Virtual Learning Environments

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“Minds work as a parachute. They are not functional until they are open.” – Dr. Mansoor Al-Awar, Dubai, UAE

For two days this past February, Dubai hosted the very first Microsoft in Education Global Forum in the Middle East and Africa region. The forum gathered education stakeholders to discuss education transformation as it relates to the workforce, and as … Continue reading

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Building a Safer Social Network for Students and Teachers – Andrew West, UK

When it comes to critical 21st century skills, communication is at the top of the list, and rightly so. But for students and teachers, basic communication – or lack thereof – often represents a significant obstacle to effective teaching and … Continue reading

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Special Interview: Innovative Education with Distance Learning and Apps – Koen Timmers, Belgium

“Since the moment I became a teacher, in 2000, I’ve been passionate about e-learning. I founded my own educational website www.zelfstudie.be, on which digital courseware are published. Completed an additional master course “Technology Enhanced Learning,

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Technology Inspires the Youngest of Learners – Lizabeth Conklin, USA

Valentine’s Day has been the inspiration for many a poem, love song and wedding engagement. For Lizabeth Conklin and her class of kindergarteners, it inspired an entirely new way of teaching and learning. “We sent a ‘virtual valentine’ to a … Continue reading

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“What made me change from the conventional setting to the online setting is that I wanted to have 1:1 opportunities with students all of the time. I also felt I was very limited by the four walls of the classroom.” – Michelle Licata, USA

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“My personal opinion is that a teacher is a pedagogical engineer who needs to apply the best learning theory to a specific situation” – Koen Timmers, Belgium

Meet the Fantastic Four behind the OneNote Class Notebook Creator

Sometimes all it takes for an amazing project to be born is the ability to listen. It was March 2013, and Jonathan Grudin was attending the Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology on Education (WIPTTE). It’s not … Continue reading

Kiran Kodithala

“The technology we are using in classrooms today is built for the classrooms of the 1980s… We owe it to our learners to provide learning in innovative ways, and to make it exciting, fun and interactive.” – Kiran Kodithala, USA

Preparing Students at Washington State School for the Blind

The Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) was founded in 1886 to provide an education for the state’s blind and hearing-impaired students. But it wasn’t until 2010 that the mission truly became a reality. That’s when mathematics teacher Robin Lowell, … Continue reading

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Mobile technology continues to play a huge part in our daily lives, it has become one of the most rapidly evolving and adapted technologies among a variety of industries – from government to education. As a result, mobile technology has … Continue reading

4 Ways the Internet is Making Kids Smarter Infographic

A familiar theme that has accompanied the growing number of kids using the internet in relation to educational research, is that it could be harmful to their mental capacity and development. This infographic puts forward four specific reasons why the … Continue reading

Jane Cui - USA

“I want my students to be the type of people who won’t quit. Instead of them saying ‘I can’t get an A on my history test because I’m bad at history,’ I want them to think ‘How can I get an A on my history test, even though I am bad at history?’ When students think ‘HOW?’ instead of taking the easy way out and giving up, it leads to more critical thinking and persistence.” – Jane Cui, USA

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“Improving education is the best thing that could happen to humankind.” – Flipped.uy, Uruguay

One of my favorite things about interviewing students is that they are not shy about telling you what is working for them in their education, and what isn’t. That is certainly the case with the Imagine Cup students from Flipped.uy … Continue reading

Mark Francis B. Natividad - Philippines

“Text2Teach videos make our work easier and more enjoyable. We can now visit homes of our learners to see their real conditions, which is a great factor in the learners’ achievement.” – Mark Natividad, Philippines

Joel Heinrichs - USA

“As best practices are being developed for connected, mobile, personal learning, we need to have the political will to change our historic systems. Seat time, age cohorts, drill and kill – these all have to go.” – Joel Heinrichs, USA

Ondrej Homola - Czech Republic

“There are not enough tools for teachers. We are trying to give them, in one place, very powerful visual tools that get kids excited.” – Ondrej Homola, Czech Republic

Lauren Aguirre - USA

“Respecting people’s learning styles puts the student at the center of the learning experience, which is where he or she should be.” – Lauren Aguirre, USA

Michael Braun - Guest Blog

“We want to shape young minds to learn computer science – now when they are at their most creative point in their life. We want students to fuel their curiosity and creativity by developing apps and games relevant to their lives.” – Michael Braun, USA

Text2teach Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Mainstream Implementation in the Philippines

It is hard to overstate the power of mobile devices when it comes to global education. On World Book Day this year, we shared a UNESCO report that showed that mobile technology may be turning the tide on illiteracy. In … Continue reading

International Day of the African Child 2014

On June 16th every year, the African Union and its Partners celebrate the Day of the African Child (DAC), in commemoration of the 1976 protests by school children in Soweto, South Africa. In 1991, the African Union Assembly passed a resolution … Continue reading