As each week goes by, our logging in to elluminate speeds up. This means we can share for a longer period of time. Still, there were technical issues as Mr Zainuddin’s laptop would not work! So Zainuddin, the teacher was an observer! Hope it works next week. Microphones are still not working, but it is easier to start with the chat and work our way up to the more challenging features.
Three questions were asked of the students:-
- What is your favourite food?
- What is special about your school?
- List the technology that you use at home.
What we learnt:- the different foods of Malaysia!
- nasi lemak
- kuey teow
- nasi bryani
- catch of the day from Dome and chicken fried rice!
Students in Malaysia call their mobile phones, hand phones.
Here are screen dumps of the white board
Link to the recording
Finally, we are working through all our technical issues on both sides. Students from both schools, Hawkesdale P12, Australia and Taman Burkitt Maluri School, Kuala Lumpur entered the virtual elluminate online classroom a lot earlier for the third session. We were thrilled to welcome Lindy Stirling, the State Advisor for Asian Studies to our joint class today. Zainuddin, our teacher from Malaysia asked students three questions:-
- Do you prefer the city or the country? Why?
- What do you look for in a friend?
- What skill is important to learn?
Here are the whiteboard screen dumps:-
City or country?
What do you look for in a friend?
Lindy then asked what symbol best describes their country. This took a little explaining but here are the responses as written in text on the whiteboard:-
- Tiger represents our beautiful country and not forgetting the hibiscus flower that represents the 5 pledges
- Tiger because it represents bravery, wisdom and one Malaysia
- Because I am happy to live here
- Opera House because it is iconic
- Kangaroo because it is on our coat of arms
- The outback
- The emu because it cant walk backwards, and to use it as the Australian’s symbol because it is important that Australia does not take backwards steps.
- Uluru and the outback as it represents Australia’s most beautiful land
Explainingwhy they are iconic was more challenging. Can you work which are the Australian responses and which are the Malaysian?
Final outcome: The next day, Melissa, excitedly approached me in the corridor to say that two students from Malaysia had added her on facebook. Now, where could that lead to, I wonder!
How different it is to see the more mature students of our schools link up together on videoconferencing. The conversations hold greater content and depth. The demonstrations are more complex, realistic and therefore the learning deeper. Zainuddin and I both teach computer studies to year 11 at the same time on a Thursday.
As it was our first linkup, we decided to simply share cultures in a form of show and tell. But this time, the show and tell took on the form of full demonstrations.
Watching Malaysia we saw:-
- Demonstrations of their traditional drink (Teh tarik) and how to make it
- A traditional game and how to actually play it (involved marbles and a wooden playing structure – congkak
- Their traditional costumes for the Malay and the Chinese cultures, including their evening or ‘best’ dress
- We were also treated to viewing the various ways of tying sarongs.
Demonstrating from Hawkesdale we:
- Showed ‘footy’ and how to handball and kick it
- Demonstrated cricket and how to play it
- Displayed an aussie meat pie, talked about the contents, showed the addition of sauce
But, it was the grand finale from Malaysia that was the absolute highlight. They treated us to a demonstration of street dancing. We looked on with amazement and wonder as they danced to the music that our students love to listen to and the style of dancing that we would love to learn.
- Working with a country who learn English and speak it well
- Watching demonstrations, not just listening to a speaker
- One of my students who usually ‘hides’ in the corner and refuses to come up and speak over the microphone and skype, actually going way outside his comfort zone and taking part this time.
- Trying to adjust to each other’s accents
- Manipulating the camera and mic for maximum and effective connection .
- Experiencing the full value of demonstrations
- Wishing that we had been more organized with a better display of Australiana as the Malays had put so much time and effort into theirs
Possible future connections
- Could the Malay students teach mine how to street dance
- Can we share what we are learning in ICT and use peer to peer mentoring?
- Could we effectively team teach?
- Are we both following a similar course outline?