Featured educators

“The classroom really must be a part of our global community, so it is so important to bring the world into the class!” – Olivier Dijkmans, Belgium

Olivier Dijkmans Fifth Grade Teacher Stedelijke Basisschool Omnimundo Antwerp, Belgium @olivierdijkmans A few years ago, Olivier Dijkmans and his school found themselves welcoming an entirely new group of children and parents: refugees arriving in Belgium.  Like other parts of Europe, … Continue reading

“I am convinced that education is more than being in the same classroom every day.” – Afke Dijkerman, the Netherlands

Afke Dijkerman Fifth Grade Teacher The Waterkant Amsterdam, the Netherlands @AfkeDijkerman For Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Afke Dijkerman, teaching is more than just her job – it’s her calling. And a big part of that calling is making her … Continue reading

“When students are given responsibility for their own learning, the results can be truly transformational.” – Gloria Enrique, Ireland

Gloria Enrique Post-Primary Teacher Sacred Heart School Tullamore Tullamore, Republic of Ireland @MissGEnrique As an educator in Ireland who originally hails from Spain, Gloria Enrique can speak first-hand about the importance of making learning relevant. “Students are living in a … Continue reading

“When you see students lighting up, being creative, and doing well academically — as well as having fun – that is rewarding.” – Stine Brynildsen, Norway

Stine Brynildsen Assistant Professor Østfold University College, Faculty of Education (Department of ICT and Learning) Fredrikstad, Norway @stinemalin In her 12 years of teaching, Stine Brynildsen has followed one mantra: Teachers are learners, too. This open-minded approach has served Brynildsen, … Continue reading

“Our world is more connected than ever and can present amazing opportunities for education.” – Barbara Zielonka, Norway

Barbara Anna Zielonka Learning Designer/Project Coordinator/EdTech Specialist/Teacher Trainer Nannestad High School Nannestad, Norway @bar_zie ‏ Personalizing learning to help students succeed takes energy, time, patience, and passion. For Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Barbara Zielonka, that means pushing the boundaries of … Continue reading

“The world has become my classroom! Skype has become my window to the world!” – Kristine Holloway, Canada

Kristine Holloway Middle School Teacher Peel District School Board Mississauga, Ontario, Canada @mspaperless   For MIE Expert Kristine Holloway, some of the most fun and exciting days in her classroom involve problems. Namely, solving them. This year, her classroom has … Continue reading

Gretchen Torres-Cintron, Puerto Rico

  Gretchen Torres-Cintron Teacher EMCT San Juan, Puerto Rico @gtorresemct   For MIE Expert Gretchen Torres-Cintron, helping to shape active learners may be a teacher’s most important role. “Students need to be active learners and take ownership of their learning,” … Continue reading

“Educators need to be encouraged to experiment with new ways of teaching without fear of making mistakes. Innovation requires mistakes, sometimes.” – Julci Rocha, Brazil

Julci Rocha Director Redesenho Educacional Brazil @julcirocha As a Microsoft Ambassador in Brazil for two years and a teacher-training for more than a decade, MIE Expert Julci Rocha met and trained over 3700 teachers, helping them to innovate with technology … Continue reading

“I want to focus more on the student and where their passion to learn comes from.” – Pauline Maas, The Netherlands

Pauline Maas ICT teacher and author of children’s coding books VSO Mariendael and CodeKlas (NGO) Arnhem, Netherlands @4pip   When Pauline Maas left her career in technology to become a teacher, she was seeking a completely new work environment and … Continue reading

“The biggest challenge facing education today is how to teach everyday communication between people and computers.” – Monika Szalek, Poland

Monika Szalek Computer Science Teacher Strumienie Schools of The Sternik Association Warsaw, Poland For MIE Expert Monika Szalek, the right tools can make a world of difference – especially when teaching students basic computer skills. “I think that the biggest … Continue reading

“Both teachers and students need learning. Will teachers respond appropriately?” – Jan Voda, Czech Republic

Jan Voda Principal Magic Hill Primary School Czech Republic As a school leader, MIE Expert Jan Voda is a big supporter of 21st century learning design. When he first heard research on the subject in 2013, he knew his school … Continue reading

“We are becoming the world’s citizens!” – Johnson Monari, Kenya

Johnson Monari Teacher of English Language & Literature and Theory of Knowledge Aga Khan Academy Mombasa Kenya @JohnsonMonari Just a year into his teaching profession, MIE Expert Johnson Monari was feeling bored. He had heard about the Microsoft Educator Community … Continue reading

“The biggest challenge for teachers is to make it clear that other competencies – aside from just knowing facts – will be needed in the future.” – Mone Denninger, Austria

Mone Denninger Teacher GXG XII Erlgasse Vienna, Austria @MoneDenninger   Making changes to the way you teach is never an easy thing, especially when you first start out. For #MIE Expert Mone Denninger, flipping her classroom was the goal, but … Continue reading

“It is our job as educators to ensure that all our students feel they can succeed, and if they feel they can, they will.” – Nicos Paphitis, Cyprus

Nicos Paphitis ICT teacher The Junior and Senior School Nicosia, Cyprus @PaphitisN Some educators can look to one moment that defines their careers. But not MIE Expert Nicos Paphitis. “I am who I am because of hundreds of defining moments,” … Continue reading

“The eZone breaks the barriers of digital apartheid in South Africa, as students have equal access to devices and high-speed Wifi.” – Paula Barnard-Ashton, South Africa

Paula Barnard-Ashton Lecturer and Manager of eFundanathi – Learn with Us University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa @PaulaBarAsh @eFundanathi Sometimes, where and how students learn can be just as important as what they learn – especially when it comes to … Continue reading

“The most important thing is to have fun at school, to inspire students to find their own learning path, so that they can shape their future.” – Kornelia Lohynova, Slovakia

Kornelia Lohynova Teacher and Teacher Trainer Hotel Academy Bratislava, Slovakia @lohynova Kornelia Lohynova didn’t love teaching at first. After moving to education from the business world, her first school was less than inspiring. “It was a typical environment based on … Continue reading

“I eat technology all day long, and my students are my inspiration.” – Gabriel Godinez, Guatemala

César Gabriel Godinez Rivas ICT Teacher Colegio Panamericano Guatemala @Gabriel_Rivas29 Growing up with a teacher for a mom was the perfect inspiration for Gabriel Godinez. So motivating in fact, Godinez began teaching at the age of 18. “My favorite class … Continue reading

“I see my role as a guide for my students in this fast-changing, authentic world.” – Karolina Antkowiak, Poland

Karolina Antkowiak Teacher and Trainer Pogorzela Secondary and Vocational Schools Pogorzela, Poland @karliantek There’s no question that today’s students spend a lot of time on their devices. But how to do you get them to use that time wisely? For … Continue reading

“The biggest challenge is to transform the way we teach – and what we teach – to ensure students survive in the era of machines and AI.” – Oktawia Gorzeńska, Poland

Oktawia Gorzeńska Principal, blogger, trainer High School 17 in Gdynia and trainings4u.eu Gdynia, Poland @eduzmieniacz For most educators, wearing multiple hats each day is par for the course. For Oktawia Gorzeńska, the roles of principal, blogger and teacher trainer are … Continue reading

“Attention schools around the country: it is crucial that you redefine what you consider to be your CORE subjects. Computer Science and programming must be an integral part of education at all levels.” – Doug Bergman, USA   

Doug Bergman Computer Science Department Chair Porter-Gaud School Charleston, South Carolina, USA @dbergmanusa To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on March 2, 2017. Doug Bergman has contributed … Continue reading