Category Archives: India

Skype-a-thon brings the world to students in rural India – Arokia Seeli Priya, India

Every educator has moments that define and shape their teaching. For Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Arokia Seeli Priya, that moment took place just weeks ago, when The Titan School – a Microsoft Showcase School where Priya teaches – announced they would be participating in Microsoft’s Skype-a-thon in December.

For Priya, the idea of participating in the event as an MIE was both terrifying and energizing.

“It was a huge challenge for me,” she says. “With Sway, Office Mix and OneNote, I had tips and tricks at my fingertips – I knew them intimately. … Visit the author's original post

Bringing technology – and a future – to rural India – Jyoti Chaba, India

Most teachers have at least a few stories about students they’ve influenced, those whose lives they’ve changed for the better. For Jyoti Chaba, the ability to impact young peoples’ future is not only a primary motivation, it’s her calling.

This Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, who often collaborates with Daily Edventures alums like Meenakshi Uberoi and Mamta Narula, is certainly fulfilling that calling.

When Chaba recently volunteered in small, rural villages, she used technology to introduce young girls to dental hygiene.… Visit the author's original post

Certiport announces 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist India Champions

Certiport has announced the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) India Champions in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint, culminating the popular technology skills competition in New Delhi, India. Thousands of entries were received and 125 finalists competed in the final round by taking a unique competition exam in their track. Representatives from Microsoft, Pearson VUE and local dignitaries attended the awards ceremony and congratulated winners.

The 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist India Champions are:

  • Shashank Batra, Word 2010
  • Rohan Sethi, Excel 2010
  • Vibhor Vij, PowerPoint 2010
  • Kedar Joshi, Word 2013
  • Nishita Dahisaria, Excel 2013
  • Kunal Garg, PowerPoint 2013

 The six first place champions each won an invitation and all-expenses-paid trip to compete in Certiport’s 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship from August 9-12 2015 in Dallas, Texas.… Visit the author's original post

2015 MOS World Championship | Regional Updates

Right now, at a school in one of 130 countries, students are seated at a computer, laser-focused on an exam unlike any other. Working within Microsoft Office Word, Excel, or PowerPoint; each student must perform a set of tasks based on a business scenario with pinpoint accuracy, in the shortest time possible. Passing the exam not only earns them a MOS certification, but also qualifies them to start the journey to the 2015 MOS World Championship (previously).

 From these local qualifying rounds, top scoring students will represent their schools at MOS Regional Championships held around the world in May and June.… Visit the author's original post

Poonam Dogra: Fostering Collaboration For Innovative Excellence

by Poonam Dogra
Expert Educator Columnist, India

Rayat International School is a hub of International Collaborative projects.

Encouraging students to reach out to one another to solve problems and share knowledge not only builds collaboration skills but leads to deeper learning and understanding.

Global collaborative learning uses technology as  a  tool  to  build  relationships  by  collaborating,  communicating,  and  sharing  with  others throughout the world. Students are not just using the computer to do the same activity they might do without a computer.… Visit the author's original post

Meenakshi Uberoi: Dubai Global Forum – Melting Pot of Leaders in Transformation of Education

by Meenakshi Uberoi
Expert Educator Columnist, India

Microsoft’s Global Forum in Dubai was a great ‘melting pot’ of leaders in education and policy makers who are driving transformation in education and supporting students to be equipped for work and life.

It was an honour for me to participate as a speaker in 3 sessions, namely, ‘Concepts & Contexts of Deep Learning’; ‘’Learning Design for Impact’ and ‘Technology Enriched Instruction’ and I am thankful to Microsoft worldwide & Microsoft India for entrusting me with such a great opportunity.… Visit the author's original post

Análisis del artículo: “El papel de la organización escolar en el cambio educativo: la inercia de lo establecido”

Pensar un proceso de cambio educativo requiere pensar también la organización escolar, en el sentido que ésta constituye el entramado sobre el cual se desarrollar. La escuela es la comunidad organizada básica de educación y es a este nivel donde hay que tratar los problemas y las posibilidades de la innovación del currículum (Stenhouse, 1984, p. 222). A partir de la anterior afirmación podemos afirmar que el inicio de todo cambio, de toda innovación, debe darse en cada escuela, para posteriormente poder extrapolarse a toda la comunidad educativa y de esta manera, poder llegar a convertirse en un proceso de cambio sólido.… Visit the author's original post

Anutosh Deb: Teaching with Visual Media

by Anutosh Deb
Expert Educator Columnist, India

Anutosh Deb, teaching Art Education and working with 21st Century skills creating ICT based projects in K-12 schools in India. I have been working in the Government sector, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, for the past about twenty years.

However the past twelve years of my profession has been the most rewarding and satisfying. Though I am basically teaching Art, I am more at ease teaching with ICT. Doing so I have been widely acknowledged for my ICT based works, creating number of online collaborative projects with students of my school and with other teachers and students of different schools globally.… Visit the author's original post

Bijal Damani: From Good To Great Teaching

by Bijal Damani
Expert Educator Columnist, India

What will differentiate an ordinary teacher from a great teacher in years to come? A lot has been said about training and preparing students with 21st century skills. But we as teachers are so engrossed in fulfilling our present task that we have forgotten that our roles are undergoing massive changes. Here is the list of characteristics which differentiates a Great Teacher from A Good Teacher.

A Good Teacher A Great Teacher
SUBJECT MATTER
Is an expert in subject matter + knows how to integrate it with other subjects so that students get to know the whole picture
TECHNOLOGY
Uses the technology to distribute content, information to students + Mostly devices the lessons plans where students use the technology for Creating.
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Hari Krishna Arya: My Journey in Learning ICT

by Hari Krishna Arya
Expert Educator Columnist, India

“Every time you overcome a challenge, it will lift you up, build you strong and make it easier for you to overcome your next trial.” This is the beauty of challenges and I strongly believe in this. This always motivate me to do something new and unique. Here is my story of facing challenges and overcoming them.

I have been very passionate to use innovative practices in teaching and always wanted to do something new and exciting.… Visit the author's original post

Padma: Introducing My Column

by Padma S.
Expert Educator Columnist, India

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”—Benjamin Franklin

I am a psychologist and an educator. I teach kids aged 8 years to 11 years in India. Young, curious children teach me new things every day. As an educator, I encourage kids to question, inquire and do independent or group research. As a psychologist, I engage children with learning disabilities. In a classroom full of young minds, that one child unable to tune in just because it’s wired differently draws me in.… Visit the author's original post

Bijal Damani: My Tips for Successful ICT Integration

by Bijal Damani
Expert Educator Columnist, India

Wishing a very happy new year to all!

I am Bijal Damani teaching Business to Grade 11-12 students at The Galaxy Education System, Rajkot – India. In my first blog, I am going to talk about four points of why and how teachers should embrace technology in their classroom.

During my 15 years of teaching-learning experience, following are my observations about effective integration of technology into classroom.

Your lesson plan still matters

Being pressurized to use the technology, many teachers start with the technology first.… Visit the author's original post

5th Graders Use Green Screen to Produce News Broadcast

This year our 5th grade news team has transitioned to a fully digital news broadcast using a school iPad, the DoInk Green Screen App, and iMovie.  The results have been amazing, and the students are learning video editing, production, communication, and critical thinking skills while developing innovative ways to keep the school informed of important events.

The Global Distance Teaching Project, in which our 5th graders create teaching videos of mathematical concepts for students from around the world in exchange for videos of those students teaching us other topics, is often featured on our news broadcast.  … Visit the author's original post

Global Holiday Song Exchange Skype-a-Thon

Yesterday the students at the South Elementary got to experience one of the great joys of the holiday season – music from around the world.  Through Skype, our students took part in seven different group calls that allowed them to exchange holiday songs with students from five different continents.

The planning of the project over the past 2 weeks was done with the help of a lesson posted on the Skype in the Classroom website.  We asked for classrooms in other locations to contact us if they wished to participate.  … Visit the author's original post

5th Grade Global Connections

As part of an ongoing drive to learn about the geography and culture in locations around the globe, Mrs. Lavoy’s 5th graders have been involved in some really awesome projects.

Both sections are participating the October Skype Global Video Message Exchange along with students and schools from 6 continents.  Each week in October, a new question is asked about the participants’ locations.  Each participating class then needs to answer with a video message.  Responses are available for all the participating classes so that everybody can learn from each other.… Visit the author's original post