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Educator Innovative THE FEATURE: EDUCATOR EXCHANGE HACK OF THE MONTH: ONENOTE DAILY EDVENTURE WITH ANDRÉ SPRANG A DAY IN THE LIFE OF STEFAN MALTER Follow the conversation with #MSFTEdu THE GLOBAL LEARNING ISSUE education.microsoft.com A MICROSOFT IN EDUCATION MAGAZINE The Innovative Educator 2 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu 1 8 9 10 15 29 30 31 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 16 17 18 20 21 19 11 12 13 14 2 4 3 5 6 7 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday Friday Hooray! It’s May Day! Teacher Appreciation Day Let’s Celebrate You! MAY Mother’s Day Microsoft EduCast Let’s Play: Gamification in the Classroom and for PD at 8am PST aka.ms/educast Events and important dates to get you through the month of May. #MSFTEdu National School Nurse Day Limerick Day! Tulip Day International Museum Day circus DAY Lindbergh Flight Day in 1927. How many of your students know how planes work? Miniature Golf Day Birthday of children’s author Margaret Wise Brown MIE Expert Connection Call Student Ambassador Community Call Blueberry Cheesecake Day. Yum! On this day in 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge opened John F. Kennedy born this day in 1917 Ice Cream Freezer Patented by William Young 1848 Space Day. Challenge your students to think big! Birthday of Frank L. Baum, Author of The Wizard of Oz born in 1856 Monthly Calendar Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday Friday 1ST First Issue of The Innovative Educator Magazine published Dear Readers, One of my favourite memories growing up was working on a class newsletter in grade 6; I had this idea to create a compilation of fun articles, stories, and quizzes from my classmates, and with the audacity of a precocious elementary school student, set forth on my mission without questioning anything. Was it a lot of work? Of course. But watching how excited my peers got seeing their own work “published” (read: being printed and photocopied on black and white A4 paper) and reading submissions from their friends made it completely worth it. The type of buzz around the undeniable learning and sharing of ideas that came out of that scrappy newsletter has always stayed with me. Now, a couple years removed from elementary school, it’s with that spirit that we set forth on creating “The Innovative Educator.” Even though a lot of you reading this may be teachers and school leaders used to imparting knowledge, if there’s anything I’ve learned as the Community Manager of the MIE Expert group and watching our online events unfold, it’s that teachers have a beautiful love of learning that never stops. What better way to continue this than with a regular compilation of ideas from the best teachers around the world, offering inspiration, perspective, and an unabashed joy of growing and learning? Each issue is a dizzying mosaic of thoughts and ideas from around the world, education as seen through the lens of the teachers and school leaders at the forefront, with helpful tips and stories thrown in from us at Microsoft from time to time. I hope something in this magazine brings a smile to your face or sparks an idea — if it did, let us know! We are still an infant publication so if you have submissions, ideas, feedback, send them our way at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now go forth and enjoy this first ever issue of The Innovative Educator: The Magazine! Smiles, From the editors If you would like to collaborate please get in contact. If you would like to collaborate please get in contact. Welcome educators, school leaders and interested readers to our first edition. Innovation is a survival imperative for all industries across the globe and creativy is the engine-room for new products, processes, paradigms and ways of ‘being’. We know that innovation is flourishing all around us in education but sometimes not at the scale or rate required to match the needs to this changing world. Our challenges for leading and learning for the 21st ½ Century are shared challenges and our solutions are shared solutions also. The Showcase School, Associate Showcase School and MIE Communities drive scale and reach of innovation by sharing inisghts, best practice, success stories and through working together to shift ‘best practice’ to ‘next practice’. This magazine is further example of the power of a professional community to extend and amplify innovation. Enjoy the magazine, be inspired, be provoked and prepare to be amazed. The Innovative Educator 3 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu @minniafeng @sparvell @AnthonySalcito Welcome to the first issue of The Innovative Educator. I’m excited about having another outlet to share news, best practices, and stories of amazing educators like you. At Microsoft we are inspired by teachers and working to help you enable everyone of your students achieve more. I’m regularly humbled by the innovation, insight and energy from the community of great leaders we celebrate as Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIE). These heroes continue to challenge the status quo and set the bar for bringing technology and new learning practice to the classroom. I invite you to learn from their lessons and join in the conversation online…and if you’re up to the challenge… join our community of MIEs. We’re working hard to deliver resources and programs to support you and by our actions and commitment honor the hard work you do every day. Our team and I are grateful to get a chance to THANK YOU for all you do. Keep pushing… keep learning… and keep sharing. Awesomeness Awaits! Thanks, Anthony Salcito Microsoft Corporation, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector – Education A personal note from Anthony Salcito If you would like to collaborate please get in contact. The Innovative Educator 4 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Contributors THE MAGAZINE © Microsoft 2016. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. The Innovative Educator 5 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu 02 MONTHLY CALENDAR 03 EDITORS LETTER 04 A PERSONAL NOTE FROM ANTHONY SALCITO 06 THE FEATURE: REFLECTIONS ON E2 EDUCATOR EXCHANGE 11 NEWS ROUNDUP 12 QUESTION OF THE MONTH: WHO IS YOUR #EDTECHPAL? 13 QUESTION OF THE MONTH: WHY DO YOU #LOVETOTEACH? 14 HACK OF THE MONTH: 11 NEW ONENOTE FEATURES TEACHERS WILL LOVE 20 DAY IN THE LIFE: STEFAN MALTER 23 SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: DOUKAS SCHOOL, GREECE 27 BEHIND THE SCENES: MICROSOFT IMAGINE ACADEMY TEAM 31 EDUCATOR ARTICLE 1: LEARNING SPACES 35 LEARNING WITHOUT BORDERS: OUR CLASS BOOK PROJECT 40 EDUCATOR ARTICLE 2: TRAVEL WITH SKYPE 45 SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM: APRIL 2016 HIGHLIGHTS 48 STUDENT APPRENTICE: BRING ‘MAY’ TO YOUR MAY 52 SOFTWARE REVIEW: GEOGEBRA 55 EDUCATOR ARTICLE 3: IMPROVISING, LEARNING AND ASPIRE 58 RECOGNITIONS Favourite subject growing up: English and History Favourite subject growing up: Chemistry & French Favourite subject growing up: All except German and History ;-) Favourite subject growing up: Oh, tough one: history AND maths Favourite subject growing up: Reading/English Favourite Microsoft tool: Changes monthly, but right now, it is Project Spark Favourite Microsoft tool: Outlook Favourite Microsoft tool: OneNote Favourite Microsoft tool: OneNote – what else? Favourite Microsoft tool: OneNote If I were a food, I would be... My father’s red pepper/olive oil pasta If I were a food, I would be... Sushi If I were a food, I would be... A bar of chocolate with chilli flavour If I were a food, I would be... Typical Austrian food: Wiener Schnitzel If I were a food, I would be... Chocolate Truffles A few words of Wisdom: Fortis in Concordia (Together We Are Stronger...School motto) A few words of Wisdom: “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid” - Lupita Nyong’o A few words of Wisdom: “The best way to get things done is to do them.” A few words of Wisdom: Educators are rock stars, we rock our students’ world. A few words of Wisdom: We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. – BF Skinner Jim Pedrech Department Head: English, Canadian & World Studies. Thao Tran Student Apprentice: Microsoft & Kentridge High School. Stefan Malter Institute of Journalism / Technical University of Dortmund. Kurt Söser Educator: business school HAK Steyr. Julie Hembree Teacher-Librarian: Issaquah School District. @jpedrech @anthaotran @StefanMalter @kurtsoeser @mrs_hembree MAY 2016: WHAT INSPIRES US? Images © Microsoft. From March 8-10th, 240 educators gathered in Budapest, Hungary for Microsoft’s annual E2 Educator Exchange event, a celebration of innovation and passion, a gathering of great minds and amazing ideas. Written by Remus Fung MIE Expert, Hong Kong If you would like to collaborate please get in contact. @remusfung Thrilled and full of anticipation, I started my journey to the Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange with Dan Tsoi, Eric Chan, Kwor Sir and Angus Wong from the Hong Kong team. I stepped on the flight to Budapest, so excited to meet educators from all around the world. I truly believed it would be a valuable opportunity for educators from different countries to collaborate, create, and share our ideas to equip our students to achieve 21st century learning outcomes. With my hope and expectations, I began to compose a theme song for E2. I wrote the melody of the song on the flight from Hong Kong to Turkey and finished the lyrics on the flight from Turkey to Budapest. As I anticipated, this trip to Budapest was really fruitful. I was so excited to pass the Microsoft Certified Educator Exam on the first day of my trip. I was a bit worried about the exam results since I didn’t have much time to prepare for it before the trip. The result did give me some kind of assurance and I became more confident in sharing the way I practice using OneNote in my everyday teaching with other educators in the following days. opportunity for educators from different countries to collaborate, create, and share our ideas The Innovative Educator 7 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu The Feature: Reflections on Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange Images © Microsoft. We recognized that working collaboratively with others or as a team is an essential life skill On the first day of the Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange event, I learned the idea of a “Hack” – a clever solution to an everyday problem. During the three-day event, I shared and explored innovative yet practical solutions to solve common classroom problems with my groupmates. I gained many opportunities to collaborate with my teammates in different group challenges. I can proudly say I have made new friends from different countries. I have learned to use the collaboration space of OneNote to facilitate students’ groupwork according to their abilities from my teammate, Tomos Prosser from the UK. Though I have years of experience using OneNote to share useful resources with my students and developing their self-study skills by training them to jot their own learning notes, I have never tried to group students according to their abilities using OneNote and this is what I would like to try with my students when I get back to Hong Kong. We tried to think out of the box and be creative when working on the team project, “Building a Learning Community.” We recognized that working collaboratively with others or as a team is an essential life skill and our group was awarded the Delocalize 2nd runner-up in the Group Challenge Class Hack Award. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team mates, Tomos Prosser, Paulina Mania and Sylvia Fogo, for working and sharing with me; I had so much fun collaborating with them! The Innovative Educator 8 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu The Feature: Reflections on Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange Images © Microsoft. I was also greatly inspired by the presentation given by Anthony Salcito, the vice chairman of Microsoft. I totally agree with the saying that “Technology cannot ever replace great teaching. But it can make great teachers even better.” The key to effective teaching is teachers themselves. Furthermore, I also agree with Nelson Mandela that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Therefore, as an educator, I believe that we have to make smart use of new technology to enhance our teaching and learning, at the same time equipping our students with the skills and positive attitudes they need to make innovative use of new technology and make the world a better place to live in. We have to equip them with 21st century skills so that they can not only cope with but embrace the challenges they will meet in the future. This trip allowed me to make connections with educators from different countries and I have made arrangements to Skype with them for more collaboration and sharing in the future. This was one of the most valuable things I gained from my trip. In addition, the three-day event also provided me with sufficient opportunities to experience the five strategies – Minimize, Delocalize, Gamify, Strategize and Personalize – and prepare myself to fully embrace the Hack the Classroom spirit. When I shared these five strategies with my colleagues after I got back to Hong Kong, my colleagues were also greatly inspired and we have integrated the principles in our proposal for the development of SMART classrooms - to promote innovative use of new technology for better education in our school. I really hope that these principles can be implemented in my school one day so that I can share my experience with other educators from around the world and we can contribute to a better education for more classrooms in the future. Lastly, I would like to give special thanks to my principal, Mrs. Duthie, the Microsoft in Education Lead (Hong Kong) Angus Wong and the Microsoft in Education Social and Community Manager Minnia Feng for always supporting and inspiring me! Remus Kam Pong Fung Remus is an English Language Teacher at the C. & M. A. Chui Chak Lam Memorial School in Hong Kong. The Innovative Educator 9 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu The Feature: Reflections on Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange @remusfung Watch the E2 keynotes aka.ms/educatorexchange Check out the E2 Winning Hacks 2016 education.microsoft.com/GetTrained/E2-2016-ClassHacks Read Mr Tupy’s self published book http://bit.ly/1NwW8m7 Useful Links The Innovative Educator 10 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu NEWS ROUNDUP This is big news for teachers everywhere! With Microsoft Classroom, materials, notes, assignments, and shared calendars are stored online and in one place, so you and your students can find what you need and stay on the same page. You can easily access Class Notebooks and documents from your devices while at school or on the go. To find out more, visit: aka.ms/classroom. Announcing Microsoft Classroom Announcing Office Forms OneNote Class Notebook Updates! onenote.com/classnotebook now distribute assignments, not just pages and sections, that show up in Office 365 Education (Microsoft Classroom) and top Learning Management Systems (LMS). You’ll have “everything in one place” – teachers no longer have to continuously jump between the desktop client and web to manage their classroom. OneNote Class Notebooks are available at no cost in 44 languages and 60+ markets for any customer with OneNote 2013 or 2016. Creating quizzes, surveys, and more is a breeze (and beautiful!) with the newly-launched Office Forms. With results that automatically go to an Excel spreadsheet and easy sharing options, this is the form tool for the modern classroom. Try it at: forms.office.com. Announcing School Data Sync Attention school IT administrators – this is the solution you’ve been waiting for! Here are some of the features of the newly-released School Data Sync: Models classrooms within Office 365 as Groups and Group sites, so teachers can easily manage classes and class materials, freeing up time for lesson planning and teaching. Enables Single Sign On (SSO) so students logged into Office 365 are automatically logged into other supported classroom applications – saving instruction and administrative time. Automates complex processes to reduce burden on IT staff, saving time and money. Since IT admins can determine what student data to sync and which apps can access the data, it is easy to remain in compliance with standards and policies. News Roundup: April The Innovative Educator 11 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Image © Microsoft The Innovative Educator 12 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu MONTH Question Month of the The best responses will feature as “Tweets of the Month!” Join the conversation on Twitter #EdTechPal Keep up with the latest question and hashtag by following @microsoft_edu I My #EdTechPal Who is your #EdTechPal? Social media has completely changed how we connect with each other. Nowadays, teachers and school leaders on different continents share ideas every day and change teaching practices around the world! Tell us about someone you’ve connected with on social media, who’s made an impact on your teaching, and how your virtual friend has shaped your ideas! Question of the Month: Who is your #EdTechPal? Each month we’re asking educators and school leaders around the world a question, and we’d love to hear from you. The Innovative Educator 13 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu MONTH Tweets Month of the I #LoveToTeach because nothing is better that watching people achieve what they thoughT was impossible! #MIEEXPERT Joshua Thom @onyxviper I #LoveToTeach because I love students and I believe that the education is the power of development. Nelly Hamed @nelly_hamed This month we asked you... Why do you #LoveToTeach? I #LoveToTeach I My #EdTechPal Tell us about someone you’ve connected with on social media who’s made an impact on your teaching, and how your virtual friend has shaped your ideas! I #LoveToTeach because...it is an opportunity to ignite a spark that can impact the world. #MIEEXPERT Maria Turner @turner4edu Join the conversation: #EdTechPal I #LoveToTeach because students create, take risks, start a new and question everything! Lee Whitmarsh @l_whitmarsh I #LoveToTeach because there is no greater honour/privilege than to be involved in a child’s development. Paul ‘Lanny’ Watkins @Lanny_Watkins Question of the Month: Why do you #LoveToTeach? I #LoveToTeach to share a love of learning and to be part of a child’s amazing learning journey. HP @penfoldno1 OneNote features teachers will love. While you’ve been busy teaching and innovating, the OneNote engineering team has been hard at work bringing improvements that make teachers’ lives easier. Here are some of the many new features released in the past few months that we think you will love! You can download OneNote for free anytime. QUESTION OF THE MONTH QUESTION MONTH Hack Month of the All images © Microsoft. If you’ve ever wanted to embed a Sway into your OneNote Notebook, and have a preview of it render beautifully, that’s now a reality. It’s as simple as pasting the URL of the Sway in OneNote, and like magic, the Sway will appear fully in your notebook within seconds. Math teachers rejoice! With the new Ink Shape Recognition tool announced last November for iPad, iPad Pro, and the Windows 10 app, OneNote will recognize hand-drawn shapes from squares and circles to quadrilaterals and pentagons, as well as flowcharts and Venn diagrams, and allow you to automatically convert them into better, sharper versions of themselves. To turn on the feature, simply tap the new Convert to Shapes button on the draw tab. Presto! 01 Convert hand-drawn shapes into perfect-looking shapes while inking* 03 Embed a Sway with automatic display in seconds So you have an awesome OneNote with great content but want to present it, perhaps as a lesson plan, perhaps at a professional development training. The new Send to Sway OneNote Integration, announced January 2016, allows you to export your OneNote Notebook directly to a Sway presentation in a matter of seconds. Just download the Sway Add-In for OneNote (Preview) and the button will appear on the OneNote Menu bar. 02 Easily convert your OneNote Notebook into a Sway** All images © Microsoft. QUESTION OF THE MONTH QUESTION MONTH Hack Month of the *Available only in OneNote for Windows 10. **Available only in OneNote 2013/2016. The Innovative Educator 15 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Hack of the Month: 11 New OneNote features teachers will love With the new OneNote features announced on April 14, OneNote is now integrated with over 25 top LMS partners like Canvas and Moodle, allowing you to create assignments and assign grades in OneNote that go straight to your LMS of choice. Find out how here! The winner of Microsoft’s company-wide Hackathon last summer, OneNote Learning Tools is a great example of how technology can make tangible differences in making comprehension easier for students with special learning needs. The free add-in, which can be downloaded here, onenote.com/learningtools has features like enhanced dictation, immersive reading, and comprehension mode, all of which have proven, research-backed benefits (see below). It has already been selected as a 2016 “Top Dyslexia app” by Dyslexic Advantage, with many teachers raving about the benefits for their students. 04 05 Connect OneNote with your LMS to create and grade assignments all in one place** See transformational differences in accessible learning with OneNote Learning Tools** Feature Proven Benefit Improves authoring text Sustains attention and improves reading speed Improves comprehension and sustains attention Improve reading speed by addressing “visual crowding” Supports instruction and improves writing quality Improves word recognition Improves comprehension by an average of 10% Enhanced dictation: Focus mode: Immersive reading: Font spacing and short lines: Parts of speech: Syllabification: Comprehension mode: All images © Microsoft. QUESTION OF THE MONTH QUESTION MONTH Hack Month of the **Available only in OneNote 2013/2016. The Innovative Educator 16 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Hack of the Month: 11 New OneNote features teachers will love With the Class Notebook Add-In, launched March 2016 in 43 languages across 61 worldwide markets, you can distribute a page from your Content Library to all the Student Notebooks with two clicks! This means students no longer have to go to the Content Library to copy it for themselves. Download it for free here! onenote.com/classnotebook Sometimes you have content you’d like to distribute to a specific subset of students. We fully understand the benefits of individualized learning, and the new Class Notebook Add-In allows you to distribute pages to specific students, and even define your own groups of students to make the differentiation process even smoother. Teachers would rather use their time to give quality feedback than flipping back and forth between different Student Notebooks. Whether it’s homework, assignments, or quizzes, we’ve made the process more efficient with the Review Student Work pane in the Class Notebook Add-In. Clicking on a student brings up the student page without having to navigate back and forth in the Notebook pane. 06Distribute a page to all your students in just two clicks with the Class Notebook Add-In** 07Distribute content to specific subsets of individual and groups** 08Review and give feedback in rapid succession with the Review Student Work pane** All images © Microsoft. QUESTION OF THE MONTH QUESTION MONTH Hack Month of the **Available only in OneNote 2013/2016. The Innovative Educator 17 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Hack of the Month: 11 New OneNote features teachers will love To save even more time, we’ve added four common Class Notebook actions right within your OneNote app so there’s no need to open your browser; simply click on the desired action and the app will launch to that function with one click. For those of you always looking for fresh training, content, and updates, you can now access that from the Class Notebook Add-In, which links you to in-depth training, a guide for the Add- In, the official OneNote Education Blog, and the 1.5 million-member strong Microsoft Educator community, where you can find free lesson plans, professional development, and a global community of like-minded innovative educators. 10 Get in-depth teacher training and resources from within your OneNote 09Your Class Notebook is now one click away in your OneNote menu bar** All images © Microsoft. Useful Links Next Page QUESTION OF THE MONTH QUESTION MONTH Hack Month of the We understand that not all notes are taken digitally. With the free Office Lens app, aka.ms/officelens you can take a photo of a piece of paper or a whiteboard with handwriting using Office Lens and search for what you wrote in OneNote! Office Lens identifies printed text with optical character recognition (OCR) so that you can search by key word for the image in OneNote or OneDrive. 11Search your handwritten notes in OneNote through Office Lens **Available only in OneNote 2013/2016. The Innovative Educator 18 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Hack of the Month: 11 New OneNote features teachers will love The Innovative Educator 19 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu All images © Microsoft. OneNote www.onenote.com Fifty Three Announcement https://blogs.office.com/2015/10/20/onenote-partners-with-fiftythree- to-support-pencil-and-paper-plus-shape-recognition-coming- soon/#5m3EPu8PbPfIl4jI.97 Send to Sway Add-In https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=50418&WT. mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all OneNote Learning Tools http://www.onenote.com/learningtools OneNote Dyslexic Benefits Blog Post http://suemcled.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/onenote-learning-tools.html Hackathon Winner http://news.microsoft.com/features/microsoft-hackathon-2015-winner- extends-onenote-to-improve-learning-outcomes-for-students/#sm.0000 0ld8o4oggyeqdqd7z6u63on94 Class NoteBook Add-in Announcement https://blogs.office.com/2016/03/08/introducing-the-class- notebook-add-in-for-onenote-designed-and-built-with- teachers/#pm2zHccJMZ2EMIYo.97 OneNote In-depth Teacher Training http://www.onenoteforteachers.com/?omkt=en-US Notebook Add-in Instruction Guide https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Class-Notebook-add- in-for-OneNote-preview-instructions-cd84f1a6-945e-48fb-8fd9- e338a3eeedaa?omkt=en-US&ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US OneNote Education Blog https://blogs.office.com/onenote/education/ Office Lens App https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/office-lens/9wzdncrfj3t8 Useful Links QUESTION OF THE MONTH QUESTION MONTH Hack Month of the Written by Minnia Feng If you would like to collaborate please get in contact . Hack of the Month: 11 New OneNote features teachers will love @minniafeng Stefan Malter A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN #MIEEXPERT Image © Uwe Völkner / FOX THE MIE EXPERT PROGRAM (Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert) is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers for better learning and student outcomes. Recruitment for next year’s class of MIE Experts starts soon! For more: aka.ms/MIEExpert The Innovative Educator 21 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu In our TV learning channel, journalism students learn how to manage the whole programme. As a Chief Editor on the one hand and university lecturer on the other hand, I want my students to feel the responsibility of an editor and learn how to make reasonable decisions. Every Thursday, we also give personal feedbacks to all the participating producers of the week so that they can benefit from our advice. Like this, they can improve their skills and their creativity step by step.. Meeting time: We talk about ideas for forthcoming events and projects. Our next workshop day in June needs to be planned wisely. Today, we send out the invitations to all producers and filmmakers – although we haven’t determined every detail yet. 09:00 AM WAKING UP MY BRAIN 10:40 AM YOUNG JOURNALISTS NEED FEEDBACK 12:20 PM MEETING, PLANNING, CHATTINGWith my eyes just open, I start my typical morning routine with my smartphone: checking e-mails, reading incoming website comments and current media news as well as analyzing the website statistics of our TV learning channel nrwision. Looks like a great start and a promising day already! :-) Time for the bathroom, a quick shower and the news on the radio. 07:40 AM WHAT’S THE NEWS? Stefan Malter MIE Expert who teaches journalism at Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. His main project is the unique TV learning channel “nrwision“ that he works for as a Chief Editor. Here is a day in his life. THURSDAY, APRIL 14TH, 2016 I get to work by metro and bus instead of driving by car. That gives me enough time to prepare my to-do-list for the day with the help of OneNote and Cortana on my smartphone – and eventually for a quick casual game to wake up my brain. Image © Uwe Völkner / FOXImage © Uwe Völkner / FOX Image © sturti, istock. Image © hocus-focus, istock. A Day in the Life of an #MIEExpert: Stefan Malter @stefanmalter Finally, the TV programme for next week is prepared for publishing. I haven’t checked my inbox the whole afternoon. We always want to reply quickly to viewers and producers, so Outlook has to help me organize my mails now. Oh how I love the possibility of setting up rules for my inbox! I am at home now, but I forgot to edit and publish this one important article for the filmmakers’ knowledge base on our website: “How to use a green screen”. Okay, this needs to be done tonight – even on my home PC using Windows 10 and my user account from work. The day ends like it started in the morning: Before closing my eyes, I check my e-mails again, read the media news I missed today and have a detailed look at our website statistics. It was indeed a successful day – and I can go to sleep with a smile now! 04:40 PM OUTLOOK, HELP ME! 07:10 PM ONE LAST THING… 10:50 PM BACK TO THE START Our weekly seminar is about to begin. We meet in our TV studio. Young journalists often want to become TV presenters. They learn how to present themselves confidently in front of a camera and how to prepare an exciting interview. It’s just an exercise today, but when the lights are on, it always feels real… 02:40 PM LIGHTS, CAMERA… ACTION! Image © Uwe Völkner / FOX Image © Uwe Völkner / FOX Image © hocus-focus, istock. For in-depth training on Windows 10 and more https://education.microsoft.com/gettrained For more about the MIE Expert program aka.ms/mieexpert Useful Links The Innovative Educator 22 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu A Day in the Life of an #MIEExpert: Stefan Malter Doukas School Greece At Doukas School, students take STEM into their own hands... Image © Doukas School/Facebook Image © doukasambassadors School Spotlight Microsoft Showcase School As the focus on STEM increases globally, educational institutions are gearing up to expand awareness and adoption of this growing specialty. The Doukas School’s Microsoft Student Ambassadors came up with the idea of hosting a STEM event to create awareness about STEM both in their community as well as globally. Vassilis Economu, their IT Teacher, and student Panos Economou share insights and best practices around organizing an event of this scale. Visit the event website. Planning [Panos] Planning for our April 2016 event began back in September 2015. There were a lot of things that needed to be addressed and the first thing we did was create a OneNote to share ideas, check progress and communicate. We also created the timeline to be able to organize our work. We wanted the event to be global, for schools from all around the world to be informed about STEM in education. We invited speakers from Greece and abroad to create a multicultural experience. The event agenda was planned to offer both theory and practice. Our event was divided into two parts: the Speeches, where people would learn about STEM from experts, and the Workshops, where they would learn, hands on, about 3D printing and Gamification. So, sponsors were key! We created an Expenses plan in Excel where we could monitor our finances. Organizing a volunteer group of students to help us during the day of the event with tasks such as registration, information, photo and video coverage, etc., was also planned. One of the most demanding parts of organizing an event in general is to find the right funding. Image © doukasambassadors Doukas School Greece /////////////////////////////// Microsoft Showcase School The Innovative Educator 24 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu School Spotlight: Doukas School, Greece My classmates started using their computers more often as tools and not toys, my teachers started incorporating STEM principles in class, and my parents are now more supportive when I introduce new ideas to them. Event impact [Panos] We almost doubled our expectations on how many people would attend! From 70 people expected, 120 were waiting outside the theater on the morning of April 9. And, more than 200 people watched online! The event went flawlessly; the speeches were carried out with much enthusiasm and the workshops saw great participation. The overall feedback was very positive. My classmates started using their computers more often as tools and not toys, my teachers started incorporating STEM principles in class, and my parents are now more supportive when I introduce new ideas to them. Throughout this event, we had the chance to explore STEM further. Plus, we were able to disprove a common misconception, that girls do not wish to be involved with technology. In fact, more than 60% of our fans were female! Teacher feedback/ involvement [Vassilis] Teachers came across a rather new notion for them thanks to this event. Getting to know this methodology through speeches and participating in workshops, they developed new ideas on how to make their lessons more attractive by getting their students involved in interdisciplinary activities like those proposed by the STEM methodology. They realized that they should develop learning environments and innovative approaches favorable for their students to help them develop their personal skills. For example, PC programing for the creation of a math or engineering game through specific programing devices is an excellent opportunity for students to develop 21st century skills and understand basic notions of math, engineering and physics. Image © doukasambassadors Microsoft Showcase School Doukas School Greece /////////////////////////////// The Innovative Educator 25 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu School Spotlight: Doukas School, Greece Microsoft Showcase Schools aka.ms/showcaseschool STEM event http://doukasambassadors.wix.com/stem Microsoft OneNote http://www.onenote.com Microsoft Excel https://products.office.com/en-us/excel Useful Links How did this event benefit your school? [Vassilis] The students who organized the event were the first to benefit. They searched for information available on STEM, organized their materials, found sponsors, developed various collaborations, presented speeches and organized workshops. This was a real interdisciplinary approach to learning. Moreover, the students who attended the event reaffirmed their interest in interdisciplinary lessons and broadened their knowledge on a new and innovative methodology. Any Learnings? [Vassilis] The methodology of learning through projects – Project- Based Learning – which has already been implemented in Doukas School for the last 7 years, helps students solve authentic problems and develop skills of critical thinking and collaboration. Therefore, we believe that STEM can be incorporated in our curriculum as it is similar to the PBL methodology we already apply. Many teachers have already started to plan STEM interdisciplinary projects for the next school year in order to incorporate several STEM activities to the curriculum. What’s next? Design and develop educational material which will be incorporated into the digital books of our institution. Design two specialized seminars for our teachers, which will be held before the new school year. Create a robotics club and develop a specific educational program for it. Update the existing technology lab with new material and technologies. Microsoft Showcase School Doukas School Greece ////////////// The Innovative Educator 26 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu School Spotlight: Doukas School, Greece Behind the Scenes: Microsoft Imagine Academy Team @MSFTimagine Image © Microsoft. Seattle, Washington, USA “What we do, we must scale and scale logically. We can’t just talk about something that would work in middle school in Seattle. It also has to work in Africa.” STEM & Employability Team, USA Microsoft’s company mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. In education, it’s to empower every student. For members of Microsoft’s Stem & Employability Team, that mission is entwined with their jobs each and every day. “My mantra is to get people excited about technology and then help them do more with it,” says team member Andrew Parsons. “That’s what we do as a team. We want to make sure that whatever path [students] take after high school graduation, that it’s infused with technology and infused with computer science so that when they enter a workforce that is more and more based on technology and computing, that they’re ready for it and that employers can find them valuable.” Roles on the Microsoft Stem & Emlpoyability Team are wide and varied. Parsons has been in the technology world for over 20 years, and has a career that spans programming and design, to journalism and technical writing. Jeff Johnson, who formerly worked as an educator and administrator in the community college and university world, is officially a business development manager on the worldwide education team at Microsoft. Claudine O’Leary and Anneleen Vaandrager are based in the UK and the Netherlands, respectively. And Amy Merrill, a senior marketing manager, came to Microsoft via leading education publishing companies. Merrill says, “My favorite moments are always when I’m celebrating the student accomplishments. These students, many with obstacles to overcome, are so inspiring in their fortitude in passing multiple industry recognized certifications. Through these celebrations, I also have an opportunity to get to know some amazing educators. I’m inspired by their belief in their students, the respectful way they bring out the best in each one, and the vision for the future they instill in their students.” My mantra is to get people excited about technology and then help them do more with it Image © Microsoft. Image © Microsoft. Image © Microsoft. The Innovative Educator 28 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Behind the scenes: Imagine team We want to make sure students are leaving school employable. All team members see their roles as “Academic Evangelists,” specifically evangelizing the Microsoft Imagine Academy program. “We focus on the importance of helping students acquire college and career readiness skills,” says Johnson. “When we look at technology, we look at it through two different lenses: the computer science lens (programming, cloud computing, etc.) and productivity technology lens (Office, Windows, Skype, OneNote). Productivity technologies are super important for us to talk about because they empower teachers, educators and schools to be a more effective education medium for their students. If we can help them do that, it’s a win. We want to make sure students are leaving school employable.” The team looks at trends in the world of education – “Big data and analytics are the future,” according to Parsons. But ultimately, Parsons says, “As much as things change, they stay the same. There are some fundamentals around computer science and technology – building blocks – that everyone needs to know. These things are intrinsic to understanding technology. It almost doesn’t matter what the latest buzzword is, you need the fundamentals.” An extremely diverse and international team, there is no other group at Microsoft dedicated to that purpose. “We are a unique team,” says Johnson. “When you’re on a team with people all over the world – colleagues in the UK, and Amsterdam, Asia, EMEA – it adds a certain cultural sensitivity that helps us raise awareness. What we do, we must scale and scale logically. We can’t just talk about something that would work in middle school in Seattle. It also has to work in Africa. We have to have a broader viewpoint that comes with a global team.” “There are a lot of tools for educators,” says Parsons. These tools include resources for teaching coding, and Imagine Access, which connects students with an all-access pass to the software tools they need to build their first game or app. But both Parsons and Johnson are especially keen on challenges. The Know it. Prove it. learning challenge takes place every February, and is an opportunity for students to conquer the tech topic of their choice. The classroom edition of “Know it. Prove it.” comes with posters, PowerPoint decks and curriculum designed to help educators teach the basics of programming, all while allowing students to gain certifications. And, of course, the Imagine Cup, which now offers competitions for beginner to advanced skills levels. Imagine Cup Earth is a brand new contest, for students aged 6-18. For both Parsons and Johnson, being part of the Imagine Team is more than just a job, it’s a calling. “At the end of the day, what’s most important to me is that [my job] has some value,” says Johnson. “I feel like I’m helping lives, and frankly, livelihoods. We’re part of something bigger than ourselves.” You can follow Andrew Parsons on Twitter, or on his blog. And you can see Jeff Johnson in action on this educast and video about Imagine Academy. What advice does the team have for teachers? The Innovative Educator 29 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Behind the scenes: Imagine team Image © Microsoft. Microsoft blogs https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/andrewparsons/ Microsoft Imagine Academy https://msdn.microsoft.com/imagine/imagine-home Imagine Educator tools https://msdn.microsoft.com/imagine/imagine-about Microsoft Virtual Academy https://mva.microsoft.com/?wt.mc_id=DX_36942 Imagine Access https://www.dreamspark.com/Student/Software- Catalog.aspx Microsoft born to learn. Know it. Prove it. https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/knowitproveit Imagine Cup https://www.imaginecup.com/category/index?wt. mc_id=DX_36944 Andrew Parsons Twitter https://twitter.com/MrAndyPuppy Jeff Johnson LinkedIn, Video and educast https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-johnson-7a407420 https://vimeo.com/25685244 https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/microsoft_it_ academy/b/weblog/archive/2015/03/17/march- educast-recap-prepping-students-with-business- productivity-skills-for-21st-century-jobs Useful Links The Innovative Educator 30 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Behind the scenes: Imagine team Written by Jim Pedrech, Canada, #MIE Fellow, Department Head: English, Canadian & World Studies. If you would like to collaborate please get in contact. Image ©Bora.co@jpedrech What, exactly, does the modern workplace look like? Small ideas are insidious. They are slivers under the skin, an itch that needs scratching, a nagging feeling in the back of one’s mind. At the E2 Global Forum in Budapest, I heard lots of big ideas that rocked my pedagogical world. However, it was a small idea from my time in Hungary that I just couldn’t seem to shake. During Anthony Salcito’s keynote address, which was filled with eye-popping demos, inspiring examples, and even a Skype call to the Arctic, he casually explained that he was in favour of flipped classrooms because that’s how work in his office gets done. Next to the dynamically animated math functions and inspiring videos, this comment seemed, well, small. In fact, it seemed so small, so in the moment, that it may have been improvised, an aside for the benefit of the audience. Sure, I tweeted the idea as soon as I heard it, but I wasn’t really thinking about the big implications of this small idea. Days later, I still found myself mulling over Anthony’s comment. Did it apply only to his team? Was it a reflection of the company? The entire industry? Clearly, the questions were mounting. I also found myself wondering about the implications that the organization and design of these workplaces had for the classroom. Before I could address this issue, however, I had another question to answer: Answer: I am a teacher; I have no idea. I decided to find out. First, however, I had to work out a few ideas. How Do Our Spaces Reflect Our Values? Both the classroom and the workplace are constructs. They reflect what the authority (the teacher or the employer) believes should happen in that space. Think of the traditional classroom, with rows of desks, a chalk board, and a teacher’s desk in the corner. Add a few embellishments if you wish: a potted plant, a bulletin board covered in student work, perhaps a bookshelf in the corner. Now, try to think of a workplace that is similarly arranged. The one that immediately sprang to my mind is the call center, which might reveal something interesting about both the traditional classroom and the call center-- in these spaces, what one does with others doesn’t matter nearly as much as what one does in isolation. Remove the other desks—or the cubicles—and the student’s/ employee’s role would not change, because collaboration is not one of the values upon which the space has been constructed. The tweet I sent to Catherine Veteri, an amazing Math teacher who is experimenting with the Flipped Classroom. Image ©Bora.co The Innovative Educator 32 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Educator Article: Learning Spaces What Do Modern Workplaces Look Like? While call centers certainly qualify as workplaces, they are not the model for all workplaces. When I asked friends to share their workspaces with me via social media, I was immediately struck by the relationship between function and form. For example, actor JuanCarlos Velis sent me a picture of his work space, provided by the producers of a TV show; this small space was perfect for the kind of isolation and focus an actor might need to prepare. However, his other work space—the stage or the set—is completely different: it is often a big, open space that is fully of possibility. He never works in this space in isolation; in fact, he is surrounded by dozens of professionals who collaborate on big, meaningful tasks. Interestingly, I received lots of photos of workplaces that one would expect to be traditional, but clearly have been designed to foster collaboration. For example, consider the photos provided by Laura Shannon, a friend who works for TD Bank. The work spaces are bright, colorful, and varied. Chairs with high, curved backs allow colleagues to focus on shared tasks with minimal distraction. A room with bright walls and glass is also outfitted with lounge-like modular chairs. Still another area seems to reinvent the traditional conference table, opting for raised seats and table that feel more conducive to collaboration than a formal meeting. In the background, there is banquette seating that is clearly part of the main room, but feels separate enough to be called a separate workspace. There is no single vision here; instead, employees have been provided with numerous spaces that they can choose from. Images shared by Microsoft employees were equally eye-opening. Minnia Feng from the WW Education Team shared a video that re-affirmed Anthony Salcito’s words: workspaces at Microsoft have been built to foster the kind of open-ended, collaborative problem-solving that is so often stressed in 21st century classrooms. Image ©Bora.co courtesy TD Bank Group courtesy TD Bank Group TD Bank TD Bank Building 83 at Microsoft’s Corporate Headquarters in Redmond, WA. The Innovative Educator 33 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Educator Article: Learning Spaces How are Modern Workspaces and Classrooms Similar? When comparing images of workspaces and classrooms, I was struck by the conceptual similarities. Looking at Catherine Dohn’s (MIE Expert from Edmonton, Alberta) classroom, for example, made the connections between the workspaces and classrooms even more obvious. Desks are arranged for collaboration, but they clearly are not the students’ only choice; notice the soft, cushioned area that is well-suited to reading and conversation. Even my own classroom, with grouped desks, a standing desk, and a comfy armchair, provides students several options for work. The standing desk is actually a re-purposed library bookshelf: not only does it provide book space in the front and standing space in the back, its shelves are removable, meaning that students who choose to sit on the floor can lay the shelves across their knees as a desk. The factory model of production, with everyone in perfectly ordered desks working at exactly the same time (and in the same way) is gone; instead, Microsoft’s workspaces are full of big, open spaces, comfortable seating, and informal meeting areas. In fact, the biggest differences between workspaces and classrooms seem to be a reflection of cost. Many teachers would be thrilled to have high-backed chairs and cushioned benches in their classrooms; sometimes, however, these choices are cost-prohibitive. Instead, teachers have to work with what they have, re-imaging a learning space despite the fact that its initial design may represent the values of a different era. These hacks not only provide students with a flexible learning space, but also prepare them for the demands of the modern workplace. Images ©Bora.co Building 83 at Microsoft’s Corporate Headquarters in Redmond, WA. The Innovative Educator 34 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Educator Article: Learning Spaces With books and technology, miracles can happen... Books to Africa Project Image © Thejane Malakane Julie Hembree, #MIEExpert, USA @mrs_hembree The Innovative Educator 36 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Standing at the window of the library, I can see the edge of the soccer field covered with discarded jackets unneeded on this warm spring day. The recess game is in full swing with girls and boys racing to score the next goal. Inside the library, the room buzzes with activity as students organize and prepare books to go overseas in our Books to Africa club. I overhear pieces of conversations. Two boys with their pens ready are handing books to each other. “Here sign this one. It’s not signed yet. I’ll get the next one.” Another group is getting books ready to pack, “seven, eight, nine, and ten. Let’s count the piles to see if we’re ready.” In another corner, I overhear two girls talking, “Did you see the poster Mrs. Hembree made of the kids holding books? One of them is holding the book I signed.” These students and many more like them have given up recesses or early mornings to be part of what they call the BTA club. The club began in the fall of 2012 after I was handed a few boxes of donated books. “Could you use them in the library or find someone who could?” I was asked. I didn’t need them for our library. However, this particular donation sparked an idea. I had just read The Dot by Peter Reynolds to my library classes. The message of “make a mark and see where it takes you” seemed particularly fitting with this book donation. What if we could send these books to some children who needed them? What if my students could make their mark by helping others find the joy of reading? Make a mark and see where it takes you. [...] What if my students could make their mark by helping others find the joy of reading? + Image © Bell Elementary School, WA Learning Without Borders: Our Class Book Project I shared the idea with my classes. Soon a core group established the Books to Africa club. They created the project name, logo and advertising videos. My goal was to empower these students to help their peers living in other nations and learn empathy skills in the process. We just had one problem. We had 1,000 books to send and no partner school. That’s when I turned to my Microsoft Educator network. At the Global Forum in Prague and then again in Barcelona, I connected with teachers in South Africa and Lesotho who desperately needed reading materials for their students. We shipped boxes with books, bookmarks, and letters. I began integrating technology into my lessons about the culture and animals of their countries. We exchanged reports about our towns and local animals. Yet, the experience was still an abstraction, not quite real until the emails from Africa arrived. Photographs of smiling children proudly holding books 10,000 miles away is tangible evidence of the impact of this project. These pictures made the connection personal. Students huddled over pictures trying to see if the book they signed was in the photo from Africa. Everyone cheered when someone exclaimed, “Hey she’s holding the book I signed!” We shared some tears of happiness seeing the effect our project was having on these children. I wasn’t surprised when they asked, “Can we send more books?” Technology as simple as email and digital photos allowed us to bridge the distance between our classrooms. Posted at the front of my library is the Nelson Mandela quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Books to Africa! Posted at the front of my library is the Nelson Mandela quote: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’ project Image © Thejane Malakane. Image © Phuti Ragophala. Image © Phuti Ragophala. The Innovative Educator 37 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Learning Without Borders: Our Class Book Project The Innovative Educator 38 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu phones. Those resources have opened the door for our students to Skype together on his phone. They have sent us videos demonstrating their reading skills. Thejane has even taken photos of his students reading books as they walked to school, something that never happened before. Our social media posts, led two other teachers in Hawaii to begin sending books and bookmarks to Thejane’s school. Most recently he sent us photos of his students at the official launch of their school Our partner teachers work in schools with limited technology resources, yet they find ways to maximize what they have. Thejane Malakane, a 4th grade teacher works in a rural village outside of Maseru, Lesotho. With only a personal laptop and phone, he brought technology into his lessons. However, because of his endeavors to integrate technology and reading, his school was selected as one of the pilot schools for a Literacy for Life initiative. They were given three mobile projectors and three Windows English Reading Club. The children now read books outside to the student body at their morning assembly. None of this would have happened without our Microsoft Educator connection and Books to Africa project. Phuti Ragophala, an MIE Expert and principal of Pula Madibogo Primary School in South Africa has motivated her teachers to create a book club using the books we have sent them. They Skype with us and proudly read their stories aloud. Because of her enthusiasm When technology is added to the education mix, the learning transforms. Image © Nolte Lourens, Shutterstock. Learning Without Borders: Our Class Book Project The Innovative Educator 39 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Written by Julie Hembree If you would like to collaborate please get in contact . integrating technology with reading, one of her fellow tachers, Tinny Molepo, was also accepted into the Microsoft Expert Educator program. Her project “Techno Reading Goes Viral through Skype” earned her the 2015 Super Teacher of the Year Award in South Africa. “I wanted the learners to share with Mrs. Hembree stories of the books they read. I must say it was exciting to see learners communicating with her in real time,” said Tinny. Our collaboration grew so strong that in July 2015, I flew to South Africa to visit our partner schools. Thejane and I were able to meet for a few hours to talk about our next steps in developing our school connection. When I arrived at Pula Madibogo and saw that the school library consisted solely of the books we had sent, I knew in my heart that our students made the right choice to launch this club. I was invited to model different techniques for teaching reading and integrating technology. The experience is one I will never forget. Since 2012, students exceeded their expectations sending over 4,000 books to Africa. While the original purpose of the BTA project was to supply books, the result has been the integration of technology with reading. These skills will help students in impoverished schools catch up with their peers in other more affluent nations. This program inspired student peers to become readers. It helped students develop empathy toward others. It influenced teachers to use technology in their own teaching. Ultimately, we all learned that children can make a difference in education. It can happen one book at a time. Image © Thejane Malakane For more on Skype in the Classroom https://education.microsoft.com/skypeintheclassroom Useful Link @mrs_hembree Learning Without Borders: Our Class Book Project February 27 was International Polar Bear Day and each year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic — and how each of us can help. Travel with Skype to the Land of the Ice Bears Image © Skype Blogs February 27 was International Polar Bear Day and each year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic – and how each of us can help. We spoke to Expedition Educator Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop about his upcoming expedition to the Arctic and how he will be sharing his learnings with students via his Skype in the Classroom ‘Arctic Live 2016!’ virtual field trip. Jamie and his team will be based in Svalbard, between Norway and the North Pole. Svalbard is a place of deep fjords, snow-capped I was a teacher, and I was looking at new ways of engaging my kids emotionally in the wider world. mountains, massive sheets of ice, and – of course – magnificent polar bears. It also features in the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, and has become known as ‘The Land of the Ice Bears’. Jamie is no stranger to using Skype to connect from remote places like Svalbard, having done over 150 Skype lessons with classrooms all around the world. This will be his fifth polar expedition and so far he already has 85 calls set up for this upcoming trip. Teachers can also join lessons with the rest of the team of scientists who are based in the UK. How did you become an Expedition Educator? I was a teacher, and I was looking at new ways of engaging my kids emotionally in the wider world. I did my first Skype call with a classroom from Antarctica over five years ago and have not stopped since. It’s an amazing way of bringing the world to the classroom. Image © Skype Blogs The Innovative Educator 41 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Image © Shutterstock Educator Article: Travel with Skype to the Land of the Ice Bears an ‘airport’, snow mobile hire, rifle hire – whatever you need. From the point of view of doing outreach, it’s incredible: we have a great internet connection, hot coffee, and a local shop which is open a couple of hours a week. We have all the infrastructure there, but if you walk 100 yards, you’re suddenly out in the Arctic. I generally have three different types of days: one type is doing Skype calls all day – up to 14 or 15! Then I’ll update all the social media feeds in the evening. So it’s a 14-hour working day. On the second kind of day, I’ll be out in the field working with the researchers – filming and photographing them. And the third kind of day is spent making educational films or writing up blog posts. What is the aim of the expedition? We’re running an expedition within an expedition. The science expedition I am joining will involve research inside a glacier. We’ll need to abseil 100 feet down and use lasers to measure a ‘cut- and-closure’ channel inside the glacier to see how they operate. The research team will return in 2017 and compare measurements to find out more about how the inside of the glacier changes over time. Basically each research expedition is like a small jigsaw piece of a much larger picture – finding out how this fragile environment is changing. How do you prepare for expeditions such as this? Mainly spreadsheets! This will be my fifth polar expedition… lots of packing, logistics, operations and risk assessments. We reached about 2 million people on social media last year, and had calls with 70 schools across many time zones – so it’s managing all those schools, getting the questions in, planning our social media coverage and virtual reality video filming. People think preparing for an expedition is wildly romantic, but it’s a lot of logistical work. It’s like preparing for an interactive TV show production… the Skype lesson is just the tip of the iceberg. What’s life like in the Arctic? Luckily this is not a remote field- based expedition which requires living in unheated tents in minus 40 degrees! We will be based in an UK Arctic Research Station at Ny Alesund in Svalbard. It’s a converted mining settlement which has become home to an international research community. The glaciers are nearby, the fjords, Image © Skype Blogs Educator Article: Travel with Skype to the Land of the Ice Bears The Innovative Educator 42 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu The Innovative Educator 43 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Overall, it’s just a real delight to be able to introduce these environments to young people. They may never get the chance to experience it directly at school, but hopefully it will inspire them to study and work on these environments when they are older. Have your previous Skype sessions led to any memorable moments? There is one particular school I’ve had a few calls with… they liked me doing snow angels. One student asked me to jump into the snow. I did that and it hurt since the snow was hard and the kids laughed! Overall, it’s just a real delight to be able to introduce these environments to young people. They may never get the chance to experience it directly at school, but hopefully it will inspire them to study and work on these environments when they are older. Do you expect to see any polar bears whilst you’re there? There is an Annual Polar Bear Monitoring Project happening whilst I am there – I’m hoping to join the team doing it so I may manage to see them. Generally, you’re not allowed to go and try to find them unless you are studying them – they are a big risk – we have to be very careful. There’s an Arctic tradition that all doors are left unlocked in case you’re caught unawares you can get into any building. I’ll also have a flare pistol with me just in case. On a previous expedition, the team did have to fire a couple of warning shots when some came quite near – for their safety as well as ours. On a previous expedition, the team did have to fire a couple of warning shots when some [bears] came quite near. Educator Article: Travel with Skype to the Land of the Ice Bears The Innovative Educator 44 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Useful Links International Polar Bear Day www.polarbearsinternational.org/our-work/ international-polar-bear-day Arctic Live 2016!’ virtual field trip https://education.microsoft.com/arcticlive Svalbard http://binged.it/1QIlpuT Dark Materials en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His_Dark_Materials Ny Alesund http://binged.it/23WS6r4 Microsoft Educator Community https://education.microsoft.com Jamie leaves for the Arctic on March 1st. Arctic Live is funded by XL Catlin as part of its commitment to oceans education and supported by the British Antarctic Survey and Natural Environment Research Council. More about getting involved with Skype in the Classroom Check out Jamie’s ‘Arctic Live! 2016’ virtual field trip. Teachers: To request a Skype call with Jamie for your students, simply register at the Microsoft Educator Community website, then hit the ‘Register for this lesson’ button and select from the remaining time slots available. Please read the lesson description carefully and ensure that your students are prepped and ready for their own Live Arctic experience – there is a range of supplementary resources available via the above link, as well. Parents: Why not ask your school to get involved with Skype in the Classroom so your kids can experience the world live from their classrooms? Educator Article: Travel with Skype to the Land of the Ice Bears While you’ve been busy teaching and innovating, the OneNote engineering team has been hard at work bringing improvements that make teachers’ lives easier. Here are some of the many new features released in the past few months that we think you will love! You can download OneNote for free anytime. All images © Microsoft. in The Classroom Highlights: April 2016 Have you ever used Skype in the Classroom? Take Your Students on a Virtual Field Trip! Sharks And Their Amazing Adaptations Ages: All ages For those who are already fans of Skype in the Classroom, you will find some Skype lesson suggestions for your students. For educators who haven’t used Skype in the Classroom before, you will find ideas to help you get started and connect your students to the world. Read our premiere April 2016 edition and find out which Skype Lessons are the highlights this month as well as all about Skype in education. This lesson is led by shark expert, Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza and will take your students on a journey to discover some of the over 500 different shark species and to learn about their marvellous adaptations. The lesson ends with a discussion about the need for shark conservation as sharks are now in peril due to overfishing. Students will have a chance to ask questions at the end or any time during the lesson. Register for this lesson Image © Shutterstock Image © Shutterstock in The Classroom The Innovative Educator 46 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Skype Spotlight Invite a Guest Speaker for Your Classroom The Changing Arctic : Climate Impacts for Ecosystems and Economies Ages: 3-5, Ages 6-7, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-13, Ages 14-18, Ages 18+ The Arctic is changing and fast. As sea ice melts, there is great interest in navigation and resource exploitation. At the same time, ecosystems and species are changing and moving. Magdalena AK Muir is a Research Associate with the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary, and affiliated with Aarhus University Herning: Nordic Centre of Excellence for Strategic Adaptive Adaptation Research and the Centre of Energy Technologies. A Microsoft Educator Community Account Skype ID Good internet connection An internal computer camera or external computer camera Microphone (internal or external) For a Skype Call, you will need: The lesson explores the nature and pace of these climate changes, and provides a vision of future Arctic ecosystems and economies. Register for this lesson Image © Shutterstock Global learning is important because it empowers teachers and students to take learning outside of the four walls of a classroom. It breaks down barriers and provides engaging, authentic learning experiences. Micah Brown, Skype Master Teacher, Kansas (USA) @MBrownEdTech QUOTE OF THE MONTH: Connect your students to the world for an unforgettable learning experience... Magdalena AK Muir Microsoft Educator Community https://education.microsoft.com Sharks And Their Amazing Adaptations https://education.microsoft.com/Story/VirtualFieldTrip?token=9380d Guest Speaker Registration https://education.microsoft.com/Story/SkypeLesson?token=b0328 Skype ID http://www.skype.com/en/ Useful Links The Innovative Educator 47 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Skype Spotlight BRING ‘ MAY’ TO YOUR MAY By Thao Tran Microsoft Student Apprentice, Worldwide Education Team Image © Galyna Andrushko, Shutterstock. MICROSOFT STUDENT APPRENTICE As the month of May is approaching, here are 5 tips I learned to gain more “may” in my life. These are the steps I have taken to cope with three college rejections, stress with school and work, fear of college environment change, pre- 18th birthday identity crisis, prom nervousness, post-vacation nostalgia, and tons of other unnamed concerns in the life of an over thinking high school senior… in the past two weeks. In Vietnamese, the term ‘may’ refers to luck and blessings. This article is dedicated to any student out there who think they might need a little boost to move forward with their challenges. Okay, May, we all get it. It’s that time of the year when all we want is to spend every evening at the park enjoying the lovely spring breeze, but instead get buried in series of exams and due projects, while impatiently waiting for the promising summer. Frustrating, huh? But before weakening your mind with that predictable negative procrastination, try to lift your mood up with a little exercise. Sit still, but don’t fall asleep, and rewind your mind back to a period of time when you were happiest. Not just one single moment, but a whole period. What did you do? What made you smile? What was your one sentence of wisdom? Tell yourself a complete story, and treat yourself as Baymax in your own version of Big Hero 6. Enjoy the movie, and voilà, you found an escape. Flash back to the time when you were happiest ç © 1 Image © Romas_Photo, Shutterstock. The Innovative Educator 49 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Student Apprentice: Bring ‘May’ to your May “Urgh, my life is so boring!” “I have no life.” I hear this a lot, some from my friends, some from myself. It’s not just a symptom of “senioritis,” but a consequence of the consistency and safety of our everyday student life, when every step in our routine is the same to the minute, especially in May, at the midst of our exam season. While it’s difficult to plan a refreshing getaway at this point, we can choose to add joy to our everyday life. A daily adventure. Maybe sign up for an art class to get in touch with your inner child, or challenge your friends to visit all the LEED Starbucks stores in the city every day afterschool. Make a Wunderlist of things you want to do by the end of the year, share it with your friends, and find satisfaction in ticking different items off that list while adding rich life experiences and memories. Find a reason for yourself to wake up feeing excited, something for you to look forward to after refusing to hit the snooze button every morning. One of the best ways to boost your adrenaline is to do something you have always been scared of. It can be as quick as standing up after a bungee jump, or can require more time to materialize, like freaking out about, adapting to, and eventually embracing future college life. But the nice thing about facing fear is that it requires you to make a change. There are numerous reasons for you to be afraid, and one is because you lack confidence in yourself. So let’s change that mindset! Cut your fear down into pieces, swallow it one piece at a time, then repeat it, until you’re bored of the taste. It will take time and effort, but it will turn out great; in the end, fear is just an obsession you have in your own head. Go on a Daily AdventureFace a Fear Find a reason for yourself to wake up feeling excited, something for you to look forward to. © The Innovative Educator 50 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Student Apprentice: Bring ‘May’ to your May Maybe you write it simply because you will feel cool. You will also feel like you are being listened to. Isn’t that one of a teenager’s biggest needs? Pick up a pencil and a piece of paper, or open up your OneNote, and let it all out. Your imaginary audience is there listening to you. Not a writer? Just speak to yourself, or to someone you trust if you feel like sharing. You can then erase it all. But the point is, don’t hold back. It’s similar to #2, but it’s easier to get over any negative feeling by just facing it. Plus, writing or speaking out loud can be an effective study strategy too. Just saying! Write (a listicle) Hopefully after reading to this point (thank you!), you have sensed a common theme. Sure, technology has done so much for us, enriched our lives, eased our education, etc., but it’s healthy to just turn off sometimes. It boosts your productivity incredibly! Just imagine getting everything done, then spending some tech- free time with your family and friends to share some real jokes. You will feel very accomplished, inside and out. You don’t have to try too hard and keep at it for so long; just do what feels right for you, and maybe start with Snapchatting a little less? Unplug I have not mentioned the Vietnamese word “may” even once in any “tip”. That’s right, because... and finally... ç æ By facing your negative feelings, whether it’s frustration, fear, uncertainty, boredom, or procrastination, you can make the decision to change your own mindset to be a happier, better self. And then, you open the door to welcome may to your heart. ‘may’ is not something that is granted, but rather earned and appreciated by your inner self. Wunderlist https://www.wunderlist.com/ OneNote https://www.onenote.com Useful Links The Innovative Educator 51 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Student Apprentice: Bring ‘May’ to your May Written by Kurt Söser, MIE Expert, Austria If you would like to collaborate please get in contact . @kurtsoeser Geogebra Dynamic Mathematics for Everyone. When Markus Hohenwarter entered the student’s room at the University of Salzburg back in 2001 and showed his newly created math Software “GeoGebra”, I realized immediately, that this will transform the way I teach forever. < software review /> Now 15 years later I want to take a look on how I use my favourite math app every day in and out of school and how my students are using GeoGebra to learn mathematics. Have a look at this video to get some ideas, and see what GeoGebra is capable of in the hands of my students: transform the way you teach maths more than a graphing calculator So, clearly one of my everyday scenarios in my classroom is using GeoGebra as a graphing calculator. You can do really powerful calculations and visualize them in real time: You can make use of the powerful tools not only to calculate but to visualize. You can cover all maths topics with GeoGebra from kindergarten to University! Image © Kurt Söser Image © Kurt Söser Image ©Microsoft Image ©GeoGebra The Innovative Educator 53 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Software Review: GeoGebra GeoGebra shows its full potential when it comes to visualizing interactive content to demonstrate dependencies and mathematical concepts. For example: when I want to teach my students about linear regression/ trendlines I always use this applet, so they can experiment and find out for themselves, that the “best fit” line is where you minimize the “sum of squares”. You can find this and over 400,000 other free (!) interactive materials at geogebra.org/search In recent years GeoGebra has become one the most widely used and popular mathematics apps worldwide, offering spreadsheet and statistics features as well as 3D, which I love to use to show really complex math concepts to my students. Geogebra http://www.geogebra.org/ Kurt’s GeoGebra profile http://www.geogebra.org/kurtsoeser 400,000 Free Interactive Materials http://www.geogebra.org/search Linear Regression Applet http://www.geogebra.org/m/Q3VprCHa My World My Math! https://youtu.be/zopJEsKcUoU Acer, Geogebra And Intel Schools: Making Maths Easy https://youtu.be/Ge2o0x9akYw Useful Links So, I can’t imagine going back to teaching without GeoGebra and my students really love to use this app. Since they are allowed to use GeoGebra in their final exams, they are not only engaged in using this software, but also they do learn mathematics in a “...different, more modern way” as one of them stated. in conclusion... For me this is the most important thing: As a teacher I am able to transform the way I teach math and my students are transforming the way they learn math! All images © Acer The Innovative Educator 54 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Software Review: GeoGebra What do musicians and educators have in common? If you ask André Spang – both an accomplished jazz musician and a teacher – maybe more than you might think. Daily Edventures follows amazing adventures of educators from around the world. For more, visit dailyedventures.com Have an inspirational educator to nominate? http://dailyedventures.com/index.php/nominate/ Improvising, Learning and Sharing One teacher’s guide to #hacktheclassroom – André Spang, Germany Image © Daily Edventures Spang and I met in Budapest during the recent Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange, which celebrates the achievements of extraordinary educators who combine content, pedagogy and technology to create innovative learning environments for their students. Spang fits the bill perfectly. He is a Microsoft Expert Educator (class of 2015), a public high school teacher in Cologne and a lecturer at the University of Cologne for Music and Digital Media. He’s also the founder of German #EDchatDE, a Twitter chat for educators. We should teach our learners – to take risks. And if we take risks on our own, we can be more credible. Spang’s background in music and composing has played a big part in his willingness to try new things in his classroom, and just as important, to share his experiences and learn from other educators. “Actually I am trying to do a lot of open practice,” he says. “Now I’m using Minecraft. So I do gamification. For open practice, I use blogs and wikis to get collaboration going between students and to be transparent with other teachers and parents. Because that’s also a big deal – to show other teachers and parents what you do with technology.” Spang admits that using technology in the classroom can at first seem intimidating, but he offers some advice. “Using technology is always a chance and a challenge,” he says. “If you do something the first time, you have to be prepared and open to fail. But then the learning starts.” Actually, that is what we should teach our learners – to take risks. And if we take risks on our own, we can be more credible.” Image © André Spang Image © Microsoft The Innovative Educator 56 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Educator Article: Improvising, Learning and Aspire. Actually, that is what we should teach our learners – to take risks. And if we take risks on our own, we can be more credible.” “To me it’s very important to be open, but also very important to talk with the students,” he adds. “If you try something new, especially with technology, you can learn a lot from the students because they live in this world and they use it fluently. It’s a good thing to take them to ‘the boat,’ you know, and learn from each other.” If I adapt technology to the classroom, I have to improvise and look at how it fits with the curriculum. Click above to enjoy Daily Edventure’s feature on André Spang, interviewed by Microsoft’s Vice President of Worldwide Education, Anthony Salcito. Written by Anthony Salcito Vice President of Worldwide Education For more articles like this visit @AnthonySalcito Image © Daily Edventures Useful Links Daily Edventures http://dailyedventures.com/ E2 Educator Exchange https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/e2/ default.aspx?__0591c250=_0591c250&__01e52f88 =_01e52f88%0D André Spang’s Website https://andrespang.de/ André Spang’s Twitter https://twitter.com/Tastenspieler Have an inspirational educator to nominate? http://dailyedventures.com/index.php/nominate/ The Innovative Educator 57 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Educator Article: Improvising, Learning and Aspire. Was honoured as a Top 10 Finalist in the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, referred to as many as the Nobel Prize for Teaching. His use of Skype in the Classroom and connecting his students with others from around the world (from more than 70 countries!) was highlighted by the foundation. Were also honoured as Top 50 Finalists in the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize. Michael Soskil Pennsylvania, USA TAKE A CLOSER LOOK: Citizens Voice The Times Tribune Was named the Best Entrepreneurial Teacher in the Country by Ungt Entreprenorskap (a JA Member). Ole Johnny Devik Norway Was named 2016 Assembly District 12 California Woman of the Year by Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen. Tammy Dunbar California, USA TAKE A CLOSER LOOK: Oakdale Leader Manteca Bulletin Has published an eBook entitled “#MIEExpert: Changing the Reality of the World”, consisting entirely of contributions from over 30 MIE Experts around the world. TAKE A CLOSER LOOK: youblisher.com TAKE A CLOSER LOOK: Ungt Entreprenorskap OUR RECOGNITION TO... Say hello to the Microsoft Innovative Educators making an impact in the industry. TAKE A CLOSER LOOK: El Colombiano Semana Francisco Tupy Brazil Bijal Damani India Katherine Franco Columbia The Innovative Educator 58 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Recognition For everyday inspiration, join the Microsoft Educator community! education.microsoft.com Thank You, Teachers! Educator Innovative A MICROSOFT IN EDUCATION MAGAZINE s also the founder of German #EDchatDE, a Twitter chat for educators. We should teach our learners – to take risks. And if we take risks on our own, we can be more credible. Spang’s background in music and composing has played a big part in his willingness to try new things in his classroom, and just as important, to share his experiences and learn from other educators. “Actually I am trying to do a lot of open practice,” he says. “Now I’m using Minecraft. So I do gamification. For open practice, I use blogs and wikis to get collaboration going between students and to be transparent with other teachers and parents. Because that’s also a big deal – to show other teachers and parents what you do with technology.” Spang admits that using technology in the classroom can at first seem intimidating, but he offers some advice. “Using technology is always a chance and a challenge,” he says. “If you do something the first time, you have to be prepared and open to fail. But then the learning starts.” Actually, that is what we should teach our learners – to take risks. And if we take risks on our own, we can be more credible.” Image © André Spang Image © Microsoft The Innovative Educator 56 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Educator Article: Improvising, Learning and Aspire. Actually, that is what we should teach our learners – to take risks. And if we take risks on our own, we can be more credible.” “To me it’s very important to be open, but also very important to talk with the students,” he adds. “If you try something new, especially with technology, you can learn a lot from the students because they live in this world and they use it fluently. It’s a good thing to take them to ‘the boat,’ you know, and learn from each other.” If I adapt technology to the classroom, I have to improvise and look at how it fits with the curriculum. Click above to enjoy Daily Edventure’s feature on André Spang, interviewed by Microsoft’s Vice President of Worldwide Education, Anthony Salcito. Written by Anthony Salcito Vice President of Worldwide Education For more articles like this visit @AnthonySalcito Image © Daily Edventures Useful Links Daily Edventures http://dailyedventures.com/ E2 Educator Exchange https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/e2/ default.aspx?__0591c250=_0591c250&__01e52f88 =_01e52f88%0D André Spang’s Website https://andrespang.de/ André Spang’s Twitter https://twitter.com/Tastenspieler Have an inspirational educator to nominate? http://dailyedventures.com/index.php/nominate/ The Innovative Educator 57 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Educator Article: Improvising, Learning and Aspire. Was honoured as a Top 10 Finalist in the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, referred to as many as the Nobel Prize for Teaching. His use of Skype in the Classroom and connecting his students with others from around the world (from more than 70 countries!) was highlighted by the foundation. Were also honoured as Top 50 Finalists in the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize. Michael Soskil Pennsylvania, USA TAKE A CLOSER LOOK: Citizens Voice The Times Tribune Was named the Best Entrepreneurial Teacher in the Country by Ungt Entreprenorskap (a JA Member). Ole Johnny Devik Norway Was named 2016 Assembly District 12 California Woman of the Year by Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen. Tammy Dunbar California, USA TAKE A CLOSER LOOK: Oakdale Leader Manteca Bulletin Has published an eBook entitled “#MIEExpert: Changing the Reality of the World”, consisting entirely of contributions from over 30 MIE Experts around the world. TAKE A CLOSER LOOK: youblisher.com TAKE A CLOSER LOOK: Ungt Entreprenorskap OUR RECOGNITION TO... Say hello to the Microsoft Innovative Educators making an impact in the industry. TAKE A CLOSER LOOK: El Colombiano Semana Francisco Tupy Brazil Bijal Damani India Katherine Franco Columbia The Innovative Educator 58 education.microsoft.com #MSFTEdu Recognition For everyday inspiration, join the Microsoft Educator community! education.micros