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TeachMeet | JABI Secondary School

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This afternoon I participated at a TeachMeet for the Jabi Government Secondary School, Abuja, Nigeria.  Their stunning school website is located at http://www.gssjabi.com/ 

Thank you to Wellington Oboh for inviting me as a presenter to share the Microsoft Educator Network and Office Mix. It was great to see all the smiling, happy faces throughout the Skype session. I shared my screen in order to present on MSEN, then used the same presentation as an OfficeMix example explaining how one would add Office Mix via the mix.office.com website directly into PowerPoint, the features of Mix as well as a few design considerations.

THEME OF THE TEACHMEET WAS:

“Bridging the divide between digital native learners and traditional teachers by growing a culture of Teaching and Learning though 21st century skills and technology”

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Posted by on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Collaboration, Educator Network, MSEN, PD, TeachMeet

 

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MIEExpert15 Greatest Moments to Date

Being chosen as an Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator for 2015 has provided me with the most amazing “learning” MOMENTS to date. Support and involvement from Microsoft South Africa and Globally has been absolutely phenomenal.

Did you know that Microsoft provides such “directed learning” pathways for teachers, students and individuals to professionally develop themselves?

It is extremely important for teachers to engage in their own PD in order to engage students. Every single day I am learning new technologies, new updates, gaining new collaborations and so on.

Often I start to put my technology away, after being stared at over the top of my 2015-02-22 19.59.38laptop by my beautiful jack russell [Laila] who reminds me that it is time to play ball, and “plup” goes my Facebook page with just another burst of learning…so one really needs to be strong and “park” it for a little later…the reason for this comment is that one needs to keep the balance between work and family to remain healthy, happy and productive!

Maybe I should introduce a “no technology evening once a week” 😉

This post highlights my journey of only some of the learning MOMENTS 
which I have been exposed to on my journey thus far as an 
MIEExpert for 2015:

I am so thankful [and beyond excited] to Microsoft for affording me the opportunity to attend the Redmond Global Forum at the end of April – counting the days till I am able to meet some of the most inspiring teachers in the World, be an agent of change on my return to South Africa, and source opportunities to continue my learning pathway with the newly found knowledge which Redmond instills in me.

 

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MSEN | the Ultimate PLN and PD for Teachers

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The above Mix is a walk-thorough of the features of the Microsoft Educator Network using OfficeMix as the delivery tool. Click the image to view the mix. This presentation was created as a resource [using OfficeMix] for a Skype call with teachers from Nigeria to share with them the benefits of the MSEN.

Teachers are often apprehensive about changing the way they deliver their lessons. This is not always because they do not want to move forward. Often the mindset is due to the enormous about of time that the change will absorb from their already burdened workload [which is absolutely appreciated, ask me…I know, and I’m sure you do too!]

One can spend a lot of time browsing the net and not really “finding anything of value” if you do not know where to look or do not have a PLN or support. This is when most give up…unless they have knowledge about the MSEN.

The Microsoft Educator Network is referred to as the MSEN. It contains a Resources Area [Free Tools, Learning Activities, Tutorials, Quick Tip Videos and Bing in the Classroom]; Professional Development section [Earn Badges, Courses, EduCast Webinars and Global Educator Exchange]; Community [Discussions, Hot Topic Blogs] and Special Opportunities [Educator Programme and more]

The MSEN is located at http://www.educatornetwork.com

The benefits of the MSEN website are explained in the mix above. Besides all the benefits listed, my most favourite things about the Educator Network are that everything is under one roof, is 100% free, and the opportunity for collaboration with others is immense. Not to mention that one can do PD in the comfort of one’s own home, with a group of teachers or in a training session at school AND IN YOUR OWN TIME!

To all the teachers out there who have the Educator Network as their personal learning network for professional development, support or the ability to locate applicable educational resources, I challenge you to inspire TWO teachers by helping them access such a beneficial resource as the Microsoft Educator Network.

And guess what! If you have a device, you are able to complete a course and earn a badge, anywhere…anytime. The website displays perfectly on my device:

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 So spread the news…look no further than the MSEN for the latest technological trends in education.

Watch this blog for my next post on the tips and tricks when compiling an OfficeMix

 

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Dedicated Teachers from Abuja | Skype Call

Well it certainly has been a very busy time in “my world ” the past few months! Hence the lack of posting to my blog due to organising a wedding, starting a new position, and just getting involved in helping others through social media. 2015 has started off with very positive interactions and I am most certainly looking forward to getting involved, and challenging myself this year!

On Friday at 16h00 Nigerian time, I was invited by Wellington Oboh [Principal Education Officer at FCTA SEB] to address his teachers from the Anglican Girls Grammar School in Abuja, Nigeria. The nature of the call was to show them the benefits of the MSEN [Microsoft Educator Network] and to discuss how one could use Office Mix in the classroom. Such dedicated teachers to be interested in a Skype call from Cape Town at 16h00 on a Friday! I thoroughly enjoyed the session, although I could not see the teachers whilst presenting, they produced a short clip where I was able to see lovely Amen, the lady who addressed me with a question as to how the Educator Network would be beneficial for teachers. Below is a snippet from the Skype call…

During the presentation I shared a link to my Office Mix with which I created a walk through of the Microsoft Educator Network. Teachers who have not yet taken advantage of this fantastic resource, should sign up right now – click here to open the site and get cracking on your own Professional Development for Free.

CALL FOR COLLABORATION – THE ANGLICAN GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR GIRLS IN ABUJA, NIGERIA WOULD LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHER ANGLICAN GIRLS SCHOOLS IN CAPE TOWN – PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE KEEN TO GET YOUR SCHOOL INVOLVED.

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Collaboration continues at yet another TeachMeet

WHAT A WONDERFUL MORNING OF SHARING AT THE
ELKANAH HOUSE TEACHMEET THIS PAST SATURDAY!  

Even though this time of the year is extremely busy for most, it was well attended.  Thank you so much to all who made the effort to join the event – I am sure that you all will agree that the meet was definitely worth attending – even if on a Saturday! This event was filled with inspiring moments, great presentations and sharing tools which would definitely transform teaching and flipping learning, making the classroom an exciting experience for students and teachers!

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#elkteachmeet – The tweet summary compiled by @fbeal can be viewed here – lots of great links to explore.

In addition to the signed up Keen Beans and Enthusiastic Lurkers, Dr Pam Milller, as well as Tim Keller surprised us by attending! Both of whom turned into instant ‘Keen Beans” without much coercing!

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The before meet welcomes and discussions are a buzz, catching up with friends one does not get to see often but with whom one interacts regularly online, as well as meeting those attending the meet for the first time.

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We enjoyed lemon meringue tartlets, biscuits, juice and tea/coffee whilst waiting for the meet to begin.

After welcoming everyone to the meet, sharing the TeachMeet WiFi credentials with the audience and passing around the “spot prize” bucket [so that each attendee could pick a number]…

We kicked off with our first Keen Bean, Karen Stadler [well known as @ICT_Integrator on twitter and ICT Coordinator at Elkanah House Senior Primary] who shared her knowledge of Tellagami. What a wonderful tool allowing one to create and share quick animated Gami videos. Tellagami is a mobile [available on the Google Play Store and the iPad App Store]. Check out her “App Smashing with Tellagami” presentation here with loads of links.

Nelia Henry, a Grade 5 Educator from Edgemead Primary could not attend the event but sent through her presentation on “Flipping the classroom using video – the simple circuit” to share with others after the meet. Her video is called Simple Circuit Intro.avi and the blurb is here

Carolynn Bruton, our second Keen Bean, presented on The Vault App [a solution for saving passwords and other important data]. Carolynn is self-employed and runs her own IT Company from home, called IT at Home

Alan Goldberg, who is the Education Director at Digicape, chose to share the topic “Converting Wikipeda Pages into iBook Creator” – if you are interested learning how to do this, I found a link to a how to…from Richard Edwards…here is his website link.

Fiona Beal [Technology Integration Facilitator at SchoolNet] contributed twice at the TeachMeet. Her first presentation was on Symbaloo – a great bookmarking tool. We were shown how to add webmixes, how to create your own webmix and showing posts on your blog. Her presentation is located here.  Having Fun with PowerPoint was her second presentation – see how.

Michele Botha from Somerset House {Director ICT Integration: Teaching and Learning] took us through the benefits of using Edmodo for Communication, an On-line library, integration with Google Drive, as well as E-submission and E-assessment in her BYOD programme. View her slides here.

Michele’s second presentation, Fiddlesticks, Fladerols, and Flubaroo, was delivered at the recent Google Summit earlier this year. This presentation concentrated on what Google Forms can do for you, how to create a form, form choices, sharing options and the Flubaroo process.

Tim Keller presented on HopScotch, the iPad programming language app. This app is extremely easy to navigate, has a clean interface and . HopScotch is downloadable at the App Store. For creative ways teachers are using Hopscotch in the classroom…visit http://blog.gethopscotch.com/

Dr Pam Miller [@docpammiller], demonstrated the use of ThingLink ThingLink helps one create and discover rich images and with music, video, text, images, shops and more.  Pam also introduced us to a wonderful course ‘Digital tools for the k12 educator’ at canvas.net 

Linda Foulkes, who hosted the event, is the MOS [Microsoft Office Specialist] Trainer and ICT Coordinator at Elkanah House High School. She presented on two great tools to flip the learning experience, namely ed.ted.com and edpuzzle.com. Both tools allow one to flip videos adding discussions, multiple choice and open ended questions, as well as links to additional resources and information. Here is a video explanation of how to use EdPuzzle as well as a demo of the site.

Thank you so much to all who attended making another TeachMeet a success! Please spread the word and encourage others to attend. For more information, suggestions or anything you wish to share with others, tweet #elkteachmeet or contact me using the QR code below:

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TeachMeet@Elkanah – 2 November 2013

Please join us for a very exciting two hours where lots of sharing and inspiration happens between passionate individuals who see the value in the use of technology as a tool in the classroom!

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I’ve gone Google and presented @ the Google Summit

100213_1034_IvegoneGoog1.jpgIveGoneGoogleWhat a wonderful experience I was afforded being accepted for two presentations at the recent Google Summit. It was a huge learning curve for me. I plucked up the courage and entered the 3 minute Demo Slam as well. Thought I might as well give it a shot to challenge myself! Although extremely nervous and kept asking myself “why did you enter everything?” was sincerely glad I stretched myself, got to meet wonderful passionate educators, opened a world of exciting Google possibilities, and connected with the professional Google EdTechTeam and SchoolNet staff.

It was a fabulous, well organised event. Thanks to the EdTechTeam, SchoolNet and last but not least, to the Parklands College team who made sure everything was perfect for the presenters – most of all for making us feel supported throughout the event.

On arrival we selected items from the “party table”, and got to pose for a photo – [see pic below!] Reeva-Me-Google

Molly Schroeder’s keynote on “Living in Beta” was outstanding. This was the most inspiring keynote for me – Molly has so much passion, and captivates her audience – truly an exceptional speaker. The keynote not only made me ponder a great deal but also sent the message that we are all “living in beta” and it is okay not to know everything…this made me feel so at ease for my presentations that day!

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Another enjoyment was to stand at the back of the main hall and see devices in so many of the delegates hands. Really proves that transformation is in progress and our students are going to benefit greatly from the experiences we can offer them as educators. So, remember when you are preparing a BYOD lesson for your students that it is okay to facilitate the process and learn from others, even as educators, one does not need to know everything. If something goes wrong, just change your course and set sail on a path of discovery. It is not only rewarding but exciting, and best of all you are PD’ing yourself – the best training happens when you are actively engaged in something you want to achieve and use in the classroom and/or administratively.

I presented the following topics @ the Summit:

  1. Getting Geeky with Google Scripts using Flubaroo,Doctopus + Goobric, AutoCrat
  2. Using Voice Comments to collect student homework – Voice Commenting, Text Commenting and adding Research links to the dashboard for student problem solving.
  3. For the Demo Slam [see below video]  I presented for 3 minutes on creating Citations using Google Apps and Extensions. The title was Ex…Cit(e)…able…Google. Ex for extension and Cit(e) for citations.

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One of my top students for the Microsoft Office Specialist Champs, Shaun Nothard, attended both my sessions in order to support the audience should they require help with their devices throughout my sessions. It was a challenge to reach everyone in the audience as devices differed [Laptop, iMac, iPad, Galaxy Tab or Notes, iPhones, Blackberry and so on. Much like our BYOD programme at school. Shaun did an amazing job and interacted so well with the audience during the second presentation using Voice Comments. Shaun got to troubleshoot with the audience, and supported me with demonstration from the student perspective.  Here is a pic of us in our session – troubleshooting voice comments prior to the session – living in beta lol.

After all, we are at the conference to learn new things to excite and enthuse our students! We had a really awesome get together for presenters at Moyo on the first evening. 100213_1034_IvegoneGoog7.jpg

Looking ahead, I am pondering over applying for the Google Educator and Google Trainer programs. I’m also eager to share the possibilities of using Google Tools in education through a series of workshops at my school.

I am definitely going to “re-organize” my YouTube channel after Molly’s session on Flipping your classroom with Sites, YouTube and Forms. Hangouts is another tool I want to play around with more for educational purposes.

Another question I have pondering “up there” is whether to move Google+ or keep Facebook and my blog running? I need to really think this over and experiment as there seems to be a huge following on Google+.  One wants an easy flow to posting and reaching individuals for the benefit of education and for any personal business ventures across all platforms…any thoughts on this anyone? Are you posting more on Google+ or do you still visit Facebook as frequently as you did before? Google+ seems so much more integrated on every level. For instance, I wanted to skype my son in London…always have a terrible connection and is really frustrating. We have tried Webex meetings, and Skype and either get no video but audio, video but no audio, or nothing…but Hangouts seems so much more accommodating.

Using Scripts on devices is another avenue I want to explore more as well as making Google Apps.

Lots of learning ahead for me! Cannot wait!

See my next post for detailed videos on how to use the Voice Comments, AutoCrat, Doctopus, Goobric and Flubaroo

Yours in Google

 
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Posted by on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 in Google, Inspiration, Presenting, Students, Summit, TeachMeet

 

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