All posts tagged: technology


Koen Timmers- Beware! Courseware in the Cloud!

by Koen Timmers Expert Educator Columnist, Belgium As I teach web design, students need to have the right images and pieces of code to create a webpage. At first, I shared these files on our school’s intranet network, which of course can’t be accessed by students who weren’t able to attend my class. The implementation of cloud services seemed to overcome this problem. OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) solved my problem- all students, including those who happened to be ill, were able to access the needed documents and assignments. After a while I went a step further– I began to share digital courseware on OneDrive. As a  computer science teacher, I strive to create a paperless classroom. I believe digital courseware can offer a lot of benefits and opportunities. Using digital courseware over paper takes some time to be accustomed to; ten years ago, only one student in a large group preferred a digital course. Nowadays, only one student prefers to receive a paper version.


Tammy Dunbar: Overcoming Digital Overload One Byte at a Time

by Tammy Dunbar Expert Educator Columnist, USA Do you know what a yottabyte is? No, it’s not a nip on the knee from a beloved Star Wars character. It’s a measurement of digital information. And one I never dreamed would ever be necessary. When we purchased our first home computer in 1987, we upgraded from 10 to 20 megabytes, because we were convinced that was all we’d ever need. But now, the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast for 2014 has included the word yottabyte when discussing the amount of digital information in our connected world. Cisco reports that “IP traffic will reach an annual rate of 1.6 zettabytes by the end of 2018.” Zettabytes? Hang in there, I can explain. It takes 1,000,000 gigabytes to equal an Exabyte, 1,000 exabytes to equal a zettabyte, and 1,000 zettabytes to equal a yottabyte. A yottabyte equals about 250 trillion DVDs of “The Empire Strikes Back.” Technology is ubiquitous. You can’t walk into a grocery store or drive past another car without seeing someone looking at or …


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.


Paulina Hernandez- The Importance of Digital Teachers

by Paulina Hernandez Expert Educator Columnist, Mexico In the last decades, information and communication technologies have played a very important role in our lives. We spend all day using digital devices, eager to share our lives and experiences, clicking what we like, saving every moment, communicating through social networks and chats. But as simple as it seems, being in this dynamic change is not that easy because technology itself is constantly changing. And even as digital natives, young generations need to learn how to be digital literates. In an era in which the use of ICT is vital for globalization, technology cannot be separate from education.


App of the Week: Office Lens for OneNote, Bridging the Physical and Digital

by Minnia Feng MSEN Community Manager In today’s classroom, many things may be digitized and live on a screen, but there’s still an undeniable value in the power of exploring ideas through writing. With inking, this was made possible in the digital realm, but what about if you’re leading a brainstorm session with your kids in class and capture some amazing ideas on a whiteboard or chalkboard that you don’t want to lose? Enter Office Lens for OneNote.


Koen Timmers: From User to Creator, Introducing My App EduLync

by Koen Timmers MIE Expert, Belgium For 14 years I’ve been teaching ICT (web design) at CVO Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. Since the beginning, I’ve been passionate about e-learning and decided to post all courseware and tutorials on my own website Today, more than 18,000 members have access to nearly 9000 pages of courseware and external authors are publishing their own courseware to the public at large; it’s a digital educational library which is growing each day.


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 …


Kurt Söser: My Microsoft EduCast Experience

by Kurt Söser, MIE Expert Columnist   First of all: Thanks to all the people and fellow teachers and friends who have joined the Microsoft Educator Webcast on Tuesday, 11th of November. I read a lot of familiar names and I am still thrilled by this event, although some small things went wrong… I was expecting that my presentation on Office Mix should be at the end of the Webinar, but instead I was placed second, so I could not rely on Tim’s presentation, but I think the audience got my ideas. So here is the recording of the Webcast and you can rewatch it. You just have to register (for free) and you can watch the Educast: Registration Page Microsoft Educast For those who want to get more infos on Office Mix, feel free to go to or rewatch this short Office Mix, which I created for the event: Another great thing that was mentioned in this Educast are the Bing lesson plans. I have not tried that lesson plans, so I will …

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Sir Ken Robinson! Reliving the 2014 Microsoft in Education School Leader Global Forum in Miami

Our coverage continues with the amazing Sir Ken Robinson. He touched on the importance of unleashing creativity to not only education but humanity– with rising populations, this presents a challenge but also an opportunity to solve these problems, in which educational reform and fostering our imaginative powers plays an essential role. We captured some of his most memorable quotes below– questions for you are in bold, feel free to chime in in the comments section.


Live Blogging the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Miami- Day 1

Bringing you live updates from this gathering of school leaders in LATAM! [8:30am-] Keynote, Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh, Education Leader, Microsoft “We’re preparing students for a fast world, which is why we need to be fast and dynamic. [8:42am] Dr. Cavanaugh explains to us how research has shown that the learning journey consists of three steps that involve technology: Think (Digital Ink– thinking scaffolds, and inking is a way of processing that is happening in highly visual ways) Express (OneNote and Sway- express where they stand in their conceptual understanding Collaborate & Record (Office Mix, OneNote- students work together and their learning is captured) [9:15am] Alberto Cavalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools on how they transformed a school district during a recession: “Our goal- crack the code of eliminating the gaps, equitable and equal access to high quality educational programs, and in the process also bridge the digital divide, eradicate the digital deserts in the community, and by the way, do it all in the recession. If we can do it in Miami, maybe we can …