Innovation Coordinator and ICT Teacher Post 16 Pristine Private School Dubai, UAE @AmnaInnovatist
Amna Manzoor is on a mission to connect her students to the world globally. This mission has often been challenging, but with the help of technology – especially Skype in the Classroom – Manzoor and her classes are making great strides.
One such project that has had a major impact on the students in Manzoor’s class involves a global mural message. Titled 100 Days of Positivity, the mural was created in 2016 for the children of Fukushima, Japan, who were still recovering from the 2011 tsunami.… Visit the author's original post
Paul Watkins IT Teacher Ysgol Bae Baglan Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom @lanny_watkins
“A student said to me, ‘I’m never going to let anyone tell me I am too young to make a difference!’” Paul Watkins tells us. “This was after a 12-hour Skype Learn-a-thon I organized last summer, where pupils travelled the globe meeting inspirational guest speakers and partaking in some amazing virtual field trips. Over the course of the year I came to learn and appreciate how powerful a tool Skype in the Classroom truly is.”
For Watkins, Skype in the Classroom has been a transformation tool, transporting both students and staff to entirely new worlds through virtual field trips and more.… Visit the author's original post
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.
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
Valerie Anglemyer Instructional Coach and Seventh Grade Humanities Teacher NorthWood Middle School, Wa-Nee Community Schools Wakarusa, Indiana, USA @valanglemyer70
When it comes to leading school transformations, empowerment is one of the key ingredients to success. For Valerie Anglemyer, a 2014 Indiana Excellence in Education award winner and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (for the third year), empowering her students has sparked not only an appreciation for the world beyond their four walls, but also an entirely new way to learn.
Last year, Anglemyer and her co-teacher, Steve Bowser, created an inquiry-based pilot class titled Humanities — a combination of Social Studies and Language Arts — with a concentration on connecting the two subject areas.… Visit the author's original post
When we connect classrooms, we can change the world. And thanks to last week’s Global Education Skype-a-Thon, teachers and students from over 75 countries were empowered to do just that, traveling nearly 10 million miles (for perspective, that’s enough to circle the earth 394 times!) to celebrate global learning and diversity.
Iro Stefopoulou Skype Master Teacher United Kingdom
Iro shares even more Skype in the Classroom tips, insights and projects on her Educator Community profile. To give your class a once-in-a-lifetime experience, be sure to sign up for Microsoft’s global Skype-a-Thon, November 29-30, 2016.
In this episode I have the pleasure to chat with Todd Flory. Todd is a 4th grade teacher from Kansas. He is doing some amazing work in regards to global education. This was a fun episode as we explore the ins and outs of expanding your classroom beyond the four walls. This topic has been […]… Visit the author's original post
Are you and your students ready to take an incredible journey? Yes? Then get ready, get set, #Skypeathon!
At Microsoft, we believe the most powerful way to learn is from each other, and when we connect classrooms, we can change the world. That’s why we’re empowering students and educators around the globe to do just that. On November 29th and 30th, Microsoft is hosting is a Global Education Skype-a-Thon. Over 48 hours, participants will contribute to help reach a goal of travelling three million virtual miles.… Visit the author's original post
I have been super fortunate to be named a Skype Master Teacher. Most of what I do with Skype these days is dependent upon the amazing educators that I work with in my school who constantly challenge the status quo of education and how kids can and should learn. It is also used to connect […]… Visit the author's original post
Learning to code with Touch Develop is a great way to introduce students to skills in the Digital Technologies Curriculum, including computational thinking and computer programming. Accessing the Touch Develop Web App makes it easy for students to create touch apps and games in minutes and gives them the opportunity to learn these valuable industry skills. It also allows teachers who are designing the learning to share App links, capture thinking and monitor student progress.… Visit the author's original post
Prior to joining this session request you to please create an outlook account, in case you don’t have a Hotmail or outlook account already, using this link:http://www.outlook.com/ . Please reach out to us in case there are any questions around this. Also, please use the outlook Id to create a profile on our educator community, using this link: http://www.education.microsoft.com/ in case you are not there already.
Sharing with you details of all the four sessions with you with the links to join the sessions:
TOPIC: Skype: opening windows to the world
TIME: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm IST
PRESENTER: Meenakshi Uberoi, Founding Director De Pedagogics & Jyoti Chaba, Co-Founder, De Pedagogics
Webinar Details: This workshop provides ways to use Skype in variety of ways to enhance your teaching and learning experience.
Today, my 4th grade students were supposed to analyze data from NASA's Climate Change website. I wanted them to look at real data and to have conversations about what it meant. I wanted them to draw conclusions and make predictions. That's what today's science lesson was supposed to be. It was a good plan.
Unexpectedly, about 10 minutes into my lesson, the distinctive tone of an incoming Skype call filled the room. My students know this sound pretty well by now.… Visit the author's original post
One of the key pillars of Microsoft’s mission within education is to empower anytime anywhere learning for all. Our portfolio of different productivity tools, platforms, systems, teacher resources and more provide students and educators with the technology to enhance the way they deliver their curricula and engage with materials.
Anytime anywhere learning might mean anything from being able to access communal course materials from a SharePoint site during the school holidays, to contributing to a group project remotely through Office 365, or perhaps a teacher offering real-time feedback to their students through the OneNote Class Notebook.
This week I was excited to receivee correspondence from David Colville, from DataCom Australia. He was present at the 2016 Future Schools Expo in Sydney. His request was that a group of St Andrew’s College students could be made available to share … Continue reading →… Visit the author's original post
Often we hear about how technology is going to transform education. The world isn't the same as it used to be. Information is no longer expensive or difficult to obtain, so it makes sense that we should be helping learners develop ways to use and create knowledge rather than memorize it. Now that the entirety of human knowledge fits into one's pocket, it's time to prepare students for a world in which they will be expected to innovate, create, and solve complex problems.… Visit the author's original post
Australia continues to grow our international student education sector, with a record $18.8 billion of revenue in 2014-15 from the nearly half a million international students who study at our universities, TAFEs and schools. In universities international students make up a quarter of all students, and come from over 150 countries. It makes education a key export industry for Australia, and it also creates new challenges for education institutions - especially as the plan is for the number and diversity of international students to grow rapidly by 2020.… Visit the author's original post
Australia continues to grow our international student education sector, with a record $18.8 billion of revenue in 2014-15 from the nearly half a million international students who study at our universities, TAFEs and schools. In universities international students make up a quarter of all students, and come from over 150 countries. It makes education a key export industry for Australia, and it also creates new challenges for education institutions – especially as the plan is for the number and diversity of international students to grow rapidly by 2020.… Visit the author's original post
Thousands of educators, guest speakers and students travelled the world December 3 and 4 to celebrate learning without borders, holding calls all over the world. By calculating the 'virtual miles', the connections made during the Skype-athon, over 3 million miles were covered by Skype.
Today Mr Wilj Dekkers and Year 6 student Toby Skyped with Hannes Nel from Microsoft New Zealand about a game called “The Adventures of Mr Dot” that Toby had built in Scratch. It was a great chat aimed to help … Continue reading →… Visit the author's original post
For the past few years, my students have written nonfiction picture books for younger audiences around the world. Last year, I decided to share the lesson plan to serve as inspiration for those who wanted it, and this year I thought I would do the same. While the foundation is the same, the process has been tweaked a bit for a more meaningful experience for the students.
The goal of the project is rather simple; create a 15 to 25 slide/page nonfiction picture book meant for a 2nd or 3rd grade audience on anything you wish to write about. … Visit the author's original post
After two years of working as a curriculum coach, helping teachers and students find really incredible learning experiences, I have switched roles this year. For the first time in my 19 year career I am teaching 3rd-5th grade science. In many ways this is a dream job for me. My philosophy that learners should be encouraged to wonder, experiment, learn from failure, and connect with others around the world fit perfectly in an elementary science lab. Since I am in the same school, I have the added benefit of working with students who have learned with me for the past two years.… Visit the author's original post
Last week was another great week of innovation and global collaboration at Wissahickon Middle School! Read on to find out all about our Community Organization Wikis, Global Collaboration with Skype and WMS Tech Squad. Community Organization Wikis 6th grade Social Studies students are researching community organizations as they relate to community pride and concerns. Each […]… Visit the author's original post
One question that I’m asked frequently about new projects is:
“Who else is doing this?”
In some cases, what people (partners/customers) are looking for is confirmation that they’re going to be at the innovative edge - and that what they are doing hasn’t been done before. But most of the time, they are looking for reassurance that somebody else has taken the journey before them!
This post was written for the Christchurch Connected Educators blog as part of Connected Educators Month of October 2015. You can read the original post here. Mystery Skype is a fun activity being played by classrooms all over the world and presents … Continue reading →… Visit the author's original post
Along with the preparation of bulletin boards, seating charts, classroom procedures and syllabi, it is also important for teachers to consider the go-to digital tools and resources they will rely upon as they head into the school year. The five tools and resources outlined below can be utilized by teachers and students in many different classroom settings, grade levels and subject areas for creation, communication, collaboration, and so much more.
As a Presbyterian College, all students at St Andrew’s attend weekly Religious Education classes. At Year 9, the course provides an overview of the Christian narrative with a focus on the life and death of Jesus. In Term 3 this … Continue reading →… Visit the author's original post
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