Feedback strategy guides STEM uptake of wireless; video tools

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all_hallows

Guest post by Steve Crapnell, MIE Expert and head of eLearning co-ordination at All Hallows’ School, Queensland. Like many schools, All Hallows’ School in Brisbane is experimenting with stylus-enabled devices for STEM topics. What makes us different is our strategy. For the past 18 months, our technology adoption has been guided by a single, clear…


2017 Planning | Q&A Expert Tips

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megan-townes

  If you missed our 5-part #Back2SchoolHELP live webinar series last week, we have a full recap for you. The series aimed to help out our community of school teachers preparing for the new teaching year ahead of them. Educators joined the live Q&A sessions for expert teacher tips and tricks with the host, Megan Townes, a Microsoft NSW Teacher Ambassador….


Ormiston College STEM Day

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robotics, STEM

“Amazing student led STEM presentations, amazing resources and friendly presenters. What a great day!” (Anonymous Attendee) There is no doubt that PBL (problem or project based learning) and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) has captured the current zeitgeist of contemporary learning around the globe.  There are many schools in Australia that have realised that…


7 great ways to hit the ground running this school year

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Guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer. Connect with Helen on the Educator Community.  List of new students for your class. Check!  Classroom arranged for optimal learning styles. Check!  Bulletin boards done. Check!  Now let’s discover seven great ways to hit the ground running this school year by getting your curriculum ready, getting…


#Back2SchoolHELP is here! Teacher Ambassador hosting Live Stream FaceBook Q&A

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megan3-200px

Microsoft Education is here to help you with your 2017 Class planning, with live webinar sessions and moderated Q&A from teacher experts. Join the chat all week by RSVP’ing here. Or submit your question using #Back2SchoolHELP. Find out how to set up your 2017 class with collaboration tools for limitless productivity: Get top tips & tricks…


Flipping the Classroom, a blended learning approach

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flippedlearning-double-logo

Flipping the Classroom is part of a Blended Learning approach to delivering content to students.  The website flippedlearning.org defines Flipped Learning as: ‘a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the…


Microsoft Surface Vs Apple iPad in high school classrooms

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In my role as a high school teacher, I have three devices from which to work: a laptop, an Apple iPad Air 2 and a Microsoft Surface Pro. Whilst the first two are supplied by my school, the Surface is something I have personally purchased. Yet people wonder why I only ever use the Surface…


Cultural connections using Skype at Sheldon College

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capture6

Which of these scenarios would engage, entice and enthral your students?  Reading about fossils found in the Australia, or taking part in a live video call with an archaeologist on site in the Western Australian outback as they unearth a 3.5-billion-year-old fossil?   Even ancient protozoa can tell you the answer to that question. Skype…


Are outdated computers reverting students to a prehistoric era?

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cavedrawing

3 reasons why there’s an increased need to get rid of keyboards and move to pen-based computers for today’s students. If today’s educators continue to encourage the use of keyboards instead of digital ink and paper, they run the risk of being a ‘pager’ teacher in a smart phone world, holding on to a past…