Something that makes me very interested in teaching at Raharja College is its well known with always keeps up the recent technology which accordingly changes with the times. I joinedRaharja in 2008 as an English lecturer. And I felt very blessing once I get involved more in it really made me progress in my teaching knowledge and experience since I am always connected with the recent technology.
Moreover, in line with the new technologies in computer hardware, namely the famous tablet computer known iPad, at the end of 2011 Raharja initiated the new teaching and learning system in the classroom called as iLearning. It is a learning system that is integrating learning activities, play, and works and prays as one that cannot be separated and can be able to balance the performance of right brain and left brain. With an advanced media technology that is capable of helping students to learn differently and enjoyable. Something so many people dreamed about that the teaching and learning can be held more fun and can be done wherever and whenever we want. It is very sophisticated.
Previously, I taught English 1 and 2 courses in the regular class by using technology campus is named Raharja Multimedia Edutainment (RME) in which lecturers facilitated with personal folders on internal server campus. This is good. Teaching and learning material here are presented through meetings, discussions and exercises in the classroom using materials which are available in that internal folder. A consideration to the language learning situations which bear independent or autonomous learning, consequently the necessary of a system that supports optimal language learning is emerged. Development of an education system in Raharja presented iLearning. iLearning class is wishes to be a solution. Learning English as a Foreign Language requires an independent learner. ByiLearning students can actively learn the material well in the classroom (onsite classes) and outside the classroom (offsite class).
Moreover learning English can be done with more fun because it uses highly interactive apps like iBooks for reading comprehension that is completed by video or movie asprereading activities. A reader can highlight the text while reading, give notes on and after reading then they can learn it by study cards, furthermore it can be immediately shared viaemail. In addition there is also a glossary; where students are asked to learn the words at home and to find other difficult words in a reading comprehension passage as well as to learn their meanings thus they are ready to study in the classroom. It makes learning and teaching situation more effective.
To evaluate the students’ understanding of reading comprehension passage that was read or learned. Students are required to present the material by making a video in the iMovieapplication. They record their own presentations with an interesting way so they can understand the material very well. And they share their video by uploading them inYouTube. This also makes them more skilled, creative and confident. Above and beyond they apparently can do it all with ease.
To sum up iLearning classroom teaching experience really made me very interested as well as challenged. More to the point, at the same time iLearning make my students feel more meaningful in their English learning journey headway in the pleasant experience it.
If Mr. UR says that “No reason not to be iLearning”. Ai says that “Ngga ada alasan untuk tidak iLearning”. Hani says that “I think using iPad helps me to learn”. And I say that “iLearning is best for teacher and student learning”. It’s marvelous!
Robert C. Meurant., 4, December, 2010. 49. iPad Tablet Computing to Foster Korean EFL Digital Literacy. Founding Director, The Institute of Traditional Studies • Seojeong College University. http://www.sersc.org/journals/IJUNESST/vol3_no4/4.pdf. Retrieved on January 8, 2013.