All posts tagged: Skype


Koen Timmers and Angeles Soriano: Breaking Language Barriers via Skype Translator

by Koen Timmers and Angeles Soriano Expert Educator Columnists, Belgium and Spain 14:30. Angels just finished her lessons in a sunny Spain. Koen is teaching his class remote in a cloudy Belgium. Both are meeting up using Skype to collaborate on a column. Except… for this time they are speaking in their own language. Skype Translator is translating their words on the fly. After using this cutting edge tool, both educators are really excited. A wonderful experience. Let’s move to Belgium. Koen: The first time you send an email, the first website you visit, your first smartphone, your first Skype Translator call. All unforgetable moments. Let’s take a closer look at this cutting edge tool. Skype Translator is in preview. You can request an invite at After installing the Windows 8 app, you can choose a voice which will represent you (see above picture). Later, you can choose your language. Unfortunately Dutch isn’t current supported so the call would happen in Spanish – English. Don’t expect Skype to translate your words in text. No …


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. 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.

Maja's students, enthusiastic about the project.

Expert Educator Global Collaboration- We Are Little Volunteers: Traffic Safety Project

by Karina Batat, Maja Seguljev, and Ngo Thanh Nam Expert Educator Columnists Three Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts from Israel, Serbia, and Vietnam collaborated to link their classrooms and students through Skype and work together on a traffic safety project. Read the full story from each of their perspectives below! Karina Batat, Israel I’m Karina Batat and I’m a teacher at Gordon Primary School in Petah Tikva, Israel. We joined the Project in November. Everything started with Nam’s post at the Microsoft Expert Educator Facebook Group. Nam was searching for partners and I jumped on his offer. I’ve been leading collaborative projects since 2009 (The Travelling Mascott Project) so I’m aware of the great benefits of this global project to both students and teachers, combining the wise use of ICT, collaboration and communication. In Israel, traffic safety is included in the curriculum and 5th grade students learn about the subject 2 hours a week and explore in-depth the subject of crossing the road, both its theoretical and practical aspects. In 6th grade, they stand in major intersections around the …


Tasha Candela: Tiggerific Technology Tips

by Tasha Candela Expert Educator Columnist, USA Since sixth grade, when dialup Internet became a novelty, I simultaneously became a computer geek. Countless hours have been spent using search engines to locate information, communicating on Internet Relay Chat, and navigating rivers and fighting off thieves on the Oregon Trail. Fast forward to today where I am reading hundreds of online articles per week, networking with people across the globe on Twitter and Facebook, and using a slingshot to fling animals into various structures in Angry Birds. The types of activities that have preoccupied me have adjusted little. The real change has been the access time. Thank God for high-speed Internet. After taking several computer classes in high school, I decided that a career as a business teacher would be the perfect fit.


News Flash: Collaborate in the Classroom with new Skype Document Chat in Office Online

by Minnia Feng, MSEN Community Manager In today’s digital classroom, collaboration is key to cross-pollinating ideas and building essential teamwork skills. Many of you and your students are already using Office Online to create amazing work, while using Skype to communicate with friends and family from around the world. Now, the two come together in Skype document chat – with this free tool, you can go beyond the existing real time co-authoring feature to chat directly within the document you’re working on.


Guest Blog: Our Visit to Microsoft’s Danish Headquarters

by Mette Hauch’s English Class Hellerup Skole, Denmark It all started a little over a month ago, after an ordinary English class when our English teacher, Mette, approached us saying something like, “Can I speak to you for a minute?” which, of course set off an alarm clock in at least half our heads. However it turned out to be something quite harmless, in fact even a little interesting. Mette wanted our help, for a translating project during English class. From then on we’d be working with some learning skills, translating them to “student language”, obviously an upgrade from the Lets Do It book- a far more motivational work alternative. By the end of the process, what we then thought would be about 2 weeks; we should’ve produced a film explaining the six skills at eye level with other students. The start was a bit slow; after all we had 44 pages of vast text in “adult” language to get through. As a side note, we’d started making our own examples, in the same format …