Project Based Learning
“Giving students the opportunity to connect with peers from all around the world and from different cultural backgrounds opens their eyes and minds. Skype in the Classroom, apart from practicing communication skills, takes learning outside of the classroom and provides authentic learning experiences!”
Iro Stefopoulou Skype Master Teacher United Kingdom Iro shares even more Skype in the Classroom tips, insights and projects on her Educator Community profile. To give your class a once-in-a-lifetime experience, be sure to sign up for Microsoft’s global Skype-a-Thon, … Continue reading
“As an Innovative Educator, you not only get products and training, you get over-the-top support, celebration and inspiration, so I’m very excited about the future of the program.” – Suzy Lolley, USA
Suzy Lolley Instructional Technology Specialist, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Cherokee County Schools, Acworth, Georgia, USA @lolleytchr For teachers settling in to a new school year, last June may feel like a distant memory. But the conversations we had with educators … Continue reading
As part of last month’s Hack the Classroom event, we heard from some true education innovators who have hacked learning spaces around the world to provide students with transformational learning experiences.
Teaching in a remote area of northern India presents its share of challenges – from power outages to slow-to-change local attitudes about education. In the face of these challenges, Poonam Dogra has embraced new teaching approaches and technology, and her … Continue reading
“Project-based learning appears as a complex process, demanding a lot of didactic, pedagogical and technological contribution to improve the quality of education, but it is what I love, in practice and theory.” – Bozena Kraj, Poland
“As the face and demands of the classroom change, sadly the mentality of many persons involved in the education sector remains the same…blackboards are converted to whiteboards, but not necessarily smartboards!” – Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith, Jamaica
“Strictly speaking, my pupils don’t really need to come to class anymore…As a matter of fact, two of my pupils will be studying abroad (one pupil in Dublin and one in Berlin) without missing any of my course.” – Diederik Roelandts, Belgium
“The modern world is fast-paced and dynamic; it can only be negotiated effectively through the use of technology. If we do not prepare students to adapt to new technology, we are simply failing them.” – Matt Pitts, UK
“Being able to communicate with children around the world via Lync has been an invaluable experience, and the prospect of this expanding even further around the globe as part of the Global Enterprise Challenge is extremely exciting.” – Jayne Charlton, UK
“Within all my projects, I use technology in order to transform my students into creators and pupils who have a say, express ideas and share them with the world.” – Marie-Hélène Fasquel, France
“Project-based learning places the student as the central focal point of the learning process and all aspects of the necessary 21st century skills and multi-disciplinary learning can be incorporated into projects.” – Keith Laban, Trinidad and Tobago
“I believe any change in the education system will not come until and unless we prepare teachers for it.” – Bijal Damani, India
Teachers at one of Microsoft’s Mentor Schools, Sammamish High School in Washington, share their difficulties and triumphs as their school moves from traditional delivery of instruction to schoolwide problem-based learning.