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?
It is very easy to see the value in a tech tool as a teacher. We see the learning in our classrooms clearly. We are very aware of the learning that needs to take place and the movement we have to take to get there.
But sometimes we forget to actually ask our students what they like to use. And most importantly what adds value to their education; what’s easy and intuitive to use; what fits their learning and their lives.
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.
by Andy Li Expert Educator Columnist, Hong Kong Hello, teachers! Office 365 is an extraordinary and powerful e-Learning platform for teaching and learning. This platform has a very high standard on security, such as password combinations. Office 365 requires password combinations comprising of small and capital letters together with numerical values. However, it is very difficult for primary school students to memorize the complex password combinations. Every time the students forget their passwords, teachers will have to log onto the systems and reset it for them. After that, teachers have to teach them how to change the default password, which can take away from precious instructional time. Today, I am introducing an excellent method to overcome this problem.