It’s no secret that for a country to develop and be known for innovation requires investment in education. That requires not only in providing facilities but also investing in training teachers to help prepare their students for the future. This is what the Global Tutor APEX Workshop for Teachers aimed to do. The focus of the workshop was to help them identify the different types of intelligence and utilize digital content effectively.
Utilizing Microsoft’s tools for Educators
The first speaker of the day was Onalie Desilva who spoke about Microsoft Certified Educator content. The session touched on utilizing six skills that were required as part of teaching strategies. These six skills were: Collaboration, Knowledge construction, Skilled communication, Self-regulation, Real-world problem solving, and the use of ICT for learning.
Onalie’s session featured two activities to help teachers identify and utilize these skills. The first of these activities had teachers paired in groups and present 5 body parts in different languages to 10-year-olds. The second of these activities was identifying and presenting a business/product related to the body parts to A-level students.
Afterward, we saw Felicia Brown – Asia Pacific Educations Program Manager at Microsoft Singapore join us via Skype. She continued the session on Microsoft Certified Educator content. Felicia began by introducing the teachers in attendance to the Microsoft educator. Later she guided the teachers to follow the Microsoft Innovator Educator program before concluding her session.
Identifying the different types of intelligence
Later, we saw Amra Luoop – Cofounder of Global Tutor conducting the next session. Her session focused on the theory of multiple intelligences by Howard Gardner. Amra shared that there were eight types of intelligence. She then shared difference teaching strategies on utilizing the different types of intelligence with examples that can be applied in classrooms.
During her session, Amra conducted two activities with the teachers. The first was a test for teachers to recognize their own different types of intelligence. The second activity was to help teachers design lessons for a specific topic. The challenge in the second activity was to utilize at least three of the strategies that were shared at the Global Tutor APEX Workshop for Teachers.
Utilizing Technology for Education & Empowering Students
Afterward, the third session, which touched on Education Technology was conducted by Mohammed Fawaz – Cofounder of Global Tutor. He opened his session by giving an introduction to education technology and its current state in Sri Lanka. Afterward, he shared innovative examples of education content.
Some of the examples Fawaz shared were Google Earth for Geography, a Virtual lab for Chemistry, and Minecraft for Education. His session too featured an activity for the teachers in attendance. This activity was for teachers to create digital content for the lesson plans they had created during the previous session. And then the teachers were introduced to the Global Tutor TutorHelp program.
This introduction began with an overview of the Course Booking Engine by Global Tutor. With this, any teacher can register online and supplying the content for their courses. This can be applicable to any grade and subject of their preference. Students can then book and of these courses and study with their teachers online through a virtual classroom.
The teachers that attended the Global Tutor APEX Workshop for teachers were given free registrations to this platform. Afterward, the teachers were awarded certificates for their completion of the workshop. The workshop then came to an end following a tour of Hatch.