Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with some of the courses and qualifications available to teachers and students, such as Teaching with Technology. Over the last few weeks we’ve been sharing a number of short tutorials aimed at supporting those teachers who are taking the TwT course or perhaps planning to do so. While these resources were created with those teachers in mind, they are still useful in isolation, and as such we hope they can provide inspiration and support to any teach you is looking to make better use of technology in their classroom.
Today we’re going to look at two more tutorials, which include the use of free tools within the classroom, and how using Office 365 can facilitate the practice of flipped learning.
Office 365 is available to schools at no cost. Check your eligibility at Office.com/getoffice365
Building a class community with free tools
In an increasingly globalized world social inclusion is an important consideration in all aspects of life, not least at school. The start of a school year is quite often decisive for social integration. This tutorial will help you set up introduction activities to enable you to understand your students and to build a positive community in your classroom from the very start of the school year.
In this tutorial you will:
Learn to create a set of activities for social integration.
Learn to create a class blog where students can contribute through Microsoft Word.
Learn how to create a visual link between the class environment and the home by using Photosynth.
Flipping the classroom with Office 365
The flipped classroom is a concept that is taking the educational world by storm. Briefly described, it means that students do their homework assignment before the lesson so that the class time is dedicated to discussions and different activities that will help students master the concepts and achieve better results. A flipped classroom is great for creating a collaborative learning environment where teachers can dedicate more time to each student individually. This tutorial is designed for educators who have used some features of Microsoft Office 365 and shows in simple steps how it can help teachers create a flipped classroom environment.
In this tutorial you will:
Use Microsoft Office 365 to flip the classroom.
Create activities, calendars and discussion for students.
Use a video conferencing tool to communicate with students.
If you’ve missed any of our previous Teaching with Technology blogs, you can find them here:
Teaching with Technology Tutorials – Supporting absent students and those with physical impairments
Teaching with Technology Tutorials – Using Bing Maps and Translator for global collaboration within Office 365
Teaching with Technology Tutorials – Researching with OneNote & Word; Creating digital stories
Teaching with Technology Tutorials – Office 365 for cloud based learning; Remove classroom walls with Skype
Teaching with Technology Tutorials – Preparing for students for employment; Learning Suite for project based learning
Teaching with Technology Tutorials – Managing assessment data, creating e-Portfolios