“As a Microsoft Expert Educator, I hope to be able to learn from other teachers about their experiences and best practices and to be able to adapt them to my environment, with the ultimate goal of offering my students the best teachings for their adult life.” – Àngels Soriano Sanchez, Spain
At the Marti Sorolla School in Malilla, Valencia, Microsoft Expert Educator Àngels Soriano Sanchez employs Twitter, a tool known for using few words, to teach complex language and literature concepts. For Soriano, it’s only logical. She understands that technology, in its many forms, can engage students in ways that traditional learning can’t.
“Finding that emotional bond [when] they engage in the task is what leads to lifelong learning,” Soriano says. “In this process, the teacher also learns.”
Soriano’s winning project, “In Search of Ithica,” asks students to prepare a book of essays in the style of Joan Fuster, a noted Valencian author of fiction and political essays. Using OneNote, the students worked to assess their own writing, as well as that of their peers. They not only gained language skills (both spelling and written expression, which are complicated by the region’s cross-influence of Catalan and Valencian languages); they also learned how to be effective evaluators, practicing both collaboration and critical thinking.
So where does Twitter come in? According to Soriano, “They can see [their results] posted on a social network such as Twitter, being retweeted by other readers. This reaffirms their work, self-esteem and willingness to continue sharing to achieve other goals.”
When we gather in Barcelona next month for the Microsoft in Education Global Forum, Àngels Soriano Sanchez will be among many other accomplished teachers, and that’s exactly what excites her about the opportunity. “As a Microsoft Expert Educator,” she says, “I hope to be able to learn from other teachers about their experiences and best practices and to be able to adapt them to my environment, with the ultimate goal of offering my students the best teachings for their adult life.”
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