Category Archives: Technology in Education

“Our students need to find their place in this new digital environment and be ready for the new challenges.” – Stefan Malter, Germany 

Stefan Malter
University Lecturer/Chief Editor
Technical University of Dortmund/nrwision – TV learning channel
Dortmund, Germany
@StefanMalter

Before becoming a university lecturer, Stefan Malter worked as a television journalist. But he always felt the need to give something back, to offer his knowledge to those who might appreciate his experience.

“When I got the chance to become a media trainer and give workshops as a second job, it felt like two worlds merging: my professional creative and productive urge on the one hand – and my purpose to teach and educate future journalists and interested citizens on the other,” Malter shares with us.… Visit the author's original post

“The use of Sway is the most powerful activity that enables students to do more in a short amount of time.” – Amna Manzoor, Dubai

 

Amna Manzoor
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

Connecting students to science and fun – Tom Gamble, USA

Tom Gamble
Middle School Math and Science Teacher
Omaha Virtual School
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
@gambletg

“One of my favorite activities is having students model elements, compounds, and mixtures in Minecraft aligned with my eighth-grade standards in Physical Science. Students were excited to model their products using the components within Minecraft. They created an “arena” to put their items, used signs to describe them, and photographed them to export to their exit tickets for the day as their evidence. Whether they turned iron ore into iron, or sand into glass, they found multiple models to show their understanding.… Visit the author's original post

“As teachers, we are futurists.” – Lisa Anne Floyd, Canada

Lisa Anne Floyd
Director of Research and Inquiry, Fair Chance Learning/ Instructor, Western University Faculty of Education/Teacher,Thames Valley District School Board
London, Ontario, Canada
@lisaannefloyd

For Lisa Anne Floyd, teaching students how to use technology effectively is critical, but it isn’t the ultimate goal.

“I believe it is even more important for students to be given the opportunity to become creators and authors of technology,” she says. “They can do this by learning how to code. No matter what field they pursue, they will at least need to have a basic understanding of how computers work, how we program robots to be artificially intelligent and how most of the objects around them will be connected to the internet of things.”

Floyd, a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator knows that computational thinking – taking large problems, breaking them down into smaller, more manageable parts – is key to helping students think “differently, efficiently, productively and creatively.” And she knows that coding promotes this type of thinking.… Visit the author's original post

Making technology work for every type of student – Josh Davis, USA

As an instructional technology coach, Josh Davis is not only among the first to try out new technology at his school, he also gets to experience the initial excitement from both teachers and students when they get to try something they’ve never seen before.

A 17-year veteran in his school district – 15 years as a middle school history teacher, two in his current role – he’s seen a lot of change. And school transformation is a big one.

His advice for a successful whole-school transformation plan?… Visit the author's original post

“Giving students the opportunity to connect with peers from all around the world and from different cultural backgrounds opens their eyes and minds. Skype in the Classroom, apart from practicing communication skills, takes learning outside of the classroom and provides authentic learning experiences!” 

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.

Skype-a-thon
About Iro Stefopoulou

  • Connect with Iro Stefopoulou on the Educator Community
  • Read Iro’s blog
  • Birthplace: Trikala, Greece
  • Educational background: BA English Language and Literature, MA in Education
  • Website I check every day: Edutopia, Microsoft Educator Network
  • Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Skype, OneNote and Sway
  • What is the best advice you have ever received?
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Don’t waste time in class during end of term: Tech-tivities to try post-assessment!


As we near the end of the year you may find time to invest in some classroom activities once exams and assessment have finished. In my experiences the unstructured, dreaded worksheets of crosswords, puzzles and santa drawings often encourage poor classroom behaviour and general unrest in students. 

I suggest that if you do happen to have time up your sleeve that you consider planning some meaningful learning to keep your students focused and engaged in their schooling.


End of year Tech-tivities! 

Listed below are a few ideas for end of year activities which primarily use technology.Visit the author's original post

The Learning Journey: Microsoft is a Leader in Education


The Global Forum – Miami is a unique opportunity for education and school leaders, policymakers, top industry experts and also Microsoft partners to discuss the key transformations in Education across K-12 and Higher Education and how Microsoft can support those goals.


Dr Cathy Cavanaugh Head of Teaching & Learning, Microsoft Worldwide Education delivered the keynote address on the opening day. Dr Cavanaugh explained that 

The learning journey consists of three steps that involve technology: 

  • THINK (Digital Ink – thinking scaffolds, and inking is a way of processing that is happening in highly visual ways)
  • EXPRESS (OneNote and Sway - express where they stand in their conceptual understanding
  • COLLABORATE & RECORD (Office Mix, OneNote - students work together and their learning is captured)

Think

The 21st Century Learning Design framework states information is growing exponentially and the meaning of ‘knowing’ has shifted from being able to consume, remember and reproduce information to one where learners actively construct understanding to create knowledge that is new and usable to them.Visit the author's original post

Adobe and Microsoft partnership will benefit The Creative Arts in Schools



Adobe and Microsoft are two of the biggest names in the Creative Arts industry. Adobe's recently announced updates tailored for the Microsoft Surface Pro's have the Creative Arts industry buzzing. Adobe and Microsoft have paired an intuitive touch screen interface with powerhouse hardware to deliver an experience to the Creative Arts industry that is unprecedented. Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is an unmatched entry to the market now flooded with touch capable devices. Adobe has achieved some incredible things through clever development in the back end of its software suite to pair with Microsoft's engineering brilliance. 



Australian educators and students can expect to benefit from this partnership in the long run.
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