Andre Quaglia

Andre Quaglia

Andre Quaglia is a Department Head at Tecumseh Vista Academy, Ontario Canada: "I am inspired to improve student learning and prepare young adults to become the leaders of tomorrow. Advocating the use of mobile technology to extend learning outside the traditional classroom is my passion. My aspiration is to encourage educators to use effective pedagogy that is not device-specific. This will enable students to demonstrate ingenuity by knowing how to complete tasks using a variety of technology tools available."

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Broadcasting Smartphone Apps as a Teaching Tool

Personal electronic devices bring a multitude of opportunities to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom. A recent challenge is trying to model desktop applications with a graphical user interface that looks very different from smartphone apps. The example below shows a visual screen capture of OneNote (desktop) compared to OneNote (smart phone app).

Combined screenshot

My Goal

The majority of students in my school favour the lighter, more affordable smartphones versus laptops. My goal is to discover how Miracast can be used to bridge the visual gap between smartphone apps and traditional desktop software.… Visit the author's original post

Setting up a Classroom Website Using Office 365 Sites

One of the goals listed in my Annual Learning Plan is to establish a classroom website using Office 365 Sites.

Annual Learning Plan

My vision focuses on providing a blended learning solution using a variety of digital tools instead of focusing on a primary tool as in the past. This shift in strategy will help support my Bring Your Own Device strategy in the classroom.

So how can I make my vision a reality?

The strategy moving forward is to utilize a variety of cloud based learning tools (e.g.… Visit the author's original post

Blending Learning Using Office 365

One of the goals listed in my Annual Learning Plan is to establish a blended learning solution using Office 365. I want to combine my knowledge obtained over the past several years as a member of the GECDSB Office 365 pilot group and the Microsoft Innovative Education Expert program.

GECDSB Office 365 Login Screen

My vision focuses on allowing students to use a variety of digital tools in the classroom instead of focusing on a primary tool as in the past. This shift in strategy will help support my Bring Your Own Device strategy in the classroom.Visit the author's original post

Office 365 Essential Skills and Quick Tips

I had an opportunity to provide workshops with colleagues at Westview Freedom Academy and Harrow District High School during the final days of the previous school year. The goal of my presentation was to build on essential Office 365 skills taught earlier by the dedicated GECDSB @14DLT Digital Learning team.

Below will provide an overview of the skills and quick tips taught during my interactive presentation;

Tip #1 – Access “Home Base.”

Home Base

Click on the tile window on the upper left hand corner of your screen– This is “home base” to access all the office 365 applications in one location.… Visit the author's original post

My First Office Mix – Experiences at E2

Here is a link to my Office Mix presentation regarding experiences at Microsoft E2 (part 2).

As a side note… I decided to give Office Mix an official first try! An add-on for Microsoft PowerPoint, Mix is a simple download from the beta site. After a quick installation, the Mix toolbar is directly added into PowerPoint’s menu bar.

Office Mix Toolbar

Functionality includes embedding video and audio clips for each slide in the deck.

Office Mix - Adding video/sound clips

An interactive quiz feature is also included and requires a third party app download from the Office App store.… Visit the author's original post

My Reflection – Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange

I wanted to take some time and reflect on my experiences at the Microsoft E2 conference now that the school year is concluded.

E2 Poster

A Personal Journey

Unexpected tragedy struck my family with the sudden passing of my mother at the start of the year. With the help of my wife and best friend, Deanna, I was able to find strength and move on each day at a time. An article was written about my story on the Microsoft Daily Edventures Blog.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft EDU Summit 2015

I had a blast today at the Microsoft EDU Summit in Windsor!

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It was a great day with many great speakers including D.J. Cunningham and Nicole Bell from Learn Style Interesting conversations around differentiated instruction and how we use multiple learning styles (visual, sequential, audio/oral kinesthetic) to engage and inspire our students. Office 365 and OneNote were used as solid examples of cloud based tools in an ever increasing BOYD learning environment.

Attached are presentation slides from my Breakout Session “Microsoft Educator Network.” Please contact me with any further questions regarding my presentation.… Visit the author's original post

My First Microsoft Office Sway

I recently had an opportunity to experiment with Office Sway, a cloud based application that allows users to create, share, and embed presentations.

screen shot sway

https://sway.com/s/xY88vtzhAeqsLSIK/embed

My first impression of Sway is an easy to use tool that is cross platform compatible across multiple devices. Setting up my first Sway was an easy process. Users can add and manage existing work with a few simple clicks.

adding_sway

Once you get started, the interface is much more simplistic compared with the traditional PowerPoint experience.Visit the author's original post

My First Microsoft Office Sway

I recently had an opportunity to experiment with Office Sway, a cloud based application that allows users to create, share, and embed presentations.

screen shot sway

https://sway.com/s/xY88vtzhAeqsLSIK/embed

My first impression of Sway is an easy to use tool that is cross platform compatible across multiple devices. Setting up my first Sway was an easy process. Users can add and manage existing work with a few simple clicks.

adding_sway

Once you get started, the interface is much more simplistic compared with the traditional PowerPoint experience.Visit the author's original post

Collaborative Feedback Using OneNote

Business students are now in the process of completing their final summative evaluations. Learners are using personal technology devices to encourage idea sharing and constructive feedback using familiar forms of mobile technology. My goal is to extend learning outside the traditional classroom.

mobile device with app

Introduction to Business (grade 9) and Entrepreneurship (grade 10) are the two current courses that will be using OneNote. The final summative evaluation (FSE) will require grade 9 students to design, build, and market a product. Grade 10 students must research and prepare a presentation in order to “pitch” a product or service to a panel of teacher judges.… Visit the author's original post

Collaborative Feedback Using OneNote

Business students are now in the process of completing their final summative evaluations. Learners are using personal technology devices to encourage idea sharing and constructive feedback using familiar forms of mobile technology. My goal is to extend learning outside the traditional classroom.

mobile device with app

Introduction to Business (grade 9) and Entrepreneurship (grade 10) are the two current courses that will be using OneNote. The final summative evaluation (FSE) will require grade 9 students to design, build, and market a product. Grade 10 students must research and prepare a presentation in order to “pitch” a product or service to a panel of teacher judges.… Visit the author's original post

Creating lessons that leverage technology

Teaching in “desktop” computing environments highlighted my early teaching career that included static workstations that looked very similar to classrooms of my own generation. This far too familiar environment provided the internal motivation I needed to learn new trends and ways of teaching in my classroom.

My beautiful picture

A good amount of time was spent researching the steady shift that was occurring towards bring your own device (BOYD) in many educational districts across Canada and the United States. My chance for change occurred after accepting a new teaching assignment at Tecumseh Vista Academy, the first K to 12 school built in the Greater Essex County District School Board.… Visit the author's original post

Working with Microsoft OneNote Class Creator

After a positive experience using the basic features of OneNote, I decided to give OneNote Class Creator a try! My first step was to access the OneNote Class Creator app by going into 1) OneDrive and 2) Selecting the “gear” symbol and clicking “Site Content” in the drop down menu;

The next step was to select the OneNote Class Creator from the list of available apps;
Note – If you cannot see the app listed, it must be loaded by selected the “add an app” option as circled in green.… Visit the author's original post

Introducing Office 365 in the Classroom

Today’s lesson was to introduce my grade 9 business students to their final summative evaluation (FSE) project.  I was also pleased to have Sharon Hill from the Windsor Star to view the lesson!

I began the class by introducing students to Office 365 which is a tool that will be used to enhance collaboration and extend learning outside the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Resiliency in the classroom

As I think about learning goals to accomplish during my time with the Microsoft Innovative Expert program, I begin to reflect on my teaching practice. This specifically includes how I’m using technology to increase student achievement.

The achievement piece is important because my school board’s improvement plan focuses on learning in math, primary reading, creative/critical thinking, resiliency, and closing the achievement gap for students at risk.

As the theme of my blog is to encourage ingenuity in the classroom, I started to question how ingenuity can be demonstrated if students are not taught resiliency to overcome a variety of challenges they will be forced to overcome in life?… Visit the author's original post

Encouraging ingenuity in the mobile classroom

I had the opportunity last week to attend the 2014 Windsor Essex Tech Show after receiving a ticket from my Principal. The keynote speakers for this event included Google’s Fab Dolan, Detroit Venture Partners’ Jacob Cohen, Microsoft’s Sharon Bennett, and Cisco’s Tony Abi-Jaoude. After arriving during the second half of the conference, I was disappointed to have missed Sharon Bennett’s keynote address that focused on leveraging new technologies from the cloud. Maybe next time :-( I made sure to get an early seat and listen to the next keynote presentation by Fab Dolan of Google.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Program

My experience with Microsoft based products has been extensive since my earlier career in the private I.T. sector. Since becoming an educator in 2005, my prior knowledge was invaluable as Microsoft operating systems and productivity software  comprised a large percentage of computing resources in the board.

I took a personal interest in cloud-based computing in the spring of 2013 when the GECDSB implemented SharePoint throughout the organization. As  a power user, I was provided an opportunity to participate in a SharePoint Power Users Portal project.… Visit the author's original post

My educational journey

My name is Andre Quaglia and I have been a professional educator since 2005. I am currently a secondary school teacher working for the Greater Essex District School Board, Ontario, Canada.  My teachable subjects are Business Studies, Cooperative Education, and Geography.

I completed my Masters in Educational technology degree from Lawrence Technological University in 2011. My area of research was in the development of a balanced scorecard tool to plan and evaluate continuous improvement of information technology resources in my school district.… Visit the author's original post