The Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education

According to Digizen, the activities listed below are some of the most popular that learners become involved in while using social networking sites:
* Representing themselves online, create and develop an online presence and online profiles
* Viewing content such as video and audio/finding information
* Creating and customising profiles
* Authoring and uploading content such as video and images
* Posting messages – public & private
* Collaborating with other people Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education”

Promote the use of technology in education

It is true that technology has not replaced everything in the field of education but it has improved things for the better. In this 21st century, the use of technology has become more than an option, it is a must.
Many educators are still reluctant to use technology in their teaching. So it is our role to help those and encourage them to do their best.
here is a video that I made which you can use in your sessions or to help others.

Let’s move on and make things better.

BUT always have this in mind: Pedagogy Leads Technology

A Tale of Two Worlds: Old School, New School

“When was the last time you put your hands on a tape recorder? How about a slide projector or an overhead projector? Unless you’re stuck in some type of time warp, it’s probably been a while. In this age of technology, which allows us to do just about everything on our smartphones or online — from online shopping to online learning — these tools may seem like they’re from eons ago. Yet, it’s our youngest generation who is, more than likely, all too familiar with them. Teachers, because of lack of funds, are reporting that they’re still using these outdated instruments in the classroom. Yet, they’re still tapping into modern tools like Facebook, YouTube and podcasts to connect with their students. Take a look at how educational tools have evolved over the years.” ( quote by Colorado Technical University)

So the choice is whether to follow an old system or an new one and  innovate.

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[Via: Colorado Technical University

Training Session


Presenter: Walid Chaafi (Teacher of English; ICT trainer; MIE Expert)

Facility:  Emtiez Prep. School Medenine – Tunisia

Date: 04/12/2014


I have conducted a 1-hour training session today for many teachers of different subjects. there were teachers of :

– English

– French

– Physics

– Arabic

– Technology

The session was delivered in Arabic language with the use of many notions in French.

The session covered the following themes:

1- 21st century skills

2- MS OneNote

3- MS Autocollage

4- OneDrive

5- Office 365

As it is the end-of-term tests here in Tunisia ( for 2 weeks), we didn’t have many teachers (only 10). But we agreed to have 2 other sessions after the end of the exams.

The tools covered were new to the teachers who promised to have an in-depth look at home about these ones.

What surprised them was the discovery of the online office components (Excel, Word, PP…) which they expressed their great enthousiasm to apply that.

Here are some Picture of the training session:

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And this is a video of a Discussion that took place between participants. It is in Arabic (Tunisian Dialect) I have to work on the subtitles if I find the time and the skill to do that soon:)

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My Journey to be an MIE Expert

My journey with innovation and the use of technology started back to 2009. The first time I have heard of the Innovative Teachers Contest in Tunisia was at that time, 2009. I am not a novice in terms of using technology in the classroom, but the situation in the schools where I have taught were not suitable as they lack equipment or even internet in two of them.

During the academic years 2010/11 and 2011/12 there were no contest because of the Tunisian revolution, so no one really knew what is going on and the country was in turmoil.

During the academic year 2012/2013, the Tunisian Ministry of Education and Microsoft Tunis decided to bring back the contest to life. This time, things were more organized and in a professional way. There was first a registration online, then a training done by an expert to explain everything to the participants. The 21st Century Skills, MS tools for teaching, evaluation criteria and all the need information for a participant. A deadline was decided and everything was well organized. It was the first time that I participate in the contest. During the project, which was named “Pollution”, I discovered many new tools that were exciting for me as well as for my students. Tools such as Autocollage, Bing!, Songsmith and others. I have already great experience with the Office Suite, so I brought my experience in the classroom and helped my students to acquire some basics. We worked mainly on Word and PowerPoint. Our school did not have internet connection at that time, so I managed to get my home 3G modem in the class whenever we needed internet connection.

I won the 4th place on the contest of 2013. I have learnt a lot from the experience and spent the summer of 2013 reading about the possible way to incorporate technology in my lessons in spite of the lack of technology in our school. The fourth position was such a good news in our region, which helped us to get our school connected with internet and our computer lab renovated by our Regional Board of Education in August 2013. This was a nice surprise to all students and colleagues at the beginning of the 2013/2014 academic year.

During the 2013/2014 academic year, I started even before the announcement of the contest. We started in October 2013 and finished our project in March 2014. The project was entitled “ Eat Well, Be Well”. We dealth about the good health habits. In this project we used a lot of technology included advanced ones. Apart from MS tools such as Windows Movie Maker, PowerPoint, Autocollage, Word, Paint, Onedrive, we used Notepad++, Dreamweaver too. The help of teachers of other subjects was paramount to help us finish the project.

I won the 1st prize during the 2014 contest. I was so happy as well as my students and the school. Media coverage was there too with our school visited by our National TV channel , some newspapers and regional radio stations.

The main purpose was not just to compete in the contest, but to teach students the skills needed, and mainly the 21st Learning skills and how technology can help them in many ways:

  1. Learn on their own following their own pace.
  2. Many resources are over the internet, so they can easily learn from reliable resources and find information quickly.
  3. Learn how to work together in a collaborative way
  4. Learn by learning, which means that while they are carrying a subject about pollution, they will access the net and use the computer to produce a presentation, which allows them to learn how to use PowerPoint or acquire new skills.

Now, I have been selected as a MIE Expert 2015. In the last few weeks, I discovered that I know only a little! What I have learn from the various resources and the webinars I attended is huge. I discovered new tools such as Sway and Office Mix, and more to come!

I have known many new lovely people in the FB webpage of the official MIE Expert 2015 Facebook Group! In addition, I discovered many things like blogs, activities, schools, subjects of other colleagues.

I hope that I will make it to Redmond on AprilJ and benefit from this opportunity, which I was given, and let others know about it in the hope that one day we will have a better education for all people over the world to have a better world.

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Technology, education and Microsoft

In this first post about the use of technology for educational purposes, mainly Microsoft products, I will deal with a general introduction about a brief interpretation of why Microsoft, and other companies for sure, is interested in education.

Microsoft announced that as of 1 December 2013, any institution worldwide that licenses Office 365 for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. What that means is that over 35000 educational institutions globally can offer their students free licenses for MS Office to be installed on up to five devices. Aha! Here we go, some will argue that Whilst Google has more market time and experience with Google Apps and it’s certainly an “easier” product to use, MS’ SkyDrive is arguably more feature rich in terms of round-tripping a document from desktop Office, to the cloud for sharing/editing, and then back to the desktop… For once, being slower to market, has allowed MS to release a feature-rich product.
“Functionality aside, it is fascinating to see Microsoft react to the very real threat that Google introduces in the Office Productivity space by hooking customers at the very start of their relationship with a productivity suite. The reality is that once an individual has gone through high school extensively using a productivity suite, the particular suite they use becomes very sticky. Microsoft has the ability to hook the next generation of technology users and all for the cost of a few foregone software licenses.” Sam MacNeill
Underlying these machinations in the productivity space is the very real fact that Microsoft is trying to hook people into a technology platform covering all their needs – it obviously has different entry and monetization models for its platforms, but to a greater or lesser extent it is in a race to attract people within its own flavor of walled garden. What better way to do so than to hook the next generation of users in at the start of their technology use.
This does not mean that Microsoft is the only player on the fields! On the contrary, there is a fierce competition with other competitors mainly Google and Apple. The share between these three seems to be going to focus more on the future generation and what is the best place if it is Not SCHOOL!