign introduced by the French President Emmanuel Macron in September 2018; children are not allowed to bring any smart or cellular devices along with them in the classrooms. According to the French news service The Local, ‘This law will reduce distraction in the classroom, combat bullying, and encourage children to be more physically active during recess’. However, does this law make any difference regarding student classroom engagement? Read More …

The Difference a Year Makes: The Dangers of Early Schooling

When starting school, younger children are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD
By Ahmad Amirali

Last Week, a parent came to me and shared that Inara (made-up name) lacks concentration in class-tasks and her class teacher always complains about Inara’s lack of concentration in classwork. This phenomenon is called ‘Distractibility’ and is common nowadays in both Eastern and Western countries. Commonly, these symptoms associated with the term ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), according to which, students continuously forget things, make careless mistakes and seem like they are daydreaming in sessions and activities. Read More …

The Story of an Unlikely Friendship – Kitbull

The Story of an Unlikely Friendship – Kitbull

Kitbull is an American animated short film written and directed by Rosana Sullivan, and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson with the collaboration of Pixar Animation Studios. It is the third instalment in Pixar’s “SparkShorts” program. This short film focuses on a severely self-determining stray-kitten and a home-bitten pit bull, who form an unlikely friendship.