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“…Spreading technology knowledge is like a seed you plant in someone’s head. The seed grows, and at a certain moment those people can start spreading seeds to others, too.” – Gene Vangampelaere, Belgium

When Gene Vangampelaere realized that developing apps can be lonely and isolating work, he decided to apply his expertise to teaching, and we’re very grateful he did. Vangampelaere is still an app developer, but he also spends considerable time training

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“Believe the impossible, believe in your dreams.” – Sachita Jeeta, Mauritius

The road to becoming an educator was not a smooth one for Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Sachita Jeeta. Teaching began simply as a way to help her family. “My uncle asked if I would be able to help my cousins … Continue reading

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Getting Creative with the Bard and Technology – Jarlath McGill, Northern Ireland

Bringing Shakespeare to life is something of a passion for Jarlath McGill. Whether he’s using technology to illuminate the mysteries of Macbeth, or directing a children’s version of Hamlet for the BBC Shakespeare Festival, McGill is an expert at connecting … Continue reading

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“A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.” – Srinivasan Sriram, India

“Where there is a will there is a way,” says Srinivasan Sriram. For this award-winning educator from India, a positive outlook to “learn, unlearn and relearn” is the most essential element for success. That, and support from colleagues, students, and … Continue reading

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“I am a OneNote enthusiast.” – Mally Johnsen, Norway

We have been hearing a lot about the benefits of OneNote in the classroom lately. It seems that teachers, students and school administrators alike are recognizing the power OneNote can bring to sharing, collaboration and organization.

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Engaging Parents – and students – with OneNote – Barry Corrigan, Northern Ireland

When we first spoke with Barry Corrigan back in 2012, our discussion centered on what some students (and parents) may consider a dirty word: homework. But Corrigan is dedicated to making homework for his students anything but a chore. In … Continue reading

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“ICT is the music of education.” – Dr. Lakshmanbhai Chaudhari, India

Physics teacher Dr. Lakshmanbhai Chaudhari has embraced classroom technology in a big way, benefitting not only his students, but his colleagues throughout India. Chaudhari’s enthusiasm for new tools is contagious, and in today’s Daily Edventure, we get a sense for

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“Teachers will not be replaced by technology, but teachers who do not use technology will be replaced by those who do.” – Hari Krishna Arya, India

Sometimes, success takes us places we never thought possible. For 38-year veteran educator Hari Krishna Arya, his time spent (14 years) at a district headquarters secondary school – where he raised the program to its “utmost heights”– took him in … Continue reading

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“I am a great believer that learning should continue beyond the classroom.” – Beverley Cripps, Northern Ireland

As an accomplished musician, Beverley Cripps knows the power of music to bridge social divides. As an educator, she’s discovered that technology can do the same.

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Propelling Personalized and Adaptive Learning through Data – Chris Scarth, UK

One of the best parts of attending BETT in January was talking directly with teachers and education leaders face-to-face. Almost universally, educators stressed the importance of personalized learning as a way to promote active engagement within the classroom. But

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“Microsoft has provided all educators with a global platform to ask or share one’s query. To one’s surprise, the help comes pouring in.” – Mona Mehra, India

Growing up in a Punjab, India village, Mona Mehra knew early on that she was destined to be a teacher. In fact, her grandmother predicted it. Now a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (part of the 2012 class), Mehra takes the … Continue reading

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“We are leading a new culture that empowers us all.” – Rachel Berman, Israel

Building a digital culture and leading a school as it innovates is of course full of challenges. From technology and infrastructure decisions to ensuring the teaching staff is on board and fully trained, the day-to-day world of a school leader, … Continue reading

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“Thank goodness we are in the art room, where weird is wonderful!” – Debbie Pulst, USA

Art educators like Debbie Pulst are naturally creative, and creativity is exactly what’s needed when it comes to teaching art in today’s test-heavy environment, where time and money are often in short supply. For Pulst, technology has helped to overcome … Continue reading

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Conversations at BETT: Catching up with Magnus Johansson, Norway

American actor and comedian George Burns was known for saying, “I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.” It’s a quote that Swedish Innovative Educator Magnus Johansson – who now lives … Continue reading

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Greg Butler- A Tribute

When we tragically lost our friend Greg Butler last month, we lost more than an exemplary colleague. We lost a man who was not only committed to improving education, but willing to do the hard work necessary to make that … Continue reading

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Building a Safer Social Network for Students and Teachers – Andrew West, UK

When it comes to critical 21st century skills, communication is at the top of the list, and rightly so. But for students and teachers, basic communication – or lack thereof – often represents a significant obstacle to effective teaching and … Continue reading

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Developing OneNote for Education: A Program Manager’s Story – Mike Tholfsen, USA

We talk every day here at Daily Edventures about innovation. And while innovation in education is our focus, innovation in the broader sense is also core to our mission. When you work at Microsoft, innovation is a mandate. But that … Continue reading

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Preserving the Cherokee Language through Engaging Technologies. – Roy Boney, Jr., USA

“The Cherokee people have endured many things over the centuries, but despite the historical hardships, we have prospered,” says Roy Boney, Jr. “One of our biggest challenges is creating content in our language that is engaging for our children. The

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“Lessons are not only in the school anymore: they are everywhere, allowing every student to practice and consolidate their learning.” – Maria Jose Sanchez Garcia, Spain

When we first visited Julio Verne Bilingual School in 2012, we learned a lot about how the school was integrating technology to support its unique cooperative learning approach. Three years later, school principal Maria Jose Sanchez Garcia confirms that those … Continue reading

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“Students will be creators of knowledge rather than consumers.” – Gioko Maina, Kenya

As a science teacher, Anthony Gioko transformed his classroom with technology in many ways, ultimately helping his students to win national honors. But as a school leader in charge of professional development, he must ensure that all of the teachers … Continue reading