“SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN”

The article about my global project on national magazine

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Preventing child abuse – The open roads

Despite many obstacles in propagating the prevention of sexual abuse for children, especially in the school area but not so that the propaganda was pushed back.

Connecting the world to learn skills 

Ngo Thanh Nam, a teacher at Vinschool Elementary School in Ho Chi Minh City, found that students lacked the skills to prevent abuse and sexual harassment. He decided to set up the Five Safe Fingers project and invited the creative teacher community on the IT platform. Teachers in Vietnam and around the world such as Indonesia, Malaysia, India, USA, Australia, Canada … are very excited and respond enthusiastically. For everyone, the problem of “child sexual abuse” is not just a matter for a country but a common problem for all. Teacher Nam built the website https://mrnamvas.wixsite.com to make it easy for schools around the world to share and link lessons with each other.

Ngo Thanh Nam’s project took place in five weeks. The first week, students and teachers introduced each other and learn the overview of knowledge, skills prevention – sexual assault. The second week, they shared the article, knowledge, useful information. In the third week, students made handwriting and hand-drawings about 5 rules of communication with parents, relatives, acquaintances, strangers, ominous people.

By week 4, students from many countries are talking to each other through Skype. Until the last week, they went to the residential areas, crossroads … to distribute leaflets propaganda about the project.

Fita SukiYani, a teacher from Yogyakarta High School (Indonesia), said: “My students are  very interested in receiving information from the project because in Indonesia, they also need skills to prevent harm and protect themselves. From this project, students have been provided with a wealth of knowledge, from which each of student is confident to be a propagator to his/her community, his/her neighbors!”

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Bringing Students’ Voices to the World

We live in a global, collaborative world. Students need to be connected for global collaboration and co-creation if we want to prepare them for the future. Learning can’t be limited to the classroom, but extended to the outside world. I hope students can easily talk to their peers all around the world and exchange their ideas. I hope that teachers cooperate internationally so that teaching and learning techniques can be much more exciting. Hopefully, students are provided with the skills to live in the 21st century and become international citizens who are able to adapt themselves in different cultures. Technology plays an active role in implementing the above. It has taken students to new places and allowed them to use the 4C of 21st century learning (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity). Among the tools that both my students and I love, I can not fail to mention Flipgrid. I’ve known Flipgrid for less than a year but through the quick learning process I asked myself, “Why did I not know about Flipgrid sooner?” Now, as a Flipgrid Ambassador, I am confident in sharing some of the ways I have used this wonderful tool in my classroom:

Project introduction

When I started working on a global project, my first activity was to get my students to introduce themselves. For example, in the Five Safe Fingers project, students from 30 global schools will work together on Flipgrid to introduce themselves. They are excited to see the image, listen to their friends’ voice globally. They can also respond to those introductions. This activity helps to launch the project in a fun way. This method also helps to train students more confidence

Introduction to training

Currently, in addition to being a 5th grade teacher, I am also a Microsoft teacher ambassador. I regularly train information technology teachers in Vietnam. Throughout my many training classes, instead of letting people stand up and introduce themselves, I use Flipgrid to do this. After the training, participants can review the introduction of others at any time.

Collaborative lessons

Flipgrid is a great way to organize a collaborative lesson. With Flipgrid, geographical restrictions, timezones, etc. are no longer an issue. I used Flipgrid to collaborate with a class in the United States to share language, classroom culture, and other interesting information.

Learning campaigns

In some projects, such as “Water is Life” projects, students use Flipgrid to carry out their “I am a drop” campaigns. As a metaphorical drop of water, they call on everyone to save water.

Predicting and Commenting

In my Science and Math classes, I often use Flipgrid to give a video of a lesson related situation. Students respond with their comments and predictions about the results of the video that I gave. Through this activity, students gain more interest in the lesson and remember the knowledge longer.

Getting feedback from students

After each week of study, I would like to listen to students’ feelings about what they have gone through. It could be: 3 things they liked the most (or didn’t like) in the past week; what they want to do in the next class. Students feel listened to, and I also know what I did well and what needs to be changed for students to love learning more.

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I don’t only use Flipgrid for learning activities, I also use it for informal classroom activities. I often use it as a space to celebrate students’ birthdays. Students are delighted to see video congratulating them on their birthday from the rest of their class. With this simple activity, students experience a novel, memorable birthday experience.

MY JOURNEY WITH TEACHING SUSTATINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (#SDGS)

When I asked many teachers in Vietnam as well as around the world about teaching United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the answer I often got was “What is it?” or “Is it important?” I realized that teaching the goals of sustainable development for students was still a new thing to many teachers.

Why did I decide to teach #SDGs to students?
As we all know, the world is facing many problems, such as poverty, pollution, war, climate change, and more. These problems directly affect the survival of mankind. Therefore, if people are not aware of the importance of the remedy and the ways to prevent problems, the quality of life will be increasingly threatened. I think that educating on these issues needs to be started in the younger generation, namely students. That is why teaching sustainable development goals has become an important part of my teaching.

For myself, to have access to the curriculum SDGs, my professional skills have been increasingly enhanced. My teaching is not only directed to knowledge in textbooks, but also social significance and meeting the needs of life.

How did I know about the goal of sustainable development of the United Nations?
Actually, I have only known these goals since 2017. Although before, my students did many projects related to issues in life, such as traffic safety, environment, religion, and food, but I did not know that these projects were related to the goals of sustainable development. It wasn’t until I had a conversation with Fran Siracusa as well as taking the Teaching Sustainable Development Goalscourse on the Microsoft Education site that I realized these goals clearly are already in my projects. Since then, I have started to learn more and have become really fascinated by the human values ​​that these goals bring.

How have I started?
First, I worked to develop a clear understanding about these 17 goals and then started to find out the relationship between them and my textbook lessons. It is interesting to realize that every lesson that my students learn daily is tied to at least one of the 17 goals. After that, I started introducing #SDGs to my students. Fortunately, I found a lot of resources for the introduction, includingThe World’s Largest Lessons. I do not impose #SDGs on students, but let them naturally take to them by letting them draw their own goals after reading a story, watching a movie, etc. For example: Water is Life project: After watching the movie about water shortage in South Africa, students will analyze and find out the sixth goal in the project. I believe that by their own self-discovery, students can understand the meaning of these goals in human life.

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Technology – Let’s be Friends
In teaching SDGs, I have seen that technology has impacted students’ lives in such a positive way. It has taken students to new places and allowed them to use the 4Cs of 21st century learning (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity). If technology is used properly, it will help to bring the voice of students to the world. In my teaching of SDGs, technology plays an indispensable role. Students are encouraged to use technology in learning activities that demand problem-solving, decision-making, teamwork, and innovation. By using technology, students can create products such as digital storybooks, artwork, presentations, and movies. For example, in the Water is Life project, my students use Sway to tell their water using story, Microsoft Forms to conduct a water experiment using survey of people in their community, PowerPoint to create posters to call for a sense of water savings, and Skype to chat with experts on the importance of water. Sustainable development goals are right in your classroom! Let students work with technology as a friend, learning these goals will become more enjoyable and effective.

Do Not Teach #SDGs Alone
My experience suggests that teaching #SDGs is most effective if these goals are repeated over place and time. One way to do this is to connect with your school and the parents to share that comprehensive SDG teaching is an important choice. For example, when learning about the the sixth goal, we did the “I am a drop” campaign by creating slogans calling for water savings in many places in the school. At home, parents also reminded students to save water. From there, students realized that saving water was their responsibility. 

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Mr. Nam Thanh (@mrnamvas) is a primary school teacher in Vinschool in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has authored multiple articles, and he has been nationally and internationally recognized for the implementation of creativity and the integration of technology into his teaching. In 2015, he was presented with the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Award, and in the same year he represented Vietnam at the Microsoft Global Forum. He is Microsoft Master Trainer, Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador and #TeachSDGs Global Goals Educator Task Force Member. Mr. Nam works passionately to develop creative approaches to delivering quality education to his students in ways that inspire them to learn. Twitter: @mrnamvas 

Great Way To Celebrate Earth Day With Skype

    I’m really a fan of using Skype in the classroom. Skype brings the outside world into my classroom. With Skype, there seems to be no limit to learning. I usually use Skype as part of my class, especially on special days like International Women’s Day, Earth Day, etc. Skype is an integral part of my students to experience these special events.

    This year, Earth Day is special to my 5th graders. Indeed, Earth Day is quite straight to Vietnamese students because they do not have much experience of the meaning of this day. Although the environment is an important topic is taught in many schools. However, teachers are less interested in getting students involved in day-to-day activities. At the beginning of April, I was wondering, “Why do I myself not use Skype to bring students out into the world today?” Saying is doing, I planned to help my students get a special experience for Earth Day.

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     I have to thank Microsoft Innovative Educator (MEC) community, where millions of teachers are available to connect and share. I started by connecting with Skype Master Teacher Ana from Serbia on the MEC site. After sending a Skype request on the topic about types of snakes, we agreed each other on the connection date and my students started to prepare a presentation about snakes in Vietnam. This is a really interesting topic so they are very excited. My students were heard Ana’s 6th grade students presenting about snakes in Serbia. My students also shared about snakes in Vietnam. The atmosphere was really fun. My students were not only learning but also sharing their knowledge. In addition, they also practice their English speaking skills. The connection with Ana made the day for my students and me.

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    After that connection, my students continued with the question, “Mr Nam, when do we connect again on the topic of Earth Day?”. That question made me really excited. I decided to hold a connection by inviting speaker to my classroom.I was really fortunate to receive approval from wonderful Skype Master Teacher, Tammy Dunbar from the USA. In addition, she also invited her husband to participate in the conversation with my students. My students had the opportunity to share their knowledge about the natural world in Vietnam including: river, forest, animals … They were really excited when Tammy and her husband marvel at themselves. After that, my students asked many questions about Earth Day such as: “How does your school celebrate Earth Day?”… The questions and answers were given repeatedly until the ringing bell  for lunch started. We really had “aha” moments in that exciting connection. For myself, I am proud to have developed a passion for learning and confidence for students through using of Skype in the classroom.

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If you also want to give your students a fun experience, visit this website right now. I’m sure you will have wonderful moments as well.

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Skype in the Classroom + Kahoot = Amazing way to keep students engaged

Skype and Kahoot are two of my favourite tools that help to break down traditional ways in teaching and make learning fun. I have tried in classroom over the years that I have been teaching. My student use Skype and Kahoot are so much more engaged than they would be in any other format. However, I never thought that I can combine these tools in a lesson until I read the resource Skype in the Classroom and Kahoot on Microsoft Innovative Community . Fast forward a week, I decided to conduct lesson which combined Skype and Kahoot together. I started to access the MEC website and sent a request to Skype Master Teacher – Ms Mio Horio from Japan. Luckily, she agreed and we started to do schedule for our connection. I also required my students to learn about Japan by myself before the connection on the next day.

Finally, the waiting day also came. My kids were really excited to say hello to Mio. I also had the same feeling from Mio.16508443_2014305588796347_1547401004627719299_n.jpg

Every thing was really to be excited when Mio gave my class game pin. This was not first time my kids to play with Skype but they were still engaged. They love the questions about Japan, such as: capital, letters of writing, map,… Then, Mio introduced about her school and give some quizzes. After finishing all questions, Mio said goodbye but my kids didnt want to stop. Athough, she promised there will a connection so early.

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After the connection, I thought there was really magic of Skype and Kahoot together that they can’t get in other lessons with other formats. With this combination, my students are eager to learn about things.

How to have an amazing connection that is combined Skype and Kahoot? I totally agree with Ms Stacy’s tips:

1) Coordinate in advance with the class or expert with whom you plan to Skype Kahoot. Exchange Skype ID’s, and select Kahoot topic.

2) Determine in advance who will share their screen and launch the Kahoot game.

3) Select and display the Kahoot game prior to initiating the skype call.

4) Before connecting via skype, both classes should log on to the student devices they will use during the game, wifi, and get.kahoot. This will be the most efficient and respectful use of time for all call participants.

5) Spend a few minutes to review and remind skype etiquette with your class prior to connecting.

6) Assign a student to welcome the other class/expert at the beginning of the call, and another to close the call at the end of the session.

7) Remind all students in both classes to use their teachers last name as part of their screen name. This will make it easy to see how each class is progressing on the Top Scorers screen between questions.

8) When a significant amount of student miss a question, take turns having a student in each class come to the webcam to explain the correct answer. It is best practice and encouraging for the opposite class to applaud for the student who explained the answer.

9) Kahoot games are engaging and active; it is important for all participants to mute their side of the call as students submit their answers.

10) If time allows, allow students in each class to interview each other or share something special about their school/state/country.

11) At the conclusion of the call, each class should thank the other, congratulate one another on their hard work, and exchange goodbyes.

12) After the call, the teacher may debrief with the class with questions such as “What did you notice?”, “What did you learn?”, and “What could we do different next time?”.

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Bio: GV-Ngo-Thanh-Nam

Today, I am  a 5th grade teacher at Vietnam Australia International School at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and I am also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow, ClassdDojo Ambassador and Lifeliqe Pilot this year.

  I loves teaching that has the interaction between teacher and students, all of which generates more interest and inspiration for my job and technology has helped me do that better day by day. Moreover, technology bridges the gap between the classroom and real life. So, I loves helping other teachers to apply technology in their teaching effectively. That is the reason why I become a part of Microsoft Teacher Ambassador , ClassDojo Ambassador and Lifeliqe Pilot  in Vietnam. Please feel free to connect with me at @mrnamvas.

Skype in the Classroom + Kahoot = Amazing way to keep students engaged

Skype and Kahoot are two of my favourite tools that help to break down traditional ways in teaching and make learning fun. I have tried in classroom over the years that I have been teaching. My student use Skype and Kahoot are so much more engaged than they would be in any other format. However, I never thought that I can combine these tools in a lesson until I read the resource Skype in the Classroom and Kahoot on Microsoft Innovative Community . Fast forward a week, I decided to conduct lesson which combined Skype and Kahoot together. I started to access the MEC website and sent a request to Skype Master Teacher – Ms Mio Horio from Japan. Luckily, she agreed and we started to do schedule for our connection. I also required my students to learn about Japan by myself before the connection on the next day.

Finally, the waiting day also came. My kids were really excited to say hello to Mio. I also had the same feeling from Mio.16508443_2014305588796347_1547401004627719299_n.jpg

Every thing was really to be excited when Mio gave my class game pin. This was not first time my kids to play with Skype but they were still engaged. They love the questions about Japan, such as: capital, letters of writing, map,… Then, Mio introduced about her school and give some quizzes. After finishing all questions, Mio said goodbye but my kids didnt want to stop. Athough, she promised there will a connection so early.

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After the connection, I thought there was really magic of Skype and Kahoot together that they can’t get in other lessons with other formats. With this combination, my students are eager to learn about things.

How to have an amazing connection that is combined Skype and Kahoot? I have some tips for you:

#1: Select the theme you want your students to Skype Kahoot

#2: Connecting with a teacher or class, does not matter the same country or overseas as long as they are fond of your subject. You can find classes or teachers that are available to assist you at  this websiteRemember to add your skype ID each other.

#3: Prepare kahoot related to your topic. Check this to know how to create a kahoot:  https://getkahoot.com/

#4: Before connecting, please remind your students to check the internet of their laptop, phone or tablet. Students need to open kahoot.it to prepare for Skype kahoot.

#5: Students need to listen teh question carefully although they are very excited.

#6: Students should say thank you to the teacher or class who participated in Skype kahoot with them.

#7: After the question is over, the teacher may ask the students to summarize what they have learned.

Erliza Matacot and Nam Ngo Thanh: MIE- More Than What You Think

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

This adage from a French author and a Nobel Prize winner in Literature André Gide may be best applied to all educators who want to sail their own ship in seeking for the best education. With the rapid development of the society, approach in education has also changed. Thus, teachers and students should not be left behind and should be courageous in embracing the changes brought by the new generation.

800 educators from different countries around the globe, trying to cruise their vessels with technology and enhancing their professional knowledge and skills, met together in one ocean and became Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts. There, they are tasked to be sailed in one ship together, share to each other what they know, learn the things what they don’t know and experience the journey of the real innovative educators.

Being selected as MIE Experts is not an easy job. These educators need to attend the monthly connection calls set for them by Microsoft. Knowing that they come from different countries, they also have different time-zones. Others need to wake up as early as they can just to attend the call while the others are obliged to stay awake at night just to be updated with the new trends of Microsoft Education. Other than that, they need to perform duties as MIE Experts, but not leaving behind doing different roles in their own workplace. While trying to exchange ideas in applying the new ICT tools introduced by Microsoft, and collaborating to other educators around the globe, they still need to teach their students, to do their lesson plans, to attend different non-ICT related seminars, to be an emcee in the school’s program and many more.

It may sound exhausting tasks for these people but they are not complaining for anything else. In fact, all of them are really proud and feel blessed being given with this kind of opportunities. For they know that what they are doing is not only for their own sake but also for their schools, for their other co-teachers and for their students as well.

But it is not yet of what we think. What makes it more amazing with these MIE Experts is that these people found their new family. A big family holding each other’s hands for one big purpose- building better education. Imagine, they come from different races, different cultures and different traditions. But they learned to value and appreciate one another and have one voice together. Moreover, new strong friendship and trust among the MIE Experts are also built. Some are not only discussing about the technology and about education but they are also sharing their interests, hobbies and even private life to their new found trusted friends.

We, Nam Ngo Thanh and Erliza Leosala Mataco, the authors of this article, want to share to everyone that through Microsoft, we built our special friendship that we promise not to last. Thus, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Microsoft for without it, we may not cross our paths. We also want to give thanks to every MIE Experts for unselfishly sharing their knowledge and expertise in the field of ICT. You are all amazing!

This simple sway has been created by Erliza as a simple token of her gratitude to all MIE Experts https://sway.com/dab1lF7HjrBdlO8H

We may be now sailing in the same ship right now but soon we will cruise again into different oceans with so much courage and determination and we are hoping that the good times and good memories that we have shared together will last in our hearts forever.

Erliza Matacot

Nam Ngo Thanh

 

Limitless Creativity with Animation Project

What do your students think about History and Literature? Do they like it or not? Those subjects are really important in education, but how would you make it interesting to students?

According to my survey, the group of student was not really interested in History and Literature. They claimed that both History and Literature are not attractive enough for them. In my opinion, these subjects are very important for their lives. Teachers should find different ways to teach these subjects.

I would like to share with you some good ways we are using in my school “VIETNAM AUSTRALIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL” about making those two subjects much more interesting.

If your students just listening your talk, they will be boring fast. But, if you allow them to involve in discussion, and ask them to do some practice work, it will help them remember knowledge easily and learning will become fun. Thus, we conducted for our student to do cartoon animation project related to the History, Literature, Arts and Information Technology subjects. Two projects we have conducted successfully were “When the ocean was the confronted by an olive tree” – the story about the birth of Athens in Greek mythology – and “The Trung Sisters”- heroic traditional values.

How did we do it?

First, the students participated in lessons on the concept of the animation process from preparing scripts, building characters, designing images and backgrounds…

After completing the scripts, they practiced with hand painting, collage and graphic design. In the post-production stage, the students continued to record dialogues and prepare subtitles.

This project is excellent because of the highly diversified applicability of the knowledge that the students had learned. Combined with the fascnating history lessons, the story creation process was a journey full of interesting experiences with technology. The patriotic spirit and admirable qualities in The Trung Sisters as well as the epic Greek mythology, praising chivalry, inter-twined with self-esteem and benevolence. It was the project that allowed the students to both pratice and have fun with opportunities to discover, learn about the way of life and foster their talent.

*Products of students:

The Story: The Battle for Athens

The Story: The Trung Sisters

Expert Educator Global Collaboration

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Maja's students, enthusiastic about the project.

We are three Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts from Israel, Serbia, and Vietnam collaborated to link our classrooms and students through Skype and work together on a traffic safety project. Read the full story from each of our perspectives below!

Karina Batat, Israel

CaptureI’m Karina Batat and I’m a teacher at Gordon Primary School in Petah Tikva, Israel. We joined the Project in November. Everything started with Nam’s post at the Microsoft Expert Educator Facebook Group. Nam was searching for partners and I jumped on his offer. I’ve been leading collaborative projects since 2009 (The Travelling Mascott Project) so I’m aware of the great benefits of this global project to both students and teachers, combining the wise use of ICT, collaboration and communication.

In Israel, traffic safety is included in the curriculum and 5th grade students learn about the subject 2 hours a week and explore in-depth the subject of crossing the road, both its theoretical and practical aspects. In 6th grade, they stand in major intersections around the school to help young students cross the street safely.

For the first time, I’m teaching traffic safety integrating ICT within a global collaboration project.  After I read Nam’s description I found it very relevant to my students and thought it would be empowering for them to share data (by a shared OneNote), experiences and products (creating photo collages, Kodu games and short movies on Moviemaker) with students from around the world.

We already met with our partners through Skype and the online meeting was inspiring! Students saw, heard, and talked with our partners from around the world (see Sway).  They discovered differences and similarities. They were anxious to see the presentations of the other partners and since the end of the meeting they’ve been looking forward to the next meeting.

I believe that today we need to engage students ; we need to motivate them to learning, and one effective way to do it is to deal with daily questions and problems integrating ICT and on a global level and that’s exactly what the “We Are Little Volunteers” project does.

From my point of view,  the project will lead to students increasing their traffic safety awareness, as well build a commitment to disseminate the subject to the community. I feel very lucky to have taken part in this project and I want thank my partners, Nam and Maja for the opportunity to innovate together. I also want to thank my students for being so enthusiastic about the whole project and my principal Rachel Berman for the trust, openness and partnership.

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Petach Tikva, Israel
Gordon School
karina@israel365.info

Maja Seguljev, Serbia

International cooperation in education is an outstanding challenge. It encourages curiosity, enhances motivation and launches research spirit. At the same time ,it expands the boundaries of the project and reduces the historical, linguistic, and cultural barriers.  Incredibly, even a bad internet connection had exceptional advantages: curiosity, excitement and motivation of students and teachers increased significantly, perhaps even more than when the class was perfect. Students had inquired about the customs, life, history, and geographical characteristics of countries with which we collaborate. An opportunity to work with someone so far motivated students and, suddenly, the students had a whole series of new ideas, they wanted to do more, better, to meet their friends, and expand their knowledge. They wanted to learn and pass on their experiences to others. I cannot wait until the next Skype class with our friends from Vietnam and Israel. Thanks to Microsoft, it has become possible.

They decided to show what they learned to the students of the first grade. As a teacher, I am delighted to work with wonderful teachers from other countries, on another continent. The challenge of making a project better creates better professional cooperation. High motivation creates realization of good ideas. This enthusiasm and motivation influences my students, as well. They work harder, better, and more creatively. Although I had fears about different technical conditions of our schools, I felt really great and honored when I received the professional support of Ms. Karina. Mr. Nam takes care of every detail of his project and of the people who participate in it.  In such circumstances, we cannot work in any other way but the best. I am sure we will continue our collaboration on other projects, or with other teachers in the coming years. Thank you for the opportunity!

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M.Sc. Maja Andjelković Šeguljev
Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
Primary school, “Jelena Ćetkovi”
maja.seguljev@yahoo.com
www.kreativnostnadelu.wordpress.com

Nam Ngo Thanh, Vietnam

My name’s Ngo Thanh Nam, and I’m a grade 5 teacher at Vietnam-Australia international school in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

I love applying technology to my teaching, which effectively benefits as well as generates my creativity, as well as my students’. I once participated in the “creative teachers” contest in Vietnam and luckily came first with the project “We are Little Volunteers”.

After the event, I not only understood more about the importance of technology in teaching but also realized that cooperation, especially with teachers from other countries, brings an amazing benefit. In the process of developing the project, I’ve had the great fortune of collaborating with Ms. Karina and Ms. Maja. It comes to my awareness that traffic safety is not only a great concern in Vietnam but also in other countries, which is why I believe my project is only getting started will be complete when I can work with other teachers from around the world. It’s a pleasure and a great chance to receive the kind support of Ms Karina and Ms Maja.

This experience not only provides me with a precious view of teaching development but it also assists my students in mastering their 21st century skills; they can better understand the social and cultural features of other countries. This is my first time implementing a global project but I’m greatly inspired.

My sincere thanks to Microsoft for organizing a professional environment so that we can have a good opportunity to work together.  I also want to thank Ms Nhi Le, Faith Root Recruitment, Vietnam, and Ms Quyen To, MIE fellow, for your great support.

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Blog for global project:  https://namngovas.wordpress.com/

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Vietnam Australia International School
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
nam.ngovas@outlook.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thanhnam.ngo.927

20140804_082423Mr. Nam’s student: I feel terrific when I can be a part of Mr Nam’s project, together with Ms Karina and Ms Maja. It’s my first time to learn and share things with friends from other countries. The first online host via Skype was amazing. Thank you teachers for engaging us in such an interesting project. I’m looking forward to more upcoming plans in near future.

Linh Nguyen Ta Khanh (Mr Nam’s student)
Vietnam Australia International School
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Tip for Parents and Teachers- Limiting Games and Using the Internet Effectively

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Life skills education is one of the essential values at Vietnam Australia International School (VAS), Vietnam and is designed to help students adjust to the changes of natural environment or society to work out the sense of vigilance and to protect them.

Today, the internet and online gaming addictions are seen as problems of the teens in the major metropolitan. Consequence which is easy to realize is the children get involved in the virtual world, neglecting education and external activities. Parents and teachers can help the children to limit their gaming online and know how to use the internet effectively under their guidance.

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Limit games online  * Master daily life and your attitude, don’t let the cyber world seduce you and influence your thoughts* Enhance participation of healthy activities and good habits every day, do not spend more time for playing games online

– Healthy activities: playing sports, reading, drawing, listening to music, researching, and doing fun activities with friends

– Positive habits: exercise, help parents in house works. * Always let your goals visible to you and try to reach them every day

 

*Play games online continuously for many hours 

 

* Go to places where people are addicted to online gaming

 

 

*Carry your computer in your room without the supervision of the parents

Using the internet effectively  *Determine what you want to access the internet, specify the purpose when you want to access the internet.*Focus on search relevant keywords

*Set the specified time when using the internet

 

*Click on the strange file that can cause viruses and can damage the computer 

*Click on the unhealthy web (weblogs, online web sex) which will easily be addictive and difficult to heal.

 

 

Above are a few of our ideas in limiting games online and using the internet effectively. I hope that it will be useful for all parents, teachers and students.