Wednesday, 11 February 2015

                        Project title: Today’s learners! Tomorrow’s great thinkers and scientists!

What I learnt in life is that one of the powerful tool of learning is through sharing of knowledge so that we can harvest some innovative ideas from each other and use them in our various learning institution. I want to share with you how I used Window Movie maker in my learning activity to summarize the lesson in class with learners.

How I used Window Movie maker to convey the message of my lessons to learners.

This is one of my innovative project that emerged from my lesson in class with  learners. I am offering Economics and Management Sciences in grade 7. The theme of the lesson was poverty and inequality in South Africa. I taught them on how the new democratic government came up with various projects to alleviate poverty and bridging  the gap between the have and the have not(Gini Coefficient). After theory I challenged them to think  and create  projects that can be used by the local community and learners to alleviate poverty and bridge inequality. Through the skills from Food and Trees for Africa, University of Limpopo , various website like Khan Academy, educators and support staff learners used the backyard garden to plant vegetables and some green herbs. They harvested and made some herbal medicines through green herbs as way of benefiting the needy who cannot access professional doctors due to unemployment.. Through vegetables they learnt on how to dry surplus vegetables to preserve food for longer use as a way of fighting poverty. My main objective is not just to teach but to equip learners with the survival skills that will benefit them and inspire their future career plans. Today’s generation learn best by doing not by absorbing the knowledge.

From the Microsoft free resources that I downloaded to beef up , enhance, rejuvenate and transform my lessons I used an app called Window movie maker. This is one of my favorite app that I en and learners enjoy so much. This is how it is done:

Step 1

First use your camera, video, memory sticks, PC/tablets whenever you are facilitating your learning activities in class

Step 2

Have time with learners to teach them on how to download the images from camera to PC/tablet. I taught them on how I download free resources from Microsoft in Partners for learning network. We downloaded sticky sorter, songsmith, auto collage, shape collage, animation, window movie maker and many.


I opened the programmes, clicked window movie maker and start uploading the images according to how we did our project step by step according to our project plan time table

Step 4

On the first slides I inserted the title of the project, participants and role players. On the last slides I inserted the place where the movie was done and thanked various people who took part.

Step 5

I recorded my voice through built n  microphone on top of my PC

Step 6

I inserted the words on images so that when the film roll, the words do the explanation. I saved it and uploaded in my resources to be published

The lesson I learnt after this activity

·         Today’s learners learn by using all their multi sensory organs to make sense of what they learnt

·         They want to create knowledge and put it down the way they understand

·         Teaching and learning should not be theory only but should be followed by practical work to convey the gist of the lesson hence project based learning approach

·         Manual way of doing things in class should be faced out and give way to a classroom filled with gadgets for learners to enjoy their schooling

·         “Teaching and learning has changed” said Anthony Salcito in Barcelona global conference in March  2014. It is true. I witnessed it several times in class with my learners.

·          They way they learn is not the way I learnt.” As educators we need to change our way of teaching” said Phuti Ragophala  the principal of Pula Madibogo Primary School in Limpopo province Polokwane South Africa.

View the video and enjoy!!!!

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