Learning from E2, growing as a teacher – Josianne Bonnici, Malta

For many educators who attended the Microsoft E2 Educator Exchange in Budapest, the ability to learn from other teachers from around the globe made the experience not only something they will never forget, but one that changed their teaching for the long run.

“At the moment I am very excited about integrating Minecraft into my planning,” says Josianne Bonnici, a teacher at Stella Maris College in Malta. “After having attended the E2 Educator Exchange in Budapest, I am really looking forward to offering my students the opportunities to show what they learn and put it in practice using Minecraft.”

Bonnici, who has also started using OneNote in class on a regular basis – both for her own planning and for her students’ independent learning – is hopeful that technology will continue to infuse her classroom. “I hope that today’s students learn to appreciate and make use of the benefits of today’s technology,” she says. “At times I feel my students take technology for granted.”

Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Josianne Bonnici.

What inspired you to become an educator?

I always did well at school and really looked forward to learning. My parents indulged my avid reading by buying me any book or workbook I was interested in. Furthermore, I always loved to play “pretend being a teacher” with my dolls or cousins.

What was a defining moment in your career when you felt proudest to be an educator?

When I meet students who have left school and they say, “You’re the best teacher I ever had” or “I really enjoyed learning in your class.”  Sometimes I meet parents who say, “You are still my son’s favorite teacher. He really enjoyed learning in your class.”

Why do you feel passionate about innovation and technology in the classroom?

Using OneNote, I shared a document with the whole class. This document guided the students step-by-step throughout the whole lesson. First the students were given a set of videos to trigger their interest about the subject. Then they collaboratively carried out online research using the websites given on a OneNote file. Then they shared what they learned, read a note and did some interactive exercises.

What’s the biggest obstacle you or your country or region has had to overcome, or will have to overcome, to ensure a quality education for students?

One of our day-to-day challenges is the Internet connection in class. Other important issues are faulty machines which take more than a day to get repaired.

What are you most excited about for the future? What is your biggest hope for today’s students?

At the moment I am very excited about integrating Minecraft into my planning. After having attended the E2 in Budapest I am really looking forward to offer my students the opportunities to show what they learn and put it in practice using Minecraft. I hope that today’s student learn to appreciate and make use of the benefits of today’s technology. At times I feel my students take technology for granted.

Josianne Bonnici
Primary School Teacher

Stella Maris College

Gzira, Malta

  • Current city/residence: Haz-Zebbug, Malta
  • Birthplace: Pieta’, Malta
  • Educational background: Bachelor of Education, Masters in Mathematics Education
  • Website I check every day: https://login.microsoftonline.com/login
  • Favorite childhood memory: Playing with my cousins
  • Favorite book: Mills & Boons Series
  • Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Microsoft PowerPoint & One Note
  • What is the best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have ever received is how technology can trigger and maintain students’ attention and enthusiasm for learning. Technology breaks many boundaries and the World Wide Web offers limitless information. Another excellent bit of advice I received lately was how useful OneNote is to manage my planning and what a good tool it is to facilitate group work and independent learning in class.
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