by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia I know it is the very last minute for Valentine’s Day classroom tips and ideas, but Friday is always reserved for me and I could not but share my love for Microsoft. Shall we start! I’ll go by favorites, so my first activity will naturally be of PowerPoint. Sorry OneNote and Office Mix you can never beat first love. 1. PowerPoint It is more than obvious that I’ll suggest creating Valentine’s cards in PowerPoint but not so obvious what to do with them. Why not make it with a hidden secret message for the receiver. Many were interested of augmented reality on the Heroes of the OneNote Based Teaching call. And here is a how to step by step guide for creating Valentine’s Day cards and overlay them with some augmented reality. It is still minus one in Macedonia so most of our cards are wintry
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 Apart from the ecological reason, printed textbooks would be outdated from the beginning, as I offer project based learning.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 …
by Shiroma Weerathunge Expert Educator Columnist, Sri Lanka The teachers in 21st century are leaving from “Chalk & Talk” methods and move to the child centered learning allowing students learn themselves. Today teacher has become a guide who shows the correct path and way to go. If a teacher can inspire students learning with technology they will be exiting to learn with enthusiasm. Today inspirational teachers use Microsoft OneNote to inspire students’ learning. OneNote is a digital notebook that would allow teachers to organize web articles, videos and other content in one location. This is a very helpful application for teachers to teach with technology as well as learn too.
by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia And here is why: 1. Round Up the Usual Suspects Aim: past simple and past continuous Level: pre-intermediate, intermediate Time: 15-20 minutes Preparation: Create collaborative OneNote Detective book, download Camscanner and Toca Hair Salon Me or this wWindows 8 Toca Salon app Create a OneNote collaborative detective notebook. Have a section for each criminal case you are about to investigate and a different page for each witness questioned signed by all the detectives working on the case. Use Camscanner for attaching digital signatures on the official reports.Divide the students into pairs. Assign roles of police officers and witnesses. Brainstorm yes/no questions for the witnesses. Have students practice asking and answering questions in pairs. Was the thief tall?Were his clothes formal?Use OneNote to leave audio notes of the interrogation. Once the students finish the audience have them create an image of the suspect and attach it to the page. The suspect wore a wig and accessories so he/she wouldn’t be recognized, so I suggest Toca Hair Salon Me for …
by Tammy Dunbar Expert Educator Columnist, USA “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” My husband and I used to read to our two children every night until they were almost out of high school. There is nothing quite like reading out loud to a child. You can model how to read out loud, how to interpret characters, how to create memorable voices (my husband did a mean Gollum,), how to predict/summarize, how to reread if you don’t understand something, and how to fall in love with reading. It’s a practice I enjoy continuing in my classroom. But there’s no technology involved, right? There doesn’t have to be, of course. But technology can absolutely be used to enhance the experience.
by Tammy Dunbar Expert Educator Columnist, USA Give someone a dull and unimaginative writing prompt, and you’ll get back dull and unimaginative writing. College and Career Ready Anchor Standards call for students to use writing “as a way of offering and supporting opinions, demonstrating understanding of the subjects they are studying, and conveying real and imagined experiences and events.” Students are called to devote a significant portion of their time to writing, including many pieces over both short and extended time frames. So we dutifully assign essays, reports, weekly writing assignments, daily journal prompts, and assorted quick-writes. But if students are not motivated, they will not give their best effort. If we overwhelm them, they will shut down. As educators, we know the only way to become a better writer is to write. So what can we do?
by Nam Ngo Thanh Expert Educator Columnist, Vietnam My name’s Nam, I’m a teacher from Vietnam. I love project-based teaching and would love to implement this throughout my teaching job. I don’t only want to limit my project within student’s range but I also look for collaboration with teachers from other countries. What tool should I go for to benefit this cooperation? OneNote, the best tool I’ve ever used, has caused me a great interest. Why do I prefer OneNote? -No restriction of geographic distance and different schedules -Support to store, set up and share a variety of information at one source. -Easily accessible
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.
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?
by Kelli Etheredge Expert Educator Columnist, USA Happy New Year! As it is every year, resolutions are a hot topic. Twitter, Facebook, commercials – everywhere I look someone is resolving to change a habit. While some center around personal goals (improving your health, de-cluttering), others are focused on work goals (learning a new skill, organizing). I’ll admit it – I don’t think I have ever stuck to a New Year’s resolution. Sad, I know. Don’t get me wrong – I have changed a habit or two in my lifetime. They just haven’t happened as a result of a New Year’s commitment. Instead, they have spawned from some in-the-moment experience (be it January or June) that has prompted me to change. All of the resolution chatter within the last week started me thinking about habits I have changed over the years and how they happened. Some were resolutions I made, some were prompted by others pushing me to change, and some were happenstance. To my surprise, upon reflecting, some of the best changes have actually occurred …