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 …

How Risky the Teenage Obsession of Social Media Is

How Risky the Teenage Obsession of Social Media Is
By Ahmad Amirali

Yesterday, one of my students texted me that he sent me a friendship request and it’s still pending, kindly accept it. He is now in his high school, and so I texted him back that I will look into it will confirm it. I usually don’t accept friendship requests from my students as long as they are studying with me. After which, I accepted their requests. This was an exception, However, the thought that struck my mind that my students already have my number he can contact me via call or text at any time then why is that important to him that I should accept his social media request? We can socialise face to face or via call, we humans don’t require an app or a medium to socialise with other humans. Does my students’ reaction on not accepting his friend request is the result of recent technological boom, or it is an obsession of social media itself? Read More …

The Dark side of the Internet: The Dark Net

The Dark side of the Internet: The Dark Net

Ever wonder one day you open your computer browser, and you will find your whole ID secrets over the internet? How will you react? But before any reaction, the first thing that struck your mind would be ‘how is it possible?’ Well, in the Dark Net, everything is possible. Being a teacher and an ICT enthusiast, I keep myself updated for the latest tech news and innovative developments in the tech world. Recently I came across a book ‘The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett in which he explains about a dark Silicon Valley which is hidden from us and very much alive and exist in our very own world wide web. Read More …

Why Teens Do Not Understand Analogue Clocks

Why Teens Do Not Understand Analogue Clocks
By Ahmad Amirali

Recently, I read a surprising news article in The Telegraph that the UK is getting rid of analogue clocks in school because kids are no longer understand and tell the time. Is it something alarming or I am just exaggerating my thoughts that kids these days might be good in placing new examples in a from new gun laws or inventing new and cheap environmental ideas, but they can’t read time from analogue clocks or hold a pencil? According to Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders, “The current generation isn’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations.” The situation, somehow, similar in most parts of the world including India and Pakistan as well where kids under the of 12 still finding it hard to understand and tell time from analogue clocks. I was wondering, is it essential to know how to read time on analogue clocks for children? 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 …

Cyber-bullying: The Dark-side of Technology – Parents Beware

Cyber-bullying: The Dark-side of Technology – Parents Beware
By Ahmad Amirali

For the past three years of my teaching, the tendency in students complains about cyberbullying (CB) increased with an alarming rate. What is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is a form of harassment using electronic or virtual means. This type of harassment is also commonly known as ‘online-bullying’ in many Asian countries including Pakistan and India. It termed ‘bullying’ which means when a youngster, typically teen, exchange harassed behaviour with others especially on social media. The harassed behaviour may include; rumours, threats, sexually explicit remarks or judgemental sentences, unethical and unlawful use of personal/sensitive information, and the use of ‘hate-speech’. 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 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.

 

100+ Websites Collection for Educators and Learners

Websites Collection for Students and Teachers
By Ahmad Amirali

In today’s technological era, where every information is available on a ‘click’, it is important to know the authenticity of virtually-available information. Most of the time people ignored this fact and ended up navigating the wrong source of information. Students are most likely the victim of such, what I may say, ‘virtual heresy’. Keeping this in mind, I gathered more than 100 websites which are useful for both students and teachers who want authentic information.  I am sharing these website links on MyReadables. Below is the available link of the website collection page. Read More …

Email Scams – To be Proactive rather then Protective.

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Technology has Caught a Drastic Pace in the Past 15 years, and so the Frequency of Spammers in our e-mail Box.
By Ahmad Amirali

Communication between people in distinct race and language becomes possible. People nowadays have become more informed and, thus, this liberation of communication makes them free from seclusion. However, this freedom of advancement also has a price to pay in the form of scams.

Now day’s Electronic Mail or simply email is the most significant part of our lives, and hence email scams are flourished healthily.  Email scams or spams normally look like an ordinary email contains proposals, invitations of monetary benefits. Read More …