No Teacher is an Island – Mary-Joyce Arekion, Mauritius

When it comes to learning about the world beyond our schools and communities, not all classrooms are created equal. For Mary-Joyce Arekion and the people of Mauritius, the isolation of living on an island creates its own unique challenges. But … Continue reading


Better Heart Health through Technology – Team #idontgiveanapp, Italy

Their team name may suggest a certain nonchalance, but Italy’s Team #idontgiveanapp is anything but apathetic about the well-being of its target users. The team, winners in the recent Imagine Cup World Citizenship Semi-finals in Seattle, have created the HeartWatch


Tapping into Past Experiences to Inform the Future – Andrea Miles, USA

One common refrain we hear often at Daily Edventures is that many of our hero teachers knew from a very early age that becoming a teacher was in their future. Andrea Miles is no exception.


“American schools are in dire need for transforming organizational cultures and changing behaviors.” – Eric Patnoudes, USA

Eric Patnoudes knows a good bit about how to engage students with technology. The former classroom teacher, who has taught special education in public schools, now helps districts in the US, Canada and UK achieve successful and sustainable technology


Innovative App Aids Early Detection of Parkinson’s Disease – Team PROGNOSIS, Greece

What if by learning a language, you could have the power to change the world? If you ask Konstantinos Mavrodis, that language already exists – it just needs to be taught. “Coding is a language,” he says. “We have English, … Continue reading


Pregnancy Planning Made Easy – Team Boby, Taiwan

Want to get pregnant? There’s an app for that, thanks to Taiwan’s Team Boby, which recently won the 2015 Imagine Cup World Citizenship semifinals in Seattle.  The team of four (Wang Zhenghong, Yang Wenqian, Lai Hezhun, and Xue Zhihao) from … Continue reading


“When you let the students’ creativity come into play it can just escalate from there, and really become something they’re motivated to do.” – Team EnCourage, Germany

It’s one of my most favorite times of the year: time for the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals! Imagine Cup is the global student technology program and competition that provides opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up and … Continue reading


Team Tether: A New Twist on Social Networking from New Zealand – Team Tether, New Zealand

You know the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? Three Imagine Cup students from the University of Auckland in New Zealand — Team Tether — have used that idea to create an app to bring the … Continue reading


Imagine Cup 2015: Ontario Science Students Help Others Get Home Safely

 When four Queens University students in Kingston, Ontario saw a need for better safety within their university community, they jumped on it. The result? A brilliant new app called “Walkly.” Walkly is the 21st century equivalent of calling your parents … Continue reading


Imagine Cup 2015: Malaysia Game Designers Explore Native Folklore and Rituals

Teachers have many creative options when it comes to teaching about other cultures, but today’s Imagine Cup team – Malaysia’s SwinDesign — has designed an immersive game to do just that. Their game, “Tou: The Sacrifice” is a horror exploration … Continue reading


Uniting to Make a Difference in African Education – MIE Fellows Worldwide

Guest Post by Koen Timmers (MIE Fellow, Belgium) During the E2 conference in Redmond (April 15), all MIE fellows were scheduled for a “Kakuma” session. The fellows were intrigued– was this a new secret tool? Or maybe a team building … Continue reading


Brunei Gets its First Microsoft Showcase School

When Chung Hwa Middle School was named Brunei’s first Microsoft Showcase School last year, no one was more thrilled than Principal Kho Guik Lan. The public school, which was established by Brunei’s Chinese community in 1922, provides a trilingual (Chinese,


“Demand is higher for professional development than it has ever been…” – Heidi Rogers, NCCE, USA

It’s been a little while since the 2015 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia, but the connections and discussions that happened while I was there are still fresh in my mind. One of those connections was with Dr. Heidi Rogers, whom I’ve … Continue reading


“I’m interested in how we can bring the world in…and how the kids can problem-solve in the classroom.” – Dianne Krause, USA

Getting teachers comfortable with technology is a process, and few understand that process better than Dianne Krause. Krause has been helping educators in her district integrate technology and 21st century learning for eight years now, and has a unique


Estella’s Brilliant Bus Edventure

For most of us attending the recent ISTE convention, the journey there involved a plane or train and maybe a cab ride. Not so for 78-year-old Estella Pyfrom, who arrived in Philadelphia on her Brilliant Bus. Pyfrom, a 50-year teaching … Continue reading


“I try to create global citizens and a global classroom for my students.” – Todd Flory, USA

How can teachers show their students that they care about them? For Todd Flory, it’s pretty simple. “It’s the importance of being in students’ lives, not just from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” he says, “but the impact that you … Continue reading


Skype in the Classroom Inspires Middle School Students to Save Lives in Africa

Technology can connect your students with the world, but according to Andrea Friend, their relationship with the teacher still determines success. “It always comes back to that relationship with the teacher,” Friend says. “If you don’t have it, it doesn’t … Continue reading


Mystery Skype Brings the World to Rural Iowa Classroom – Gina Ruffcorn, USA

What does a certified nursing assistant who feels she isn’t making enough of an impact in other’s lives do to change course? For Gina Ruffcorn the answer was simple: become a teacher. “I could never make the impact that I … Continue reading


“If you are thinking in teacher-centric way, [you see] no need to change.” – Gergely Nadori, Hungary

Most teachers have some kind of impact on their students, but few can say that they’ve also changed the lives of many of their fellow educators. For Gergely Nadori, it’s all in a day’s work. And this Microsoft Innovative Educator … Continue reading


Planting Seeds, Watering Seeds: My Most Inspiring Educator

Guest Post By Minnia Feng, Microsoft Education Team One of the best things about working on the Microsoft Education team is meeting amazing, inspiring educators from around the world. And just last week, that honor got even more personal for … Continue reading