All posts tagged: lync

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Tammy Dunbar: Making Digital Connections in Learning

by Tammy Dunbar Expert Educator Columnist, USA “Does anyone know where Emily is?” I asked. The young ladies at Table One quickly informed me they had connected with her online with Lync that morning before school. Emily was in Merced, 60 miles away, staying with her aunt while her parents were on a long weekend trip. The big writing assignment had to be done today, and everyone was present and accounted for in Room Nine except Emily. In the past, such absences would mean a a lower grade. But perhaps Emily had taken her new Panasonic 3E – which every student in our district is receiving through our #goingdigital2015 project – with her to Merced? “See if you can get her back on Lync,” I asked her table group. Within five minutes, there was Emily, smiling at me on the screen through Lync. After explaining she hadn’t known until late last night that she was going to be absent, she asked what we were doing in class. I reminded her that it was the day …

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Koen Timmers: Striving to a Paperless Classroom

by Koen Timmers Expert Educator Columnist, Belgium I strive to a paperless classroom. My students don’t receive any printed textbooks when a new school year takes off. Apart from the ecological reason, printed textbooks would be outdated from the beginning, as I offer project based learning. That’s why I decided 5 years ago to create my courseware while I teach. OneNote is the tool that enables all this content creation. My students get 30 minutes of introduction how to install and use OneNote. They can choose to use the software or webapp. They also get a quick guide. I share my OneNote document with 3 different classes. While I teach my students how to create a website, I paste screenshots in my OneNote document. Instead of drawing schemes on the blackboard, I draw them in the document. One section is called “collaboration”. My students can add wishes or comments, newly found sources or own written tutorials in this section. It’s wonderful to see this document and thus my courseware grow by the participation of my …

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Koen Timmers: Using Lync to Enable Blended Learning

by Koen Timmers Expert Educator Columnist, Belgium Fourteen years ago, I started my lesson by searching for chalk. Nowadays, I sip on my coffee and play a short fragment of Jimi Hendrix. Welcome to the world of distance learning! My school started a blended learning project, more than 5 years ago. My students are attending 50% of their lessons in the classroom and the rest at home. This miracle is enabled by some tools. Never heard of Lync? Microsoft Lync is a web conferencing tool which allows people to set up meetings, online workshops and even distance learning. By using screen, microphone and webcam, students and teacher can see and hear each other. Screen sharing allows students to pick up the information their teacher is sharing with them. Lync allows synchronous distance learning but it has more to offer. By recording lessons, ill or weaker students can catch up. The chat allows to share urls, or pieces of code. By setting up a whiteboard, teachers and students can use annotating tools to brainstorm, instruct or collaborate.

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Bridget Crooks: Redefining My Classroom in 2015

by Bridget Crooks Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand Redefining – to change the meaning of something or to make people think about something in a new or different way. I am sure most of us have heard of the SAMR model for the integration of technology into our classrooms. Developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, this model (see image above) shows a progression (or ladder) that teachers often follow as they use technology in their classrooms. What I like best about SAMR is that it supports teachers to design, develop and create innovative learning opportunities in the classroom. It aims to transform learning experiences – which ultimately result in better achievement for our students. Image the creation of Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D. http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/ What excites me the most is redefinition. But remember – it doesn’t mean that you are doing it wrong if you don’t reach redefinition, some tasks just aren’t made for it and great learning can happen without redefining what you do in the classroom.

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Kelli Etheredge: Gifts for Our Students – Lync Recordings

by Kelli Etheredge Expert Educator Columnist, USA As you read this post, I am on Christmas break with my family. My children are reveling in the joys of Christmas – opening presents, playing games, perusing books – and not thinking about school for a single moment.   All is as it should be. The calm of the holiday season is wonderful. Getting to the calm, however, meant lots of hard work and studying for my seventh grader (and every other St. Paul’s Episcopal middle and high school student). As with most schools around the nation, exam week came at St. Paul’s Episcopal School before anyone could enjoy the break.   At our school, exam week followed three of the busiest weeks I have ever seen. Everything hit at once. Football state championships, Nutcracker performances, community service activities, swim team state championships, Christmas productions – all required students to miss valuable class time to pursue their other talents. It is a tough choice for many, including my daughter. The students want to excel academically, but they also have …

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Meenakshi Uberoi: The Wonderful World of Windows in the Classroom!

by Meenakshi Uberoi Expert Educator Columnist, India Windows in the classroom is full of options to make teaching learning processes more effective and meaningful for the students.  Teamed with the right device, it allows you to bring the world alive within the confined walls of a classroom for which the teachers, without such technology, till date have had to look to the web to create resources and rely on students’ imagination and understanding to bring it closer to him/her.

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Koen Timmers: From User to Creator, Introducing My App EduLync

by Koen Timmers MIE Expert, Belgium For 14 years I’ve been teaching ICT (web design) at CVO Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. Since the beginning, I’ve been passionate about e-learning and decided to post all courseware and tutorials on my own website zelfstudie.be. Today, more than 18,000 members have access to nearly 9000 pages of courseware and external authors are publishing their own courseware to the public at large; it’s a digital educational library which is growing each day.