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Final Semester , Final Ramblings, Bye bye!

Times flies. Only when the train is almost reaching to the destination, then somehow we learn how to appreciate and cherish the moment. If you are given a chance, do you wish to go back foundation years and study all over again? I asked myself. Enough. I am exhausted. I don’t want to study anymore. Do you? Saying that I don’t want to study anymore do not imply that I will stop learning. Some of my ex-classmates even ask me: ‘You come out and become headmaster is it?’ 6 years. Oh boy, that is very long period. Some of them even get married. I guess by the time I come out to work, they already have grandsons or granddaughters. (Exaggerating) As for me, pretty princess need to pay very high price.

Getting selected to study TESL course is a calling. Becoming an educator is a calling. The job of a teacher is very challenging. I ask some of my friends, ‘Do you still want to further studies in master or perhaps PhD.?’ Those say YES really inspired me. As for me for the time being, I can only tell you that, ‘I will be a teacher forever’. I remember my ex-primary school teacher told me, ‘Once a teacher, forever a teacher’. The future is yet unknown. What qualities should the teacher of English in future possess? Do I have these qualities? What can I do about it? Those questions are very good questions to reflect on every day. My pronunciation is quite sucks. I remembered I pronounced Mosque as ‘Most queue’ during my foundation years for Language Description course. Every moment I still keep learning. I am a slow walker, but I will never walk backward in improving my language.

Coming from Chinese background, I don’t really expose to English language until I make a first step to Teacher’s Training College. Enid Blyton books? I only knew it when Miss Grace taught me this course, ‘Teaching Reading in ESL classroom. There are many ways I try to improve my English- speaking, writing, reading, listening, eating, drinking, dancing, singing, sleeping, and yada yada yada.  Not for the purpose to make English language looks superior to others. It’s all about three questions that I asked earlier. As I drunk in the realm of improving my proficiency, my national language gets deteriorated slowly. I believe this problem can be restored through practicing the language frequently. Studying TESL make me realized that English is very important. Through reading materials in English, I get an opportunity to know new information that I have not known before. Slowly I realized that English is already embedded in me.

With regards to the final semester, I look at it this way, is a form of reinforcement. ICT in ESL classroom? I thought is the same just like Technology in ESL classroom? I see it as a form of reinforcement. WordPress? I thought is just like Windows Live Space? I see it as a form of reinforcement. Final semester? I perceive it as positive reinforcements of pedagogy, methodology, belief, and so on. The root of blogging actually comes from keeping a diary. Diary is a very personal and not meant to be shared. Somehow, I remember one of my childhood friends told me keeping a diary is more towards feminine. If you are thinking like this friend of mine, you have to work on casting out your prejudice towards sexism. However, when a personal thingy like ‘diary’ made into assessment, it somehow defeats the authenticity of the blogging itself. Anyway, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Miss. Ng and Miss Marsyitah for imparting the knowledge of ICT, and not to forget to all my friends who take time to read and make comments. I see this as a platform for me to hook up on my writing skill. Most importantly, the most valuable lessons I can bring back for going through 6 years moulding and training are get hooked on reading, get hooked on writing, and learn how to reflect.

Could it be my last entry for myictdiary.wordpress.com? Affirmative. Reason is let say  I have a Ferrari car, out of a blue  I get caught up in traffic jam, so I am not able to maximize my fastest car performance. Perhaps thinking to open new advent of WordPress that no one knows, and journaling my process of learning. Only infinitely deity listens to my reflection. That’s matter. That’s enough.  It is pretty amazing to write your heart out to God, then go back later and see how God met you in the midst of your questions, needs and hopes. Just like how people snap photos for keeping the greatest memories. We forget things easily, one of the human weaknesses, that’s why behaviorism is mother of all learning theories. Last but not least, TSE BEH TLLA (Read backward) to Cohort 4 brothers and sisters in your future. Keep in touch on ‘ mukabuku ’ Oh boy…I shall consider to open one soon. I end my final post with two music videos. The first music video is ‘Graduation’ and the second music video is  ‘分享’ pronounced as fen xiang. It means sharing. Adios.

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Below are the lists of assignments that are still working-in-progress and to be due within 3 weeks . I am very happy and relief that these are the final assignments throughout my 6 years training as a ‘Professional farmer’. I pray that WordPress won’t be hacked or close down. As I look back these assignments when I am 100 years old if God’s willing, I can only use my magnifier and laugh out loud till roll down on the floor and ask, ‘Did I study all these?’

1. Comparative Religion: Write-up on beautiful Creation stories from Christianity and Islam.   Does Religion and Science opposed to each other?

2. ICT in the ESL Classroom: 9 lesson plans, 3 different scenarios, must involve ICT tools.

3. Future Studies in the ESL Classroom: Scrapbook + Presentation + Write-up

4. Issues and Challenges in Teaching Primary Mathematics: Action Research

And the last battle of war/date of exams or let me call this: Fun learning brain exercise to lower the affective filters.

5. ICT in the ESL Classroom: 12th of April 2011

6. Issues in the Teaching of English in Primary School: 18th of April 2011

7. Issues and Challenges in Teaching Primary Mathematics: 25th of April 2011

8. Comparative Religion: 4th of May 2011

9. Future Studies in the ESL Classroom: 12th of May 2011

10. Balik kampung tanam jagung, tomato, padi, sayur, dan buah-buahan:

18th of May 2011 (Hooray!)

A03? We’ve Only Just Began

Just began

 

I would say the song, ‘We’ve Only Just Began’ by Carpenters is kind of metaphor or best to describe my journey of A03. Yeah, we have only just begun as I reflect my ‘voyage’ for A03 by listing out 7 possible items which will ensure an effective student-centred, personalised, higher–order thinking lesson. If the dateline for this assignment is tomorrow, I will die suffocating right at this moment. I am just kidding. Take it easy. (relax-bah) Thank God we still have 2 more weeks to go. I believe the climax of this course is just started. Though we might think this course is going to end soon, I believe that we will never ever reach the destination. So long my eyes can blink; I promise I will never stop learning. My group consist of 6 members. So we divided ourselves into 3 pairs, and each pair has to come out with 3 lesson plans based on the three different situations given. Then what we are going to do next? Show me the torch light so that I will not lost in this journey. Below are 7 possible items which I perceived as my ‘torch light’ to come out with the lessons.

7 possible items are (in no particular order):

1. Specific

In this item, I need to really think about the general and specific objectives of the lessons. During our group previous discussion on A03 with Ms. Ng, I could hear she keep saying, ‘You need to explain more (x3), you need to justify (x3)’. Therefore, it is very vital for me and my partner to take note on this. Always keep this question on my mind, ‘What is the rationale behind this activity?’

2. Measurable

Be careful if you were to interpret this item literally. It does not mean to measure pupils’ height or weight. In this item, what I can ask myself is, ‘How does this activity help pupils to acquire the objectives of this lesson?’ Hence, I will concern on the quality of inputs given to pupils. Do I choose the right tool for this particular lesson?

3. Achievable

It is another possible item that I think would help me in planning my lesson. I need to ensure that the activities are achievable, so that pupils feel a sense of achievement. What can I do is to select material that is motivating and within the capability of pupils. As far as possible, I will try to relate material to the pupils’ interests and life.

4. Realistic

In this item, I have to carefully examine whether the ICT tool chosen is realistic to be used or not. For example, I am not going to use Build your Wildself to ask pupils to design a costume related to the topic, ‘Culture and Tradition’. Not only irrelevant, but also will kill pupils’ imagination straight away.

5. Time

Talking about time, I need to take consideration about the timing of activities. What can I ask myself is, ‘How much time is available?’ If I overlook on this item, I might be facing the problem like either pupils do not have time to accomplish the task given, or pupils finish the task earlier and got nothing to do.

6. Feedback

For feedback, perhaps what can I ask myself is, ‘How do I correct errors and answer request for clarification?’ It is not all about giving feedback to pupils, but rather we as a team can evaluate by the end of the lesson what are the things that can further improve in our lesson.

7. Fun

To ensure an effective student-centred, personalised, higher–order thinking lesson, I would think that fun is an item that cannot be neglected. For this item, we will ensure that the activities are varied such as games, story-telling, miming, song, and so on. Instilling fun element in our lesson, I believe that learning will take place much easier and pupils feel motivated to learn.


Perhaps my seven possible items might redundant to each other, but I hope that with these 7 items listed, it will somehow serve as a guideline for me to examine once again the direction of the lesson plans. I end this entry by quoting what Professor Moses said during Future Studies class. I feel the quotation sum up 7 items listed above in a very succinct way. The fundamental role as a teacher is to create an environment where active learning can take place. Sometimes we will miss out the largest scope if we were to focus too much on the details in our life. Do you get me?

E-book in the classroom

For better or worse, we are now in the age of the e-book. The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the e-book as “an electronic version of a printed book,” First time I encountered e-book was I think it was few years back when I was sitting in front of ‘idiot box’ watching The Oprah Show, and they were talking about Kindle thingy. From that moment, I told myself one day I want to own one. With that gadget, I can store hundreds of book with it and also means that I can help to reduce carbon footprint. Could it be no bookstore in the future? I do believe that there are people will choose the old-school type.

Looking at the title of this entry, ‘E-book in the classroom?’, I hope you will not get confused with what I have mentioned earlier. The e-book that I am going to focus here is basically for primary school kids and to be used in the classroom. There are platforms like goanimate.com and storybird.com to help you to make an e-book, but I would like to choose PowerPoint Presentation as my platform to make an e-book. Follow me step by step and I will show you how do I make a brand new e-book using Microsoft PowerPoint so that it will appear captivating to the kids.


Step 1: Open Microsoft PowerPoint and brainstorm my storyline

 

First step is very vital and normally would crack my brain as I need to plan my storyline. Question I ask myself is, ‘What is the main purpose you’re creating an e-book?’ For assignment? For pleasure? For teaching? Without clear goal, you are like a hunter holding a gun without knowing what to shoot. As for me, I am creating this e-book because of three reasons I have stated.

Step 2: Looking for images on internet

 

 

By now, I have come out with my topic and storyline as well. My story is related to animals because children like animals. What I am going to do now is look for images on the internet. The image found later I have to copy and paste to the slide. Make sure you look for big size images so that children can see clearly and easily as their eyes are very small. Besides, try to look for brighter and colourful images because children will like it. Just look at below example, would kids stay focus if your image is small and even ants also hardly can see it?

Step 3: Leave some space on the image

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For this step, I need to ensure that I leave some space to write my storyline in the slide. It is important to add content in your image so that children wont interpret the image wrongly. I need to make sure the font size of my content is clear and big as well, so that children can see it clearly when it is being projected on the wall.


Step 4: Make your e-book more student-centred

Student-centred requires children to be active, responsible participants in their own learning.To make my e-book student-centred means to make my story more interactive. What can I do in my e-book is to add a question on top of my illustration, so that children can guess and interact among themselves rather than just reading the story. Lev Vygotsky, a theorist from school of interactionism stated that language develops entirely from social interaction. Therefore, it is good to make them interact especially during English lessons.


Final step: Secure a copyright on my e-book production

the end

For the final step, I have added a copyright phrase in order to secure my e-book production. By putting a copyright, you also tell people that your presentation is not for commercial use. So what I have added is “ © 2011 The design of this presentation was created explicitly for academic purposes only.” on the bottom of my last slide.

Here is the brief story of my e-book:

A bear, a lion and a pig are three best friends.They like to compare with each other strengths and weaknesses.In the last meeting, they compared about the size. They plan for another meeting.This time around, they want to compare the power of roaring. A bear, a lion and a pig meet again.

Bear says: “If I roar in the forest, the entire forest is shivering with fear.”

Lion says: “If I roar in the jungle, the entire jungle is afraid of me.”

Pig says: “Big deal…. I only have to cough, and the entire planet lives in fear.

At the end of the story, teacher can instill the moral value of the story to the class ,’Don’t compare yourself to others, if not you will not discover your own strengths.’ So what do you think about my story? I end this entry by sharing this photo which I snapped from neighbouring county. The photo shows animals living harmoniously (aman,damai,dan sentosa-bah) without fighting each other. If animals can do it, so can human beings. Hence, I vote for peace.


Living in harmony

Playable Angry Birds birthday cake

It took long hours to make, but few minutes to demolish. Wasting cake only. Like lesson plan, it takes long hours planning, but if pupils don’t know how to appreciate that short hours implementation, waste teaching aids only.

Personalised Learning is different from Learning Personally

In the area of education and psychology, you will probably come across a lot of theories. To just name a few, you have cognitive, vygotsky, gardner, and yada yada bla bla bla. But I would still conclude that Behaviourism is the mother of all learning theories. For this week, I have learnt new theory called PERSONALISED LEARNING (PL). Through online chit-chat berak-borak session in the class, it helped me to increase my understanding on PL. At that moment, I asked, ‘Why there are so many learning theories?’

The next day, the answer came to me through Mr. Gomez’s class. He told us that the reason why there are so many learning theories is there is no best way to learn language. At the end, it will up to us as future ‘planter’ to decide how you are going to take good care of your ‘seeds’. Thanks also to Ms. Ng for rectifying that PL from Communities of Practice, then from there is actually derived from Constructivist. If I am ambitious someday somewhere over the rainbow, I want to create my learning theory called? (Sorry, ku sedang mimpi-ba)

Below are tips on how you can PL via technology with your pupils. Let me just call the tips below, 9 of them altogether as SEEDS.

1. Deliver instruction through multiple forms of media

2. Gather and use immediate feedback on students’ understanding

3. Give students options

4. Practice independent work skills

5. Create a weekly “must-do” and “may do” list

6. Pre-test students’ knowledge before each unit

7. Be flexible when plans go awry

8. Let students drive

9. Share the work of creating differentiated lessons

And now I present to you my sample of PL lesson:

Topic: Alien and you

Target Learners:   Year 5 (Advanced Proficiency)

Lesson Objectives: By the end of the lesson, pupils shall be able to draw the alien that described by Stephen Chow and complete the letter by their own creative imaginations.

Lead-in stage: Teacher starts the lesson by telling an invented plus humorous story by showing picture (Seed 1) to lower down pupils’s affective filter.

 

 

 

 

Hi kids, do you have pets at home? Yes? No?(Seed 6) Let me tell you something about my pet. Last month I bought a dog from a pet shop. At first he has got no name. Then I name my dog, ‘Birdy’. Do you know why? Because he likes to catch bird. When I came back from travelling one day, I felt flabbergasted and curious upon seeing tremendous changes happened to my Birdy. Usually Birdy will bark at me, but now he is chirping at me instead. I don’t know why my dog turned into like eagle dog. I am sick and bored with birdy since he doesn’t know how to bark anymore. Does anyone of you here want to rear Birdy? (Seed 2)

Talk to your friend next to you what would you feel if you met Birdy?

Talk to your friend whether you have seen strange things in your life?

Activity stage: Teacher asks pupils to form 5 groups and let them choose their own members. (Seed 3)

1. Teacher divides the class into 5 groups. Each group consists of 5 pupils.

2. After that, teacher tells pupils that he found an envelope in the street yesterday.Then he shows it to the pupils and tells them there is a letter inside the envelope.

3. Teacher asks pupils to log on to this website (chosen tool)

 

 

 

4. Teacher then explains step-by-step how to use the tool. Teacher only proceeds after pupils know how to use the tool. (Seed 4)

5. Teacher then shows the letter to the class using PowerPoint presentation. Below is the text that teacher puts up on presentation:

I have just seen a very strange little creature in the street outside. He has got a small round baby face wearing short pants. He has got a Trojan-type of hair. He has got two green round eyes. He has two little polar bear ears. He doesn’t have a mouth, but his nose is very long like an elephant. He has a beautiful peacock male tail. He has two octopus arms and two giant tree frog legs. He is flying towards me now. I think he is going to climb through my………….

By Stephen Chow

6. Teacher shows only first and last sentence of text (highlighted) and asks pupils to

read. Teacher asks pupils:

What do you think the creature is?

Why isn’t the letter finished? What happened?

7. Teacher tells pupils to listen to him carefully as he will read the whole letter.

8. Teacher reads the second time and ask pupils in group to draw the alien using the tool

The creature should look something like this:

 

 

9. Teacher asks for a volunteer from each group to come in front and draw their alien on the board. Teacher gets the rest of the class to help and correct if necessary. (Seed 7)

Follow-up stage: Teacher then asks each and every pupil to go back home (Seed 5) and create their own imaginative alien using the tool. Teacher asks them to finish up the letter and asks them to share (Seed 9) in the class for the next lesson.

At the end of the lesson, teacher can discuss the movie ‘CJ7’ in the class. If I were to implement this lesson someday, I will tell my pupils the insight from the movie CJ7. And what not to better educate them, ‘Hey kids, wake-up wake up! There is no alien in this world. So don’t ever think to ask ‘alien’ to help you excel in your exam.’

Anything wrong with my lesson? Questions and comments are highly appreciated as it will lead me to better understanding on this brand new learning theory.

Millionaire? Learn and Question

 

 

My ‘giant’ apologise if you are here either to  get some tips on how to be a millionaire, or how to reach financial freedom, get out of debt, save, and invest, but I generously can lend my ears for you to share how you spend your money. In this entry, I would like to actually ponder what I have learnt and questioned in my 7th week of my ICT class. Gotcha. My final semester now is fast approaching to the end. 7th week to go. Do you feel the same? If you say ‘No’, I think you don’t want to be a millionaire.

When I was first stumbled on the task given, ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’, the melody of the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ straight away injected and playing into my head. I watched it twice. From the movie I think about how to earn more money. I think about going out to work instead of contributing my ideas on how we as a group is to adapt and integrate the game to be more kids-appeal in the classroom. Then again I asked this question ‘Can teachers be millionaires too?’ My answer for you is YES depending on how you are to define it. Therefore my sincere apologize to my group members here for not giving my full focus in this task. (fikiran malayang-layang ba). In the world of exercise and fitness, we came out with the theme ‘Vegetable and fruits’. Congrats to one of my members came out with the riddle-form of questions in order to challenge pupils’ mind. Our group then has decided to finally put Year 4 pupils as for the target ‘Guinea pigs’. The whole process of game modification I realized is same as if you want to be a millionaire. Not easy, but is possible.

Next was during the presentation in the class. I was very convinced actually how the game ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ can be used in the classroom through watching all the group presentations. I would say that the success of this kind of game in the classroom very much depends on the creative modification which suited with the pupils’ level. I also noticed that all the groups came up with not only different, but also catchy title of the game such as ‘Who wants to be a pirate-aire? (the most creative and interesting presentation), ‘Who wants to be a star?’ (That’s my group! Ku-bangga ba), and so on. However, the stumbling block for me throughout the presentation I guess was the feedback part. I felt very hard to give my feedback spontaneously once the group finished their presentations. Personally, I need more time to process my thought so that my feedback will be more constructive rather than ‘Good-job-type’ of feedback. During the presentation, I questioned ‘How my friends could give feedback so fast in constructive manner? Do they eat raisins or what? (List Good things and things which need to be improved on) For those of my friends did that, thumbs-up from me. Besides, I also questioned whether we can be given more time to give feedback? Again I am blaming the time. Mirroring my own weaknesses, perhaps I am too lazy, sleepy and losing focus when comes to feedback session during the class. Anyway, on behalf of Group 4, I would like to say thanks for your feedback. All the feedback given were very encouraging and valuable to us.

Looking at the other side of coin with regards to giving feedback, the session is actually developing myself to be a critical as well as fast thinker in giving feedback. I could foresee myself in the future would be selected to be a judge for maybe story-telling competition or singing competition in at least school level? That is the time when I apply whatever knowledge that I been equipped with to say no more no less ,with full impact. I hope my pupils wont get hurt by my feedback.Always prepared sweets in my pocket. Back to this game ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’, I think through the proper modification and adaptation, it can be applied to not only subject like English, but also in Science, Mathematics, and Bahasa Malaysia. Besides using the concept in the classroom, teachers can also use it as one of the activities during English week or language camp held in the school. In short, the game ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ is very flexible.  Awesome! Last but not least, my two cents of thought on money.


Money itself is not an evil, but the love of money is the root of all evil.

Money is not everything. Yes, we need it to survive. Therefore, spend your

money wisely, not unnecessarily. Earn money in a right way as well.

(Bukan secara HARAM, nanti KARAM diakhir hayat-ba)

FIFA- Football Is Freaking Awesome!

Picking a computer game and make a simple lesson from it is a bit challenging for me to do. All this while, I was playing and still playing this particular game for the sake of entertainment and temporary break from busyness of heavy workloads. The computer game that I play is Fifa08. Without a doubt, the name itself tells it all, is a football game. I have been playing this game for almost 5 years since my foundation. (lama addicted gila). How about playing football in real life? Sorry I am wearing spectacles. There was one time I watch football match at the mamak stall, I uttered this phrase, ‘What an ambitious effort!’ Walaowei that was the phrase I learnt from playing Fifa08!

I once asked one of my best friends how he actually every time could get tip-top performance in his English papers. He always answers me, ‘I just play PS2 games. Feel free to come to my house!’ I was flattered by his replied, but as time goes by through my observation to those friends playing computer games, I believe is in fact will somehow develop English literacy among kids in terms of vocabulary used. Fifa08 may sound complicated to some, but I like one of the features which is commentary. It made the game looks realistic. But when comes to dislike is to make a simple lesson from it. Anyway, after cracking my head, here is the best simple lesson that I can come out with by using Fifa08.

Let me assume that the computers in computer lab are all installed by Fifa08 game. My target pupils are upper primary kids. As for the learning objectives, I have come out with two as listed below:

1. Pupils shall be able to learn simple football terminology.

2. Pupils shall have sporting spirit by winning the game either on PC or on the field. GOAL.

I divide my simple lesson into three parts: BEFORE, DURING, AFTER 

 

BEFORE

For this stage, I would first play the demo video of Fifa08. I emphasize to my kids that they can learn English in a “football community”. Then I introduce them simple phrases like, ‘pass the ball, stop the ball, hold the ball, and kick the goal.’ Besides, I also teach them the difficult words that they might come across while playing the game.

 

 

DURING

For this stage I would call it individual hands-on activity whereby the pupils play the game by themselves. Before they start playing, I instruct them to have a pencil and a piece of paper. They need to jot down at least 3 remarks by the football commentator. For example, remark like, ‘Good defending’. Wearing an earphone, each of them will able to listen to what commentator say while playing the game. I believe through listening, indirectly they can slowly improve their spoken language.

AFTER

Lastly, I would divide the class into 2 groups. I would be a referee. Pupils are to play real football game on the field. During the play, they need to use the football terminology learnt by saying out loud. For example, ‘Good defending’ and so on. My job as a referee is to jot it down and give marks to the pupils that use the football terminology correctly.

That’s the end of the simple lesson. Hope my pupils can one day represent Malaysia and win the next Suzuki cup. (Harimau boleh-ba!) Does anyone has Fifa 2011? I felt like Fifa08 a bit out-dated. I end this entry with a question. If you were the kid, do you enjoy my lesson? Take your time to answer. I go and play Fifa08 now.

Tux paint, creativity at every click

 

 

Of all the ICT tools listed (Domoanimate, Glogster, Sketchfu, Kerpoof, Tuxpaint, Myths and Legends, SuperHeroSquad, Hero, Yoyogames, ZimmerTwins, and Toondoo), I have chosen Tux paint.(Cinta pandang pertama-ba) Tested and I gave this tool 4 shining stars. Today is only the fifth day of Chinese New Year, but all of us are already back to University. Class begins on the fifth day of the day I supposed to hang out with my ex-classmates and play lap lap fu. Anyway, I could say I am fortunate because like few of my friends in overseas have not back for annual reunion dinner with family for almost 5 years. So I shall be thankful. Back to the topic, I would like to make a review of the ICT tool that I have tested for about 2 hours. As you can see from the image above, the left side is the model for me to ‘copy cat’ using none other than Tux paint- creativity at every click to produce my own version.

Let’s first look at the functions of the tool. Before I explain, I would like to tell you that Tux is a penguin character that you can see from my production. When penguin combine with the word, ‘paint’, it becomes a free drawing platform for young children. It has a simple, easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who helps guide children as they use the tool. It provides a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help children be creative. One of my forum friends actually had long installed the tool in her family computers for her home-schooled kids. According to her, it’s a great operating system! It’s fast, easy to use, and runs on all open-source (i.e. free) software. The kids can’t get enough of Tux paint! I regret to only discover this tool now. If not I can install this program in my home PC, so that it helps me to entertain my cousin’s kids during Chinese New Year open house happened 2 days ago instead of letting them roaming around the house and crying.

Good is opposite of bad. Beautiful is the opposite of ugly. Nothing is perfect except God. If not I would give this tool 100 shining stars. As I tested the tool for about 2 hours, there are some limitations that I encounter. First thing is the sound effect. Before you can use the tool, you will come across with Tux paint Config. So I was happy to see there was a feature of sound effect. I enabled the sound effect. I thought as I do my painting, I would accompany by music like Beethoven. It turned out the sound effect was quite irritating. When I click erase, I could hear the sound of a barking dog. (Woof woof, woof woof) It would be better if it sounds like this : give you ang pao, give you ang pao when I click erase. Another drawback of this tool is there is no other theme of the fonts like Algerian, Rockwell, or Verdana. I guess the reason is due to the nature of this tool which is targeted to the kids. The next limitation that I encounter is you cannot save the drawing as jpeg format. So you can only open the saved file from the program itself. That’s all the limitations that I encountered.

When can this tool be used? You can use this tool as long as you have free time. This tool can relax your mind and mobilize your right brain during leisure time. I remembered when I was in Year 3, I participated an inter-school colouring competition. So all of us about 100 over participants were given A3 paper to colour, the effect is no wonder the earth is getting hotter and hotter now.  Heard of global warming and cutting down trees?(Padahal kesejukan sepanjang bulan Januari-ba Freezing) This tool is so eco-friendly and it can be used for cultivating talent of creative drawing and colouring competition in order to save trees. Human need oxygen to survive. If this tool was really can be used for the drawing competition to cultivate creativity skill among the kids, I doubt about its practicality due to the fact that all the participants must be provided by a laptop.

In terms of the user friendliness from the teacher point of view, I would say that the kids will insanely addicted to it. The toolbar of this programs are easy to use and I believe kids will master it very quickly. One of the user comments that I select said: “I just had to tell you that our daughter is absolutely in love with Tux Paint. I know I told you that, but it’s freaking me out that she is only 3 and can operate it all on her own. She knows how to change the background, change stamps, go from one brush type to another and change colors – she learned how to use it so quickly!” – Patti M., Sacramento, California, USA Walaowei, only 3-year-old can operate? Amazed. What a shame if you cannot use this tool at the age of 20 something? So I would say that this tool is very suitable for primary school kids from Year 1 to Year 6. Perhaps for lower primary (Year 1 to 3), it would be better the kids are guided by parents or teacher, so that they wont simply click and cause damaged to computer. You heard of phrase ‘Every home has a computer?’ I will add on to that : Every computer MUST have a Tux paint, creativity at every click. Before I can’t get enough of Tux paint, there is also a tool called Tux Maths. I will explore that when I got free time. For now, it’s time for me to eat mandarin orange.