After leading a session on Deep Learning Pedagogies at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Dubai, Meenakshi sat down for a deep chat with Anthony Salcito about what she has she been doing to transform the entire learning process.
We can’t thank you enough for supporting us in our endeavours towards nurturing education and building such a vibrant learning community.
In 2015, De Pedagogics started with a passion of nurturing education with 3 key people as founder evangelist. Now, five years later, we have very successfully built a thriving community of people who are equally passionate about nurturing education and value our proposition. We are flying strong with thousands of people who engage with us via face to face, virtually and on social media for professional learning sessions, mindshare, and contribute wonderfully partnering with our team of 15 members. We owe much to our partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, Cambridge University Press, numerous K-12 schools and higher education institutes within India and those in UAE and China for placing their trust in us to drive learning into classrooms. We are happy to celebrate your enthusiastic support combined with our bold vision through 5-day Learning Festival!
Join us as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary this week!
We take pride in bringing to you Learning Festival aimed at mind-share and thought exchange around the ways we have and should continue nurturing education. Through these 5 days we plan to engage with you in 5 different ways –
14th February’20 #ShowYourLove @DePedagogics
To mark this day of love we urge you to walk down the memory lane and share your special moment of you and us together. Post across social media, an image/ video/ artifact showcasing your #DPLearningMoment with De Pedagogics adding a few words to tell us your story using #YouKeepMeGoing @DePedagogics #ShowYourLove
We’d love to hear and amplify your story and relive the moment with you!
15th February’20 Nurturing Education WEBYTES
This day of learning is aimed towards sharing educator expertise in using edtech tools which have helped in creating effective teaching learning environments in your teaching learning journey. Each WEBYTE will have 2 Speakers and will run for 40 minutes each.
Welcome- 5 minutes,
talk & present- 20 minutes
Q & A- 10 minutes
wrap-up- 5 minutes
Please feel free to register here to attend the WEBYTES – http://bit.ly/NEWREG20
16th February’20 Live Panel Discussion
We take great pleasure of hosting in Live Panel Discussion and Twitter Chat on “Education 4.0 – how ready are we?” hosted on Teams on 16th February’20; 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
We request your virtual presence for the discussion on Teams and/or Twitter Chat at the same time and share your thoughts around the same. The aim of this mind-share session is to exchange thoughts around the way education is transforming in Indian classrooms and inspire many more educationists to be increasingly aware, informed and motivated towards embracing this change. Participants will get a chance to interact with esteemed speakers and professionals from the education sector and voice their thoughts, queries and worries. Additionally, Twitter Talk will run parallelly to complement this discussion which shall be moderated by our team members thus making this a platform to both hear and share your thoughts.
17th February’20 The Look Back
We believe in looking into the rear-view mirror to look back at the great experiences from the years gone by to build stronger and richer experiences in the years to come. Join us in reflecting on the learning experiences that you’ve had over the past years and share your plan for creating a better future. We shall work towards building this future education experience with you. Be a part of our strategic planning as a valued partner and share your thoughts with us on our thinking wall on Twitter using #LookBack2MoveAhead @DePedagogics
18th February’20 Pedagogy Potluck
The day has come for us to mark the birth of De Pedagogics!
What better way to mark the day by engaging in Pedagogy Potluck! Record a 1-minute video on Flipgrid here (https://flipgrid.com/d4f05ffc) sharing your hack as #TechQuickTip @DePedagogics that has worked for you in your class.
Please share the good news of De Pedagogics anniversary with others because each person’s contribution makes us a stronger and more vibrant community keeping our story alive and drive our collective vision of nurturing education.
Support for Windows 7 is ending. Become a MASP school and upgrade to Windows 10
After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. Now is the time to upgrade to Windows 10.
What does end of support mean?
If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it may become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Microsoft will no longer provide the following support for your school.
No technical support
No software updates
No security updates
We would like to take the opportunity and present to you the Microsoft Aspire School Program (MASP) Suite which has been specially launched for schools to improve the education experience for students and teachers at an affordable cost. The MASP suite provides access to an integrated set of technologies, innovative learning solutions, Windows 10 upgrade and enhances student engagement to help them develop 21st century workplace skills.
Visit Microsoft School Aspire Program for more details
Please do let us know if you would want to upgrade to Windows 10 and take the discussion forward to embark on the journey to transform your school with Microsoft programs
Looking forward to a great day –Adobe Creative Experience!
Tech Tuesday Talk with Team De Pedagogics
We understand the challenges that schools and educators face in keeping abreast with the breadth and depth of latest in technology and use the same to make teaching and learning experiences more effective.
To address these challenges, we at De Pedagogics are happy to bring to you ‘TECH TUESDAY’; a weekly dose of 30-minute webinar/online meeting to keep you updated with what’s happening in the world of education.
Every Tuesday between 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm IST, we will bring to you Microsoft Experts from who’ll share important insights, Quick-bytes and opportunities and updates – All in 30 minutes!
Register here: http://bit.ly/DPTTT2019
Here’s the schedule:
Do Join us and bring along as many educators as possible. These sessions are free of cost so join us if you want to learn about what’s happening with technology in education.
We look forward to learning with you!
Can creativity be taught or learnt?
I don’t have a perfect answer for this but what I know is that given the right platform to think and learn students can create original content to demonstrate their understanding in a very creative manner.
One of our unique experiences with creating such learning environment for students was at Global Indian International School, Noida. The students were engaged in a week-long project based learning experience about UN Sustainable Development Goals where they were expected to choose one of the 17 global goals to work on in pairs, find out information about the same and define the problem statement they’d like to work on and offer solution for the same.
We introduced UN Sustainable Goals using Adobe Spark and using the same interface we worked with students giving them a self-learning path. In this Spark, we used the blended learning model where we had one hour of face to face interaction in which we introduced the project that the students were to engage in over a week. Learning expectations and outcomes were defined and shared with the students for them to work on. Spark made by the mentor teacher included the learning tasks right from introduction to UNSDG to search questions, resources using Pinterest board that could be used during their search for problem statements and offering solutions.
The students worked in pairs towards a chosen SDG and were expected to complete the tasks within a week in a self-paced manner. This gave them the freedom to work in their own space and at their own pace yet being monitored by their mentor teachers. As a result of this newfound freedom, students took upon themselves to divide task and work collaboratively with their partners to complete the project in a timely manner. Adobe Spark gave them the power to create their own images, web pages and videos. Having understood the problem and ways to find solution towards the same students conveyed their understanding by creating original pictures, info graphics and videos rather than lifting them straight from the web. In this journey, they learnt how to accept other’s ideas and build on them thinking critically and analyzing what best suited the context. Each group created their individual Spark to convey they learning journey creatively. All the work done towards this project was collated in one Spark (view it here by clicking on link) and was showcased to the larger audience including some members from Adobe Global leadership team – rare opportunity for students to be appreciated and encouraged by such dignitaries.
Adobe Spark provides a platform for personalized creative expression and enables demonstrating understanding using various media by creating post, web page and video. Using spark the students are more engaged and are co-constructing knowledge by brainstorming ideas, accepting other’s point of view and creating original piece of work, This helps fostering 21st century skills amongst students and make them life-ready which resonates with our vision of creating lifelong learners.
All this was possible as the school was very supportive of Adobe Digital Disha program which their school has adopted to foster creativity in the classroom. This program gives all students and teachers access to Adobe Spark premium version free of cost to all educational institutions in India. This is an endeavour to bring creativity in classrooms by creating stunning visual stories that reflect your concept, cause, or personal thoughts in the easiest and quickest way.
To learn more about Adobe Digital Disha program for your educational institution please leave a message and we’ll connect with you.
It gives us immense pleasure to introduce free access to Adobe Digital Disha that allows educators to think, create and implement their ideas for better student learning outcome will make it easier for educators to prepare their classes and adopt innovative techniques and methodologies.
- Orient teachers and students to emerging technologies in the Digital Era
- Introduce vistas for experiential and accelerated learning
- Empower educators to teach new age skills, create and share impactful lesson plans
- Enhance learning outcome
- Create professional communities of enthusiastic educators to learn, share, collaborate, participate and develop their professional expertise with the help of Adobe Education Exchange
- Capacity Building Workshops
- Access to Adobe Spark with Premium features
- Content and sample lesson plans
- Adobe Education Exchange
I had the great fortune of attending Minecraft Mentor Meetup during the Games for Change Event in NYC this June.
Enthusiastic Minecraft Mentor cohort included educational training companies, STEM instructional facilitators, and school digital leaders from across various countries/continents – Australia, Israel, UK, India and US.
The purpose of the meetup was to foster connections between mentors, learn from peers, promote creativity, collaboration and project design by putting the mentor minds at work. True to typical Minecraft session formats, the session began with ‘Get-to-know’ followed by ‘Learn & Play’; ‘Prepare to Craft’ and then Design to make a difference.
Led by the most welcoming Minecraft leaders Sara Cornish and Meenoo Rami, the event began with an activity to brush up on our networking skills where we were given a card each as we entered the room with the image of a Minecraft agent or tool that were colour-coded to aide finding a matching partner. This was an ice-breaker activity for ‘getting to know’ other mentors in each group table.
Once familiar with each other, the group was thrown a challenge to ‘Learn & Play’ and ‘Prepare to Craft’ together. Minecraft Mentor Meetup Build Challenge was an opportunity to informally mingle with each other over food and beverages to discuss what we could build in accordance with the given challenge card. It was a great way to explore ideas around the given theme which in our case was to build a Pixel art piece. We all had an opportunity to think and create in the given Minecraft world and learn from each other’s expertise. Personally, for me it was a wonderful learning opportunity as my expertise lies in designing plans rather than creating in Minecraft world and this gave me access to seek advice to improvise on my work from mentors that have had more experience.
The next challenge given to the global mentors was to design a plan that could help create a global impact using Minecraft. Suddenly the room was buzzing and noisy as each of the mentor groups got thinking of a unique way to create an impact. Being a curriculum writer, designing plans comes quickly to me and with the best to brainstorm with we came up with a plan that was a call-to-action towards a more tolerant world. With much going around us, students today need to be more open-minded than ever towards accepting other cultures, religion and respecting diversity.
To cap off the brainstorming session, the floor was opened to all groups to present and share their ideas and plans which brought in perspectives, diverse project ideas covering range of subject areas and age groups. Talking to and hearing fellow mentors helped motivate me even more to learn and gain experience using this framework and even create my own project. Bringing this huge learning back home, my enterprise, De Pedagogics, will soon be hosting a Minecraft Meetup back in India real soon.
Thanks to Minecraft team especially Meenoo Rami and Sara Cornish for bringing the best and brightest mentors together and provided us this dynamic workspace for 3-hours (that ended sooner than expected) to meet, learn, explore and grow.
Summer is here and it’s a great time to do so many things that you’ve been thinking about and never found time to do in your daily humdrum. One such thing is learning new teaching learning practices or being active on social media to learn from others and share your practices. It’s extremely important for 21st century Educators to continually upgrade their skills and knowledge to bring the best learning environments to their classroom.
15 educators in India have already taken the challenge and many more are working on it, how about you?
Here’s a challenge for all you educators out there – Play this BINGO with us!
here are the links to the above mentioned sites to help you:
Complete this BINGO, challenge at least 3 more educators to do so and Tweet about it. Tag us as you tweet about each task you complete your challenge @Depedagogics #SUMMERPDBINGO and we’ll make sure we help you build your brand as a self-motivated life-long learner!
Get set Go!
Cover the Cloud with us
Specially curated sessions for students and educators in K12 and Higher Ed covering Azure, Mobile, iOT, Minecraft and Kodu to think critically and creatively for iterating on solutions to everyday problems that the world faces today
Find the session agenda here HACKATHON 2017-18
To Train the candidates on the following topics:
- What is Azure the cloud computing Solution technology
- How to develop the Web Application on Azure Using Word Press and other similar tools.
- How to develop Mobile Application using Xamarian (for IOS and Android) or we take the approach of Responsive web site that works on All Mobile platform.
- How to work in cloud for Storing the data
- Azure SQL table
- Azure as a backup solution
- Using VM in Azure
- Kodu Game Lab and Minecraft
DURATION OF TRAINING:
1.5 Days (10 Hours total)
OUTCOMES OF THE WORKSHOP
- The Participants would be trained on the above technologies and would have Hand-on Experience
- The Participants would develop a project using a combination of the above technologies
- The Participants would develop a project in groups and showcase them to the MS SLT and folks from government
Proposed Details of the session:
WEBAPPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT USING AZURE (Hands-on session 1 and half hour)
- Introduction on cloud computing
- Basics of Cloud Computing
- Introduction to Azure Cloud computing solution technology
- Developing Sample Web Application Using Azure with WordPress
MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT USING AZURE (Hands-on session 1 and half hour)
- Introduction to Mobile Applications and Platforms (Windows, Android, iOS)
- Introduction to Xamarin Mobile App Development & App Creation Software
- Developing a sample Mobile Application Using Xamarin that works on all mobile platforms
CREATING VIRTUAL MACHINES AND DATA OPERATIONS (Hands-on session 1Hour)
- Data operations on cloud using Azure Cloud computing solution technology
- Sample Data operations on Creating a table, Blobs, Azure SQL table.
- Creating Virtual machines & Linking virtual machines for Backup Solutions
- Creating a backup solution on Azure
GAME DEVELOPMENT (Hands-on session 2Hours)
- Introduction to Kodu games
- Creating a sample game using Kodu game lab application
- Introduction to Minecraft
- Creating A World Using all tools in Minecraft
- Introduction to Minecraft Education edition.
- Creating world on Subject related concepts of (Mathematics, physics, Chemistry etc.)
INTERNET OF THINGS (Hands-on session 4Hours)
- Introduction to Internet of Things
- Introduction to Development Boards (Raspberry pi, Arduino, Node MCU)
- Installing Operating system in Development Boards
- Basic Linux commands to work with Raspbian Operating System.
- Learning Python and Embedded C Programing Language to work with Development Boards
- Working on Basic led and Buzzers.
- Creating Dashboard on Azure for IOT devices
- Working with 10 different sensors and data transmission from dash board to sensor and vice versa
- Creating a Project on Internet of Things using Azure Cloud Platform