Teaching with Technology Tutorials – Using Bing Maps and Translator for global collaboration within Office 365

Once again it’s time to delve into the collection of Teaching with Technology tutorials on our SlideShare account to bring you two more examples of ways in which various technologies can be used to aid learning. Even though these short guides were created with the intention of supporting those teachers who are working towards a qualification through one of our continued personal development courses, we hope that there are elements of these tutorials that all teachers can relate to and put into practice in their own classrooms.

This week’s tutorials look at two ways in which technologically minded teachers can use Bing Maps and Bing Translator within Office 365 to enable their students to communicate and collaborate with other classes all over the world.


Learning with Bing and Office 365

Globalization has increased the need for students to be culturally aware and able to communicate with peers who may speak another language to their own. Within their own classroom or through on-line projects the acquisition of a new language or the use of technology to support communication is vitally important.

In this tutorial you will:

  1. Learn to use Bing Translator as a communication tool.
  2. Learn to use Flashcards to help students acquire a new language.
  3. Learn to use translation tools which are integrated in Microsoft Office programs.
  4. Learn to use the Microsoft Lync Conversation Translator to facilitate communication between two or more persons who don’t speak a common language.


Using Bing Maps for collaboration

Working collaboratively can be a powerful learning experience for students. If that collaboration is with peers from another country then that experience can develop cultural awareness as well as essential 21st Century Skills such as critical thinking, self-evaluation and managing information.

In this tutorial you will:

  1. Understand how Bing Maps can be used for collaborative activities.
  2. Understand how Photosynth can be used to build new knowledge.

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