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Viva Forever?

In the past few weeks, Microsoft officially launched Microsoft Viva and made some substantial changes to Microsoft Educator Centre. Microsoft Viva is a product aimed at employee engagement within MS Teams. It consists of a number of parts but one element of interest to educators is the Viva Learning section.The Learning section in Viva combines …

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Online Assessments via Google Forms

The rise in the use of digital technologies in secondary schools for teaching and learning purposes is widely evident, particularly since the Covid-19 pandemic, whereby emergency remote learning has been a major factor in student’s learning over the past two academic years. Despite technology being utilised as an educational tool for teaching and learning, such …

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National Geographic MapMaker

National Geographic MapMaker is a nice mapping tool that I’ve used in the past with my students. It was recently updated with an improved user interface, additional data sets, and more annotation tools.  With NatGeo MapMaker you can create custom maps to display datasets, to compare datasets and to illustrate correlations and geographical points. National Geographic MapMaker includes …

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CS First

The way CS First works is simple and easy. You first need to set up a class online (you can find the instructions here). Once your class is ready, you can then add students and/ or co-teachers to your class by clicking on the ‘People’ icon on the left-hand side. Next you add activities. There are …

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Rubber ducks, a US Air Force sergeant, and my introduction to cybersecurity in schools.

Due to the low 30Cs temperatures of early fall in Virginia and with the school air conditioning not operating at full capacity, many Albemarle High School teachers would leave their doors open which would allow a sneak peek into their classrooms. One particular day, I passed by the open door of the computer science teacher …

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