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.
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.
A lecture was made with Sway
*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.
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.
The Habitat is always a hot topic and attracted more attention now, so the education of sense of protecting the living environment for the children while being at school is urgently needed. We have organized study project with the environmental theme in order to have access to the actual environmental situation at present, find out causes and restrained solutions as well as overcome. This is a learning activity requires the children to go to actual surveys, to gather information, find the solution highly realistic. In particular, you need to prepare your English skills for real well to persuade the jury, persuading people to support his solution.
– Learning the causes and solutions to the environmental pollution
– Application teachnology in teaching effectively
– Enhancement the consciousness of environmental protection and called for people with environmental protection
More information: https://www.educatornetwork.com/Resources/LearningActivities/Details/f271eba7-1661-4971-89cf-274ae17f8332
January 19, 2015
Learning with Technology Changes Lives in Rural Vietnam – Nam Ngo Thanh, Vietnam
When you grow up in the poor, rural countryside area of Vietnam, education is not always the first priority. In fact, according to Nam Ngo Thanh, it can become “a burden to the family.” So when lessons are not inspiring and engaging, many students and their families wonder if school is worth the costs. This was the case for Nam. “My studying was quite simple and boring during my primary school years. I wondered, ‘Why is learning so boring?’” Then, he enter 5th grade and met his teacher, Ms. Hoa. “This was a memorable time for me, with so many creative things that I had never experienced,” says Nam. “She was as my idol. It was during this time that I decided to become a teacher.”
Today, Nam is not only a 5th grade teacher at Vietnam Australia International School at Ho Chi Minh City, he is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert — and an award-winning teacher. “I participated in the Teacher with Creativity contest in Vietnam and, luckily, achieved the first prize,” says Nam. “I love teaching that has the interaction between teacher and students, all of which generates more interest and inspiration for my job. I’m also the educational specialist this year. It’s spectacular to work and learn from other specialists.” Nam is very active on What’s Fresh, and has participated in a global collaboration project with two other MIE Experts from Serbia and Israel.
“Most of the time in class is the happiest time of my day,” says Nam. “I realized that education is the definite path for me. As a teacher, I not only do the job of transmitting knowledge, but also I have found myself in many different roles as actor, presenter, storyteller, and professional organizer.”
Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Nam Ngo Thanh
What was a defining moment in your career when you felt proudest to be an educator? How did you feel at the time?
I have always loved my teaching job and always taught with my heart. However, I never thought of learning from expat teachers until I get involved with the Microsoft educational community and was fortunate to become an education expert. I am so proud to be a teacher. New educational horizons have been opened for me through the learning and sharing with other educational experts around the world. I changed myself, and gradually changed the minds of colleagues in their educating. I began to hold meetings to share experiences, introduce new educational products to the school board, teachers, and students. I cannot hide my happiness since my school was recognized as a Microsoft Innovative School, thanks to our efforts.
Why do you feel passionate about innovation and technology in the classroom?
I’m interested in applying technology to teaching since I believe that high tech helps my students’ creativity and passion in learning soar. Moreover, technology bridges the gap between the classroom and real life.
During class time, I usually use project-based learning. One of my favorite projects is about traffic safety called, ‘We are little volunteers’. When carrying out this project, my students play different roles such as police officers, doctors, journalists, etc., to investigate traffic in their neighborhoods. Their research, combined with information found on Internet, was turned into PowerPoint presentations, posters and brochures in order to encourage the community to follow the rules. In addition, the students were introduced to and encouraged to use other tools like Skype, OneNote, SharePoint, etc. to share their ideas with students from other countries for a better overview of traffic around the world.
Whether it’s a day-to-day challenge or larger problem, what’s the biggest obstacle you or your country or region has had to overcome, or will have to overcome, to ensure a quality education for students?
I think one of the difficulties for education in my country is the mindset which is resistant to change and the anxiety that comes with using technology, especially with older teachers. This constrains the development of education quality. However, some other teachers and I usually host workshops and demonstration classes in which technology is effectively applied in teaching with the hope that we will improve ourselves and gradually build a strong educational group. I hope to inspire my students and even my colleagues.
In terms of education innovation, what are you most excited about for the future? What is your biggest hope for today’s students?
I hope that learning is not limited to the classroom, but extended to the outside world. I hope students can easily talk to e-pals all around the world, exchanging 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.
About Nam Ngo Thanh
Primary School Teacher, Vietnam Australia International School
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Blog URL: https://namngovas.wordpress.com/
- Birthplace: Vietnam
- Educational background: B.A. in English; B.A. in Primary Education
- Website I check every day: Microsoft Educator Network, Facebook, What’s Fresh, blog, New Radar
- Favorite childhood memory: When I was in primary school, I was fortunate to win the prize in the exams “Innovative solutions to transportation problems.” This not only surprised me, but everyone was surprised.
- Favorite book: The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: OneNote, Office Mix, OneDrive, Office 365, Sway, AutoCollage
- What is the best advice you have ever received? Never stop creating in teaching.
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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.
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.
-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.
During the time using OneNote in collaboration with teachers from other countries, I also created a lot of sessions.
. Some are mutually occupied, and some are designed for particular individuals. Subsequently, I assigned the tasks and shared this digital notebook together. We can attach or modify any kind of information we like such as texts, statistics, images, video, etc. We easily track the progress and plan up for next steps. Students also have their own sessions for mutual communication.
OneNote accelerates our work to become faster, easier and more convenient.