Dear Educators, 
One of the challenges today for schools and educators is keep abreast with the breadth and depth of advancement 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


a weekly webinar/online meeting to keep you updated with what’s happening in the world of education.

Every Sunday between 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm,

we will bring to you 

  • Microsoft Experts from who’ll share their lesson plans with you
  • Opportunities and Updates
  • Training of Cool Tool
  • Global projects
  • Special guests/ Experts

All in one hour!

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Don’t miss the most productive hour of the week (agenda attached), do join us.

Happy Sunday Learning!

Capturing Christmas across the Globe

Dear Educator,

We take pleasure in hosting a global collaborative project titled, ‘Capturing Christmas across the Globe’ using Skype. Between 15th and 24th December 2015, classrooms from across the globe will connect for about an hour to share the ways in which they celebrate Christmas. Christmas is one of the most well-known holidays around the world, it is celebrated in very different ways.  This sessions aims to capture this celebration and some of the traditions from across the globe.

In the lead up to Christmas, students will deepen their understanding of different Christmas traditions across the world by asking other children from around the world about how they celebrate Christmas in their community. They’ll share the traditions, celebrations, symbols, food and festivities that mark Christmas for them and sing carols in their native language/ traditional manner.
Plan for the hour:

  1. Greet & meet (10 mins): students will greet each other in their native languages, introduce themselves, their school and their country, locate the city on the globe and exchange pleasantries.
  1. Talk about Christmas celebrations (30 mins): Begin with finding out ‘Many Ways to Say Merry Christmas’. They then exchange information about various aspects of Christmas- traditions, customs, decorations at home and school, Santa Claus, food and their favourite part of celebrating Christmas.
  2. Sing carols (20 mins): both locations take turns to sing 2-3 most popular carols and share e-greeting cards with each other.
  3. Closure (10 mins): thanking each other for sharing the information and see if you could do this again post-Christmas to share their feelings and thoughts and check out how they plan to bring in the New Year.

This is an endeavor to not only build students’ cultural awareness, critical thinking, and geography skills but to bring in perspective of varied learning environments and approaches by interacting with other learners. The sessions held in past have awakened the students’ curiosity about other cultures and ways of life.  The differences and commonalities that classes shared with us fostered many thought provoking discussions.  The students increased awareness and understanding of other people and lifestyles was heartwarming.

In case time zones are an issue, we can have an option to video record the school assemblies, students singing carols, capture the classrooms and short clippings of student’s questions and comments. These videos can then be shared by the educator along with the students who are able to log in at that time even if they do so from their homes.

We highly encourage you to participate in this session and benefit from it. De Pedagogics is happy to facilitate the call for you and connect you with another classroom in the country/world. Please fill in your preferred date and time in the attached excel file: http://1drv.ms/1WSb9CM

Request you to please share your intent and preference at the earliest.

Warm Regards

Meenakshi Uberoi

The Progressive Teacher Conclave, April 25th, 2015

Great insights into an amazing event!


The Teacher Conclave

I had the opportunity to attend this conclave held on 25th April at Ficci Auditorium in Delhi. It was good to hear some expert comments from the bigwigs of the education profession.The conclave was divided in to  panel discussions interspersed with few presentations in between.

Recognizing a Teacher

I strongly feel that we as Indians need to really revisit this thought of recognizing a teacher. The gist was how we can change our attitudes and perspectives to start acknowledging our teachers.

“Every teacher should be nurtured”. A teacher is the guiding light for all the students as she is the one who can motivate the them and helps the them learn. We demand a great deal from a teacher but do not give her the due respect or the place in society she deserves. A new teacher should be embraced by the old ones and offer hand holding for at least a year but usually that is not that case. we need a…

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Interviewed by Anthony Salcito, VP Education for Microsoft Corporation’s Worldwide Public Sector

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.

Skype Around the World Day!


We at De Pedagogics hosted the ‘Skype Around the World Day’ on April 17 from 8:30 a.m. noon to 9:00 a.m. IST. The hosts of the event Todd Flory’s class were located in the Kansas, U.S. (central time zone, GMT-5).  The event was for the students of grade 4 from various countries and continents. The students were super excited and put in great effort in collecting data on country’s(India)/region’s(Gurgaon, Haryana) geography, economy, and culture that they then shared with the students in the United States.


It was fantastic to see how curious they were to know about each other. Some interesting snippets from the conversation:

India: Do you have king and queen in your country?

US: No we have a President

US: How many children do you have in your school?

India: 3500


Those were some moments to cherish for long and great learning experience for the students. Thank you Todd Flory, Jenna Sprague and all their students for having us as their guests.


A special mention for the great efforts put forward by the students of class 4 of Delhi Public school Sushant Lok, Gurgaon. We look forward to hosting many more such events to bring learning closer to the learner and making learning fun, engaging, relevant and challenging.

Superpowers for PowerPoint – using of OfficeMix in the Inquiry Cycle

“SUPERPOWERS really?” my first thought when OfficeMix was introduced to me. At that time, I didn’t think anything could make PowerPoint better as it already gives my lessons an edge so what can this new tool do for me. Being curious by nature I thought I’ll give it a try. The introduction to add-in just said, ‘Office Mix allows you to turn your PowerPoints into interactive online lessons or presentations’ but that surely is being modest about it.  As I explored the superpowers of OfficeMix, I was able to generate many ideas of what I now do with my newly acquired superpowers. I’ve been trying out and thinking of authentic and effective ways to centre Student Voice within our inquiry planning to capture the entire process to reflect the growth of the student. This tool came in as a blessing as my students can begin using it at the very beginning stage and use it as their inquiry tool without having to leave it for most of the parts of the inquiry cycle. It therefore helped me capture and share their learning journey in the form of their portfolios that could be well used for reporting too.

Here are some ways in which I use OfficeMix and PowerPoint at various stages of Kath Murdoch’s Inquiry Cycle in my units of inquiry:

Tuning In (brainstorming, generate guiding questions): This is an introductory stage where this great add-in can help educators gauge student’s prior knowledge. For this the educator can share with students pre-designed questions to elicit and evaluate responses using Free Response Quiz or Multiple choice Quiz or True/false quiz app or to check prior knowledge or to brainstorm an idea to tune students into the inquiry/topic.

The educator can also use Khan Academy to recall/ refresh/front-load students with previously taught content so that students are better prepared to inquire the topic. The educator can even choose to record a screen cast of oneself revising the lesson taught earlier to help students recall and refresh concepts and can save class time by sharing it with students as home task to revisit concept before beginning to inquire.

Finding Out (resources, web evaluation): The inquiry is now this is a research stage where students can use the add-in apps like web viewer and CK-12 Science/Math Resources to get information and embed it in the presentation. This would serve as a learning record and helped me as an educator to track their learning path. The students can use the Multiple Response Poll Apps to gain insights or analyse a particular element or idea.

Sorting Out (note-taking, outlining):  At this stage the students are trying to make sense of the collected data and also outlining the key points. The students could do so by recording their responses to the guiding questions provided to them using Free Response Quiz App. Even at this stage the students can use the Multiple Response Poll Apps to gain insights, confirm or analyse information/ element/ idea before arriving at a conclusion.

Going Further (evaluating information against guiding questions, supplemental learning): The educator can at this stage provide content from Khan Content/ PhET Sims/ CK-12 Science/Math Resources from the add-in apps to students that can be used at this stage to clarify and confirm findings.

Making Conclusions (presenting): The students can now present and share their findings with the rest of the class, they can use Screen Shot and/or Screen Recordings to plan and pre-prepare the way they would like to present data. This could also help foster communication skills and thereby helps them discover ways to convey their new learning in an interactive and interesting way.

Taking Action (reflection, spreading information): The students are now ready to share and spread the word about their new understanding. They can once again use Screen Shot and/or Screen Recordings to record voice and maybe even incorporate Digital Ink before exporting it into a video to share it with others and let their voice be heard.

 OfficeMix for Kath Murdoch's Inquiry Cycle

This amazing tool gives me the power to cater to varied learning styles as well as provide a variety of learning engagements beyond my usual tool kit. OfficeMix along with PowerPoint makes the unit to be engaging, relevant, challenging and significant which are the main ingredients for learning to be successful!

Contents & Context of Deep Learning

At Microsoft’s Global Forum in Dubai (22nd Feb’15 – 23rd Feb’15), I was honoured to be a speaker in 3 sessions. The 2-day event was abuzz with insightful discussions, new pedagogies to adapt and availability of impactful resources for thoughtful integration of technology to enhance student learning experiences. The open-minded attitude of both the presenters and participants made the plenary sessions fruitful and meaningful.

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Sharing you my experience, insights and key points from the session on Concepts & Contexts of Deep Learning :

The speakers, myself, Mamta Narula, Lyneth Crighton & Megan Rademeyer shared examples from their own classroom to demonstrate how personalized, blended and Project-Based Learning have been key strategies for promoting Deeper Learning in their classrooms.

I deliberately designed my session to be an interactive session as the participants had already attended 3 sessions since morning. Sensing the information overload, I knew  did an impromptu twist to my presentation. I set the stage by defining Deep learning and then began interacting with the audience. I began the session with a quote, ‘deep learning involves a critical analysis of ideas, linking them to already known concepts, principles and experiences which leads to personal understanding and long-term retention’. Then I picked up a pen and began questioning them on the basis of the pre-decided guidelines for preparing the learners for deep learning-deep thinking. If you are wondering what that looked like, here is a look at the guiding questions…


The participants slowly began to get involved from one table and then others picked up too. I had a very successful session where the participants were co-constructing understanding rather than just listening to information and then arriving at an understanding. I thoroughly enjoyed the session and was only happy to answer a plethora of questions at the end of the session.

Thank you Microsoft for such a wonderful opportunity.