Karina Batat

Karina Batat

"I teach since 1995 and I love my work. Today I teach part-time at a primary school in Petach Tikva, Israel. I'm also a teacher instructor on ICT. I'm on a journey toward changing, aware of the gap between school and life, trying to train my students in 21st-century skills. Taking inspiration from Sr Ken Robinson and Sugata Mitra, I'm both a teacher and a learner. In my lessons, students are active learners: they train to explore, to collaborate, to exchange and to create!"

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Karina Batat: Front Classroom- Teachers and Educators Network

by Karina Batat
Expert Educator Columnist, Israel

front-classroomFront Classroom is the new teachers and educators Israel network. The purpose of this network is to bring together passionate teachers, empower them and build a culture of sharing and innovation.

A week ago, on February 12, on Thursday at 15:00, at Microsoft Raanana, this community is meeting for the first time. The event was inspiring and full of innovation so I decided to share with you my experience. Are you ready? Here we go.… Visit the author's original post

Karina Batat: Office 365- Our Way of Life

by Karina Batat
Expert Educator Columnist, Israel

In the previous post, I shared with you how we got to the idea of integrating Office 365 as our virtual learning environment, the benefits and the way we’ve chosen to implement the environment in school. In this post, we will talk about virtual learning environments in Office 365. We will see how they promote meaningful learning and many 21-Century learning skills.

From my experience VLE motivate teachers and students, as well. In my school, I developed our first VLE in Office 365 for my Global Project: “Trees Please!” and started to work on it with Lea Tziofiof, the Science teacher.… Visit the author's original post

Creative Writing with OneNote in classroom

WP_20141217_004A year ago, in a Language team meeting (with Nataya Haitov & Liron Ben Netanel) at Gordon School, we identified difficulty: our students have difficulty writing in Hebrew. The difficulty stems from the fact that our students are mostly new immigrants from the former Soviet Union and they still using Russian at home. We realized there was a need to improve their writing and started to think about ways to encourage writing. Brainstorming about ideas to improve writing, we realized that the combination of writing with technology, in this case will be successful both in terms of the student and teacher.… Visit the author's original post

Creative Writing with OneNote in classroom

WP_20141217_004A year ago, in a Language team meeting (with Nataya Haitov & Liron Ben Netanel) at Gordon School, we identified difficulty: our students have difficulty writing in Hebrew. The difficulty stems from the fact that our students are mostly new immigrants from the former Soviet Union and they still using Russian at home. We realized there was a need to improve their writing and started to think about ways to encourage writing. Brainstorming about ideas to improve writing, we realized that the combination of writing with technology, in this case will be successful both in terms of the student and teacher.… Visit the author's original post

Karina Batat: Office 365- Class 365

by Karina Batat
Expert Educator Columnist, Israel

In my journey toward change, I’ve come to the idea of a virtual learning environment to inspire and empower teacher and students to create their own spaces to foster curiosity and creativity.

Influenced by the ideas of leading thinkers, experts on education, creativity and innovation like Sir Ken Robinson and Mr Sugata Mitra:

“… We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture: create the conditions under which our students will begin to flourish.” ― Sir Ken Robinson (The Element).

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Expert Educator Global Collaboration- We Are Little Volunteers: Traffic Safety Project

by Karina Batat, Maja Seguljev, and Ngo Thanh Nam Expert Educator Columnists Three Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts from Israel, Serbia, and Vietnam collaborated to link their classrooms and students through Skype and work together on a traffic safety project. Read the full story from each of their perspectives below! Karina Batat, Israel CaptureI’m Karina Batat and I’m a teacher at Gordon Primary School in Petah Tikva, Israel. We joined the Project in November. Everything started with Nam’s post at the Microsoft Expert Educator Facebook Group.… Visit the author's original post