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MINECRAFT MENTOR MEETUP – GAMES FOR CHANGE, NYC

I had the great fortune of attending Minecraft Mentor Meetup during the Games for Change Event in NYC this June.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 PD BINGO CHALLENGE

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!

SUMMER PD BINGO CHALLENGE

SUMMER PD BINGO

here are the links to the above mentioned sites to help you:

TWEETMEET: Handle:  @TweetMeet Central Consider taking the TweetMeet courseon the Microsoft Educator Community.

Code.org; Education blog; Skype contacts; MEC; Sway; Pinterest; TeacherspayTeachers; TedTalk

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!

You owe it to them – Go back to your school & transform the way they teach

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!

Insightful speaking and presenting experience at #Office365Summit held at Guangzhou, China for educators and school leaders from international schools across China, hosted by by @21CLInternational at American International School, Guangzhou, China

Held 3 sessions on:
– Personalised Learning for Diverse Learners using Learning Tools in #OneNote
– Redefine Learning with #Microsoft Classroom in Office 365
– Stay connected with #Yammer

Spoke about ‘Power Up your #PowerPoint’ during conference TeachMeet

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Summer Pathshala 2016 Recordings

Thank you to 250 educators who joined the Summer Pathshala sessions #YOUKEEPMEGOING

here are the recordings of all the 4 sessions for everyone to view:

Virtual Classroom: This webinar provides ways to use Skype in variety of ways to enhance your teaching and learning experience.

Presenters: Meenakshi Uberoi & Jyoti Chaba

Recording Link: http://bit.ly/1RXTUaL

Class notebook: This webinar presents how to create Innovative lesson plans using OneNote

Presenters: Meenakshi Uberoi & Jyoti Chaba

Recording Link: http://bit.ly/1ZFYuQQ

Link to assignment: http://bit.ly/1PRx5eB

Remixed Stories: This webinar teaches you how to create interactive Presentation/ Story using Sway and Office Mix

Presenters: Meenakshi Uberoi & Jyoti Chaba

Recording Link: https://youtu.be/q63Xg9iJRD4

Gamelab: This webinar helps you learn how to use Kodu to create excitement in the classrooms

Presenters: Meenakshi Uberoi & Jyoti Chaba

Recording Link: https://youtu.be/AP-RZiKUhbg

Happy learning to you!

Summer Pathshala Session 1 & 2

For those who missed, here are the recordings of the first two sessions. Follow the 4-step process:

VIEW this: Session 1 – Virtual Classroom http://bit.ly/1RXTUaL
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VIEW this: Session 2 – Digital Notebook http://bit.ly/1ZFYuQQ
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Do the Assignment: make a lesson plan in ‪#‎OneNote‬ for a ‪#‎Skype‬ in the Classroom session. Link to assignment: http://bit.ly/1PRx5eB
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Next, submit, send us a message with a link to your assignment on‪#‎Yammer‬ Microsoft Innovative Educator community using‪#‎classroomdiversity‬, so that we can track you. 👉 In case you are still not in this #Yammer community, email us at depedagogics@outlook.com and we’ll send the invite.

⚠️ In order to earn a certification from Microsoft, we invite you submit the assignment for the above sessions by Monday, June 13, 11.59 PM. ‼️

Let the work begin! 👍

Summer Pathshala 2016

SUMMER PATHSHALA

Request you to please register for Summer Pathshala using this link:
Link: https://www.microsoft.com/…/SummerPaa…/registration.aspx 

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 Prior to joining this session request you to please create an outlook account, in case you don’t have a Hotmail or outlook account already, using this link:http://www.outlook.com/ . Please reach out to us in case there are any questions around this. Also, please use the outlook Id to create a profile on our educator community, using this link: http://www.education.microsoft.com/ in case you are not there already.

Sharing with you details of all the four sessions with you with the links to join the sessions:

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

CLASS NOTEBOOK

Session 1:

TOPIC:     Skype: opening windows to the world

DATE:      ‪08/06/2016

TIME:  ‪    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm IST

PRESENTER:  Meenakshi Uberoi, Founding    Director De Pedagogics & Jyoti Chaba, Co-Founder, De Pedagogics

Webinar Details: This workshop provides ways to use Skype in variety of ways to enhance your teaching and learning experience.

Join online meeting:<‪https://meet.lync.com/dpnurturingeducation/admin/L1CGC339>

 

Session 2:

TOPIC:             Class Notebook: Making innovative lesson plans for your class

DATE:               10/06/2016

TIME:                 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm IST

PRESENTER:    Meenakshi Uberoi, Founding Director De Pedagogics & Jyoti Chaba, Co-Founder, De Pedagogics

Webinar Details: This workshop presents how to create Innovative lesson plans using OneNote

Join online meeting<https://meet.lync.com/dpnurturingeducation/admin/6WVE3GGC>

 

REMIXED STORIES

GAMELAB

Session 3:

TOPIC:                Sway: Using Sway to share your story

DATE:                  14/06/2016

TIME:                  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm IST

PRESENTER:   Meenakshi Uberoi, Founding Director De Pedagogics & Jyoti Chaba, Co-Founder, De Pedagogics

Webinar Details: This workshop teaches you how to create interactive Presentation/ Story using Sway

Join online meeting

<https://meet.lync.com/dpnurturingeducation/admin/U6LTNABI>

Session 4:

TOPIC:               Kodu, Office Mix and Project

DATE:                 18/06/2016

TIME:                 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm IST

PRESENTER:   Meenakshi Uberoi, Founding Director De Pedagogics & Pooja Sachdeva, MIEEXPERT, Pathways World School-Aravali

Webinar Details: Learn how to use office Mix and Kodu to create excitement in the classrooms

 Join online meeting<https://meet.lync.com/dpnurturingeducation/admin/S7ZQ9K30>

Looking forward to meeting you during these sessions

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

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