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7 great ways to hit the ground running this school year

Guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer. Connect with Helen on the Educator Community. 

List of new students for your class. Check! 

Classroom arranged for optimal learning styles. Check! 

Bulletin boards done. Check! 

Now let’s discover seven great ways to hit the ground running this school year by getting your curriculum ready, getting to know your students, and helping your class get started with technology. 

By putting together some tools that will help you to deliver highly effective lessons, you will be set up for the year ahead and hit the ground running.Visit the author's original post

#Back2SchoolHELP is here! Teacher Ambassador hosting Live Stream FaceBook Q&A

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Microsoft Education is here to help you with your planning needs this year. We’ve got expert teachers standing by to answer your questions or help you maximise your planning for 2017. How can we help you?

We’ll be running Live webinars on our Facebook Page next week to help you prepare for planning the next year to ensure that you hit the ground running for a successful school year.

Facebook Live Webinar Series:

  • Monday 23rd Jan 10am – Setting up for teacher life in 2017
  • Tuesday 24th Jan 4pm (K-6), 8pm (7-12) – Insider tips on integrating ICT general capabilities from the Australian curriculum
  • Wednesday 25th Jan 4pm – Tips & ticks to setting up student collaboration in your classroom
  • Friday 27th Jan 8:30am – Get students to love your lessons – making learning fun!
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This easy presentation software lets students focus on content, not design

Presentations are a key part of the academic world, and multimodal assignments are frequently assigned. In most cases, the teacher wants to know what the student knows and understands about the topic being presented. The knowledge of how to use the software and the design principles (i.e. their understanding of appropriate font size and colour, image placement and size, white space, etc.) is rarely reflected in the criteria/rubric used to grade the presentation. 

But while teachers sometimes say that they will only mark the content, the look and feel of the final product can still have an impact. Visit the author's original post

10 great ways to rock back-to-school with Microsoft

t’s back-to-school time again in many parts of the world, and educators are busy getting organized. Below are some new and favorite technology features we offer educators to help make teaching easier and spark student learning, and many any are part of Office 365 Education, which is free for students and teachers.

We are committed to creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning and essential life skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.… Visit the author's original post

Call for Papers for International STEM Day @NSTA National Conference 2016

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Call for International Papers in STEM Education for NSTA National Conference 2016

Theme: Science Goes Global: The Next Generation

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

NSTA’s Guiding PrinciplesSanAntonioElemSciDay

  • Model excellence;
  • Champion science literacy;
  • Value scientific excellence;
  • Embrace diversity, equity, and respect;
  • Enhance teaching and learning through research;
  • Collaborate with partners; and
  • Exemplify a dynamic professional organization.
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Call for Papers for International STEM Day @NSTA National Conference 2016

NSTA Logo

Call for International Papers in STEM Education for NSTA National Conference 2016

Theme: Science Goes Global: The Next Generation

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

NSTA’s Guiding PrinciplesSanAntonioElemSciDay

  • Model excellence;
  • Champion science literacy;
  • Value scientific excellence;
  • Embrace diversity, equity, and respect;
  • Enhance teaching and learning through research;
  • Collaborate with partners; and
  • Exemplify a dynamic professional organization.
Visit the author's original post

Call for Papers for International STEM Day @NSTA National Conference 2016

NSTA Logo

Call for International Papers in STEM Education for NSTA National Conference 2016

Theme: Science Goes Global: The Next Generation

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

NSTA’s Guiding PrinciplesSanAntonioElemSciDay

  • Model excellence;
  • Champion science literacy;
  • Value scientific excellence;
  • Embrace diversity, equity, and respect;
  • Enhance teaching and learning through research;
  • Collaborate with partners; and
  • Exemplify a dynamic professional organization.
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Transformed Role of an Educator in the 21st Century: Revisited

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Learning is an important part of daily life and is a lifelong endeavor.

Today we believe as teachers, we are collaborators with students in enhancing the quality of their learning. This wasn’t always like this.

Traditionally, classroom instruction was primarily lecturing to students sitting at desks in rows, dutifully listening and noting-down everything they hear and understand.

Conventional Classroom
Conventional Classroom

 

The education, educating and the educated were teacher’s dominion. Teachers were rulers of the classroom. A teachers’ job was a combination of fact-distribution, custodial child care and sorting out academically inclined students from others.… Visit the author's original post

Effective use of interactive programs and how to trick your students into learning.

Lets face it, double Mathematics on a Friday afternoon can be a hard sell in any school.  In an ideal school all afternoons would be Art, Drama and Physical Education but the reality of timetabling in secondary school means that just about every class ends up with at least one afternoon lesson.  With the limited amount of teaching time in any school year we can not afford to waste valuable time but engaging students of an afternoon can be tough. An effective use of interactive programs can trick your students into learning without them realising it.… Visit the author's original post

Effective use of interactive programs and how to trick your students into learning.

Lets face it, double Mathematics on a Friday afternoon can be a hard sell in any school.  In an ideal school all afternoons would be Art, Drama and Physical Education but the reality of timetabling in secondary school means that just about every class ends up with at least one afternoon lesson.  With the limited amount of teaching time in any school year we can not afford to waste valuable time but engaging students of an afternoon can be tough. An effective use of interactive programs can trick your students into learning without them realising it.… Visit the author's original post

Work/Life Balance; How OneNote can restore your life

HandsLike most educators I work hard.  My work/life balance is often more WORK/life.  My family, health and mental wellbeing suffer and the demands of being a teacher seem to increase.  Since using OneNote I have found that the balance is coming back.  As a tool for sharing, record keeping and planning, OneNote can help restore your work/life balance to where it should be. By using OneNote for student records I save myself heaps of time.  First there is no photocopying class lists or copying down up to 300 names into some teacher record book which costs me a bundle.… Visit the author's original post

Work/Life Balance; How OneNote can restore your life

HandsLike most educators I work hard.  My work/life balance is often more WORK/life.  My family, health and mental wellbeing suffer and the demands of being a teacher seem to increase.  Since using OneNote I have found that the balance is coming back.  As a tool for sharing, record keeping and planning, OneNote can help restore your work/life balance to where it should be. By using OneNote for student records I save myself heaps of time.  First there is no photocopying class lists or copying down up to 300 names into some teacher record book which costs me a bundle.… Visit the author's original post

Top 10 Free Stuff for Teachers! (and your students)

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Here is my top 10 countdown of free resources found on the Web.  The best is at the bottom. If you know any that are better let me know!

10. Teacher written sites – Why reinvent the wheel when you can get it for free?  Many great educators have produced some fantastic stuff and made it available for all to use.  YouTube, websites, and blogs are all fantastic resources just ripe for using.  Some of my favourite are:

Khan AcademyKhan Academy

Bozeman ScienceBozeman Science

Matthew ObrianMatthew O’Brian

Australian Teacher Blog   Australian Teachers Blog


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Top 10 Free Stuff for Teachers! (and your students)

free stuff

Here are my top 10 countdown of free resources found on the Web.  The best is at the bottom. If you know any that are better let me know!

10. Teacher written sites – Why reinvent the wheel when you can get it for free?  Many great educators have produced some fantastic stuff and made it available for all to use.  YouTube, websites, and blogs are all fantastic resources just ripe for using.  Some of my favourite are:

Khan AcademyKhan Academy

Bozeman ScienceBozeman Science

Matthew ObrianMatthew O’Brian

Australian Teacher Blog   Australian Teachers Blog


ixplain9.Visit the author's original post

Microsoft PowerPoint doesn’t bore people. People bore people!

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I have a bone to pick with all the PowerPoint bashers out there.  Like you I have been to some very boring lectures where the person ‘teaching’ me is great at preparing boring slides.   This is not the fault of the program.  PowerPoint is a very powerful presentation tool that can enhance teaching and learning opportunities.  But used badly it can not only retard learning but turn students off the topic being delivered.

I have found that there are several types of poor PowerPoint presenters:

The reader

Excellent information but their whole presentation consists of them reading from the slides.   … Visit the author's original post

Microsoft PowerPoint doesn’t bore people. People bore people!

PowerPoint Logo

I have a bone to pick with all the PowerPoint bashers out there.  Like you I have been to some very boring lectures where the person ‘teaching’ me is great at preparing boring slides.   This is not the fault of the program.  PowerPoint is a very powerful presentation tool that can enhance teaching and learning opportunities.  But used badly it can not only retard learning but turn students off the topic being delivered.

I have found that there are several types of poor PowerPoint presenters:

The reader

Excellent information but their whole presentation consists of them reading from the slides.   … Visit the author's original post

Skype Translator, I can not wait to use it in the classroom!

Skype translator

I can not wait to use Skype translator in my classroom.  It will allow my students to communicate with other students across the world.  But this is not what has me excited.  What I am keen to try is using Skype within my classroom.

Let me explain.

UNHCRMy school has the highest intake of refugee students in the state.  Many will just arrive in the classroom with no notice and no English.  More than half will have signifiable trauma issues and all will have varying levels of prior education. … Visit the author's original post

Using OneNote to map flora and fauna in a local area

CameraStudents have difficulty getting enthused about classification.  It would be great if we could step out of the classroom into the middle of the Daintree Rainforest or go diving on the Great Barrier Reef.  Unfortunately the costs are prohibitive, the risk assessment astronomical and I do not think I could convince the English teachers it would be a good use of student time.  Even a short trip to my local national park would be about 5 hours preparation for 30 minutes actual time on the ground after travel.… Visit the author's original post

Enthusing Students through Creating a Film in Science

I had an amazing experience this year.  My colleague and I were reviewing a unit we taught on the creation of the universe last year.  It was a bit blah and students did not engage with the subject matter as much as we would have liked.  The other enemy of teaching was not on our side -time.  We though we would open it up a bit and give students ownership of their own learning and also allow them to work as a group. … Visit the author's original post