The new and finalized SPM timetable. My SPM papers are going to start on the 18th of November and end on the 14th of December. Those who are not taking Chinese will finish on the 8th! This means that they can go for camps, and I can't. T.T
Why does the Ministry of Education have to put the Chinese paper SO late? Before this, Chinese paper was on the 9th of Dec. Now it's on the 14th! Why can't they put all the language papers first? Sigh. My hopes of going for camps are gone, some more I have NS to "look forward" to. Sigh.
18/11/2009 Wednesday 0800-1015 Bahasa Melayu Kertas 1 1100-1200 Sejarah (Aneka Pilihan) 1400-1630 Bahasa Melayu Kertas 2
19/11/2009 Thursday 0800-0945 Bahasa Inggeris Kertas 1 1030-1215 Bahasa Inggeris Kertas 2 1400-1630 Sejarah Kertas 2
20/11/2009 Friday 0800-0915 English for Science and Technology Kertas 1 1000-1100 English for Science and Technology Kertas 2 (Aneka Pilihan)
Yesterday, the PersatuanPengawasPusatSumber celebrated the farewell of the form 5 librarians! We had food, games, and a souvenir to those who were in their form 5s!
I think the juniors planned the programmes pretty well. For once, I felt the games were fun and worth playing. Usually, the games are just so boring and childish. The MC of the day was ZhiYan and Jane. Game master was JiaTiek.
My school library, in the past 5 years, has changed tremendously. It started just with a few racks filled with books. After that, the other section was opened, and more books were bought and filled into the new racks. Later on, a new system was introduced for the borrowing and returning books. This year, CCTVs was installed, followed by the touch-in system. Truly, the library has changed a lot since I first arrived. Ah, a souvenir to keep in my memory box as remembrance in time to come.
I attended today's Teknik Menjawab organized by my church, Wesley Methodist Church. Quite a big group attended. I think there were students from Keat Hwa I, Keat Hwa II, St. Michael, Kolej and Sekolah Teknik. I'm sure if there were any other schools. Anyway, I think there were about 40 to 50 of us there.
This "Teknik Menjawab" was devided into two sections, Chemistry and Physics. Chemistry was taught by U. Ti Pheng and Physics was taken by U. Koay. I think both teachers explain those important little details that we, students miss out. I think most of us gained some new information and it will help us to score a few more marks in our SPM.
U. Ti Pheng taking the first session.
In the middle of U. Ti Pheng's session, Pastor came and prayed for us who were taking SPM, and bibles were given out to those who attended Community Tuition throughout the year.
I donated RM 50 to my school sometime during the middle of this year. It's something we, students of Keat Hwa II have to donate "willingly" every year. I put the word "willingly" in "..." because we, students are not given the freedom to give the donation or not.
Frankly, to me, I think we students should given that choice. It's unfair to make every student donate RM 50 to the school. I mean, it's okay to those well off kids, but how about those whoo are struggling to make ends meet? And those who are struggling to put food on the table? I thought education was supposed to be free already? I thought in the last Malaysian budget, education is now free?
The Pondok (which is now completed)
To me, I have not much complaints about donating to the school, as long I've seen the school authorities doing something with the money to improve the studying environment for us students. If there is nothing being done, then I might wonder where is all the cash going to. In my past 4 years in school (close to 5 now), a mini gym has been built beside the gym, new plants have been planted at the tapak perhimpunan, the school's canteen has been widened, a new pondok (just completed recently), and now they are being something in front the school main office. My school has changed a lot in these past 4 years of mine in this school.
I'm glad I got a place here, although I would have much prefered to study in Keat Hwa... Oh well...
Should computers be used in schools? I have gather information from all kinds of different sources and interviewed a few people on their views to this issue. This is what I gathered:
Using computers in school has many advantages. It actually makes learning more interactive. Lessons can now be taught through the LCD, and this will enable students to watch and picture what the teacher is teaching. For example, a physics teacher is teaching about the concept of nuclear fission, but the experiment on it cannot be conducted in the school's science lab, because it's to dangerous. But, with the usage of a computer and a LCD, students will be able to see that experiment done by others, enabling them to understand better.
The usage of computers also match learner' development needs with personal interests. Students are always finding something new to let their brains feed on, as they are born curious. With the usage of computers, it makes learning more real. They are able to picture it three dimensionally.
Computers also have efficient data storage. Data like good articles, exercises and notes can be kept in the computer, and are readily assessable by students and teachers. With the latest introduction of a terabyte storage disk, imagine how many articles, exercises and notes can be stored! And how much students will will benefit from it.
Students who learn using computer will be able to share information among the school community and family members too! This is because they have a much clearer concept on what has been thought by the teachers. Students might also pick up a few new skills, like leaning how to use the computer, and relate that knowledge to his or her family members.
But, every good thing has its cons too. One of the many disadvantages of using computers in school is all teachers and students enter school, most of them are computer literate. When students enter school, most of them are computer illiterate, unless they have gone for classes on learning computers or their parents have thought them. Furthermore, not all teachers are computer literate too. Therefore, a high cost is needed to send the teachers to learn these computer skills required. Teachers would also then need o waste quite some time teaching students how to use the computer, when this time can be used to start teaching the syllabus.
A large sum of money has to be allocated by the school too to pay off the high cost of maintenance of the computer. Computers need to be maintained by buying anti virus programs to protect the computer from computer viruses, and programs needed to use to teach and keep the computers in working condition. Instead of wasting this large amount of money on computer maintenance, why not spend it on something that will benefit the students? For example, more trees can be bought and planted in the school compounds to cool the school down with the money allocated for the maintenance of computers. In this way, students will be able to learn in a much more cooling environment.
The data available needs to be frequently updated too. Everyday, new things are being invented, new theories are being theorized, old concepts are being changed because of new findings... etc. This means the data stored in the computers for the students and teachers must be updated daily to prevent it from becoming stale. This involves great effort and loads of time.
There is also a risk of data loss and corrupted data. Sometimes, when a student doesn't close the program properly or doesn't save the data properly, it migh lead to data loss or corrupted data. This means, someone has to keep a backup for all the data stored in the computer and also monitor and check on the computer after each computer has been used. This job is tedious and not many people would want to hold this responsiblility.
Therefore, there are many advantages and disadvantages of using computers in schools. In the end, it's up to the students and teachers themselves to decide whether the usage of computer benefits them or destorys them.
Written by, Daniel Ting Reporter of ICT Magazine. _____________________________________________________________________________ This was my essay for my EST, which helped me get a 90 for it! I was so glad. This is my first time attempting an real EST paper, marked by a EST teacher. =)
Huh? Now there are photostat centers based on religion? No offense to the Muslims though. But why name it Islamic Photostat Center? What's the difference between the papers photostatted at that center and any other centers? The papers photostatted at that shop will be more holy? It's just pure silliness.