Category Archives: pedagogy

No classrooms. No teachers. No blackboards. No exams.

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on January 10, 2012.

 

At first glance it’s pretty obvious: Colegio Fontán is different. No classrooms.
No teachers. No blackboards. No exams. Technology supports everything they do.

“Everyone knows the ‘what’ to do in education. We’ve built the ‘how’ instead,” says Julio Fontán, school President.

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Fontán’s parents – both educators – brought their unique brand of education to Colombia from Spain 54 years ago.… Visit the author's original post

Are outdated computers reverting students to a prehistoric era?

Guest Post by Peter West, Director of eLearning, Saint Stephen’s College. Originally published at eSchool News.

3 reasons why there’s an increased need to get rid of keyboards and move to pen-based computers for today’s students.

If today’s educators continue to encourage the use of keyboards instead of digital ink and paper, they run the risk of being a ‘pager’ teacher in a smart phone world, holding on to a past that has outlived its usefulness and limits students’ cognitive potential…at least, that’s what human history and recent research is telling us.… Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: CYPHER LEARNING – Don’t forget about pedagogy when chasing technology!

We are pleased to share a guest post written by Livia Mihai, of CYPHER LEARNING, a Microsoft in Education partner. The article below takes an interesting look at the need to make sure that any technological interventions within education have a solid basis in pedagogy, in order to impact teaching and learning.

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CYPHER LEARNING is a company that specializes in providing learning management systems for the educational and corporate market. CYPHER LEARNING products are certified Microsoft partners and provide integration with the following Microsoft services: Single sign-on with Office 365, OneDrive, and OneDrive for Business.Visit the author's original post

SAMR model unleashed on Shakespeare text

Guest post by Clint Bullock. Clint is an English teachers at Gilroy Santa Maria College in Townsville, Queensland.

We hear a lot about the SAMR model, which analyses how you actually use technology. At Gilroy Santa Maria College near Townsville, we’ve started using Office Mix, to turn PowerPoint presentations into highly interactive learning tools. Without realising it, we’ve positioned ourselves at the advanced end of that model: using Mix to ‘Modify’ how we teach, and then ‘Redefine’ what’s possible. This has transformed how I teach complex English texts.… Visit the author's original post

Showcase Classroom FAQs – Using OneNote for engaging feedback

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

Flipping the Classroom, a blended learning approach

Flipping the Classroom is part of a Blended Learning approach to delivering content to students.  The website flippedlearning.org defines Flipped Learning as:

‘a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.’

Teachers all around the globe are leveraging the use of sophisticated, internet-powered tools to deliver flipped learning to their students.… Visit the author's original post

Are outdated computers reverting students to a prehistoric era?

3 reasons why there’s an increased need to get rid of keyboards and move to pen-based computers for today’s students.

If today’s educators continue to encourage the use of keyboards instead of digital ink and paper, they run the risk of being a ‘pager’ teacher in a smart phone world, holding on to a past that has outlived its usefulness and limits students’ cognitive potential…at least, that’s what human history and recent research is telling us.

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What Human History Tells Us About Keyboards

Communication in society has mirrored progress, but it has always involved a person holding a “pen”, even if that “pen” was just a pointed stick.Visit the author's original post

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

Using Analytics To Profile Classes

A 12minute guided tour of the new Class Profile reports in PowerBI Over the last twelve months St Andrew’s College has invested significant resourcing into developing web based reporting tools delivered via Microsoft’s PowerBI.com interface, to be used by both … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Hosting a TeachMeet at St Andrew’s College

This week, St Andrew’s College hosted the first TeachMeet event in Christchurch for 2016 and over 40 staff from 15 different schools attended. If you’re unsure of what a TeachMeet actually is, you can find more at the website http://www.teachmeet.co.nz  but … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: Mr Wilj Dekkers Attends Microsoft Educator Exchange

This post was written by Mr Wilj Dekkers who attended the Annual E2 Conference. He is the second St Andrew’s College teacher to be invited to this global conference, after Mr Ben Hilliam attended in 2015. Microsoft Education hold an … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Video Showcases Innovative Educators

On the 23rd November 2015 Microsoft NZ arranged for a TV crew to film and interview a number of staff and students at St Andrew’s College. The focus of the day was showcasing how the Surface Pro 3 and OneNote … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Teacher Perspectives On The Surface Pro 3

As we approach the first anniversary of the Surface Pro 3 release in New Zealand, I’ve been reflecting on the fact that we now have 26 staff members using them across the school. An earlier update on how how teachers … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: Videos From The WIPTTE 2015 Conference

This blog is read by a wide audience around the world but is also targeted at our own teachers at St Andrew’s College. Occasionally, we post information that is not related directly to eLearning stories coming out of our College … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Combining OneNote & Moodle For Assessment Submissions

One of the great things about Microsoft OneNote is the ease with which teachers can provide feedback to students on their work, helping them to develop their ideas towards the submission of assessment. This was explained in detail by Ms … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Reflections from the AIS NSW ICT Leadership & Management Conference 2015

I have been fortunate to attend the AIS NSW (Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales) ICT Management and Leadership Conference over the last few days and I thought I would share a few reflections on it here. As this … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: Excel-lent! A Smart(ie) Take On OneNote & Excel In Maths

This post was originally written by Ms Briony Marks, a teacher in our Preparatory School, on her teaching blog that you can read here. I liked the post so much, and her natural integration of technology into a Year 6 Maths … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Students Collaborate With New Features in OneNote

OneNoteAs noted in a recent post, staff at St Andrew’s College have wholeheartedly embraced the potential of OneNote to help students receive, and engage with, classroom materials in different ways. Much of the focus for teaching staff and students at this time of Term 1 has been setting up their class notebooks using the Onenote Classroom Creator tool. Feedback from staff has been overwhelmingly positive in the use of this tool to seamlessly organise both class and individual student’s distinct areas into a single notebook.… Visit the author's original post

Creating lessons that leverage technology

Teaching in “desktop” computing environments highlighted my early teaching career that included static workstations that looked very similar to classrooms of my own generation. This far too familiar environment provided the internal motivation I needed to learn new trends and ways of teaching in my classroom.

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A good amount of time was spent researching the steady shift that was occurring towards bring your own device (BOYD) in many educational districts across Canada and the United States. My chance for change occurred after accepting a new teaching assignment at Tecumseh Vista Academy, the first K to 12 school built in the Greater Essex County District School Board.… Visit the author's original post