All posts tagged: MSEN

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Champa Rathnayake: Need To Use Technology In The Classroom

by Champa Rathnayake Expert Educator Columnist, Sri Lanka Some decades ago, the teachers get their pupils to use slates to write on. As a pre-school child I used a slate with pencils, which made with slate too. Sometimes it made a screeching sound when it scratches the slate surface. Sand boards are still used to train students the shapes of letters and numbers, in the kindergarten and primary classes. The way that I used them as a pupil, is a memory I still cherish. Even though blackboards and chalk are still in use in our schools, they are gradually being replaced by whiteboards and marker pens. Many people talk about Interactive multimedia projectors and interactive whiteboards in the classroom as well. New computer labs and wireless network facilities are installed in schools. Students are provided with well-equipped classrooms comparing to those of two decades ago. Yet, the student in the present school is always subjected to criticize by the common elder, that student is not like the kid in our good old days. They use …

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Andy Li: My e-School Bag– OneNote

by Andy Li Expert Educator Columnist, Hong Kong Tablet PCs have become affordable nowadays. This drives e-Learning into a BYOD era. Students are able to obtain large amount of information and absorb knowledge through the Internet with their own personal learning devices. However, a simple, multi-platform and convenient tool is needed to use with their devices for learning so that students can save, consolidate, and share their learning resources with other students and teachers. OneNote can fulfill everything we need. In Windows 8, OneNote as a Windows app has already been installed as default. Students just need to log onto Windows 8 with their Microsoft account to activate the OneNote app. OneNote can also be used on iOS and Android and students can view their notes anytime and anywhere through their smartphones or other tablets. What is OneNote?

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Sachita Jeeta: Believe the Impossible – My Experience as an MIE Expert 2015

by Sachita Jeeta Expert Educator Columnist, Mauritius BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS! Great achievement was once impossible for me, until someone set a goal to make it a reality… Friday, 7th November 2014, something unbelievable happened. It was around 19hrs when I was checking my email. As usual I started deleting unwanted emails. Soon after, I saw an email “Razan Roberts (Vega Cons….”. I ignored it and said to myself “… all these spammy emails keep coming to my inbox… I’ll delete it later”. I continued reading and deleting my emails when suddenly the one I ignored appeared onto my screen. To my surprise the word “Microsoft” caught my eyes – Then I said “This is something serious!” I took all my time to read it and kept thinking “was all this true, or am I dreaming”. I read the email again and again and followed the Survey link, joined MIE Expert 2015 Facebook group, downloaded the OneNote Playbook, registered for monthly Connection Call and started following #MIEExpert15 hashtag on Twitter.

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Robin Smorenberg: Seizing Opportunities

by Robin Smorenberg Expert Educator Columnist, Netherlands Last week I got presented with a very rare opportunity- I got to sit in on one of my fellow teachers’ lesson as part of a professional development program we are currently doing in my school. So I’m sitting there in the back of the class, checklist in hand, and observing what was going on in her classroom. As I’m paying close attention to what all her learners are doing in her classroom, I suddenly see that an hour has passed and it’s back to my own classroom for me…with a blank checklist, I apparently disregarded my given assignment and just focused on all the wonderful activity going on in that classroom. Back in my own classroom, I got to pick up where I left off and the normal routine took over again. As I’m ‘speed-grading’ some assignments at my desk, a small group of my students caught my attention. Usually this means that they need to be corrected on their ‘work-volume’ or that they simply are doing …

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Tutorial Tuesdays: Flip Your Classroom by Using Office Mix!

by Minnia Feng, MSEN Community Manager Another Quick Tip video for the week– this one shows how you can record voice, images, and notation in OfficeMix to make a truly 21st century lesson! It’s really simple and interactive for the students using it, as they are able to access multiple modalities to enhance the learning experience. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPif4lYra6Y] How do you use Office Mix in the classroom? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and also let us know what other types of Quick Tip videos you’d like to see!