All posts tagged: becky keene


Becky Keene: Try Something New!

by Becky Keene Expert Educator Columnist, USA Have you ever noticed that kids seem to have a better handle on trying something new than adults? I think anyone who’s watched a child learn can see that children can switch between pieces of information very quickly, and they can soak up new pieces of information like sponges. I was at a school last week helping students get started with Office 365 accounts. Our goal was to have each of them login, create a new document in Word Online, and then see how to access it from any other device. As I got students going (by typing in a URL – yuck; then pinning it to their Start screens – hooray), there were a few students at a table who were, I thought, a little off task. As I walked around to help, one had music streaming and another had a game open. The third boy was drawing with his finger in an app. “Hey boys,” I started, “Let’s go ahead and minimize those so you can …


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. “Let’s see if you can work in your teams to find all four ways.” These students are mostly ten years old this time of year, and they love a great challenge. It’s like a treasure hunt, and they were busy pressing all sorts of buttons and using every gesture they could think of to find all four ways. I was pretty sure of myself in my four ways to get to the Start screen. I’ve spent the last year traveling …