Final remote session – Teacher Competence Development Plan

Today we had our final session regarding the teacher studies about the Teacher Competence Development Plan. That means, that my teacher studies are now done. Wrapped. Finished. Cool. 😀

Thanks for following my blog, all the best!final_session.jpeg


ABC’s of Teaching in English – course assignment

This blog post is regarding a course assignment of ABC’s of Teaching in English -course. The course work comprised a brief analysis of a discussion video and a brief evaluation of my own English skills as a pre-task, as well as making a video of my own teaching session.

At first, I analysed this video comprising a series of discussions between teacher and student on a fictional scenarios. The main issue under analysis was to assess whether the student was on B2-level of English proficiency or not. The levels of English proficiency can be seen on table below.


On my personal perspective, the student was probably on B1-level. He understood English really well, but the way he constructed sentences was bit off-track. Also, he had such strong Italian dialect in his English, that it wasn’t too easy to understand here and there (taste = test, “no thief go inside a house”). He seemed to be bit nervous about being recorded, and probably it had a negative affect on his discussion.

When thinking about my own level of English proficiency, I think I could be on B2-level, but it’s quite difficult to assess my own English skills. Usually I go along pretty well when speaking English, but sometimes it takes bit too much time for me to construct long sentences.

I think my own strengths in teaching in English are in my pronunciation and vocabulary. I used to teach part of the “User-oriented design” -course in English, and I felt that those teaching sessions went quite smoothly altogether, in terms of teaching in English.

My problem areas in English are clearly in idioms and in grammar. It’s sometimes very difficult to remember the right prepositions (in, on, a, an) and sometimes I “cut corners” and avoid speaking them, but hopefully I learn to use them right someday. I also think, that it’s more important to be able to communicate with the students well even with imperfect language skills, than to speak perfect English and not to be able communicate well. Communication skills are bit deeper in the character of a teacher than his / her flawless vocabulary or pronunciation.

As the actual course assignment, I made an instructional video of how to use and troubleshoot a part-time fibre broadband connection. It was supposed to comprise more scenes, and I had to reduce some parts from the final video, but I managed to keep it under 10 minutes. To be honest, it was more difficult than I first thought it to be. But it turned out ok. My teaching video can be found here.

Some-novice 13 – Creative Commons

Tenth and final #somenovice -blog post is about Creative Commons. The main idea behind Creative Commons-license is about being able to legally share own creative work to others, as well as use creative work by others legally free of charge under “flexible” copyright license.

Creative Commons-licenses are being operated by a non-profit organization called Creative Commons. There are number of CC-licenses for different types of copyright-levels, but mostly it’s about legally creating, sharing or distributing creative work, such as CC-licensed image below found from Flickr. More information on Creative Commons –website .



Some-novice 9 – Pinterest Board

This is the ninth #somenovice blog post and this time the topic is Pinterest. Pinterest is a bulleting board -type of web application, where people can make collection of images, videos and animations of certain topics. The social aspect of Pinterest is that people can share their boards and like content uploaded or “pinned” by other users.

My Vocational Pedagogy -board can be found here and it contains some relevant topics concerning vocational pedagogy and adult education.

Some-novice 11 – LinkedIn teacher profile

Time of another #somenovice -post. This time about LinkedIn teacher profile. I made one, and it can be found here . My own personal LinkedIn-profile is bit different and contains more information but it’s there as well. I have been using LinkedIn many years, but to be honest, I personally haven’t really found it that useful for finding or applying for a job, but I think it might be useful for certain type of profession who uses LinkedIn daily, such as consultant or AD.

I couldn’t find the “somenovice” LinkedIn-account, where I should’ve found the keyword from, but I hope I find it somewhere… 🙂

Some-novice 7 – YouTube

Seventh #somenovice blog assignment is about YouTube and how it could be used in education. YouTube is popular platform for uploading and sharing online videos. Most of the videos in YouTube are for entertainment purposes, but is also contains lots and lots of material from whatever topic you wish to find information about. YouTube is owned by Google and YouTube-account is nowadays linked with your Google-account.

My own list of educational videos can be found here

Using YouTube is easy: basically, if you wish to learn something new (e.g. how to fix your broken mobile phone screen), just find suitable keywords and search for the right videos. Same principal goes with any other topics, whether it was education, pedagogy, learning, etc. Some educational videos were also used with our edulab-studies, and many of them can still be found here such as “Dimensions of Teaching” and “Trilogy of Learning“.

Very useful tool for self-learning and information sharing.



Some-novice 6 – Facebook groups

The sixth #somenovice -badge assignment is about Facebook Groups.

Facebook’s group features are also widely adopted for promotional and collaborative work. With our Edulab-studies we used Facebook for group discussions and sharing information regarding our studies. The Facebook group was maintained by our teachers, and I think it worked really well, although we didn’t use it that much.

I’ve also been using Facebook group for my musical projects, such as with one band I played drums. The free features were helpful for creating little bit of promotion, but we didn’t use the paid promotion. It seems, that when Facebook promotes some band etc. with paid promotion, it distributes Facebook posts to wider audience, but the “promoted” -text in the left corner of the Facebook-post might have a negative effect in terms of promotion…


Some-novice 5 – Google Forms

The fifth assignment for the #somenovice -badge was to describe how Google Forms can be used. I’ve been using it multiple times, but maybe last time regarding my Edulab-studies was with collecting teaching feedback from the students I taught while doing my teaching practice course couple of years ago. I conducted short feedback by using Google Forms, whereof the Google Sheets -spreadsheet -document was generated. The questionnaire can be found here and the results are in this document. Pretty neat!



Some-novice 4 – Google Drive

Fourth #somenovice -badge assignment is about how Google Drive can be used in collaborative work. I’ve been using it multiple times and with different occasions: University studies, OAMK-studies, Edulab-studies, hobbies and game development. There are number of ways to harness the capabilities of Google Drive, but greatest feature on my personal opinion is the ability to use the shared Google Docs with lots of people. It makes team management and work allocation really easy. Students don’t even have to purchase word processing software for schoolwork, because of Google Docs makes all happen for free.

My sample document can be found here

Some-novice 3 – Mobile Apps in education

Third post regarding mobile applications in education for #somenovice -course. There are number of mobile apps developed for educational purposes, having an emphasis on varying levels (e.g. University, preliminary school) and ages of the students. Some sites have also enlisted and evaluated educational applications, such as theappguruz and androidauthority. There are also terrific applications developed for evaluating learning progress and giving feedback to both teachers and learners, such as Oulu-based Qridi

With our Edulab-studies, we used Kahoot! for making quizzes, which were played by using mobile phones. It worked great also in classroom-, and online environment!