Bram Faems

Bram Faems

Bram Faems looks back on a very diverse career as teacher, ICT Coordinator and deputy school leader at the Jonatan Berkenboom school in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. This school for special-needs education for children with learning difficulties has a long-standing reputation in helping these children by using technology. At the school he started the Jonatan Academy project 2011. This project takes a different approach to e-learning. For children, both watching online educational movies and creating them is part of the learning process. For his work on this project he was awarded by the Queen Paola Foundation for Education and he won the award for Teacher as Innovator and Change Agent at the European Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum.

Bram Faems got the opportunity to broaden his horizons thanks to internationally acclaimed teachers’ network KlasCement. He is in charge of designing the website so teachers can easily find teaching resources and add their own materials on the network. With the team he searches for ways in which KlasCement supports innovative and qualitative education.

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Tekst herkennen en kopiëren uit foto’s in OneNote

Via Koen Daems ontdekte ik hoe je met OneNote, het notitieprogramma van Microsoft, tekst uit foto’s kan kopiëren. Lees even dit artikel als je niet weet wat OneNote exact doet.

In OneNote kan je natuurlijk tekst én foto’s in je notities gebruiken. Als je een foto plaatst in OneNote dan zal het programma in de achtergrond alle tekst op de foto “lezen”. Da’s handig, want wanneer je later zoekt door je notitieboeken, dan zal OneNote rekening houden met de woorden op de foto’s.… Visit the author's original post

Walk this Sway: There’s a new tool in town

Sway is a new tool from Microsoft that is somewhere between a presentation tool and a web design tool. It’s completely webbased and focussed on ease of use. Even without any design skills you can make stunning webpages and presentations. They look great in every browser, from the smallest smartphone to huge desktop screens.

My Instructional Design professor Colpaert once said during his lecture:

Every tool that needs a manual or take more then five minutes to figure out, is a bad tool.

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Automatically adding sources in OneNote

OneNote is a free Microsoft program that helps to keep track of your notes. One of the many interesting features is the automatic addition of a source when you copy past a piece of text from a website. Unfortunately this only works in OneNote. I would love this feature in Word!! Another limitation is that it doesn’t work for images witch is very strange to me.

It would be great that Microsoft would focus on enhancing this feature, by supporting it in Word and for images as well.… Visit the author's original post

Cherish your teachers if you want them to shine

“If you want good education, start by “pampering”  your teachers.” said Anthony Salcito, VP education at Microsoft. And that is exactly what the company did this week: it brought teachers and school leaders from around the world together for a week of workshops, collaboration and presentations. A great opportunity for the mind of the innovative teacher, but also for the whole person by putting them in the beautiful Barcelona. I was there to explain the “Flipping of the flipped classroom” model and like share what I bring home from the conference.Visit the author's original post

Flipping the classroom, the wrong way

Bill Nye The Science Guy shows an experiment on how air pressure works in a “flipping the classroom-movie”.  I saw it on, a website that wants to help teachers and students to learn by using the flipped classrooms principle. But if this one movie is representative of the rest, I am quite concerned about the quality of our education.

Flipping the classroom is NOT about video!

The movie looks fantastic. You can notice that Bill Nye is professional presenter and he has perfect skills to entertain .… Visit the author's original post

Leesvoer 2013-06-19 12:41:02

For weeks I’ve been writing and re-writing the same blog post about ICT at school. Because how you can I formulate a call to use more ICT, while you making clear that it is actually NOT  about the technology. How can a nuance that the we must be cautious about the commercialisation of education, without putting brakes on ICT investment

ICT in onderwijs

Tablets don’t make you any smarter

If I have to believe the media,  “tablet or laptop schools” have removed all books and paper and only work with their 1:1 devices.… Visit the author's original post

Your students are teaching without you

Anthony Salcito, “Vice president education” of  Microsoft says: “Your children are learning without you” during his keynotes.  I even go further: they are teaching without you. Just search on YouTube and you’ll be amazed how many meaningfull content is shared by kids today.When I was approached to talk about what moves me in education, that was exactly what I wanted to talk about. Learning doesn’t always happen in a linear way nor does it only happen between eight and four in school.… Visit the author's original post

Future of KlasCement ensured within department of education.


Ministerie van Onderwijs

It felt like it was the first day of school when I traveled to Brussels to for the  first time on monday. My first day of work in the impressive buildings of the Ministry of the Flemish Community instead of our small office in Ghent. After long negotiations it’s finaly official: KlasCement is now part of the Agency of Education Commounication. Now the project I have worked for, since over thre years in one of the official projects next to Klasse (a magazine for teachers published by the government), Maks and Yeti (magazines for all Flemish speaking children at schools), and more.… Visit the author's original post

Designing my first app

A while ago I got an invitation to attend a “Virtual Academy” about App-development. We would use the Touch Develop platform by Microsoft to get an idea of what development is and to invent an app ourselves. Curious as I am I took on the challenge. The fact that the best app-proposals will be developed with the help of Microsoft developers helped to convince me as well.

Screenshot Touch Develop

Met Touch Develop leer je programmeren in de browser op PC, Mac, iPads, Android en Windows Phone

Programming with Touch Develop

The programming course consisted of three online lessons of the Belgian Peli The Halleux that thaught a group of European teachers from the Microsoft HQ in Seattle.… Visit the author's original post

Have a great 2013

The start of the new year is an ideal time to look back at what has been and what will come. That the tablet hype may go stop (though I expect not), that technology may be considered normal and that social and bottom up also find it’s way into education. And may I also express my wishes for 2013?

Tablets, passing the hype

No, I’m not going to rant again about  about what I think of tablets in the classroom. Since an article in Klasse (an educational magazine run by the government that is spread to all teachers in Flanders) where advised, I’ve been asked this question a thousand times:

Should I buy iPads, Android tablets or wait on the Windows tablet?

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What I learned from TED talks for teachmeets and edcamps

Bram op de teachmeet

Origineel door Global Forum Event Photos

The ten commandments for a TED-talk tell speakers what makes a good TED talk. Use Humor, tell a story instead of a dry presentation, don’t sell from the stage. Nothing surprising at first sight. But maybe there is something to be learned for creating a teachmeet or edcamp session?

  1. Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick
  2. Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before
  3. Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion
  4. Thou Shalt Tell a Story
  5. Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Skae of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy
  6. Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego.
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