All posts tagged: Education

Marija Petreska: The Art of Powerpoint

by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia I bet you have never thought of PowerPoint as a canvas for art work. Nor have we. It was an innocent play with the shapes and colors in PowerPoint that led us to a whole new discovery. We could create our own infographics with handmade clip art and background paper in PowerPoint with the shapes and edit options and the colors. It turned out to be so fun that we now have over ten handmade interactive infographics and at least four more not yet published. This post is a step by step guide how to create your own clip art and background paper, how to connect it all in a story on a slide, how to merge the slides into an infographic and make it an interactive one. Step 1 Creating Handmade Clip Art The one thing you need to be skillful with is the edit shape button

Karina Batat: Office 365- Our Way of Life

by Karina Batat Expert Educator Columnist, Israel In the previous post, I shared with you how we got to the idea of integrating Office 365 as our virtual learning environment, the benefits and the way we’ve chosen to implement the environment in school. In this post, we will talk about virtual learning environments in Office 365. We will see how they promote meaningful learning and many 21-Century learning skills. From my experience VLE motivate teachers and students, as well. In my school, I developed our first VLE in Office 365 for my Global Project: “Trees Please!” and started to work on it with Lea Tziofiof, the Science teacher. Lea got very enthusiastic with it and started to share her success with other teachers at the teachers’ room. Today students learn in VLE in almost all subjects. Recently, because of implementing a virtual environment (in Office 365) as “our way of life”, the learning process is done in two layers complementary: the first one in the classroom and the second, and the newest, the virtual one.

Paulina Hernandez: Engage Your Students Through Animation!

by Paulina Hernandez Expert Educator Columnist, Mexico Today I’d like to tell you about the use of animation as a learning method in education. In recent school years I have been working with projects where animation is concern. I have learned with my students about all the good work that it takes, so today I can say that it is an excellent method of learning that goes along with the use of ICT. Why it is an excellent method for learning? To make a meaningful learning about any subject when we teach we must ENGAGE our students. Make an animation with them is a project that involves many factors including: Thinking something to transmit, create a story, characters, conclusion, etc. If we add the use of cameras, use of software for editing video and audio. And once they finish it, they can share it in the web. With this we are talking about a project that itself is an ICT-based product. How does it work?

Bijal Damani: My Tips for Successful ICT Integration

by Bijal Damani Expert Educator Columnist, India Wishing a very happy new year to all! I am Bijal Damani teaching Business to Grade 11-12 students at The Galaxy Education System, Rajkot – India. In my first blog, I am going to talk about four points of why and how teachers should embrace technology in their classroom. During my 15 years of teaching-learning experience, following are my observations about effective integration of technology into classroom. Your lesson plan still matters Being pressurized to use the technology, many teachers start with the technology first. They will have the tool in hand and try to adjust the lesson plan around that tool. This type of adjust usually leads to disaster – with the technology as well as delivering the content. It is very important for all the educators to understand that technology is just providing us the tools which can give deeper experiences to our students compared to other traditional tools. Though picking up right tools is very important, drafting a perfect lesson plan is more important. This …

Julius Reyes: CineMATHLaya- A Fusion of Cinema, Mathematics and Freedom

By Julius Reyes Expert Educator Columnist, Philippines “Mathematics?” …. “Who cares?:” …. “Not that, it’s so difficult.” ….”Not my type!” …..”Can I have something else?” These were the few thoughts I’ve heard even when I was in elementary. Mathematics became a nightmare to almost school children and even adults too during their schooling years. But how can we live a life without loving it and embracing it. There is nothing to fear about learning Mathematics. But, how we can break the stigma about it?

Kelli Etheredge: Looking for a New Year’s Resolution? Resolve to Use OneNote with Your Students!

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 …

Kemi Olurinola: How Would You Define “Limited Technology”?

By Kemi Olurinola Expert Educator Columnist, Nigeria Recently I read an article on Mind/Shift titled Think Big: How to Jumpstart Tech Use In Low-Income Schools. The title did get my attention and so I decide to read the article, I am always interested in adding to my bank of ideas aimed at helping low income schools. The article was about Daisy Dyer Duerr, Prek-12 Principal of St. Paul Public Schools in St. Paul, Arkansas. While it did make an interesting read and I would readily recommend it, my focus of interest was at the point where the technologies available at her school were listed. When Duerr started at St. Paul Schools three years ago, the technology available to teachers was limited to a: few smart boards, two computer labs with shared PC desktops and a laptop cart with 10 Mac Books still in their boxes. What is amazing about this is that, this is meant to be a public school with “limited technology”. Where I come from or live and work a school that boast …

Amanda Crabb: First Words

by Amanda Crabb Expert Educator Columnist, UK The excitement of a toddler who has just said their first words is a special and treasured moment. Parents wait in anticipation to hear their child’s first comprehensible word and the thrill of hearing their precious child take their first steps into a world where they can communicate using words and sentences is always a happy moment. Granted, whilst many parents are disappointed to discover that their child’s first utterance is the dreaded “no”, their accomplishment of such an incredible milestone is always celebrated nonetheless. Each new word added to a child’s vocabulary brings with it it’s own excitement and celebration. I find myself in a position where I am truly privileged; I get to experience children taking their first steps in communication regularly. My job is wonderful; it is exciting, enjoyable and rewarding. But it is not what you think. I do not work in a nursery or day care centre. I do not work with toddlers. In fact, I do not work with children who should …

Sukmawati Rahmad: Microsoft Mouse Mischief- How to Use and Tips

by Sukmawati Rahmad Expert Educator Columnist, Indonesia Have you ever confused asking students who love playing game to learn? In this digital century, children get used to interact with many gadgets but many of them cannot use the gadgets properly. They get cultural shocked. They use them mostly for playing games even when they are in classroom. They always wait for any opportunities using their gadget for playing than studying. So perhaps the following article can inspire you how to prepare a learning process in this situation. Not like many friends, I have just known this tool this week. Amazing, it guides us to present another way of presentation, interactive one. Students will experience the material we prepare interactively and of course interested. My sons said it is not a lesson, it is a game. Even my elder daughter wanted to try it even thought the lesson was below her age. They felt happiness experiencing the lesson.

Julie Hembree: Adding Coding to Your Literacy Bag of Tricks

by Julie Hembree Expert Educator Columnist, USA I am a reader, a writer and an elementary school librarian. What I am not is a computer programmer or coder, or so I thought until recently. This fall when the wave of publicity increased about the Hour of Code, and National Computer Science week, I dismissed it. I simply didn’t think coding was anything I needed to teach during my library lessons, especially in elementary school. I have so much to teach in my weekly lessons already, why should I add more to my plate? What on earth could coding have to do with literacy? It turns out, the answer is a lot. I visited the Hour of Code resource page and watched videos that stressed coding should be as valued as reading, writing and math. “Everyone in this country should learn how to program a computer…” they said. Intrigued I tried out one of the tutorials meant for the kindergarten through second grade students, knowing with my coding skill set, this was the perfect place for …