“We live in a global, collaborative world. Students need to be connected for global collaboration and co-creation if we want to prepare them for the future.” – Nam Ngo Thanh, Vietnam
Nam Ngo Thanh
Grade 5 Teacher
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
When we first spoke with Nam Ngo Thanh in May, he shared his experiences as an MIE Expert, and how he uses Skype in the Classroom – one of his favorite tools for implementing global projects into his fifth-grade classroom.
Technology plays a significant role in Thanh’s classroom, and he believes the benefits are undeniable. “Technology has become an important factor in helping my teaching and learning,” says Thanh, “and also helping my students become more effective. Learning can’t be limited to the classroom, but must be extended to the outside world.”
Yet while Thanh uses technology in his day-to-day teaching, he’s not concerned with the about the amount of technology his students use. Instead, “I pay attention to the effect [technology has] on learning,” he says. “Personally, I do not require [students] to use the most up-to-date technology. It can be old tools, but it can inspire learning as well as stimulate the learning attitude of the children.”
Thanh has recently been turning to a tried-and-true technology – PowerPoint. “In my classroom, students are given the right to decide how to study,” he explains. “In learning projects, they always take the initiative to use PowerPoint to design presentations for their products. I also particularly like the use of tools such as OneNote, Sway, Skype, and Minecraft to develop an understanding of the values of sustainable development of the United Nations.”
And while Thanh sees success daily when he uses technology with his students, he believes the most important skill for teachers is quite simple: listening.
“Everyone wants to share and be heard, and children are no exception,” Thanh says. “When they are listened to, they express their thoughts, and this makes teaching a lot easier.”
About Nam Ngo Thanh
- Educational background: B.A in Primary Education, B.A in English Language
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Office365, OneNote, Sway, Microsoft Forms
- What is the best advice you have ever received? “Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.”
- Website I check every day: https://education.microsoft.com, MIE Vietnam Facebook group (I’m the admin)
- Favorite childhood memory: When I was in fifth grade, I received a technology instruction manual from my teacher on my birthday. This was what motivated me to love technology when I grew up.
- Favorite book: The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life