In order to become a Microsoft Innovative Educator you have to brag publicly about your teaching skills using either video/Sway or Office Mix. I have been bragging publicly on this blog for a while, so that is no problem, but I don’t like being told how to do it.
After tinkering with Sway for a while — Sway doesn’t support Iframe, and I couldn’t look up Laura’s tweet from inside Sway) — I decided to continue on my blog — if the knighthood won’t accept me for this reason, so be it.
I understand that Microsoft has to promote their products — but to educators the name of the tool should be less important than the goals — in this case expressing my teaching.
Anyway, here are some ideas from this schoolyear with Microsoft and other tools:
1: Classroom discussion in a Sharepoint newsfeed
Reading a Stephen King novel, I asked students in pairs to formulate questions and put the 2 best in the Newsfeed of a classroom website with #tigers . Afterwards, they were asked to like/comment on/answer questions from their peers. Students immediately recognized the social media approach and started to play around with other obscure # 🙂
The teacher can also like and participate — and use the feed to make some conclusions.
This could be developed further by setting up a schoolwide newsfeed where ss could link up their blogs.
How about a school-wide essay-contest, where the winner is decided by number of likes?
- 1: Classroom discussion in a Sharepoint newsfeed
- 2: Collaboration Project with @CenterStreet86 and her class
- Be aware and exercise your #Google #criticism
- 5 ideas for a #connected humanities #k12 classroom