All posts tagged: Microsoft


Sukmawati Rahmad: Microsoft Mouse Mischief- How to Use and Tips

by Sukmawati Rahmad Expert Educator Columnist, Indonesia Have you ever confused asking students who love playing game to learn? In this digital century, children get used to interact with many gadgets but many of them cannot use the gadgets properly. They get cultural shocked. They use them mostly for playing games even when they are in classroom. They always wait for any opportunities using their gadget for playing than studying. So perhaps the following article can inspire you how to prepare a learning process in this situation. Not like many friends, I have just known this tool this week. Amazing, it guides us to present another way of presentation, interactive one. Students will experience the material we prepare interactively and of course interested. My sons said it is not a lesson, it is a game. Even my elder daughter wanted to try it even thought the lesson was below her age. They felt happiness experiencing the lesson.


Meenakshi Uberoi: My Tryst With Technology

by Meenakshi Uberoi Expert Educator Columnist, India My tryst with technology goes almost a decade back, when Microsoft announced the ‘Innovative Teachers Leadership Award 2005’ in India, more specifically in our school. I was instantly drawn to it, as it catered to my need of the hour – to carve a niche for myself amongst the highly capable, experienced and qualified teachers. Though I am and have always been a technology enthusiast who loves to work with the latest in technology, this platform brought out the best of me. While preparing for this competition, Microsoft PowerPoint has been a game changer. It helped me create captivating and interactive sessions that were information-packed and grabbed my students’ attention instantly. When I explained the concept of photosynthesis to my 4th graders using PowerPoint, it helped them visualize the concept and develop a better understanding of a phenomenon that cannot be seen or experienced otherwise. This was only the beginning; PowerPoint then became a medium of expression for me. It aided explaining and showcasing concepts that were otherwise …


Andy Li: A Perfect Assistant to Your Flipped Classroom (English and Chinese)

by Andy Li Expert Educator Columnist, Hong Kong Flipped Classroom has been a very hot topic in education. Many teachers have tried to implement such a new approach in school. It could help teachers achieve something that has long been difficult to achieve: student-centric learning and self-directed learning models. To flip your classroom, you must use technology tools to assist. There are several factors for consideration. First, students are required to watch or read from home the materials prepared by teachers. The most common pre-lesson materials are short video clips broadcast through YouTube or other learning platforms. Second, students are trained for self-discipline as they need to remind themselves to learn at home. Third, students will have to evaluate themselves right after watching or reading the materials so that their understanding of the material is tested. The evaluation data will be stored for teachers to refer and follow up.


Kelli Etheredge: Introducing My Column

by Kelli Etheredge Expert Educator Columnist, USA “Whatwha whawha whawha” Yes, ma’am. I am paying attention. “Whatwha whatwha whawha whatwha whawha” You would like me to tell you the metaphor you just said? Okay. “My love is a rose.” “Whatwha whawha whawha whawha whawha…” As you read the above dialogue, the Charlie Brown cartoon may have popped in your mind. If not, in Charlie Brown, when Charlie and his friends speak to adults, the adults’ responses are always nonsensical to the audience. (What this video if you have never seen the cartoon.) Charlie and his friends, however, understand perfectly, and we, the audience, get the gist of what the adults say by the way the children react.


Shafaque Riaz: Unconscious Learning through Fun, Fantasy, and Challenge

by Shafaque Riaz Expert Educator Columnist, UAE I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for 2014 and 2015 from Dubai. My interest in gaming mainly started from seeing my sons’ craze about games. My kids never seem to get enough of their video games. I tried hard to separate them from their game consoles until the day my seven years old expressed his understanding of different construction building materials and their suitability in changing environmental factors. He learnt these facts when he was playing Minecraft to design houses and farms. This learning for him happened unconsciously under the veneer of fantasy of game play. That was the turning point for me; I started following the work of Paul Gee, Constance Steinkuehler and Jane McGonigal. Now I am convinced. As Mark Sparvell said at the 2014 Barcelona Microsoft Global Forum, “Today’s learner has intertwined strands of gamer DNA and learner DNA…anyone who thinks they can be separated is wasting valuable g-learning time.” The focus of my discussion here is the elements of games that keep their …


Jamie Ewing: Education + Corporations + Standards + Change = Makers of Success

by Jamie Ewing Expert Educator Columnist, USA The proudest moment for any teacher is hearing the words my former student once told me, “[Technology] made me feel smart.” Then learning a year later, that student, who is in special education and an English Language Learner, has become more confident and is thriving in the 6th grade; performing at grade-level in math and above grade-level in reading. I don’t think you are gong to find many arguments against the basic idea that the state of education is ready for change. Change, in the truest sense of the word, is wanted, needed and happening. The arguments become heightened when you start to discuss how it is happening. Our students are falling behind not because there are too many high stake test, not using enough or using too much technology, that they come from high income or low income homes, or that their teachers is only being evaluated on test scores: they are falling behind because they are bored!


Doug Bergman: Hour of Code

by Doug Bergman Expert Educator Columnist, USA What an exciting time to be alive and in Computer Science! Ahh yes….Computer Science…..but I bet many of you do not know what Computer Science really is? Surprisingly, most of the world does not have a real understanding of what Computer Science is. “….What?! Sure we do. Of course we do. We hear it all the time. We took typing classes in high school and  classes on spreadsheets and word processing and desktop publishing…We know what it is!…….” Uhm….no….. What I mean by that is if we hear the word ‘biology” we at least know what discipline deals with. We know  one of the tools of biology is the microscope and we know that we’ll study plants and animals. And we took a class or two related to it. When we hear the word “math”, we know some of the concepts of math are addition, algebra, geometry, and even calculus. We know some of the tools of math are formulas, algorithms, calculators, and rulers.  And we took a …


Tammy Dunbar: Taking Time to Teach Technology

by Tammy Dunbar Expert Educator Columnist, USA Excitedly showcasing an Hour of Code activity for my grade level teachers, I was speeding through how one could easily project the website onto the classroom screen and model for students how to snap blocks of code in place, programming the Angry Bird’s journey through the maze to capture the Green Pig. When I looked up from my screen, expecting to see looks of amazement on their faces, I saw one of my colleague’s eyes glazing over. She was falling behind and beginning to tune out. “How do you know it has to go forward?” she asked. “And what does a naughty pig have to do with coding?”


Steve Martin: There Are No Rainbows Without Rain

by Steve Martin Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand Educators strive to have the greatest impact on their students so they can go on to lead successful lives. This is the purpose that motivates all involved in education, however as anybody knows this purpose can be obscured by the challenges that educators face in and out of the classroom. In the modern education system knowledge of digital technology has joined the knowledge of pedagogy and of content as an aspect of how educators prepare students for their futures. Educators continually seek to make improvements in their pedagogy and content and because they are trained and passionate about their subjects they are well equipped to assimilate new knowledge into their practice. In order for educators to begin to explore the use of digital technologies in their teaching they have to master skills that will allow them to pass from focussing on the mechanics of using the technology to how it will change their fundamental pedagogy. A change that can lead to enriched and enhanced opportunities for their …


Paulina Hernandez: OneDrive Can Make Our Lives Easier!

by Paulina Hernandez Expert Educator Columnist, Mexico As teachers, there are many technologies available for us today, some very recommended. But only until you use them do you realize how useful and amazing they really are … so this time, I will talk about OneDrive, an app provided by Microsoft and one of my favorites to use with my students. First of all, I will tell you why I consider it a very useful tool and how can you use it in education. I think this has happened to most of us– when a student has to deliver some papers and once he/she arrives at school and starts looking for their USB drive, they realize it’s been forgotten it at home. That’s when they usually proceed to ask to be allowed to deliver their homework the next day. And then there are those times when you’re working on your computer and suddenly there goes an update, so the computer shuts down and you didn’t get the chance to save anything, meaning you will have to …