5 More Ways to Use Social Media in Classrooms (Session 2)

5 More Ways to Use Social Media in Classrooms (Session 2)
By Ahmad Amirali

In my previous post, 5 Ways to Use Social Media in Classrooms (Session 1), I shared 5 ways through which I used social media to involve and engage my students with the lesson. In this post, I will share 5 more ideas of creative use of social media in the classroom. However, before discussing these ideas, I would like to share and answer some of the concerns my colleagues asked me about using social media in the classroom. Their queries helped me to understand better why some teachers feel reluctant to use technologies in their classrooms and believe me, this behaviour shows the level of vigilance and cautiousness teachers follow while planning their lessons.

Question 1: How the use of social media helped student’s participation?

Nowadays, social media now become an essential tool/activity for every individual, including our students. These platforms encourage students who do not usually participate actively in the classroom to participate in their own way. 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 …

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 …

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 …

16 Incredibly Useful Links for Learning and Teaching

Teaching and Learning: 16 useful websites for Lesson Plans
By Ahmad Amirali

In today’s technological era, it is a necessity for teachers to design and plan their lesson with technological friendly activities and pedagogies. However, once my professor reminded me that technology should be one of the teaching strategies in your lesson instead of the lesson plan itself.

During teaching experience, I explore a number of tech-tools and websites which I often visit and use during my unit or lesson planning. I am sharing 16 of such web pages on MyReadables. Read More …

The Importance of Goal Setting in Students’ Lives

The Importance of Goal Setting in Students’ Lives
By Ahmad Amirali

Yesterday, after-school session, one student (aged between 13 to 14 years) came to me and asked, ‘Sir, I want to become a doctor, but my friend want to become a football coach, so should I become a football coach, a doctor or an Engineer because my mama want me to become an engineer’. Well, I must say, the struggle was real. Kids at this stage, often, encountered such issues like setting up new year’s goals, future goals, career goals, what they want to achieve and how they make their goals. Read More …

Does the Use of Technology During Classroom Lessons Increases Student Engagement and Learning?

Does the Use of Technology During Classroom Lessons Increases Student Engagement and Learning?
By Ahmad Amirali

During my days, the maximum technological tools provided and used by the school was a one-hour computer session once a week in which we learn basic computer programs and their functions. This trend has drastically changed over the past two decades. The black/green board and chalks/markers are now replaced by Smartboards, Google boards and high-tech multimedia equipment. Read More …