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Champa Rathnayake: PBL 30 years ago and citizens of 21st Century

by Champa Rathnayake Expert Educator Columnist, Sri Lanka This is something I am trying to analyse. Beyond 25 years, I had noticed how my mother taught to her students. She was teaching in primary classes. So, I heard always the phrases “subject integration”, “learning by doing “with regard to her professional talks with her colleagues; and I was not a teacher. I review that, John Dewey’s idea of “learning by doing” advanced and applied in education as a teaching learning methodology called Project –based learning (PBL), was well implemented in her classroom. Her class often went out of the school; surely with permission and with an assistant teacher. (As a child of her, I remember I was worrying about her walking and getting tired, with a class of kids).She had walked along village roads with her students creating a playful and enjoyable atmosphere. She had visited some places with streams or small lakes, tea plantations, paddy fields and official places like surveying institute. Students had come back with a lot of knowledge and experience and …


Shiroma Weerathunge: I Use OneNote to Inspire Learning

by Shiroma Weerathunge Expert Educator Columnist, Sri Lanka The teachers in 21st century are leaving from “Chalk & Talk” methods and move to the child centered learning allowing students learn themselves. Today teacher has become a guide who shows the correct path and way to go. If a teacher can inspire students learning with technology they will be exiting to learn with enthusiasm. Today inspirational teachers use Microsoft OneNote to inspire students’ learning. OneNote is a digital notebook that would allow teachers to organize web articles, videos and other content in one location. This is a very helpful application for teachers to teach with technology as well as learn too.


Shiroma Weerathunge: Global Teacher Friends

by Shiroma Weerathunge Expert Educator Columnist, Sri Lanka It is not easy to have global friends around the world for each person in their life time. But as Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators (MIEEs) in the world we could have to get that great opportunity as the great Microsoft Cooperation. The Microsoft Cooperation has built this great bridge to connect the educators in the world. “Who can connect together the educators in many schools in the world?” “Who can create the friendship among the educators in the world?” Yes. It could do only the Microsoft Cooperation. Microsoft has built a golden bridge for the educators to share the knowledge and new technology. The PIL Network website was the base for that. Through this platform it can be share the educational methodologies, technologies in the world of education and it has created a great place to make the voices of educators and students. Through the annual worldwide teachers’ competitive online competitions it is selected the great educators who uses technology in their classrooms and hold Microsoft in …


Champa Rathnayake: Need To Use Technology In The Classroom

by Champa Rathnayake Expert Educator Columnist, Sri Lanka Some decades ago, the teachers get their pupils to use slates to write on. As a pre-school child I used a slate with pencils, which made with slate too. Sometimes it made a screeching sound when it scratches the slate surface. Sand boards are still used to train students the shapes of letters and numbers, in the kindergarten and primary classes. The way that I used them as a pupil, is a memory I still cherish. Even though blackboards and chalk are still in use in our schools, they are gradually being replaced by whiteboards and marker pens. Many people talk about Interactive multimedia projectors and interactive whiteboards in the classroom as well. New computer labs and wireless network facilities are installed in schools. Students are provided with well-equipped classrooms comparing to those of two decades ago. Yet, the student in the present school is always subjected to criticize by the common elder, that student is not like the kid in our good old days. They use …