Mobile Learning

The topic of this week was mobile learning. We talked about smart phones, applications and their usage in the language classrooms.

We can’t ignore the development of smart phones and usage rate of them. Almost all students have their smart phones with them, and they check them every minute.

Google Play Store is a developing application bank in the world. There are lots of free apps to use in the classrooms. We can download very good dictionaries and use them. The mobile dictionaries are very useful thanks to their swiftness. One of them is Merriam Webster. It is an offline dictionary with dozens of features.

There is a website called Socrative. It is a tool we can measure the answers of the students immediately. We can ask questions and get feedback instantly. The results can be downloaded as an excel document. The website has a smart phone application too. The teachers can use it every time in a classroom with an internet connection.

The last thing we talked about was QR Codes. We can encode information in QR Codes. In the app store there are tools in order to decode these codes. If we want to keep the information short, we can use that tool.

Soon, there will be almost no one who doesn’t use the smart phones. Our aim should be using them as much as we can.

Mobile Learning

The topic of this week was mobile learning. We talked about smart phones, applications and their usage in the language classrooms.

We can’t ignore the development of smart phones and usage rate of them. Almost all students have their smart phones with them, and they check them every minute.

Google Play Store is a developing application bank in the world. There are lots of free apps to use in the classrooms. We can download very good dictionaries and use them. The mobile dictionaries are very useful thanks to their swiftness. One of them is Merriam Webster. It is an offline dictionary with dozens of features.

There is a website called Socrative. It is a tool we can measure the answers of the students immediately. We can ask questions and get feedback instantly. The results can be downloaded as an excel document. The website has a smart phone application too. The teachers can use it every time in a classroom with an internet connection.

The last thing we talked about was QR Codes. We can encode information in QR Codes. In the app store there are tools in order to decode these codes. If we want to keep the information short, we can use that tool.

Soon, there will be almost no one who doesn’t use the smart phones. Our aim should be using them as much as we can.

The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

At the last lesson we saw the great poem “The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner”. It was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and it has effects in our time.

A mariner tells his story to a man. They sail in a ship to the south. They lost in the fog, and an albatross appears. However, the mariner shoots him. After that they stuck at the sea, and they couldn’t find any water.

Suddenly they see a ship, but thag ship is their undoing. Their lifes are put on the gamble table, then thay begin to die. The mariner can not die because he is cursed.
He prays and the crew awaken, and they help him to go home. He receive forgiveness from a hermit, and he begin to tell his story for redemption.

It is very qualified, and good poem. The language is a little bit difficult however. Even though, it has a reputation, and it deserves it.

Dead Poets Society

I watched Dead Poets Society. It is a good movie for its time period. It mentions about the wrong, and punishment based education. The parents, and the teachers take the students under the pressure. They don’t have right to say what they want from the life.

Then, a new literature teacher comes to the school. He changes their lives. He doesn’t see the poetry as a mass of mechanical written stuff. He fells the emotions in the poems.

The most interesting thing for me is the description of ”Carpe Diem”. The idea is interpreted very differently. In the movie, seizing the day is the reason for the life is short. That is a very original point of view.

The only thing I didn’t like in the movie is the end of it. Despite the all efforts, nothing has changed for the students. They still need to work hard, and the teacher went away.

Except from all these things, I think the movie reflects the soul of literature, and it is worth to see.

The Romantic Period

This week our topic in class was Romantic Period. We had an entrance into that period. It is a literature movement in the 18th century.

The founders of this period are two young poems: William Wordsworth and. Samuel Coleridge. They published a book, then the movement spread. It reminds me “Beş Hececiler, Yedi Meşaleciler, etc.” in our literature.

That period, as we can see from its name, is about love, emotions. They give importance to reason. They talked about the perfect order in the universe. The nature was given importance also.

In a short way that period looks like to me as returning to the Renaissance. Of course there are some differences, but sometimes people have a need to return back.

Robinson Cruise and A Very Modest Proposal

At the last lesson we watched Robinson Cruise made by 1997. There are a lot of versions of this story although.

In the movie there was love, but later we learned there is no love in the original story. Also Friday doesn’t die at the end. It is a movie, and it is normal there are some adaptations. However at least Robinson Cruise came together with his love, then became happy.

After that we read A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift. It is very interesting work. He talks about eating poor children, salting, and selling them to the rich people for the sake of country. He has another option. He says we can use the older children’s skins to make gloves or something useful. Of course they are all jokes to mock with the goverment. But it shows us the importance of the situation.

There are still poor people in the world. We can not use these things to the children, but seriously something good must be done this problem of the world.

18th Century

Today we looked at 18th century. There were a lot of information, and I am a little bit of confused.

As I understand, in these years there were peace, and prosperity for the people, except poor people of course. Poor people had never lived in a good way from the beginning of the history.

We saw the Industrial Revolution, and its effects to the world. The good became cheap, and reachable. However the ones who took avdantage of this time were the upper class people again. Child workers, unfair working conditions were there.

The most interesting thing today was Coffee Houses. They are the places where the people come, drink coffee or tea, and read books. It is like the `Kıraathane´ in our culture.

Except from all of that, we talked about the exam which we will have. It will last three hours, and it seems it will be so hard. Wr expect it will be easy for us.

Paradise Lost

Last lesson we studied Paradise Lost and MacFlecknoe. I want to talk about Paradise Lost, because it is a very interesting poem.

It was written by John Milton, and he is considered as the greatest poet after Shakespeare. I couldn’t say anything about that, but the poem is good and intetesting.

It is about Satan, and humans’ expelling from heaven. The poem is interesting, because it is alike to our religion. Because of that, it is easy to remember the context. We already know about these informations.

Of course there are different things between the poem, and our religion. For example: In the poem Satan is very strong, but for us Satan is miserable, and powerless. He has no physical power to us. We have a forbidden fruit in our faith, and it is in the poem too.

As I said, there are lots of similarities between the poem and our belief. So I think remembering the poem will be easy for me.

Civil War And Restoration

I couldn’t attend the lesson this week. However, I downloaded the presentation, and read the informations about this week’s topic.

As I understand, that period is about the civil war, and the attempts to undo the mistakes that have been made.Also two poems were examined, but I want to talk about the civil war.

What I can see that the reason for the unnecessary deaths, and the great pains is religion. Actually the reason is not the religion, it is the untolerance to other people’s beliefs.

From the things what I read, I figured out not many people took place that bloody event. But no matter what, killing each other for little disaggrement is nothing but murder. All civil wars in the history are sad, and it ruins the lives of people.

I hope there will be no more killing or disaggrement amongs the people. Eventually, all of us come from the same ancestors.

Fleas, Death, and Wings

This week we had three poems to examine. Actually one of them wasn’t a poem, it was a prayer.

First poem was The Flea. It was an interesting poem, and a little bit odd. Two lovers are bitten by a flea, they bound each other by blood. Their parents don’t want them be together. As I said, it was odd, and I think a bit of disgusting. Maybe the reason why I can not fully like this poem is that flea.

After that we looked Holy Sonnet X. It was written after the death of its poet’s wife. The idea is about the death is not strong, and fearful. The death shouldn’t be proud of itself. At the end of the poem it is said; After everybody dies, the death will die too. I think it is a good idea because when there is nobody, there will not be a job for the death.

And the last one was Easter Wings. It is a prayer and the written form of that work looks like a couple of wings. It is about fate, and its power to give people hope.

I liked the works except The Flea. I think it is not a bad thing, because it is a strange poem. I hope the following weeks I won’t feel like that about other works.