Ontario Class Uses BYOD for Project-Based Learning
school teacher in Tecumseh, ON, has embraced mobile devices in his classroom and recently became one of just 15 Canadian teachers
named a Microsoft
Innovative Educator Expert for his efforts. Andre Quaglia, who heads three
departments at the Tecumseh
Vista Academy, received the honor in large part
because he decided not to be the kind of teacher he had when he was in
I was in
school, the teacher would always say, 'Put that away,'"
Quaglia told the Windsor Star recently. "I
realized early in my teaching practice, if that's a learning tool I
using in my classroom, why not let the students use it."
Quaglia is perfectly happy to let his students use their smartphones,
and laptops in his classes. As an example, in his ninth-grade
Business class, the students are using their devices to virtually design
market new products. In recent years, his students have designed
from battery-powered dune buggy cars to board games and water parks.
do so by
using Office 365 and by working on projects virtually from home after
a way to
extend their learning outside the classroom was the difference for me,"
is one of
800 teachers from all over the world this year to be named Microsoft
Educator (MIE) Experts. Each year, the company selects teachers who are
innovative use of technology in their classrooms and acknowledges them
leaders in their academic communities. Microsoft provides them with free
technology tools and professional development opportunities like
online learning experiences of their own. In return, the MIE Experts are
expected to share what they learn with other teachers in their schools
select group —
which will include Quaglia — will attend the Microsoft in Education 2015
Forum this spring in Redmond, WA.
over 800 teachers represents the best of the best when it comes to using
technology to reinforce critical 21st century skills,"
Microsoft representative in a statement, "and even more important, they're
real impact and outcomes."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.