Category Archives: Collaboration

New Skype Interview! Erin and Deek Rhew. Martin’s article and Erin and Deek’s feedback!

Martin, 10th grader, wants to share his views on our latest Skype interview:

On May 31, we had a Skype interview with two American authors, Erin and Deek RHEW, after having analyzed Erin’s novel’s incipit, an excerpt from “The Prophecy”. This cute couple could be described as funny, geeky, talented and beautiful, leading to one of the most enjoyable interviews of this year, even though the whole class had to overcome several technical problems!
But after a while, we managed to establish this extremely pleasant moment of learning.… Visit the author's original post

Extra Credits: OneNote Class Notebook offers new ways to include parents in learning

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry from the Office Blog covers new updates to OneNote Class Notebook, which now makes it easier for teachers to bring parents into the conversation for a whole new level of parental transparency. Using Class Notebook extends the scope beyond the traditional approach of selective parent communication with examples of student work.

Excerpt:

 

To address the top requests we heard from teachers, administrators and parents/guardians, we’re pleased to announce the release of four new features in OneNote Class Notebook:

Parent or guardian access to Class Notebook (read-only links)—Teachers now can quickly and easily generate read-only links to both the Content Library and individual student notebooks.

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OneNote Class Notebook updates include read-only parent or guardian access and Collaboration Space permissions

The following post originally featured on the Office Blog, and details the new updates to the OneNote Class Notebook.


Over the last year, our team has been working with and listening to educators to learn how they are using OneNote Class Notebooks. We are continuously impressed by the passion and creativity of teachers and students who are using our tools. A common theme we heard was how OneNote continues to save teachers time and enhance collaboration in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

5 tips for collaboration in Professional Learning Communities

Teachers are busy people. They must keep up to date with changes in their curriculum, teaching and learning styles, and continue their own learning path. Getting help from peers and leveraging each other’s best practices can be a big time saver.

That’s why educators can form Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to work together and to improve their professional skills and teaching methods. The communities encourage a culture of collaboration between their members. PLCs often extend their networks beyond their originating schools, to educators from other schools, other communities and even other countries.… Visit the author's original post

10 time saving, productivity boosting Office tips for staff and students

As educators continue to help young learners develop the necessary digital skills for the modern working world, more and more of the tools and practices that the students would eventually expect to utilise when they enter the workplace are featuring in the classroom. However, one major caveat applied to any introduction of technology is that it should be used to enhance the learning and pedagogy, and not become a distraction and get in the way of progress.

microsoft_blog_office_heroimage_v2Microsoft Office is widely used by students, and even more deeply integrated into the daily activities of faculty and staff.… Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – Showcase School: Collaboration, Engagement, & Enhanced Teaching and Learning, by Paula Lowry

march-april-cover#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. In the latest issue you’ll find stories from schools specialising in SEND, studies from the British Dyslexia Association, and the latest on technologies that can aid SEND learners and those who teach them.

This extract is written by Paula Lowry, Headteacher of School at Saint Joseph’s Catholic and Church of England Primary, and also Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. In this article, Paula discusses the progress her school has made with the advancements of technology, and how this has developed learning within the classroom.Visit the author's original post

Eric Price’s interview. By Noah.

Today was a great day again for our “Seconde” class. We have interviewed the charismatic American author, Eric Price. We have learnt very much about him, and about what he thinks and feels about literature. He has on this day written 2 fantasy novels, many short stories and articles. He has been living in the south of the U.S. for a few years, with his wife and 2 sons. Besides his writing he also helps his wife working on her family farm.… Visit the author's original post

David Atkinson’s Skype Interview. By Noah.

We have once again Skype interviewed a great author! This time, it was the poet David Atkinson, an inspiring Irish author. Through a short Skype interview, he has presented himself, his life, his art and his philosophy. Accompanied by a journalist from the “Journal Du Dimanche”, and a photographer, a lucky half of our class have experienced this delightful moment.
A few questions we asked him:
What is poetry to you?
- A poem to me is a creation, art, “the best words in the best order”.… Visit the author's original post

Cathi Unsworth’s Skype Interview with my students. By Lila.

Curled light blonde hair with a swirl of black held with red and green barrettes… an amazing author answered our questions, while France 3’s TV crew filmed our every move. Another great Skype interview, this time with the charismatic Cathi Unsworth.
"How do you come up with the titles of your novels?"
“Most of them come from songs”, she told us.
"What message do you try to convey through your stories?"
She speaks up about what the bullies make others go through, she wants to spread tolerance.… Visit the author's original post

Cyane’s visit. By Kostia

Sometimes, you have great opportunities which are offered to you and you really don't want to let those pass. I believe that our class with the French author Cyane was one of those great moments you never forget in your life. He is a great writer and is a passionate man and he believes in what he does and that is something great to see when you're a 15-year-old teenager. At first,I thought that the project was simply translating a book but once he explained to us what the purpose of this project really was, I was shocked.… Visit the author's original post

Skype Interview of David ARENSTAM, American author. By Louise.

On February 28, our class had a Skype interview with novel author David Arenstam. This American writer started by introducing himself to us. David Arenstam is a Massachusetts-born author, he started off his professional life by creating his own data processing company, but soon abandoned that job for something he had dreamed of for years: teaching English literature and writing. This quick presentation was followed by getting to know more about his book than we knew from the extract we had read.… Visit the author's original post

Showcase Classroom FAQs – A quick solution to enhancing collaborative working

showcase-classroom-cropped-logoWe have seen thousands of educators, colleges and universities come through the Showcase Classroom, each at a different stage in their journey of digital transformation, and in every session we are asked a range of questions about our technology and how it can make a real impact in the classroom. These questions and discussions will form the basis of our Showcase Classroom blog series, where we will be sharing the insights, experiences, tips & tricks and more, from those who pass through the Showcase Classroom.Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – Empowering Teachers with OneNote at Microsoft School Acklam Grange, by Jon Tait

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written by Jon Tait, Deputy Head Teacher at Microsoft School Acklam Grange, and looks at how the practice of flipped learning has been applied to leadership meetings in combination with Surface devices and OneNote to enable more productive and cost effective uses of time.Visit the author's original post

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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New author blog post! David Arenstam tells us about his love for literature!

It is a great honor to welcome David Arenstam on my blog!
We actually met last April in Saco when my students, my colleague, Mr Tabary and I were visiting the school.
When I read his short stories, I immediately asked him to join my lietrature project!
THANK YOu so much Dave for accepting!


Writer, writer, who wants to be a writer?

The question was so simple, and for me, so complicated. For most of my adult life, I owned and operated a small software and data-processing firm that specialized in providing technology solutions for small banks and credit union.… Visit the author's original post

Slides I will use for the May 30 webinar with CYANE, French author. (French version of the May 2 webinar)


How can you attend the webinar?
Lien d'accès: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/fairevivre/
Informations: https://v.gd/fairevivre
Inscription: http://lpm.lpm.uni-sb.de/Webinar/index3.php
Avec CYANE : auteur.… Visit the author's original post

An amazing teacher! Guest post and Tedx Talk by Mareike Hachemer!

Thank you, Marie-Hélène, for introducing me to your blog! And congratulations for being a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize 2017. I'm looking forward to working with you towards a hopeful future for education and the world. In my TEDxTalk that I gave in Heidelberg I talk about the importance of the teaching professions and the impact teachers can have on the world. Imagine, if we all connected our learning to actions that helped us achieve the UN Global Goals and make the world a better place ...… Visit the author's original post

New author guest post. And now for something completely different: poetry by David Atkinson

David Atkinson is the only poet to have joined my literature project and it is a great honor to welcome him on my blog!

His website: davidatkinsonpoet.wordpress.com

 

Black Eyed Peace




Black Eyed Peace is my second collection of poetry was published in 2014.Visit the author's original post

Five years celebrating everyday heroes  

Celebrating five years of Daily Edventures 

Five years ago, we started an incredible journey to showcase the stories of education heroes from all around the globe. Over the course of this journey, we’ve featured hundreds of accounts of innovation, struggle, passion, and dedication that continue to inspire us on how educators, students, administrators and change makers are transforming education.

While a lot has changed in the last five years, our passion to empower every educator to do more is unwavering. The focus of Daily Edventures remains the same—celebrating the incredible work that too often goes unnoticed.… Visit the author's original post

Cultural connections using Skype at Sheldon College

Which of these scenarios would engage, entice and enthral your students?  Reading about fossils found in the Australia, or taking part in a live video call with an archaeologist on site in the Western Australian outback as they unearth a 3.5-billion-year-old fossil?  

Even ancient protozoa can tell you the answer to that question.

Students at Sheldon College using Skype in the classroom

Students at Sheldon College using Skype in the classroom.

Skype in the Classroom is a global phenomenon.  Only last year, Microsoft Vice President – Worldwide Education, Anthony Salcito hosted a Microsoft Skype-a-Thon for 48 hours straight, traversing the globe in a way that only Skype in the Classroom can manage.  Visit the author's original post