Twitter, an Author, a Teacher and her Students: A Story of Collaboration — Marie-Hélène Fasquel, France
To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on September 28, 2015.
When we first talked with Daily Edventures alum Marie-Hélène Fasquel last year, she spoke passionately about collaboration – between students and amongst teachers throughout the world – as a means to inspire and engage students. “[Teachers] need to engage students,” Fasquel said. “They can achieve that by implementing meaningful lessons and projects which allow students to showcase their talents and fight for a better world.”
As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Fasquel not only puts her words into action, she demonstrates how educators everywhere can do the same. Whether through Skype, eTwinning, her blog or Twitter, Fasquel believes in the power of sharing ideas, cultures, and learning by reaching out.
Most recently, Fasquel contacted one of her Twitter followers, the award-winning author, Eric Price. He agreed to do two Skype interviews with Fasquel’s students and a new adventure started.
Together, Price, Fasquel and her students decided to read chapters one and two from Unveiling the Wizard’s Shroud, and then write their own versions of chapter three. “They had to pay close attention to characterization, to the style, stylistic devices, type of language, the places, the links between the different characters, and so on,” says Fasquel. “They analyzed the two chapters and then started to work collaboratively.”
The final step was to publish their work on Price’s website and organize a competition, with the best versions winning copies of Price’s book. Fasquel adds, “To top it all off, one of the students is re-writing one of Eric’s unpublished novels. This is extremely exciting for a literature student!”
The project continues to expand, and the group recently conducted a webinar together. You can read more about this creative approach to project-based learning on Fasquel’s blog, or browse this Padlet to learn about the whole project. “I even got a chance to read his second novel, The Squire and the Slave Master, and share my insights with him,” says Fasquel. “That was extremely moving and I felt very proud to be trusted with his manuscript.”
Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Marie-Hélène Fasquel!
What inspired you to become an educator?
I decided I wanted to become a teacher as soon as I attended junior high school. My very first English teacher inspired me. She was dynamic, engaging and I instantly loved the language and culture. English was instantly my favorite subject.
Why do you feel passionate about innovation and technology in the classroom?
I have always loved change and innovation, but I do feel passionately about innovation and technology in the classroom because they allow us to engage students who otherwise might not have been interested in writing, studying or learning. It also made the project with Eric Price possible as well as multiple online projects.
Whether it’s a day-to-day challenge or larger problem, what’s the biggest obstacle you or your country or region has had to overcome, or will have to overcome, to ensure a quality education for students?
The biggest obstacle my country has to overcome right now is to make sure our students are taught critical thinking and 21st century skills generally. Education in France keeps evolving and improving, and more and more educators feel the need for these skills. I am very hopeful.
What are you most excited about for the future? What is your biggest hope for today’s students?
I am definitely most excited about tablets, collaborative tasks and am looking forward to using augmented reality with my students.
About Marie-Hélène Fasquel
Language and Literature teacher (American International Section), Webinar Presenter, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
Lycée International Nelson Mandela
- Blog URL: http://sharingteaching.blogspot.fr/
- Birthplace: Boulogne sur Mer, France
- Educational background: Masters and “agrégation”
- Website I check every day: The Literature Network
- Favorite childhood memory: Visiting the United States when I was a teenager.
- Favorite books: 1984, Disgrace, Hamlet, Death of a Salesman
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Sway and PowerPoint presentations
- What is the best advice you have ever received? “If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe