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.
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
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Second Annual Free Online OneNote Conference Encourages Integrations and Accessibility
OneNote Community is Sharing Tips and Tricks Again
It has been a year since we shared about the online community driven conference all about OneNote. With a tremendous response from OneNote fans last year, we are excited to share that the Learn OneNote Conference is open for registration again. More than 25 speakers will be sharing—via video—how they use OneNote to be productive in business and in education. These 20 to 30 minute videos dive deep into real ways you can use OneNote in the real world, shown by OneNote fans just like you. This is a free online event during the dates of November 7th to November 13th, 2017. Visit Learn OneNote Conference to register for free.
25+ OneNote MVPs, MIEEs and Avengers are leading the charge
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who organized the Learn OneNote Conference?
- This is an independent, community driven event organized by OneNote fan Jared DeCamp from Class and Office, and is sponsored by Teachercast and Flipgrid.
- What is the hashtag for the event?
- The hashtag is #LONC17
- What happens after the event?
- After the event, access to the videos will be exclusive to participants who have purchased an All Access Pass. Details for upgrading will be sent to all registrants.
- Who and what should I be following on Twitter?
- @MSOneNote—Official Microsoft OneNote account
- @OneNoteEDU—Official Microsoft OneNote in Education account
- @Jared_DeCamp—Organizer and host of this conference
- @OneNoteC—OneNote Central, Marjolein’s account with daily tips and pointers about OneNote
- @Flipgrid—Official Flipgrid account
- @mtholfsen— Product Manager on the #MicrosoftEDU team
- @TeacherCast— Host of Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Spotlight Series Podcast
- What are some important links I should check out?
One of the best e-learning events of Microsoft in Education is #HacktheClassroom
An event full of ideas, innovations, hacks and tips for learning to take place in the most meaningful manner using technology. A perfect place to learn how to empower your students for an unseen tomorrow.
Just in case you missed you can still view it here
Sharing some glimpses from the event.
Leading the way to hack the classroom is the ever-inspiring Anthony Salcito, Eve Psalti, Sonja Delafosse and Brooke Haag. You’ll hear from Alan November how he is supporting his students to become problem designers is a critical skill to tap their imagination and curiosity and how by providing a framework for developing lines of inquiry, “messy” problems can be a stepping stone to helping students learn how to design increasingly complex and creative problems.
Super inspirational Tammy Dunbar’s tech infused classroom using technology engages her students and empowering them to meet high standards. I’m a big time Tammy fan as her ways of dealing with the students are so doable and fun. You’ll be amazed to see how simply she’s engaging her students in learning and giving them voice using technology. What else can we ask for when we get to watch Tammy share the top 5 tools to support creativity and curiosity in Room 9.
There are so many more motivational MIEEXPERTs like Koen Timmers, Aaron Meyeur, Thomas Milicka and Toney Jackson to share their experiences and hacks that make their classrooms ready for tomorrow. Not-to-miss are the super inspirational stars from Renton Prep who’ll inspire you to join their cause and begin working on one yourself.
Do find time to view #hacktheclassroom and let us know your best moment
When was the last time you visited the school that gave you education? You must be wondering why should you visit your school that you had left decade (s) ago! Here’s why – because you owe it to the school.
We’ve often come across people who are unhappy about the way teaching-learning happened in their school in their and that the school continues teaching the same way. But pause here to think, what have you really done about it. Of course you do not have the time to really bring this change as bringing about a change is a slow transformative process and requires a lot of planning, dialogue, time, energy and resources and I agree. Yet we can do our small bit by pointing them in the right direction.
This post is inspired by an educator from Vietnam, TRAN THUY LINH, who went back to her and was sad to see the teaching learning process remained unchanged. She then took upon herself to reach out to MIE Trainers via Microsoft Educator Community and connected using #Skypeintheclassroom to learn from them ways to transform learning in classrooms. I salute her spirit and am happy to be her partner in her transformational journey.
If you too are inspired to do your due, please feel free to reach out and we’ll be happy to be of help.
Transformation begins with YOU!
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!
Here’s the schedule:
DATE TOPIC 22nd AUGUST 2017 DIGITAL CIVILITY 29TH AUGUST 2017 CYBER SAFETY & ETTIQUETTS 5th SEPTEMBER 2017 OFFICE 365 DEPLOYEMNT - WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN 12TH SEPTEMBER 2017 WHO'S RESPONSIBLE - IT ADMIN/ IT TEACHERS 19TH SEPTEMBER 2017 DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION - A view from the Cloud 26th SEPTEMBER 2017 FOSTER CREATIVITY & CRITICAL THINKING THE MICROSOFT WAY 3rd OCTOBER 2017 BECOME A ONENOTE NINJA 10TH OCTOBER 2017 New MS Tools on the Block 17TH OCTOBER 2017 Introducing InTune for Education 24TH OCTOBER 2017 Microsoft Imagine Academy 31st OCTOBER 2017 Get into the Game
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