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Tammy Dunbar: OneNote To The Rescue!

by Tammy Dunbar Expert Educator Columnist, USA We had to have a Student Success Team meeting for Paris immediately. She had recently completed trimester proficiencies as well as reading comprehension testing in Read 180, and it seemed clear she might need more help than she was receiving. Emails were sent back and forth, but because we were in the middle of standardized testing, it was impossible to schedule a meeting so everyone could review the new data that would guide our suggestions on how best to help her. The new data was difficult to review without getting together: only I had access to her district proficieny scores, our Read 180 teacher was the only person with access to Paris’ reading comprehension data, her cumulative file was in a secure room, and our administrator had the only copy of the original SST recommendations which were on paper.  Then it hit me: why not create a OneNote for our Student Success Team? We had been training on using OneNote for ourselves and our classrooms for several months …

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Mohammed Khattab: Top 10 Mistakes Teachers Make When Using Technology and How to Avoid Them

by Mohammed Khattab Expert Educator Columnist, Qatar Design the lesson so that technology works in the lesson.  Do not build a lesson around a piece of technology. Start with the outcome or lesson in mind The technology is secondary Build a great lesson first and then think of how to integrate tech Have the students “publish” the work instead of “handing in” the work.  This way students will take more ownership in what they are doing. Tie into CCSS requirement to publish student work Blogging, Tweeting #Comments4Kids Mistake – not connecting with experts.  Field trip around the world Use Twitter search to locate, then connect via Skype Do not buy into the “digital natives” hype.  Age doesn’t matter.  It’s the person’s experience.  Students that are comfortable with technology can help students that are not. Kids don’t always know how to use technology as well as we think they do OR may not know how to use tech tools for learning Always back up your data. Desktop on computers are not backed up.  Keep more important …

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Walid Chaafi: Practicing listening and speaking with technology

by Walid Chaafi Expert Educator Columnist, Tunisia If you have been teaching a foreign/second language since a long time, you may come cross many problems finding suitable resources before the revolution of the web. But now things has changed for good. The focus will not be on any specific language as this article can be applied to any taught language, which is known as EFL /ESL. I will focus in this article on the online audio and video materials which may help in improving the listening and speaking skills. The web provides teachers and learners with lots of opportunities to work with online audio and video- both listening to, watching it and creating it. There are lots of materials online. However, before accessing these materials it is important to consider what to use and how you are going to use them with your learners. Recent improvements in technology design and connectivity have led to significant developments in web-based video communications. It is now not only very simple and easy to connect and communicate across the …

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Tammy Dunbar: Have You Tried App-Smashing?

by Tammy Dunbar Expert Educator Columnist, USA The choice was easy: either take a bucket of cold water to the head (for which I would definitely be holding my breath) or create a video response that might be breathtaking. For many years, I have enjoyed trying different ways to combine creations from various digital applications and software and put them together to make memorable presentations. This ALS Ice Water Challenge was my chance to do some real app-smashing. App-smashing is combining content from a variety of apps and software to create something both visually engaging and exciting. How much more interesting is a presentation when it includes elements like specialized graphic art or humorous video clips? (Or Mrs. Dunbar doing her best Betsy Ross impression?) App-smashing requires creatvitiy and problem-solving skills in order to figure out a place where all your creations can come together. And best of all, app-smashing can be done across platforms. Back in the early days of home computing, working across platforms was not easy. I can still remember the thrill …

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Dai Nguyen Thi: My Story with Microsoft

by Dai Nguyen Thi Expert Educator Columnist, Vietnam I am a teacher of Physics and Chemistry at a small junior high school in Vietnam. I have experienced many changes relating to my home country’s education over twenty years of teaching. And honestly, Microsoft has paved a new way for me to reach the destination that I am badly longing for. More than 10 years ago, I started knowing Microsoft through Power-point and Word Apps. Actually I have utilized these Apps very effectively in teaching for preparing the lectures requiring presentation. I have altered my teaching methodology by combining traditional way of teaching using the blackboard and chalk with the ICT application. Thanks to those alterations, I have made many remarkable achievements in education. And many colleagues of mine have also got the same results. Along with the development of science, technology and information technology, I have discovered more useful soft-wares and information which make my lectures more interesting and vivid. As the result, my students have been so excited with my lectures, which has given …

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Angels Soriano: Creativity & OneNote- Tracking the Creative Process

by Angels Soriano Expert Educator Columnist, Spain Many of us use OneNote to encourage collaboration, teamwork, and self-regulation when it comes to projects, or even to promote creativity in students learning. The most beautiful word is creativity… Creativity at school that Sir Ken Robinson tells us about (which envy who has been able to listen to him live, must be pure energy!). During these last two months (December and January) in my language and literature class, we have been evaluating the reading process: We could have made an oral presentation, or a small essay on the opinion that they expressed their book, but why not go one step further and encourage them to make a video overview (book trailer) as an element of creating content from reading?. In this way we could develop different skills such as creativity, collaborative work and the use of ICTs; offering them the possibility to demonstrate their participation and the empowerment of their learning. Sharing OneNote through Office365 platform enables students to work autonomously through different phases of the project after reading the book. Thus, we can …

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Marija Petreska: The Art of Powerpoint

by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia I bet you have never thought of PowerPoint as a canvas for art work. Nor have we. It was an innocent play with the shapes and colors in PowerPoint that led us to a whole new discovery. We could create our own infographics with handmade clip art and background paper in PowerPoint with the shapes and edit options and the colors. It turned out to be so fun that we now have over ten handmade interactive infographics and at least four more not yet published. This post is a step by step guide how to create your own clip art and background paper, how to connect it all in a story on a slide, how to merge the slides into an infographic and make it an interactive one. Step 1 Creating Handmade Clip Art The one thing you need to be skillful with is the edit shape button Now assemble and color Step 2 Creating Background (in this example a befunky photo editor was used) We first created a pink colored …

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Bridget Crooks: Creating a Student Technical Team

by Bridget Crooks Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand I am a great believer in collaboration and co-construction. As a teacher I am only one part of the education equation. So, when our school was undertaking the change to WiFi and byod, it seemed axiomatic that we should share some of the leadership with the students. It took a bit of searching to find out what form this would take – but we settled on a team of student experts – who would bridge the gap between the staff and the student body. I was looking for a group of I.T Ninjas. Students who were users of technology, students who were able to work with others and students who were keen to give something back to the school. These students would be part of the communication in regards to the technical direction of the school – the student voice that is so important in 21st century education. The Application Process and Selection I started the process six months before the roll out of the WiFi and byod …

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Julie Hembree: Learning 21CLD Collaboration Skills Through Reading

by Julie Hemree Expert Educator Columnist, USA Sometimes the lessons of teamwork come from situations where you least expect it. Athletes who play team sports like football, soccer or baseball know that your team is only as strong as your weakest player. It takes a team to lose and it takes a team to win. On the other hand, a reading incentive program isn’t usually considered as a collaborative model. Battle of the Books however, it not your typical reading program, and has everything to do with authentic teamwork skills. The Oxford dictionary defines teamwork as the “combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient.” Of all the 21st century learning design skills, I believe the ability to work effectively in a collaborative team rises above all others. In a traditional school, teachers most often assign students to complete individual tasks such as worksheets, reports or assignments for a singular grade in the gradebook. While this model has value, overuse of this style of instruction sets students up for failure in …

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Mark Sparvell: The Innovation Hunter at Pulteney Grammar School!

by Mark Sparvell School Leader Program Director, Microsoft Hello fellow education adventurers! Continuing my journey across Australia towards Asia and on to Europe and capturing the voices, images and insights from some of our amazing Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators and the leaders in the inspiring Showcase Schools. If you haven’t been following my journey on twitter, might like to add @sparvell to your follows. Country Roads take me to INNOVATION Date: December 2014 Location: Pulteney Grammar School , Adelaide, South Australia Distance from home:  Adelaide to Seattle is 8338.9 miles “Sometimes you need to clear some space to allow room for innovation” Troy Thomson is currently one of the Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators but is certainly not new to Microsoft in Education! Troy was a very active participant in his previous school as part of the Microsoft Global Mentor School program and was certainly the no. 1 contributor within the YAMMER community established for this purpose. Troy took me on a tour of this beautiful gentrified, inner city private school on a slightly wet afternoon. …