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.
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
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
We 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 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
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.
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
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
As 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
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.
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