December 7, 2017
“Our task is to prepare students for life in the 21st century. People will have to use technology in accordance with reason and responsibility for the whole planet.” – Tomáš Milička, Czech Republic
Gymnasium, Secondary Pedagogical School, Business Academy and Language School
Znojmo, Czech Republic
Tomáš Milička still remembers the moment he realized he could be a good educator.
“It started when one of my students who was working with Microsoft told me I should join the Microsoft Innovative Educators program,” Milička explains. “At first, I thought I couldn’t do that, and that I had no time and no abilities for such things. But it caught my attention, and I started to look at the materials at the Microsoft Educator Community portal. I went through basic courses and realized that it had a lot to offer – not just news, but also practices and ideas from other parts of the planet.”
Now an MIE Expert, Certified MIE and an Educator Community Influencer and Contributor, Milička is sharing his passion for technology with his students. And he particularly likes to see his students work in groups.
“It’s great to see how they learn to make an agreement, cooperate, solve problems and [benefit from the] mistakes of others,” he tells us. “I always give them enough space to get as much experience as possible.”
To spark collaboration, Milička uses a shared PowerPoint document as a collaboration tool. The class of 30 students is divided into groups of five, then each is given a part of the joint presentation – in this example, a history of computer science:
“Each group has to prepare the content and then finally present it,” Milička says. “First and foremost, I want to try the strength of cooperation and sharing with cloud technology. It’s always awesome to observe learning based on errors – for example, when a student changes the presentation styles of his peers.”
In the next lesson or lessons, the group presents their work, and Milička is always happy to see the students succeed and feel good about it.
For Milička, the biggest challenge in education today is the expansion of technology into all areas of human life.
“Many people see technology as a threat to mankind,” he says. “Another group accepts every novelty absolutely uncritically. And the third group behaves as if technology in the world doesn’t exist. Our task is to prepare students for life in the 21st century. People will have to use technology in accordance with reason and responsibility for the whole planet.”
Connect with Tomáš on his Microsoft Educator Community Profile.
About Tomáš Milička
- Educational background: Faculty of Informatic, Masaryk University, Brno.
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: OneNote, Office 365, Windows 10
- Favorite book: The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
- What is the best advice you have ever received? Stop playing with the TV and go outside.