Azhar Youssef

Azhar Youssef

Azhar Youssef is an EFL teacher and PhD student from Egypt: "I am inspired by my students living in a community with so few facilities and difficult-to-change style of thinking. I try hard to mix both pedagogy and available technology to create an optimal learning environment where they can collaborate, innovate and construct new knowledge and alternatives to solve their society’s problems. Connecting to and sharing with colleagues is my pathway to lifelong learning, continuous professional development, and making a difference in others' lives. For my country, I dream to transform education to an enjoyable experience in which students learn for life, and become responsible for building their own future."

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FREE Webinar on January 13, 2015: Create Interactive Online Content with Office Mix!

Would you like to be able to create and curate distance learning or flipped classroom content for your students, but can't quite afford or figure out those tools?  Join David Lopez as he shows how easy it is for PowerPoint 2013 users to learn how to use Office Mix that brings rapid e-learning development and hosting right to you. 

Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint (Click here to download) is a new way to tell your story with voice, video, screen recording and interactive magic.
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Don’t Miss this Chance "Dec. 8-14, 2014": Let your Students CODE for an Hour!


We embrace the use of tablets trend this year in our school. Without any training, teachers were asked to start using them in their classes. It is not just keeping the e-content of a variety of subjects on these tablets and browsing them when needed. We eagerly want to create an interactive environment where students can think critically and creatively, collaborate, and construct new knowledge together. 

I strongly agree that teachers need some professional development chances in this area, so they can integrate this new technology into their curricula effectively.
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It is still PowerPoint, but more Interactive using Office Mix

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I have just heard about Office Mix from one of Microsoft leaders in Egypt; Eng. Ebeid Atef Ebeid. It is an add-in to PowerPoint 2013 that allows you to create more interactive and engaging presentations. This means that this piece of magic will reinvent the way we present using the traditional program of PowerPoint and add more life to its boring slides and features.

According to Microsoft, “Office Mix helps you record audio or video of yourself presenting, write on your slides as you speak to them, insert quizzes, polls, online videos, and more.
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Hover over Words to Get the Meaning for Blogger and WordPress

Retrieved Dec. 20, 2013 from here
I'm working on a blogging project with my first-year high school students. During this experience, there are a lot of things that I have to learn. As a sharing fan, I decided to write a series of posts to document every skill I acquired and every tool I explored to accomplish the aims of this project and meet my students' needs. Among many things that my students need is a way to find the meaning of the new words that they encounter in the required tasks.
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Make Your Collages Interactive by ThingLink

Retrieved July 23, 2013 from here
is a free and user-friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. It enables you to create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher. You can include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button. You can easily embed an interactive ThingLink graphic into any blog or website.
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Microsoft! Are you ready for MOOCing?

Retrieved on Jan 29, 2013 from here
I never forget Microsoft Partners in Learning experience 2011. It was a hard way from a marginalized village in Upper Egypt called "Sohag" to the Global Forum held in Washington DC. 2011. Microsoft provides educators with a variety of free tools that can address their students' learning preferences, in addition to great opportunities for training and growing in the field of teaching using technology. The Egyptian Team of Microsoft Partners in Learning exerts huge efforts to encourage teachers to know more about this digital culture face-to-face or online.
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