Featured educators

“OneNote is the core tool we use to underpin all classroom activity, and I see it empowering my students to do more in every lesson.” – Chris Thackray, UK

Chris Thackray Director of Technology and eLearning Wimbledon High School London, United Kingdom @christhack For MIEE and MIE Trainer Chris Thackray, teaching effectively is all about providing feedback, and that’s what makes OneNote his favorite classroom technology. “With OneNote, I … Continue reading

“The Microsoft Educator Community wouldn’t be what it is today without us educators.” – Bisera Ristikj, Macedonia

Bisera Ristikj Teacher of English as a Foreign Language Goce Delcev Primary School Kavadarci, Macedonia @TeflBisera Two years ago, Bisera Ristikj was asked to speak at an international conference in Macedonia where she shared her experiences as an MIE Expert … Continue reading

“Teachers and staff need to be allowed to ‘fail forward,’ especially with current and emerging technologies.”- Ross Johnson, Australia

Ross Johnson Head Teacher, Information Technology NSW Department of Education Tumbi Umbi, NSW, Australia @TheNikonKid For students and teachers alike, failure can be just as important a lesson as succeeding. For Ross Johnson, the Information Technology and Computing Studies teacher … Continue reading

“How exciting is the world in which we live, where language is no longer a barrier?” – Deanne Joosten, Australia

Deanne Joosten Leading Teacher – Pedagogy and Curriculum Innovation Phoenix P-12 Community College Ballarat, Australia @deannejoosten Drama is one of the most intimate, high-touch subjects taught in school. So when year 12 students in three rural classrooms (more than seven … Continue reading

“Technology will never replace teachers, but a teacher who cannot teach with technology will be replaced by another one who can.” – Zuzana Molčanová, Slovakia

Zuzana Molčanová Teacher Engagement Manager Microsoft Bratislava, Slovakia @zuzanamol Zuzana Molčanová knew she wanted to be a teacher from an early age, but she had no idea what that really meant until she stood up in front of her students. … Continue reading

“We should never underestimate children – they care, they want to be heard and they can make a difference.”- Travis Goulter, Australia

Travis Goulter Head of Junior School Ormiston College Brisbane, Australia @TravGoulter Early in MIEE Travis Goulter’s teaching career, he learned how important it is to include his students in real-world problem-solving. “I taught at a school located in an inner-city … Continue reading

“I connect with people all around the world, which shows my students different cultures.” – Pawel Stawski, Poland

Paweł Piotr Stawski English Teacher Szkoła Podstawowa w Izabelinie Izabelin, Poland @pawelstawski For Paweł Stawski, the question of how to integrate technology into his classroom isn’t a question at all. It’s an imperative. “Students use technology; therefore we have to … Continue reading

“Minecraft gives me the opportunity to create worlds and environments that make students go, ‘Wow!’” – Laurens Derks, Australia

Laurens Derks IT Integrator Abbotsleigh School for Girls Sydney, Australia @ICTLaurens  Laurens Derks loves Minecraft, and he can offer up countless reasons why.  “Minecraft sparks conversations and creates learning moments that are priceless,” Derks tells us. “In a Special Education … Continue reading

“I still remember the first time my students and I did a Mystery Skype. They got a big surprise — it was like magic for them.” – Jaime Toribio, Spain

Jaime Toribio Primary School Teacher/IT Leader Colegio San Agustín Valladolid, Spain @jtoribio2000 For MIE Expert Jaime Toribio, new teaching and learning strategies are perfectly compatible with traditional methodology. But while new technologies allow for more efficient teamwork, according to Toribio, … Continue reading

“In the past, children were playing together with a ball. Today, they play with smartphones. We need to find a way to communicate with them in their language.” – Julia Janosikova, Slovakia

      Julia Janosikova Physics, Mathematics and Informatics Teacher Zakladna Skola, Zahoracka Malacky, Slovakia @JuliaJanosikova Bringing real-world activities into the classroom engages students and gives educators new ways to connect with them. This philosophy not only directs MIE Expert … Continue reading

“To make change happen we must get school leaders to see the value of investing time and money into Professional Development.” – Lynette Barker, Australia

Lynette Barker Teacher Librarian & Learning Technology Coordinator St Therese’s Primary NSW, Australia @Lynettebar Keeping up with the latest skills and technology is challenging, and many times, educators simply don’t know what technologies are available to help them in their … Continue reading

“My life has been that of a seeker. All my life is learning — both formally and informally.” – Floyd Chanda, Zambia

A willingness to try new things can be just as important for educators as it is for their students. Just ask Floyd Chanda.. “The biggest challenge for education today is to keep up with the pace of the changing technologies … Continue reading

“Through Skype, I have shown my students and their families so many amazing places around the world and created a sense of wonder in them.” – Blair Smith, Australia

Blair Smith Year 5/6 Classroom Teacher St Therese’s Catholic Primary School Queensland, Australia @mrsmiths56class    Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Blair Smith says that traveling with his parents as a child opened his eyes to the opportunities available to those … Continue reading

“I prefer thinking that every day in my classroom will be the best day ever.” – Ramón Rodríguez Galán, Spain

Ramón Rodríguez Galán Teacher and ICT Manager, MIE Expert and MIE Master Trainer Maristas Mediterránea Sevilla, Spain @Profe_RamonRG Ghandi famously said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” For educator Ramón Rodríguez Galán, being that change … Continue reading

“Engaging students, whether K-12 or adult learners, in real life, inquiry-based problems empowers them to become the protagonists in their story.” – Miguel Guhlin, USA

Miguel Guhlin Director of Professional Development TCEA.org Austin, Texas, USA @mguhlin Working with bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the small Texas town where President Lyndon Baines Johnson once taught transformed Miguel Guhlin’s views on education. But it … Continue reading

“We shouldn’t even be talking about technology. We should be saying, ‘What’s the best educational experience for the student?’” – Sal Khan, USA

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on February 13, 2013.

“In my work, I know that technology alone cannot build the skills of the 21st century. Information technologies are an accelerator, but the power of change lies with teachers.” – Ivan Gionov, Bulgaria

    Ivan Gionov Senior Teacher French Language School Sofia, Bulgaria Senior IT teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Ivan Gionov knows how to innovate on a large scale. Gionov’s school was one of the first educational institutions in Bulgaria … Continue reading

“We are a collaborative group where I’m only a mentor who helps my students to go their way.” – Olga Ilchenko, Russia

Olga Ilchenko Educational Expert Federal Institute of Education Moscow, Russia As a teacher trainer, Olga Ilchenko has been working with Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIEs) and Microsoft Showcase Schools for years, always searching for the best methods for these educators and … Continue reading

“I realized how important education is in the 21st century, and that some of my teaching methods need to evolve.” – Karel Rejthar, Czech Republic

Karel Rejthar Teacher, ICT Manager Střední škola zemědělská a potravinářská Klatovy, Czech Republic @karelrejthar Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) Karel Rejthar knows that his students have infinite sources from which they can learn. As a result, he doesn’t believe in … Continue reading

“I thought I was alone in my ideas for greater understanding and access to technology.” – Linda Sydes, Australia

  Linda Sydes Year 5 Primary School Teacher Meridan State College Queensland, Australia Linda Sydes’ favorite classroom activities let her students show their understanding of learning in a creative way – but how they do that is largely up to … Continue reading