A willingness to try new things can be just as important for educators as it is for their students. Just ask Floyd Chanda..
“The biggest challenge for education today is to keep up with the pace of the changing technologies — especially in the Third World,” Chanda shares with us. “I am responding to this by encouraging my fellow educators to remain open to learning and change in the 21st century.”
Chanda loves to share the skills and knowledge he’s acquired as a Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert (MIEE) with his fellow teachers.… Visit the author's original post
Shepherd Simango Design & Technology Teacher/Computer Applications Teacher St. Stithians Girls’ College Johannesburg, South Africa @shex72
As a technology teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE), Shepherd Simango encourages his students to be explorative, especially when they are faced with a problem. For Simango and his students, mobile devices have proven to be invaluable.
“[Mobile devices] can be used for content creation using Office apps,” says Simango. “They can also be used as tools to capture and store data such as images and voice and video recordings.… Visit the author's original post
Michael Cocks Senior History Teacher Toowoomba Grammar School Toowoomba, Australia @HistorySkills
Last year Michael Cocks walked into his classroom with a new idea.
“During the first five minutes of the lesson I gave my students the necessary instructions, and then for the next hour, they all worked quietly, diligently and enthusiastically,” he shares. “Rather than just standing in front of them and talking, I spent the time observing the students and working one-on-one with those who needed help. At the end, I asked the class how they enjoyed their lesson.… Visit the author's original post
To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on July 17, 2014.
The fact that Michael Fullan was one of the first education heroes we profiled for Daily Edventures, just after we launched the blog at the start of 2012, makes good sense. Fullan is recognized as a worldwide authority on education reform, and his mandate – “helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning” – perfectly aligns to Microsoft’s mission.… Visit the author's original post
Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon Head Teacher Kamla Nehru Public School Punjab, India @pkdhillon08
It’s been one year since Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon’s school decided to implement 1:1 learning, and while it’s been a huge success for the students and teachers, the road to 1:1 was anything but easy. And the main reason was the hesitancy on the part of parents.
“Regular meetings had been held with the parents regarding digital transformation in the school,” shares Dhillon, a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert and Trainer.… Visit the author's original post
Innovation Coordinator and ICT Teacher Post 16 Pristine Private School Dubai, UAE @AmnaInnovatist
Amna Manzoor is on a mission to connect her students to the world globally. This mission has often been challenging, but with the help of technology – especially Skype in the Classroom – Manzoor and her classes are making great strides.
One such project that has had a major impact on the students in Manzoor’s class involves a global mural message. Titled 100 Days of Positivity, the mural was created in 2016 for the children of Fukushima, Japan, who were still recovering from the 2011 tsunami.… Visit the author's original post
Rana Sabbidine School Principal Makassed Khalil Shehab School Beirut, Lebanon @ranasabbidine
When you ask Rana Sabbidine, principal of Makassed Khalil Shehab school in Lebanon, about an experience that defined her as an educator, she doesn’t hesitate.
“Participating in a real-life project and winning the first prize worldwide in the Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC),” Sabbidine tells us. “This project gave our students the chance to develop their entrepreneurial and 21st century skills, as well as highlight new insights that help them widen their future career choices.… Visit the author's original post
Primary Teacher and ICT Coordinator
Microsoft UK Teacher Ambassador Paisley, Scotland
Natalie Burgess has a history of turning the tables on technology training by having her students teach full-class lessons to fellow students, and support teachers as they work to adopt 1:1 approaches in the classroom. All of this is made possible by Glow, Scotland’s national digital learning environment. Learn more about Natalie’s journey here, and be sure to connect with her on the Microsoft Educator Community.… Visit the author's original post
Jason Holt Instructional Technology Specialist Newman International Academy of Arlington Arlington, Texas USA @jasonthegodman
Jason Holt, an instructional technology specialist and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, sees success stories every day. In addition to teaching Computer Science classes, including Windows Programming in C# with Visual Studio 2015, this year alone, he has effectively rolled out school-wide programs using OneNote, Skype in the Classroom, and Skype for Business.
Paul Watkins IT Teacher Ysgol Bae Baglan Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom @lanny_watkins
“A student said to me, ‘I’m never going to let anyone tell me I am too young to make a difference!’” Paul Watkins tells us. “This was after a 12-hour Skype Learn-a-thon I organized last summer, where pupils travelled the globe meeting inspirational guest speakers and partaking in some amazing virtual field trips. Over the course of the year I came to learn and appreciate how powerful a tool Skype in the Classroom truly is.”
For Watkins, Skype in the Classroom has been a transformation tool, transporting both students and staff to entirely new worlds through virtual field trips and more.… Visit the author's original post
Emie C. Baylon Education Technology Coordinator, Economics and Political Science Teacher De La Salle Santiago Zobel School Philippines @eminion6
When Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Emie Baylon and I spoke recently at BETT Asia, she enthusiastically shared how technology has converted students who were once “bored” into engaged, life-long learners.
“With OfficeMix and with Sway, I was able to make my class into an engaging one,” says Baylon.
“It seems that a score on a test determines the current educational measure of success. I have had students in my class crying because they feel so much pressure to meet a certain standard (even on pre-tests). I realized that these scores have the potential to cause students to define themselves according to their score.… Visit the author's original post
Jonathan Bergmann Pioneer of the Flipped Class Movement
“One of the best things about the Flipped Class model is that it came from teachers and not from some sort of top-down professional development strategy. Teachers need to be brought to the table in all education reform. Too much education reform has been done to teachers instead of by teachers. We need more educational reform to come from the teachers in the trenches.” To learn more about how to flip your classroom, check out Bergmann’s blog, or connect with him through his Educator Profile.… Visit the author's original post
Business and Information Technology Teacher
First Flight High School
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA @nks77s
Bringing computer science to the classroom: One teacher’s quest
“The first year that I led the Hour of Code in my classroom, I realized that students in my school were missing out on something that could really impact their future. My school did not have any computer science courses, but I could see that students were interested. I’ve spent over 20 years teaching ‘information technology’ — mostly application software — and I realized that I could do something about the lack of computer science offerings.… Visit the author's original post
Scott Bricker Director of Educational Technology Santa Margarita Catholic High School Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA @BrickerCoaching
When Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Scott Bricker was named Director of Educational Technology at Santa Margarita Catholic High School (SMCHS) in 2013, he knew he had a big job ahead of him: leading the full implementation of the school’s 1:1 tablet PC program.
After first distributing devices to faculty during the ‘13- ‘14 school year, all 1725 students received tablets during the summer of 2014, and the school rolled out Office365, OneNote and other Microsoft tools.… Visit the author's original post
While Aspinall’s a veteran of using technology in his classroom – Minecraft and coding have been part of his teaching toolbox for years – he has never viewed it as a silver bullet for education transformation. Aspinall’s popular blog shares that philosophy, as well as his perspective on assessment, professional development, coding and 1:1 learning environments.… Visit the author's original post
by Kelli Etheredge
Expert Educator Columnist, USA
“Whatwha whawha whawha” Yes, ma’am. I am paying attention.“Whatwha whatwha whawha whatwha whawha” You would like me to tell you the metaphor you just said? Okay. “My love is a rose.”“Whatwha whawha whawha whawha whawha…”
As you read the above dialogue, the Charlie Brown cartoon may have popped in your mind. If not, in Charlie Brown, when Charlie and his friends speak to adults, the adults’ responses are always nonsensical to the audience.… Visit the author's original post
Last week I got presented with a very rare opportunity- I got to sit in on one of my fellow teachers’ lesson as part of a professional development program we are currently doing in my school. So I’m sitting there in the back of the class, checklist in hand, and observing what was going on in her classroom.
As I’m paying close attention to what all her learners are doing in her classroom, I suddenly see that an hour has passed and it’s back to my own classroom for me…with a blank checklist, I apparently disregarded my given assignment and just focused on all the wonderful activity going on in that classroom.… Visit the author's original post
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