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Lidija Kralj: Yammer in Education Part 4- Settling Down

by Lidija Kraj Expert Educator Columnist, Croatia Here we are, four weeks passed by and we learnt a lot. Yammer is no longer novelty for students and me, it is something we rely on and something we expect to have handy quite often. You’d be surprised how fast we get addicted to Yammer We continued working on our citizenship topics, sharing, commenting and publishing presentations about future schools in Yammer. Now we have nice collection of dozen school presentations on one place, all neatly marked with hashtag #skole (that means schools in Croatian). Collection of files raised to 35 items and I started to ask around what is our limit but administrator tells me not to worry about limits. That sounds pretty good for me. Also I discovered that Yammer is amazing in handling files, every time I discover some new option – this time I found out how to see all files organized by time, groups and types. Did you know that one post in Yammer could have up to 25 files attached (see …


Lidija Kralj: Yammer in Education, Part 3

by Lidija Kraj Expert Educator Columnist, Croatia Last thing I expected from Yammer was possibility to use it as presentation tool. So greater was my impression how good social network we have in our hands now. My students are attending last year in our school. Primary or elementary school in Croatia lasts 8 years and then students have to choose secondary school they will attend next 3 or 4 years. They could choose among gymnasium, vocational school, technical or economic schools. Whatever they choose they will have to travel to some city 25 – 35 km far from their homes. Presenting as professionals As part of our citizenship education I asked students to prepare presentations about their future schools and present it to the whole class. They created presentations in Office 2013 as usual and attached them to the posts in our Yammer group. This time posts were tagged properly as #skole so we could easier find all presentations later. That is lesson we learned while creating digital gallery :).


Lidija Kralj: Yammer in Education, Part 2

by Lidija Kralj Expert Educator Columnist, Croatia Second week of using Yammer in school went surprisingly well. We had chance to see why is great to be connected through social network and how urgent information could be easily shared when you have your own online group. Geer up with GeoGebra As mentioned in previous post our first task was about kaleidoscope. Students weren’t able to find any real kaleidoscope at home but their parents and grandparents mentioned that toy was usual on village or church fairs when they were young. That leaves us to digital creation of kaleidoscope. For that students used GeoGebra app for Windows 8. GeoGebra is very powerful tool for mathematical investigation, discoveries, visualisation and of course geometric construction. Since it is available in more than 60 languages it is perfect tool for international projects too. I use it in eTwinning projects often, but more about that in some other article. For creation of kaleidoscope students used four lines angled at 45°, draw set of polygons between first two lines and then mirrored …


Lidija Kralj: Yammer in Education, Part 1

by Lidija Kralj Expert Educator Columnist, Croatia Social networks are important part of our lives and lives of our students. Last few years we witnessed that social networks have no intentions to disappear and that we can’t banned them from schools effectively. So let’s embrace them and convert them into powerful tool for learning and teaching. Safety first Social networks are risky because lots of students share too much data about themselves, their friend and family and without thinking post naughty messages or even spread hate speech. We have three important topics we have to integrate in our use of social networks in education: protect students’ data, warn students about oversharing and prevent cyberbullying. All of mentioned were reasons I decide to give a chance to Yammer as safe learning environment. In Croatia we have great opportunity since Office 365, including Yammer is freely available to all teachers and students in primary and secondary schools. We all have digital identity defined on national level with domain, so every person is easily recognizable by their …