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?”.

How about you? Do you love global collaboration in the classroom? Join 24 hour online event, Edchange Global Classrooms #ECGC17 happening 29th February 29th – 1st March. Just click HERE to register.

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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 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?”.

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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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

How about you? Do you love global collaboration in the classroom? Join 24 hour online event, Edchange Global Classrooms #ECGC17 happening 29th February 29th – 1st March. Just click HERE to register.

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.

Bringing Twitter into Primary Class- Why Not?

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I believe that application of social media in schools is not new to all of us. Educators are now using it to make the learning more exciting and meaningful.

twitterHow about you? What is your favorite social media? Is it Facebook, Blog or LinkedIn? For me, it is Twitter.

At first, I was hesitant to use social media in my primary class but my perception on using it had change when I read this interesting statement from one of the websites in education:

“Twitter won’t change your life, but it might make your job more fun and a little easier.”

I was challenged with this statement and decided to immediately apply Twitter in my class, but few people told me that elementary school students are still too young to use Twitter. I totally agreed them so I thought of the safest and best approach that I can give to my primary students.

How did I begin this?

I started by sharing with my students the benefits of using Twitter. I also did not forget to mention how to use Twitter safely and efficiently. After the students have understood the uses of this social media, I continued with creating Twitter account. In the beginning, I created a Twitter account for the whole class: @mrnamclass. This means that any student in class also can sign in and use it. I also did not forget to remind the children to respect this account by not using for private work without the permission of the teacher. On the other hand, I also asked the help of the parents in monitoring and guiding their children in using the account. Everything seemed to be fine when this tool became my students’ favorite.

Students use Twitter for what?

The children can use Twitter as a tool for learning anytime and anywhere. Every time the children have activities at home, they can use the Tweet function to share with their classmates like a photograph, or a video recorded by them. After each Tweet, they do not forget to write her/his names at the end. Their friends can get this interesting sharing anytime. In fact, the children proved to be extremely fascinated with this new job.

In addition, Twitter is also the tool to share tasks and lessons. By using the #hashtag, students can find resources related to the lessons. Therefore, I did not forget to instruct students to use the search function of Twitter. With #hashtag, I can easily get a comment, question or feedback from my students. I make sure that our #hashtag is unique so it can easily be searched. I created a #hashtag for my class that has never been created by someone else before.

One more question is what students can do with 140 characters allowed in Twitter? To me, this is not a disadvantage but rather an opportunity for developing students’ writing skill. Wanting to get a perfect Tweet, students have to choose the appropriate words and most concise expression. With this way, day by day, writing skill of the students will be more advanced.

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Above are a few of my ideas in using Twitter in the classroom. What I can say after my students’ work with Twitter? It’s really fun! Not only the students but also parents also love with this new tool.

If you also love using technology in classroom, I encourage you join 24 hour online event, Edchange Global Classrooms #ECGC17 happening 29th February 29th – 1st March. Just click HERE to register.

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Global Project With OneNote

My name’s Nam, I’m a teacher from Vietnam. I love project-based teaching and would love to implement this throughout my teaching job. I don’t only want to limit my project within student’s range but I also look for collaboration with teachers from other countries. What tool should I go for to benefit this cooperation? OneNote, the best tool I’ve ever used, has caused me a great interest.

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Why do I prefer OneNote?

-No restriction of geographic distance and different schedules

-Support to store, set up and share a variety of information at one source.

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-Easily accessible

– Time-saving and flexible for many users to access anytime in need.

How do I put OneNote into effect? A global project with the name “We are little volunteers” was born.

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During the time using OneNote in collaboration with teachers from other countries, I also created a lot of sessions.

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Some are mutually occupied, and some are designed for particular individuals. Subsequently, I assigned the tasks and shared this digital notebook together. We easily track the progress and plan up for next steps. Students also have their own sessions for mutual communication.

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OneNote accelerates our work to become faster, easier and more convenient.

My Flipped Classroom

Technology is important part of my work in the classroom. I have always looking for new ways to teach. So, after the workshop of a fellow in Vietnam – MS Quyen To, I decided to try this new approach in teaching process in my classroom.

What is flipped classroom?

Teachers made the video about the theory and basic exercises, share it over the Internet, so the students can look at it before lecture itself, so the time in class can be devoted to the questions of students, doing exercises or discussion of knowledge.

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What are advantages of Flipped Classroom?

+ The role of teacher is changed. He guide his students through exploring the lesson, encourage them, support and help them to develop their ideas. Students are getting knowledge through active roles. They are not passive any more.

+Teacher also change their approach – they don’t just send informations, they become intelectual leaders.

+ Teachers are motivated to experiment, to get new experiences in class, they also learned with their students.

+ It allows teachers to use the time of the class better, working directly with students.

+It helps students to think about the most important facts of lecture, and to understand causes and consequences of the lecture instead to try to understand what teacher just said.

+ It allows teachers to spend more time with their students, to talk about the content of sermons has been previewed at home, to discuss, comment, as well as to exercise applying of knowledge through practical activities.

How do I flip my class?

*Teacher: My flipped classroom model is very simple. I make my lessons by using some software such as Office Mix, Sway, Adobe Presenter…either by simply doing on camera, or using screen capture with a voiceover. At first year, it tooks me quite a long time for the preparation of the lessons. Every next school year it is easier because I can use the lesson that I’ve previously prepared. I can also shared prepared lessons with my coleagues. The next step I need to do is share these resources to my students. They are all saved on OneNote where my students or their parents can get easily.

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*Student: They can watch these lessons on their smartphone, in the school computer, at home. They can watch alone, with their friends or parents. Students who don’t have technology or parents to help them at home will be supported at class by teacher. They can pause, rewind and rewatch the lessons. They also need to summarise lesson and take note questions which need help answering.

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Students need to understand steps to learn

*Class time: Students review their knowledge through the conversation with the whole class or in small groups. They talk about important parts of the lesson. They also ask each other their questions and disscuss answers and compare answers. My students love to work on project related to lesson. My role is to help them whenever they have difficulties. If I have more time, we will review the video again.

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Project: Water Cycle

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MY JOURNEY WITH CLASSDOJO

Why I decided to become a teacher?

I was born and brought up in the poor countryside of Tay Ninh province (Vietnam), where people hardly have proper meals. Likewise, studying is less of an emphasis for parents. I was luckier than other children because my parents thought studying should be a priority.

When I was a primary school student, I found my learning quite boring because the teachers mainly just delivered speeches, while we took notes. I wondered whether there was another way to make learning more interesting.

I nurtured the dream of becoming a teacher during my time in secondary and high school. After high school I attended the University of Pedagogy Ho Chi Minh City, where I chose to major in Primary Education. My ultimate goal was to someday create a more hands-on approach to learning.

Eventually, I became the teacher that I had dreamed of becoming.

How do I use ClassDojo in classroom?

I have been using ClassDojo in my classroom for two years and absolutely love it. Actually, there are lots of ways I use CalssDojo in my classroom.

First, I use this to manage my students behavior throughout the day. If someone is off task, I can take points away with my smartphone. Of course, when doing task well, she/he will be added point. Additionally, there is a Dojo app for your tablet or phone. This allows you to award points in the hallways, lunchroom, and other special events. At the end of each month,  students who get the most points will be recognised as Stars of the month.

Second, ClassDojo now helps me and students’s parents communicate better. This app lets parents monitor their childrens’ behavior in class. Besides giving and taking away points, teachers also can use ClassDoJo to send announcements and photos to parents who choose to get the information sent to their phones or email addresses. Parents can send messages, too. With parents who cant access ClassDojo, I will print out the report of their children then send back home at the end of month.

How has ClassDojo impacted my experience?

Since using ClassDojo in the classroom, I feel that my classroom magament becomes more efficient. I do not need to record everything that happens in class on paper, but instead I will do this on ClassDojo. Now, most of the time in class is the happiest time of my day. Above all, what makes me most happy is my students  love going to classroom more.

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Three reasons I would recommend ClassDojo to another teacher?

#1: Helping to reinforce students’ positive behavior

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#2: Using ClassDojo to communicate with families

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#3:  Getting student motivation in learning

How ClassDojo helps I teach important skills such as Growth Mindset and Empathy?

Many thanks to the video made  by ClassDojo team which helps me to build students’ skills naturally. I have used the last 15 minutes each day to show these videos to students. I did not talk to students that they would learn any thing through videos but just said it was an animated film. I asked them to watch and tell me their thoughts. I was surprised when after watching the first video, they asked me to see next videos. After watching, I asked them some questions about the content of the video, or asked them to give their prediction. I was really excited when they pointed out the positive thoughts. The next days, I recognited the maturity of the children. I also received positive feedback from parents about the their children’ behavior at home. All of them are happy about  these change in kids’ mindset.

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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 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 Ambassador  and ClassDojo Ambassador program in Vietnam. Please feel free to connect with me at @mrnamvas.