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Sachita Jeeta: Why Did I Start My Website New Tech Primary Resources?

by Sachita Jeeta Expert Educator Columnist, Mauritius “As educators we should help facilitate goals and help cast a vision for students that will, not only, stretch their immaginations, but also their beliefs regarding what is possible.” – Sam Pabon New Tech Primary Resources is a newly developed website. I am still planning how to make the website simple and user-friendly, thus, making it easily accessible to everyone. The website caters for creating, designing and sharing of educational resources to educators and primary schools of Mauritius. Once set up, I planned to make it internationally recognizable where I want to help other educators globally. New Tech Primary Resources is offering its service through social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and YouTube where the contents are shared worldwide. Image source: *preview of the actual website – Why I started New Tech Primary Resources?


Tammy Dunbar: A Genius Idea!

by Tammy Dunbar Expert Educator Columnist, USA “Have you heard of Nancy Wake?” Isabella had just run up to my desk and her eyes were wide with excitement. “I read a story about her when I was younger, and I thought she wasn’t real. But I just found out that she IS real and she was a spy and they called her the White Mouse! May I please study Spies in World War II for my Genius Hour project?” Genius Hour, or 20% time as some call it, is a movement that started more than 60 years ago. The 3M Company (originally known as the Minnestoa Mining and Manufacturing Company) started their “15 Percent Program” in 1948, which allowed all employees to pursue ideas that came up in the course of their work day but which they did not have time to follow up on. Art Fry, a 3M scientist, wanted a bookmark for his church hymnal which would stay in place without runing the book, and his inspiration became the Post It Note. Then …


Jason Messer: Fostering Effective Education Transformation

by Jason Messer Superintendent, Manteca Unified School District In 2013 The Manteca Unified School Board allocated 30 million dollars (as a foundation) and directed myself, Superintendent Jason Messer, to take the District digital by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.  In the past 18 months we have successfully identified the tools, support and resources necessary to meet the School Boards expectations and provide every teacher (1,200+) with a Surface Pro 3 and every student in grade K-12 (23,500+) with a purpose built computer, Microsoft 8.1 two-in-one tablet.  We have also built out the wireless infrastructure necessary to support more than 25,000 computers accessing our network and the internet at the same time.  In addition each of our teachers has received more than 18 hours of staff development time and instructional resources. As well classroom management software has been deployed as a key component.  Please visit www.digitalschoolstoday.netand/or to learn more about our story.  In order to successfully take MUSD digital, I used the Microsoft Transformation Framework to guide our effort. I strongly suggest that …


Kelli Etheredge: Virtual Breakout Sessions with Office 365

by Kelli Etheredge Expert Educator Columnist, USA How do you gather over 120 educators in one place to collaborate, learn, and have collegial conversations about their profession?  This question is a continual focus for me.  Once a month, St. Paul’s faculty, PK-12, meet as a whole school team for professional development.  As the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources, and the person in charge of these professional development opportunities, I am continually exploring ways for our faculty to have meaningful gatherings.  It sounds easy, right?  Just gather everyone up and meet.  Easy.  Maybe.  IF you have everyone on the same campus; IF you have facilities large enough (and small enough) for collaborative meetings; IF everyone has the same professional development needs.  The reality, however, is none of these “Ifs” are true.  (We have two campuses for our school; a theater is large enough for all of us, but not small enough for the real work of collaboration; and our professional development needs are as varied as the children in our classrooms.)  I am sure we …


Karina Batat: Front Classroom- Teachers and Educators Network

by Karina Batat Expert Educator Columnist, Israel Front Classroom is the new teachers and educators Israel network. The purpose of this network is to bring together passionate teachers, empower them and build a culture of sharing and innovation. A week ago, on February 12, on Thursday at 15:00, at Microsoft Raanana, this community is meeting for the first time. The event was inspiring and full of innovation so I decided to share with you my experience. Are you ready? Here we go. The event was full of professionalism and good taste. At Microsoft’s lobby, waiting for teachers was a stand for Registration and refreshments. Since 14:30 teacher started to arrive for all over the country. Each guest registered received a tag and a modest gift (a notebook, see picture above).


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 …


Matt Harris: Global Not International

by Matt Harris Expert Educator Columnist, Singapore When I was asked about writing this column, Microsoft asked what unique view or approach could I take to Educational Technology. My frame was one of working in a leadership capacity in an international school. I am not directly tied to a national system or central cultural influence (despite the words German and European in my school’s name). Rather, I work with people and pedagogies from all over the world. I am “international.” And that is what Ed Tech has become: international. Take the MIE Expert program for example. How many Twitter and Facebook posts have you read that come from people in countries around the world. The Arabic posts alone on the MIE Expert forum on Facebook have me astounded as an English mother tongue speaker. There is enough reach within this community to hold that dialogue in a different language/script/direction and maintain engagement around the world.

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Bozena Kraj: Classical Music Makes Us Fly High in Project Based Learning

by Bozena Kraj Expert Educator Columnist, Poland Project Based Learning, which is learning through experience, should be full of activities which let us our students gain knowledge in an exciting and practical way. Those challenging tasks could be one, two or three dimensional. And the truth is that as long as my students use music as the part of our projects, their work should be regarded as three dimensional. It means that these activities influence my students in an effective way, developing their talents, imagination and sensitivity, opening them to what “cannot be expressed into words and which cannot remain silent,” as Victor Hugo once wrote. No matter if it is a mixture of maths and music; history and music; English and music, singing, composing, playing the instruments, even as a background activity – all of them make sense, creating something special in our tasks: elusive and sophisticated atmosphere which develops imagination and raises our project expectations to higher levels of artistic expression. Our experience with classical music began with a project connected with Frederic …


Andy Li: Coding for Kids Made Easy with Kodu

by Andy Li Expert Educator Columnist, Hong Kong Is it necessary for kids to learn how to code? Kids Coding has been a hot topic especially in ICT, education and even among parents. Programming or coding used to be regarded as alien languages and seldom chosen by students in school. People always make fun of programmers for being nerdy with thick glasses. So why is coding suddenly becoming popular and many countries becoming more eager to drive in schools? From the birth of tablet devices and smartphones from 5 years ago, huge impacts have been made not only to IT industry but also the popularity and the use of electronic devices. Before they were invented, electronic devices were used by only a small and prestigious group of people and usually designed for IT experts. Nowadays, everyone including kids and even elderlies have their own portable electronic devices and developed habits of using apps to handle daily activities such as work, internet search, communication and entertainment. IT industry is not limited to a website or concept …


MIE School Profile: Vietnam Australia International School

by Nam Ngo Thanh Expert Educator Columnist, Vietnam School: Vietnam Australia International School Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Can Tho City, Vietnam Type of School: Private Levels of Schooling: Kindergarten – High School Number of Students: 4500 Number of Teachers: 600 Number of Classrooms: 225 Website: Slogan: Be The Best You Can Be MIE Experts: Nam Ngo Thanh – Expert Educator 2014