Sunday, October 28, 2012

~Bubblr, an ICT tool for English classroom~

Hi, my beloved diary. Seeems like I have something new here. This post is related to what I'm studying currently. It's about ICT that can be used as aids in English classroom. So, here it is, bubblr! Here is the description.  bubblr

tool to create comic strips using photos from


How it operates?

Have a topic of your presentation and you can just insert some key words of pictures that you imagine in a tag box. Pictures that are under that particular tag will be listed and the numbers of it are depends. You can choose any suitable pictures that you think could fit with your presentation. On each picture, you can insert a bubble; whether to have dialogue or even a descriptive sentence that related with the picture. The slides can be added by clicking 'after current' or 'before current' button, depending on how you want to arrange your slides. After you have done, simply click publish and you need to fill in the title and your name. By giving this information, you can search for your work in bubblr archive. You do not have to worry of losing it, it is saved.

How teacher can use it?
-use compilation of pictures, some descriptions, then present it orally.
-make an ungrammatical dialogues/sentences and save. Ask students to edit it using recycle button.

What I say about this website?

Thumbs up points :)

1) Students can use picture to create vision aids about the information in slides.
2) Practice writing short descriptive sentences.
3) Personalisation-individual interest, focus.(better individual)

Thumbs down points :(

1) Not all pictures that we want available in flickr.
2) Cannot reposition the slides which is difficult!
3) The dialogue boxes cannot be expanded and they might block pictures.
4) Limited font and size of it. 

I hope you use it and ENJOY!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

~It's the third year already!~

Assalamualaikum W.B.T.

It's October 2012. Yes, October. Fuh, time really flies, fast. It's my third year already in here (university's name is confidential..hehe..). This year's subjects are quite difficult and challenging with lots of application and adaptation to our real life. Interesting, at least, for me. However, it's the same routine as usual; going to classes, going back to my room, eating, meeting friends, shopping (opps, not everyday ok!). Other than that, nothing much different. I'm just like before, beautiful as always, hehe..

Well, there's one extra point for this third year, staying in the hall! Really, staying here gives me chances to interact with people other than my classmates. Luckily for me, almost all of my flatmates are international students and only one is local. There are two from Vietnam, a Sri Lankan, Chinese and some others whom I have got no chance to talk to and I'm sure they're not from the UK. I really hope we can get along well, InsyaAllah.

What is interesting about my life currently? Hmmm, hmmmmmmm...... Since the classes just started, not so many readings or homeworks are there and I somehow don't know what to do in my free time. Thinking of that, maybe I should write more. Or read novels? Or watching movies and commenting on them? Really, I need something to urge me to do them. Sigh, what a difficult creature you are Ira, huuu.

Well, nothing much really. Such a boring life I'm living in. Yes, there's something I like, right now at this moment. Leessang's songs! Again! Never fail me. New songs, new tunes (not really new actually..I'm quite slow btw...hehe..) and I'm so excited! 'Turned off the TV' is so cool! The music's so relaxing, cute with the combination of raps and melodious, slow music. I like! But there's a thing that spoils. You maybe don't want to know it's meaning, really. Slightly dirty, I have to say. About a man who really admires this beautiful lady and he's imagining things like, you know, err, yea, yea that one. I know you know. But it's not that specific. It's just a naughty, sweet words to express love, nothing much. Since I don't really understands Korean language, I have no problems to listen to it. I'll imagine I'm listening to something sweet and kind and happy, far away from its real meaning. Hehehe...

Opps, it's kinda late right now. 12.37 am! Enough Ira, you've got class tomorrow at 9 am. A 3-hour class! Sigh...It's too long really. Thank God, it's ICT. Three hours is just like 2 and a half hours. different. It's still long for me. Opps, cut it off Ira! Go to sleep! Ok, ok...Pen off. Bye!          

Saturday, April 14, 2012

~homesick comes and goes~

Assalamualaikum W.B.T.

4 months....It have been a long time, right?. Today, I just felt so miserable and of course feeling homesick. Homesick? It's really a funny thing since I actually have been away from my family for months now and even before this, I studied in a place far from home and seldom went back. But, I bet all these experiences couldn't get rid of this homesickness. Why I homesick? Why? I always have this feeling when doing assignments and near to exams. During this difficult time, all the memories at home; watching TV, eating my mom's cooks, chatting with my siblings, laughing at my father's jokes, all these just come to my mind. Sigh, pathetic. And today I felt homesick. Yes, I am in the process of completing my assignment but there is another thing that really bothers me. My sister's wedding.

She wants to get married soon and everybody is happy about it. But deep in my heart, I feel a little bit unhappy about this good news. Do you want to know why? It's because she'll get married while I'm here, in the UK. I've got no chance to get involved in the preparation and since it's the first wedding in my family, I feel so left out. When I first heard about it, I was so shocked and I felt so angry since the date is just so near to my holiday. They could just do it while Hari Raya. Why not? Okay, the reasons are the bridegroom would be really busy on that time, they can't wait for too long since it's not good to be together without any halal relationship and so on. I've nothing to say. It's true, I can't deny. I just felt slightly hurt. I'm so childish right?

And today when I really in need to talk to my mother, all these wedding preparations stopped me to do so. They were all busy with the wedding gown whatsoever. Again, I felt hurt. Felt so left out. I talked to my mom only for 10 minutes and most conversation was just about my brother and my sister's wedding. What about me? I know there's nothing special to know about me here. As long as I'm alive, it's enough. Mak, I really wanted to hear your voice more.

Although mak sent me baju kurung and scarf to be wore on that wedding day, I still feel less involved. And I'm still wondering whether I want to wear it or not, whether I want to online my skype on that day or not. And even whether I want to go back this year or not. Seriously, I can't decide. Argh, I hate this feeling.

Okay, I'm done. I just have nothing to say anymore. I have to stop, otherwise, I might write nonsense that actually doesn't even exist. I really hope they are happy with that marriage although doing it without me. It's okay, I know who I am. Be happy Angah, her future hubby, mak, ayah, everyone. I really hope you all will remember me here. Don't be sad like me okay. I'm just a useless spoiled brat. Shame on you Ira. I got to go. Wassalam.