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Nam Ngo Thanh

Nam Ngo Thanh

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ambassador

Nam Ngo Thanh is now a primary school teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has authored multiple articles, and he has been nationally and internationally recognized for the implementation of creativity and the integration of technology into his teaching. He is the founder of the global project Five Safe Fingers, Kindness Everyday, Stem, #SGDs in actionc,... In 2015, he was presented with the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Award, and in the same year he represented Vietnam at the Microsoft Global Forum. He is now Microsoft Master Trainer, Skype Master Teacher, and Microsoft Learning Consultant. He works passionately to develop creative approaches to delivering quality education to his students in ways that inspire them to learn. He has selected in top 50 Global Teacher Prize Finalist and he is also the winner of Asia Educator of the year 2017, 2018 Global Innovation Collaboration Award and Digital Citizenship Champion.

About me

 - Primary school teacher of Maths, Science, History, Geography and Vietnamese

- Author of multiple articles about using technology in teaching (https://namngovas.wordpress.com/)

- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert

- Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow

- Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer

- Microsoft Teacher Ambassador

- Skype Master Teacher

- ClassDojo Ambassador

- Flipgrid Ambassador/ Flipgrid Certified Educator

- Lifeliqe Pilot

- Global Knowledge Trainer

- PenPal Schools Global Ambassador

- Hoonuit Learning Ambassador (https://www.atomiclearning.com/)

- Global Goals Educator Task Force Member (http://www.teachsdgs.org/about.html)

- The Winner of Asia Educator of the year 2017

- Global Teacher Prize Finalist 2018 (http://www.globalteacherprize.org/finalist/nam-thanh/)

- Global Collaboration Award (ISTE PLN Global Award) 2017, 2018

- Digital Citizenship Champion

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I develop creative approaches to deliver quality education to my students. I find ways to inspire them to learn, equip them with knowledge and develop their life skills such as critical thinking, information technology and group work. My particular interest is in applying technology to teaching and I believe that high tech helps stimulate students’ creativity and enthusiasm for learning. I also use technology to bridge the gap between the classroom and real life. Learning is extended to the outside world, and my students are exposed to different cultures as they use games and applications such as Skype and Minecraft to connect with their peers throughout the world. When I came to HundrED, I learned that this place brings together many creative teachers around the globe. I am also a person who loves creativity. So, I wanted to become a HundrED Ambassador to learn from these wonderful people. I also want to share the experiences of the teacher, the creativity in teaching that I have with all educators. I think that sharing does not weaken us, but only strengthens us.

How can education support students to flourish?

According to Nelson Mandela, "Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world." I am completely agree with him. If the child's ability is a treasure trove, education plays an important role, the key factor that motivates the potential of the child is developed.

What role does innovation play in education change?

I think that creativity in any field is important, not just for education. Creativity helps people find new things. Creativity is the root of development. As a result, teachers, as well as schools, are constantly creating inspirational learning experiences for students, evoking the hidden talents within them.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

*Kahoot

I totally agree with Erik Harrell, CEO of Kahoot: "Our mission is to get every single child engaged and excited about learning the material, so that they feel learning is awesome and fun." In fact, I use Kahoot in my own teaching. Kahoot has made my students really excited with each of my lessons. Using Kahoot is a way to bring games into the classroom easily and efficiently. I would recommend other educators to try this new way of teaching - it's fun, engaging and motivating for students.

*Global Learning

This innovation has responded to the social development trend of teaching and learning. We live in a flat world. Therefore, students need to be connected for global collaboration and co-creation if we want to prepare them for the future. We also live in a global, collaborative world. Companies create across time zones, communicate instantly with global connections and trade across nations. If we can help students learn to communicate globally, we are preparing them to be successful as adults. Global Learning has broken the four walls of the classroom to bring students to the world.

*Roots of Empathy

I believe teaching empathy is as important as intellect, physiology and development. When they know how to empathize with others, a child will know how to love the people around him or her. That is how to make this society better. In my classroom, being sympathetic to others is always the first lesson I teach my students. Thanks to Mary Gordon, Founder of Roots of Empathy for doing such meaningful work.

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

*Hands On Learning

Being hands-on is especially important in the classroom because it allows students to engage in kinesthetic learning.

*Creatica Lab

*GlobalLab

 

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HundrED Ambassador-in-Focus: Nam Ngo Thành