Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

Announcing Certiport’s 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship from August 9-12 in Dallas, Texas!

This annual competition is about students taking a Microsoft Office Specialist exam in either Word, Excel, or PowerPoint (2010/2013). Students who have the highest scores in each respective category will be invited to compete as National Champions at the World Championships in Dallas. Students will compete for the title of “World Champion” and the chance to win up to $7,500.

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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 Teachers, because of lack of funds, are reporting that they’re still using these outdated instruments in the classroom.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

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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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