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).
by Karina Batat Expert Educator Columnist, Israel In the previous post, I shared with you how we got to the idea of integrating Office 365 as our virtual learning environment, the benefits and the way we’ve chosen to implement the environment in school. In this post, we will talk about virtual learning environments in Office 365. We will see how they promote meaningful learning and many 21-Century learning skills. From my experience VLE motivate teachers and students, as well. In my school, I developed our first VLE in Office 365 for my Global Project: “Trees Please!” and started to work on it with Lea Tziofiof, the Science teacher. Lea got very enthusiastic with it and started to share her success with other teachers at the teachers’ room. Today students learn in VLE in almost all subjects. Recently, because of implementing a virtual environment (in Office 365) as “our way of life”, the learning process is done in two layers complementary: the first one in the classroom and the second, and the newest, the virtual one.
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). “We need a pedagogy free from fear and focused on the magic of children’s innate quest for information and understanding.” – Sugata Mitra I am filled with brilliant ideas … and suddenly snap back to reality: a public primary school, in an old building, classes like shoe boxes with four walls … reality! And yet I’m still feeling the need for change.