Lessons Learned from Microsoft Innovative Educator Academy

The University of Texas at Arlington (College of Education) recently hosted the TCEA Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) 1-day Academy, presented by Miguel Guhlin. This blog post shares some highlights gleaned and ways to learn more to enhance your productivity and make connections to teacher preparation

picture of laptop and notebook

Beyond the workshop, there is a wealth of resources for further professional growth! Microsoft has a website platform for educators to earn badges and points. From their website:

Badges are a great way to find experienced educators in the community and showcase your expertise with educators around the globe. You can earn points for each course successfully completed and for a variety of other activities as well. Find out how to earn points and see the different badges below

One of the newer badges is the Microsoft Innovative Educator Surface Classroom ProThis advanced badge is exciting because you have the potential to become an expert on the Surface. This is one I would like to explore and pursue, among other badges. More on this below!

TLDR: Major lesson learned from the workshop–>There is tons more to still explore. The academy was an overview of Office 365 tools. I was looking for ideas on how to align these tools with learning outcomes for both preservice and inservice teachers. I did get some ideas! Also, seeing as how we are integrating ISTE standards for educators into teacher preparation, I thought it would be a good idea to learn about as many tools and pedagogical approaches to technology integration as possible!

Side note: Here are links for further exploration from Microsoft:

“Big Ideas” from the workshop!

  1. As noted above, there is a lot more to learn! A good hub site is the Microsoft Educator Community Home Page
  2. Microsoft Sway. I  think we were really impressed with the tool (“new-to-me”) called Microsoft Sway. Most importantly, this tool is accessible via the web and is FREE. It reminded me of Smore.com (which is no longer truly free) as well as aspects of Adobe Spark! It provides a visual way to create multimodal text s. We thought of ways to to use it for teaching. I can envision using this tool for my Literacy Studies 5346 graduate course (Teaching the Writing Process). This tool is worth checking out for professional use and integration into teacher preparation courses. *If you are a K-12 educator, please leave ideas for how to use it in K-12 in the comments section!
  3.  Skype in the classroom. This is something I want to impart more to preservice teachers. There are a ton of resources to explore and consider from guest speakers and beyond.
  4. Microsoft Teams. Would like to explore this further for the PLC use and also for collaborations. Click here for a resource from Miguel Guhlin.
  5. I want to earn some badges and take the exam! Motivations to complete badges include: increasing learning, increased credibility as a teacher educator, chance to globally connect with others, integration of ideas into my teaching, pushing myself to reach concrete goals with tech integration while critically analyzing it, and learning  more on a “meta” level how  badging works.

A few badges that look especially interesting to earn are:

And there’s more! Workshop presenter Miguel Guhlin from TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) has blog posts about Microsoft on his resource page. A few that I particularly want to read right away are below:

To check out (starter list of interest):

  1. Expand Classroom Possibilities with Microsoft
  2. Microsoft Teams Updates
  3. Twitter Takeaways-Microsoft Sway in Education
  4. Our 2017 Microsoft Resource Round Up
  5. Improved Teaching with Microsoft
  6. Forms Smackdown: Google vs Microsoft
  7. Ten Ways to Customize Microsoft Classroom
  8. Multimedia ELL Assessment
  9. Visualizing Our Understanding with Graphic Organizers
  10. Podcasting with Microsoft Sway
  11. Microsoft Classroom Assignments
  12. Creating Six-Word Memoirs

What teacher educators can share/curate:

  • Share lesson plan ideas and resources from the Microsoft Educator page to increase awareness of possibilities of using Microsoft tools in the classroom. Discuss ways to effectively use these tools for specific objectives, topics, content, and learning outcomes.
  • Model Skyping in a guest speaker or K-12 educator into their class to model use of the tool.
  • Share quick tip videos with educators.
  • Consider earning badges and points yourself to a) gain knowledge and b) model the lifelong learning process for preservice and inservice teachers. I plan on doing this and then Tweeting out, etc. as to which badges I am working on.
  • There is a student teacher educator program, but I have not yet explored it.

I’m still wondering which Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas districts are using Microsoft 365 in PK-12!

What are your thoughts, ideas, and goals with Microsoft tools for education? What are considerations or cautionary tales? Please share in the comments!

Peggy

 

13,678 comments

  1. Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to see if
    it can survive a twenty five foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views.
    I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  2. After going over a number of the blog articles on your site, I honestly appreciate your way of writing a blog.
    I added it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future.
    Please visit my web site too and tell me your opinion.

  3. I have been exploring for a little for any high quality articles
    or blog posts in this sort of house . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this site.
    Studying this info So i am glad to exhibit that I have an incredibly just right uncanny feeling I found out just what I
    needed. I most surely will make certain to do not forget this web site and
    provides it a glance on a constant basis.

  4. This design is steller! You most certainly know how to
    keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost
    moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job.
    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how
    you presented it. Too cool!

  5. Can I simply just say what a comfort to find somebody that
    actually knows what they’re discussing on the net.
    You actually understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important.
    A lot more people should look at this and understand this side of the story.
    I was surprised you’re not more popular given that you
    most certainly have the gift.

  6. Hydra, Russia’s biggest darknet marketplace generated more than $1.2 billion in crypto revenue between June 2019 and July 2020 and now plans to establish a new darknet market targeting
    Western users. Can it be the most illegal token sale to date?

    What is Hydra?
    The Russian darknet marketplace is among the
    largest prohibited marketplaces operating on the dark net.
    The platform has been established in 2015 to provide sellers with the capability to make individual online stores to advertise their merchandise.
    It is older than some of the present Western DNMs.
    These included an ICO to finance an expansion into new markets,
    Eternos, a brand new DNM for Western consumers, and AspaNET, a
    substitute for TOR. While there is uncertainty regarding the
    present status of those jobs, in June of this year that the
    Hydra team said that the jobs were postponed due to the pandemic.

    Hydra primarily functions as a market for drugs however other contraband such as fake passports, stolen credit cards, along with counterfeit money is also available.
    In this sense, the current market is similar to the pioneering predecessor Silk Road.

    Vendors, for example Walt Disney Drugs, Pyramid Marketplace, and PokemonGo, flaunt their merchandise,
    which comes with detailed descriptions and customer
    testimonials to make sure buyers know what they are purchasing.

    In many ways, darknet marketplaces like Hydra mimic the user experience of online retail platforms
    such as Amazon, which is one of those aspects that
    contribute to their popularity with customers prepared to participate with prohibited market places.

    To deliver their merchandise, Hydra sellers utilize a system
    of GPS-located hiding stains. Vendors employ a network of couriers who deliver contraband purchases to some
    previously agreed upon hidden location. Once delivered, the buyer gets the GPS coordinates for retrieval.
    This is the world’s most sophisticated DNM distribution system.

    Look into my homepage … ссылка

  7. This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to in quest of extra of your excellent post.
    Additionally, I’ve shared your site in my social networks

  8. Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and
    i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam feedback?
    If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any support is very much appreciated.

  9. Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is important and all. But think of if you added some great photos or videos to give your posts more, “pop”!
    Your content is excellent but with images and video clips, this site
    could definitely be one of the greatest
    in its niche. Good blog!

  10. Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views.
    I know this is entirely off topic but I had to
    share it with someone!

  11. Thank you for some other excellent article. The place else may anybody get that type of information in such a perfect
    way of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for
    such info.

  12. Smart Pool: Is the maximum volume-rich pool, since it comprises of coins from other users (regular Pool) + Smartmixer’s reservations + Investor’s money.

    Stealth Pool: is not as volume-rich as Smart Pool, but
    is a lot more anonymous and”wash”. Only holds coins out of the company reservations and investor’s money.
    No real money from different users gets sent here. Also costs the highest service fee.

    These pools are what impressed me most about Smartmixer (in addition to a
    few more features). This establishes is the new
    coins will be clean and anonymous, period.
    However, what about the other characteristics a mixer should provide?
    Let us take a peek at them.
    You might have discovered instead of calling it a”Bitcoin mixer“, I’ve been referring to it as the”Cryptocurrency” mixer.
    That’s because it supports the mixing of a number of coins in addition to Bitcoin. Infact, it probably is the only mixer in the industry with such a varied mixing-portfolio.
    Smartmixer.io lets users mix:
    Bitcoin
    Litecoin

  13. Howdy! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from
    an established blog. Is it tough to set up your own blog? I’m not
    very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick.
    I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where to start.

    Do you have any points or suggestions? Thanks

  14. Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide
    credit and sources back to your website? My blog site is in the very same niche as yours and
    my users would genuinely benefit from a lot of the information you
    present here. Please let me know if this okay with you.
    Appreciate it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *