• Tech Tips for Teachers,  Tips & Tricks

    Connecting Condenser Microphones to iOS Devices via USB

    Hello again. My webserver has been very unstable, preventing me from updating. My attempt to transfer to another server was a big failure. I’ll be posting what I can while working on it. Today, I would like to share about connecting external microphones to iOS devices, sample sounds included.

    Why add a condenser microphone?
    To achieve a better sound quality and reduce unwanted background noises (e.g rain)

    What you need:

    • Charging cable for your iOS device, connected to power
    • USB-powered microphone
    • For iPad Pro 2018 and newer: USB-C Multiport Adapter (VGA or Digital AV type)*
    • For iPhone, iPads and older iPad Pros: Lightning Digital AV Adapter OR Lightning to VGA Adapter OR Lightning to USB3 Camera Adapter**
    • *** The microphone needs additional power that the device cannot supply, so you can’t simply use a lightning/USB-C to USB adaptor. You can use any other powered USB hub, though.

    Below are sound samples, recorded during a heavy downpour.

    With Condenser Mic (unedited):

    Without Condenser Mic (unedited):

    The difference in sound quality and noise should be evident from the recordings. If you have wired headphones (with mic) that connect to the computer via USB, you can also connect them to your iOS devices the same way as shown above.

    When choosing an external mic, I suggest for you to choose the cardioid/ supercardioid type because it focuses on your voice. Cardioid mics picks up sounds in front of it and drowns out sounds from other directions.

    That’s it for now. See you in my next post!

  • SPM Paper 1 Continuous Writing,  Writing

    Continuous Writing: Reflective

    Hello again and welcome back to school to all Form 5 students. I’ve been away for a long time because I was sick (still am but more manageable now yay!). I hope everyone else is doing okay.

    Today, my students attempt to answer this essay question:

    You are one of the candidates sitting for the SPM 2020 examination which has been postponed to the quarter of 2021. Describe the events leading to the unexpected delay and explain how you feel about it. At the end of your essay, state one lesson that you have learnt from this experience.

    In the Introduction, students write about their feelings at the beginning of the year 2020. Then, they detail the COVID-19 outbreak and the Movement Control Order (MCO) that eventually led to the postponement of the examination. Some other details include how their studies and revisions are impacted, the advantages and disadvantages of the delay and their feelings throughout the whole experience.

    I will share sample essays after discussing with my students. If you’d like to submit your own, kindly attach your essay and send them to intanadlina @ moe dot edu dot my

    Until next time!

  • Form 4 Lessons & Activities,  Learning Resources,  Listening,  SPM Paper 1 Directed Writing

    Earth Day Skill-based Activities & Worksheets

    It’s almost that time of the year again! We celebrate Earth Day on April 22 of every year and 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day. It’s a little disheartening that we will be celebrating the golden jubilee in the midst of a catastrophic pandemic but worry not for Earth Day has gone digital! We can all still participate at home.

    Here are some of the things we can do to celebrate Earth Day as teachers and students.

    1. GENERAL QUIZ

    For starters, get to know a little bit about Earth Day by completing this interactive missing words exercise!

    Assign as Google Classroom Assignment:
    Copy and paste this link to assign this interactive activity to your class. This link requires them to input their name. >> https://wordwall.net/play/1553/637/445
    Assign as Google Classroom Assignment:
    Copy and paste this link to assign this interactive activity to your class. This link requires them to input their name. >>
    https://wordwall.net/play/1554/078/793

    2. READING

    Download the Printable Worksheet (3 pages):
    Earth Day 2020 Reading Worksheet (Vocabulary & Short Answer) (608 downloads)

    Reading-Activity-for-Earth-Day-2020

    Assign as Google Classroom Assignment:
    Copy and paste this link to assign this worksheet to your class without downloading >> https://bit.ly/earthday2020reading

    3. LISTENING

    Movies are not only good sources for language learning. They are also useful in teaching empathy. Below are climate related films that I absolutely love. The films are available on Netflix Malaysia and some other streaming services.

    Geostorm The Day After Tomorrow2012
    p.s/ Their posters in case you thought you got the wrong film

    Download the Printable Worksheets:

    1. Geostorm Movie Printable Worksheet (326 downloads)
    2. The Day After Tomorrow Movie Printable Worksheet (282 downloads)
    3. 2012 Movie Printable Worksheet (284 downloads)
    Assign as Google Classroom Assignment:
    Copy and paste this link to assign this worksheet to your class without downloading >>
    Geostorm >>> https://bit.ly/geostormlistening
    The Day After Tomorrow >>> https://bit.ly/thedayafterlistening
    2012 >>> https://bit.ly/2012movielistening

    4. WRITING

    Download the Printable Question Sheet:
    Earth Day 2020 Writing (DW: Article & Speech) (561 downloads)

    *** Sample essays will be uploaded a day after Earth Day 2020

    Writing-Activity-for-Earth-Day-2020

    Assign as Google Classroom Assignment:
    Copy and paste this link to assign this worksheet to your class without downloading >> https://bit.ly/earthday2020writing

    That’s all for now. Until next time!

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  • Learning Resources,  SPM Paper 2 Exercises,  Teaching Resources

    [Google Forms MCQ Quiz] Rational Cloze: Science & Technology and Health

    Hello again! I hope everyone is doing fine. The Movement Control Order (MCO) is further extended until 28 April, so let’s do our parts. Stay at home AND study 😉

    These rational cloze question sets are adapted from JPN Perak’s Modul Cemerlang Bahasa Inggeris Amanjaya SPM 2018. Unfortunately I don’t have the original link to the material. Please let me know if you do.

    Happy answering!

    [For Teachers] Assign as Google Classroom Assignment:
    Copy and paste this link to assign this quiz to your class (click the attachment button) >> https://forms.gle/iRPfYDZCW6E1EZbKA
    ^^^
    (For Quiz Assignment option, note that grades can only be imported if students are logged in with their MOE-DL IDs, OR you can ask the students to upload a screenshot of their quiz grade and then mark as done to turn in)

    See you next time!

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  • Form 4 Lessons & Activities,  Full Blast Plus 4 Online Lessons & Activities,  Learning Resources,  Teaching Resources

    [Form 4] Module 3: Buy It! Online Lessons & Activities Part 1 (Intro. & Reading)

    Hello everyone! No matter what time of day it is, I hope you’re doing fine! Since the MCO is further extended (and experts predict that this partial lockdown might continue), I’ve decided to introduce a more interactive online lesson for both form 4 as well. I will start covering Module 3 of the prescribed textbook (Full Blast Plus 4) as I assume everyone is done with the first and second modules (do let me know otherwise).

    Today, we’ll cover the introduction (p.37), the reading text (p.38) and the questions on (p.39). This blog entry goes through each slide and interactive activities.

    Click the link below to download the slides in slideshow format:

    FBP4 Module 3: Buy It! Online Lessons & Activities Part 1 (Intro. & Reading) (634 downloads)

    p.s/ Subscribe/ vote for my materials @ Ruang Ilmu KPM! https://ruangilmu.moe-dl.edu.my/user/3565

    For embedded lesson version, continue scrolling and have fun!

    Activity 1: Opinion Polls

    Do you think shopping is a chore or a leisure activity?

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    When was the last time you went shopping?

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    Activity 2: Vocabulary Match
    Match each phrase to its correct definition.

    Activity 3: Opinion Polls

    How often do you buy things over the internet?

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    What is your opinion about buying things online? You may choose more than one answer.

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    Activity 4: Reading

    Activity 5.1: MCQ

    Activity 5.2: Vocabulary Match

    Activity 6: Opinion Polls

    Which of the items would you most like to buy? (You may choose more than one answer)

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    Do you find any of these items useless? (Give a reason by leaving a comment)

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    Activity 7: Homework

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    Module 3: Buy It! Online Lessons & Activities Part 2
    (Grammar & Vocabulary Lesson 1)