“I try to engage [my students] to see that they can learn a lot of things from each other – not only from the teacher in a small classroom, but from the outside world.” – Kurt Söser, Austria
When we announced our 2014 Expert Educators and Mentor Schools last month, I promised we’d hear more from members of this exclusive group in the months leading up to the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in March. I was fortunate to spend some time with one of those Expert Educators, Daily Edventures alum Kurt Söser, recently in Vienna, where I attended the 10th annual Microsoft Innovation & Education Conference.
After getting a terrific overview of Austria’s education landscape from 200 attendees representing Austria’s Ministry of Education, local and regional education authorities, innovative teachers and school leaders, I sat down with Söser to learn more about what goes on inside his classroom.
Söser shared what it means to him to be part of the Expert Educator program (he’s the sole representative from Austria). Even more important, he revealed how he’s put technology to work in his math classroom to support collaboration there, and how he plans to extend that collaboration to other teachers and classrooms. Microsoft OneNote plays a big part in his efforts to ensure that he and his students are working collaboratively, and using their time effectively.
What’s next for this creative math teacher? Beyond traveling to Barcelona for a week of sharing with his fellow Expert Educators, Söser hopes to create an interactive math text book where students can incorporate their own ideas and discoveries. He says, “It’s just at their fingertips to explore mathematics.”
Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Kurt Söser!
About Kurt Söser, Teacher and E-Learning Tutor
- Hometown: Wolfsegg am Hausruck (Upper Austria)
- Education: University of Salzburg, Master in teaching mathematics and physical education
- Personal interests/hobbies: Tech, music (playing guitar), blogging (www.kurtsoeser.at), sports.