Category Archives: what’s fresh

Shafaque Riaz: Learning Happens in Every Problem-Solving Experience

by Shafaque Riaz
Expert Educator Columnist, UAE

This time focus of my post is that how game design naturally supports learning. For me, learning is something that happens across every context that you’re in. Each time you’re involved in a particular form of problem solving whether it’s easy or hard, you’re engaged in some form of learning. Now a days the modern games are designed with a provision of set of experiences assuming that learners are active constructors of meaning with their own drives, goals, and motivations.… Visit the author's original post

Nam Ngo Thanh: Global Project With OneNote

by Nam Ngo Thanh
Expert Educator Columnist, Vietnam

nam-2-1My name’s Nam, I’m a teacher from Vietnam. I love project-based teaching and would love to implement this throughout my teaching job. I don’t only want to limit my project within student’s range but I also look for collaboration with teachers from other countries. What tool should I go for to benefit this cooperation? OneNote, the best tool I’ve ever used, has caused me a great interest.

Why do I prefer OneNote?

-No restriction of geographic distance and different schedules

-Support to store, set up and share a variety of information at one source.… Visit the author's original post

Bridget Crooks: Redefining My Classroom in 2015

by Bridget Crooks
Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand

Redefining – to change the meaning of something or to make people think about something in a new or different way.

I am sure most of us have heard of the SAMR model for the integration of technology into our classrooms.

Developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, this model (see image above) shows a progression (or ladder) that teachers often follow as they use technology in their classrooms. What I like best about SAMR is that it supports teachers to design, develop and create innovative learning opportunities in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Andy Li: My e-School Bag– OneNote

by Andy Li
Expert Educator Columnist, Hong Kong

Tablet PCs have become affordable nowadays. This drives e-Learning into a BYOD era. Students are able to obtain large amount of information and absorb knowledge through the Internet with their own personal learning devices. However, a simple, multi-platform and convenient tool is needed to use with their devices for learning so that students can save, consolidate, and share their learning resources with other students and teachers.

OneNote can fulfill everything we need. In Windows 8, OneNote as a Windows app has already been installed as default.… Visit the author's original post

Sachita Jeeta: Believe the Impossible – My Experience as an MIE Expert 2015

by Sachita Jeeta
Expert Educator Columnist, Mauritius


Great achievement was once impossible for me, until someone set a goal to make it a reality…

sachita-2-1Friday, 7th November 2014, something unbelievable happened. It was around 19hrs when I was checking my email. As usual I started deleting unwanted emails. Soon after, I saw an email “Razan Roberts (Vega Cons….”. I ignored it and said to myself “… all these spammy emails keep coming to my inbox… I’ll delete it later”.… Visit the author's original post

Kelli Etheredge: Looking for a New Year’s Resolution? Resolve to Use OneNote with Your Students!

by Kelli Etheredge
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

Happy New Year!

As it is every year, resolutions are a hot topic.  Twitter, Facebook, commercials – everywhere I look someone is resolving to change a habit.  While some center around personal goals (improving your health, de-cluttering), others are focused on work goals (learning a new skill, organizing).  I’ll admit it – I don’t think I have ever stuck to a New Year’s resolution.  Sad, I know.  Don’t get me wrong – I have changed a habit or two in my lifetime.  … Visit the author's original post

Kemi Olurinola: How Would You Define “Limited Technology”?

By Kemi Olurinola
Expert Educator Columnist, Nigeria

Recently I read an article on Mind/Shift titled Think Big: How to Jumpstart Tech Use In Low-Income Schools. The title did get my attention and so I decide to read the article, I am always interested in adding to my bank of ideas aimed at helping low income schools. The article was about Daisy Dyer Duerr, Prek-12 Principal of St. Paul Public Schools in St. Paul, Arkansas. While it did make an interesting read and I would readily recommend it, my focus of interest was at the point where the technologies available at her school were listed.… Visit the author's original post

Tammy Dunbar: Let’s Resolve to Get Messy!

by Tammy Dunbar
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

teachergeekToo often our New Year’s Resolutions involve perfection: we want to look better, weigh less, and have whiter teeth (but not whiter hair). We want our students to score higher on those standardized tests, our lesson plans to work efficiently and effectively the first time, and our technology to work exactly the way it’s supposed to every time.

This New Year, let’s instead resolve to be more like my animated hero, Ms. Frizzle.

Let’s take chances.… Visit the author's original post

Scott Bricker: The Coach’s Corner- Communication in the 21st Century

by Scott Bricker
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

Over the course of the past two weeks, as I enjoyed some much needed down time and even a few days away from my computer, I have been very aware of how nice it was to not feel so “connected” as when school is in session and my every minute is consumed in front of my computer, working with a student on their computer, or talking about computers with teachers and staff around campus.Visit the author's original post

Amanda Crabb: First Words

by Amanda Crabb
Expert Educator Columnist, UK

The excitement of a toddler who has just said their first words is a special and treasured moment. Parents wait in anticipation to hear their child’s first comprehensible word and the thrill of hearing their precious child take their first steps into a world where they can communicate using words and sentences is always a happy moment. Granted, whilst many parents are disappointed to discover that their child’s first utterance is the dreaded “no”, their accomplishment of such an incredible milestone is always celebrated nonetheless.… Visit the author's original post

School Snapshot: Landesschule Pforta, Germany

School: Landesschule Pforta

Location: Naumburg, Germany

Type of School: Government

Levels of Schooling: Secondary, Boarding School, Special Gifted Students

Number of Students: 300

Number of Teachers: 43

Number of Classrooms: 28


MIE Experts: 1.) Thomas Dahnke, Expert Educator 2014 and MIE Expert 2015, STEM; 2.) Frank Kisser, Expert Educator 2015, English and History; 3.) Frauke Amberg, Expert Educator 2015, English, Spain and Russian

How is learning supported in and out of the classroom?

The learning is supported in and outside the classroom through good educational ideas, concepts and projects.… Visit the author's original post

Olalekan Adeeko: Did You Know- The Scourge Called Plagiarism

by Olalekan Adeeko
Expert Educator Expert, Nigeria

It is not a coincidence that I put pen to paper to write on plagiarism, it is something that I have technically done myself at a point in time.

What is Plagiarism?

olalekan-plagiarismMerriam Webster Dictionary defines plagiarism as “as the act of using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to that person”. Wikipedia says: “it is the wrongful appropriation and stealing and publication of another author’s language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions and the representation of them as one’s own original work.… Visit the author's original post

Marija Petreska: Swaying Tweets

by Marija Petreska
Expert Educator Columnist, Republic of Macedonia

So that your classroom is fully twitterized and your tweets are Swayed into a story, make sure all your students create twitter accounts. Be careful twitter is not for students under 13, so I suggest informing parents and school authorities before you start and an official consent on both sides is advisable.

I’m an English language teacher so my ideas will go in that direction, but I’m sure you can all find something interesting, or that my ideas might grow into new ones you can use.… Visit the author's original post

Bozena Kraj: Step by Step with History and ICT in Project Based Learning

by Bozena Kraj
Expert Educator Columnist, Poland

When I look back upon my life, I get aware how much my students and I appreciate project based learning and how immense its didactic role in our school daily life is. Whatever the topic of the project is – all the interdisciplinary subject areas of PBL open us to the world – its present, past and the future, with all the branches of world knowledge we are interested in. It seems that PBL has always made a big difference in well planned didactic processes, and resulted in tangible  achievements both didactic and pedagogical ones.… Visit the author's original post

Ruby KL Huang: It’s in the Sway you say it!

Steve Martin, Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand- In my first blog entitled ‘There are no rainbows without rain’ I outlined the intention of sharing the story of a group of teachers within the Science Department who are building success through technology. What follows is an inspiring article written by Ruby Huang, a second year teacher who is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert at Howick College.

The Conjugation of Sway: I Sway, You Sway, He Sways, She Sways, They Sway, We Sway

By Ruby KL Huang
Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand

“Hey, have you seen the latest Microsoft programme called Sway?”

“Sway?… Visit the author's original post

Sukmawati Rahmad: Microsoft Mouse Mischief- How to Use and Tips

by Sukmawati Rahmad
Expert Educator Columnist, Indonesia

sukmawati-pictureHave you ever confused asking students who love playing game to learn? In this digital century, children get used to interact with many gadgets but many of them cannot use the gadgets properly. They get cultural shocked. They use them mostly for playing games even when they are in classroom. They always wait for any opportunities using their gadget for playing than studying. So perhaps the following article can inspire you how to prepare a learning process in this situation.… Visit the author's original post

Kelli Etheredge: Gifts for Our Students – Lync Recordings

by Kelli Etheredge
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

As you read this post, I am on Christmas break with my family. My children are reveling in the joys of Christmas – opening presents, playing games, perusing books – and not thinking about school for a single moment.   All is as it should be.

The calm of the holiday season is wonderful. Getting to the calm, however, meant lots of hard work and studying for my seventh grader (and every other St. Paul’s Episcopal middle and high school student).… Visit the author's original post

Tammy Dunbar: The Gift of Time

by Tammy Dunbar
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

teachergeek‘Tis the season when everyone is looking for the perfect present. Wherever you turn, there are gift ideas for outdoors folks, gourmet cooks, book lovers, animal fans and, of course, tech people.

In our interconnected and fast-paced world, it’s easy to point, click and order something that can be delivered right to someone’s front door. But, if you listen to Dr. Seuss’s Grinch, the best gift comes without ribbons, it comes without tags, it comes without packages, boxes or bags!… Visit the author's original post

Scott Bricker: The Coach’s Corner

by Scott Bricker
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

The more years that pass, the more I am aware of just how sincerely I want to belong and have a purpose in everything I do in my life.

The irony of this awareness is that, as I approach my 40th birthday in early 2015 while also wrapping up my 16th year in education, my strong desire to belong hasn’t changed much from my days as a K-12 student, when I was slightly more idealistic and admittedly much more willing to let others take control of situations than I am today.Visit the author's original post

Marija Petreska- Introducing My Column!

by Marija Petreska
Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia

My column will be all about sharing tips, ideas and examples of how we use Windows 8 apps in our classroom. You are about to taste an amazing story of how I transformed a tech free classroom games into tech spiced activities. Just to make it clearer I’ll give you a sniff of what it will smell like :)

Have you ever done a miming game? It’s super fun, right? But haven’t you been in a situation where a student keeps on miming and no one can guess what he is doing?… Visit the author's original post

Karina Batat: Office 365- Class 365

by Karina Batat
Expert Educator Columnist, Israel

In my journey toward change, I’ve come to the idea of a virtual learning environment to inspire and empower teacher and students to create their own spaces to foster curiosity and creativity.

Influenced by the ideas of leading thinkers, experts on education, creativity and innovation like Sir Ken Robinson and Mr Sugata Mitra:

“… We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture: create the conditions under which our students will begin to flourish.” ― Sir Ken Robinson (The Element).

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Koen Timmers: Office Sway- Create, Present, and Share

by Koen Timmers
Expert Educator Columnist, Belgium

Sway and I, it was love at first sight. As a teacher, I saw educational opportunities and as a web designer, I instantly loved its ease of use. Sway offers the opportunity to create trendy onepagers in the blink of an eye. The attractive user-interface ensures a fast result. Sway is a webapp; this means you don’t need to install software, don’t need to constantly hit save, yet still have access to your sways at all places.… Visit the author's original post

Kalpana Kishorekumar: BETT Asia 2014- A Road to Transformation

by Kalpana Kishorekumar
Expert Educator Columnist, Brunei


“Learning is a lifelong process”, so I have heard and believed! But BETT ASIA made me to witness it and now all I can say is “so I have experienced”!

“BETT ASIA” is Asia’s premier gathering of senior education leaders where they exceptionally remain open minded to discuss about technology altered landscape of learning, by placing tools of innovation and inspiration into the hands of educators, decision makers and other key educational professionals.… Visit the author's original post

Becky Keene: Five Ways, Not Four

by Becky Keene
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

This is my first blog post for What’s Fresh, under my column called The Modern Learner. I’ve been thinking for weeks about what to write. Then, last week, I got a chance to work with 18 fourth grade student technology ambassadors at one of Kent School District’s elementary schools, and I knew that’s what I wanted to write about.

I was showing the students how to use their Surface RT devices more efficiently. “There are four ways to get back to the Start screen,” I told the students.… Visit the author's original post

Julie Hembree: Adding Coding to Your Literacy Bag of Tricks

by Julie Hembree
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

I am a reader, a writer and an elementary school librarian. What I am not is a computer programmer or coder, or so I thought until recently. This fall when the wave of publicity increased about the Hour of Code, and National Computer Science week, I dismissed it. I simply didn’t think coding was anything I needed to teach during my library lessons, especially in elementary school. I have so much to teach in my weekly lessons already, why should I add more to my plate?… Visit the author's original post

Tammy Dunbar: Shortcuts to Success!

by Tammy Dunbar
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

Sometimes, it really is the little things that matter most.

“It’s nice that we were given these Surface Pros, but the screen is just too small for me to see.”

I overheard this from a fellow teacher as she gestured toward her new SPro on the table in front of her. Without saying a word, I reached over and hit Ctrl+ several times on her keyboard.  Catching my movement out of the corner of her eye (like any good teacher would), she glanced at her screen, then turned to me wide-eyed.… Visit the author's original post

Tasha Candela: 2014 Web Design Competition

by Tasha Candela
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

Prior to the 2010-11 school year, I did not know the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) existed.  It was my technology director, Fran Hubert, who sent a web design contest flyer to my inbox.  Hundreds of professional development opportunities and contests grace my desk annually.  This one was no different.  And it certainly was not printed on neon paper adorned with glitter flecks.  But web design is my favorite class to teach so I jumped at this chance. … Visit the author's original post

Richard Snyder: My Makerspace Experience- Just Do It

by Richard Snyder
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

The best professional learning tool I use daily is Twitter. I get to see projects, share ideas, and receive feedback on my work and ideas from hundreds of colleagues (most of whom I’ve never met). It’s an instantaneous source of ideas and collaboration that I rely on, and it has fueled many ideas for my middle school library.

One idea was the notion of creating a makerspace in the library. I heard about this over the last few years at conferences like NCCE and ISTE, but I was unsure about how this could look in my space.… Visit the author's original post

Meenakshi Uberoi: My Tryst With Technology

by Meenakshi Uberoi
Expert Educator Columnist, India

My tryst with technology goes almost a decade back, when Microsoft announced the ‘Innovative Teachers Leadership Award 2005’ in India, more specifically in our school. I was instantly drawn to it, as it catered to my need of the hour – to carve a niche for myself amongst the highly capable, experienced and qualified teachers. Though I am and have always been a technology enthusiast who loves to work with the latest in technology, this platform brought out the best of me.… Visit the author's original post

Andy Li: A Perfect Assistant to Your Flipped Classroom (English and Chinese)

by Andy Li
Expert Educator Columnist, Hong Kong

Flipped Classroom has been a very hot topic in education. Many teachers have tried to implement such a new approach in school. It could help teachers achieve something that has long been difficult to achieve: student-centric learning and self-directed learning models.

To flip your classroom, you must use technology tools to assist. There are several factors for consideration. First, students are required to watch or read from home the materials prepared by teachers.… Visit the author's original post