Educators talk student voice, Flipgrid and Minecraft: Education Edition on July’s #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet

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The message from this year’s Hack the Classroom event came through loud and clear: Educators want to boost and protect student voice, elevating it above the din of our demanding lives. When students feel heard, feel seen, and feel acknowledged, their motivation to learn grows substantially. Student voice may not take the same form in every classroom – and education leaders may not all agree on the level of autonomy students should have in their own educational planning – but that variance presents an incredible opportunity for communities and schools to learn from each other.

With that opportunity in mind, our next #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet, starting on Tuesday, July 17, at 10:00 a.m. PDT (check your time zone here), is hinged on the empowerment of student voice, be it through modern tools or online communities. (Sounds great, but what’s a TweetMeet?)

We’ll be taking a look at how student voice can come to life through Flipgrid, which is now free for educators as part of the Microsoft family, and Minecraft: Education Edition. The team behind Minecraft: Education Edition recently delved into the Update Aquatic, a set of underwater lessons and worlds in which students can build coral reefs, explore marine environments, and more.

Finally, we’re taking our commitment to making the TweetMeet event more global even further: This month we’ll be offering the discussion questions in 15 parallel language tracks, including dansk (Danish), svenska (Swedish), română (Romanian) and Malay (Malaysian).

For each language track, we have one or more hosts to post the translated questions and respond to educators. We’re once again most grateful to all current and former hosts who are collaborating closely to provide this service.

The #TweetMeetXX hashtags for non-English languages are to be used together with #MSFTEduChat so that everyone can find the conversations back in their own language. For example: Danish-speaking people use the combination #TweetMeetDA #MSFTEduChat. English-speaking educators may all use #MSFTEduChat on its own.


Our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on student voice is on Tuesday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT. Everyone is welcome to join. #StuVoice #FlipgridFever #MinecraftEdu Click To Tweet


Why join the #MSFTEduChat TweetMeets?


TweetMeets are monthly recurring Twitter conversations about themes relevant to educators, facilitated by Microsoft Education. The purpose of these events is to help professionals in education to learn from each other and inspire their students while they are preparing for their future. The TweetMeets also nurture personal learning networks among educators from across the globe.

Our hosts often use Flipgrid to share their excitement and thoughts around TweetMeet topics, and you’re welcome to participate  just open the Flipgrid page using the password TweetMeet. This month’s Flipgrid is composed of multiple languages and features two students, who we think of as ambassadors for student voice: Namya Joshi (daughter of one of this month’s hosts, Monica Joshi) and Ayush Chopra. Welcome!


When and how can I join?


Join us Tuesday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT on Twitter using the hashtags #MSFTEduChat, #StuVoice, #FlipgridFever, #MinecraftEdu and #MicrosoftEDU (which you can always use to stay in touch with us). To find the event time for your specific location, use this time zone announcer.


How can I best prepare?


To prepare for the #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet, have a look at the questions we crafted this time.

The Microsoft Educator Community has several courses to get you started, including one for amplifying student voice with Flipgrid, Skype in the Classroom and Sway. There’s also an introduction to Minecraft: Education Edition to get you prepped before trying Update Aquatic.

We also highly recommend that you set up a Twitter dashboard – through TweetDeck, for example – to easily monitor incoming tweets containing the #MSFTEduChat hashtag and other relevant search queries. Watch this TweetDeck Basics tutorial for advice on setting up.


TweetMeet Questions



Time # Question
10:06 1 Why is student voice important?
10:15 2 Who or what inspires you to become a champion of student voice?
10:24 3 What tools or strategies are you currently using to enhance student voice?
10:33 4 Can you share a moment during which Flipgrid or Minecraft: Education Edition was transformational?
10:42 5 What tips would you recommend to empower student voice?
10:51 6 Moving forward, what new idea are you excited to try?


Hosts and coaches


We have invited 20 global educators to host this month’s topic – they’re all passionate experts in student voice, Flipgrid and Minecraft: Education Edition. Check out their profiles and projects, follow them all on Twitter and check their tweets in this Twitter list.

  • Alexandra Larson @Alex_n_wndrlnd (Instructional Technology Specialist, Kennesaw State University- iTeach; MIE Expert; Flipgrid Ambassador – Atlanta, GA, USA)
  • Aliff Othman @aliffothman04 (Secondary School Teacher, MIE Expert; Global Minecraft Mentor; Skype Master Teacher – Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia)
  • Andrea Tolley @tolleya (Microsoft Imagine Academy Educator, Greeneville Middle School (Microsoft Showcase School), Greeneville, TN; MIE Expert, Minecraft Global Mentor, Flipgrid Ambassador, ScreenBeam Expert – Greeneville, TN, USA)
  • Ayush Chopra @AyushChopra24 (Student Ahlcon International School, Founder @SDGsForChildren, UN Youth Delegate Human Rights, TeachSDGs Ambassador, SOS4Love, KidsCanInnovate and Looking2020 Ambassador, Flipgrid Educator – India)
  • Bonnie McClelland @BMcClelland24 (Instructional Coach for Digital Learning, Flipgrid Ambassador, GridPals leader – Farmingdale, NY, USA)
  • Emese Cimpean @EmeseCimpean (MIE Expert and Master Trainer, eTwinning and Scientix ambassador, EdChatEu facilitator, Global Ambassador – Romania)
  • Jacek Tuzinek @JacekTuzinek (MIE Expert, IT and Physics Teacher, Primary School in Łazy – Radom, Poland)
  • James Protheroe @DPDarran (Assistant Headteacher, Darran Park Primary School, Global Minecraft Mentor and Trainer, MIE Expert – Wales, UK )
  • Jessie Boyce @jessxbo (Middle School Mathematics Teacher; MIE Expert; Flipgrid Ambassador – St. Petersburg, FL, USA)
  • Juliano Gonçales @JulianoGoncales (Professor of Science and Biology of SESI, Minecraft Global Mentor, MIE Master Trainer, Speaker, Biologist, Psychopedagogue and Writer – Araçatuba, São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Mario Herraez @mmarioherraez (6th grade Spanish Immersion teacher, STEM advisor, VR trainer, MIE trainer, Flipgrid Ambassador – Farmington, UT, USA)
  • Monica Joshi @klnamya (IT Head at Sat Paul Mittal School, MIE Expert and Master Trainer, MEC Guest Speaker, Minecraft Global Mentor, Flipgrid Certified Educator – Punjab, India)
  • Nathalie Mathieu @MathieuNathali5 (High School Teacher, Digital Training Coordinator, MIE Expert – Dijon, France)
  • Peter Olofsson @TheEdtechGamer (Manager of Education at Haldor. I’m passionate about technology and education. MIE Expert, MIE Master Trainer and Minecraft Global Mentor – Sweden)
  • Nguyễn Huyền Trang @nguyenhuyen106 (Primary Teacher at Vinschool Education System, MIE Expert – Hanoi, Vietnam)
  • Rania Ezzat @ezatrania2 (English teacher, MIE Expert, Skype Master Teacher, Flipgrid Certified Educator, Global Minecraft Mentor, TeachSDGs Ambassador – Damietta City, Egypt)
  • Stephen Reid @ImmersiveMind (Director of Immersive Minds – Creative consultancy in education, helping teachers to embrace new and emerging technologies through the development of courses and resources, online and physical training workshops and livestreams – Scotland, UK)
  • Thaddeus Bourassa @ThaddeusBTeach (M.Ed & MIE Instructional Support Teacher and EdTech Mentor in the Louis Real School District | Innovation, Education, 21st-Century Skills, Visible Learning, Brain Science – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
  • Thomas Dreisig @thomasdreisig (Pedagogical ict-consultant for schools in the municipality Kerteminde, Denmark. Vice chairman Danmarks It- og medievejlederforening. MIE EXpert, MIE Trainer, Global Minecraft Mentor. Apple Teacher. EdCamp enthusiast and organizer. Writer – learning materials. Drone pilot – Agedrup, Odense, Denmark)
  • Uğur Sarıçam @TheUgurSaricam (Bahcesehir College, STEM Coordinator, MIE Expert, YouTuber – Istanbul, Turkey)


What are #MSFTEduChat TweetMeets?


Every month Microsoft Education organizes social events on Twitter targeted at educators globally. The hashtag we use is #MSFTEduChat. A team of topic specialists and international MIE Expert teachers prepare and host these TweetMeets together. Our team of educator hosts first crafts several questions around a certain topic. Then, before the event, they share these questions on social media. Combined with a range of resources, a blog post and background information about the events, this allows all participants to prepare themselves to the full. Afterwards we make an archive available of the most notable tweets and resources shared during the event.

Learn more about TweetMeets and earn a badge in the TweetMeet Course on the Microsoft Education Community.

The #MSFTduChat event time is 10:00 a.m. PT. If this time isn’t convenient for you, please follow your local channel or even consider hosting your own #MSFTEduChat in your country and language. Please connect with TweetMeet organizer Marjolein Hoekstra @OneNoteC on Twitter for more info on hosting in your language and time that works best for the educators and MIE Experts in your country.

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