“My creed is to help our students become ‘curious minds.’” – Marianna Tarné Éder, Hungary

Marianna Tarné Éder
Deputy Manager
Csokonai Vitéz Mihály Primary and Secondary School
Budapest, Hungary

Empowering students and teaching them skills that will help them be competitive in their future careers is a challenge experienced by teachers throughout the world. And like so many innovative educators, MIEE Mirianna Tarné Éder believes this challenge cannot be addressed without 21st century skills.

“My personal challenge is to make sure my students do not lose internal motivation,” she tells us. “Many little children are struggling with learning difficulties; therefore, we must have a practice of multiple intelligences in the classroom, and we must evolve 21st century skills. Also, students use mobile devices from dawn to midnight, but they don’t know how to use them with purpose. I want to begin to teach this at a very young age.”

Whether they are using Teams, Forms, Sway or Powerpoint, Éder’s 7 to 10-year-old students get a broad range of technology experience, no matter what project they are working on together. Minecraft: Education Edition has been a favorite.

“The best part of the project — for me as a teacher and for the kids — was that we built the old-time buildings in Minecraft,” says Éder. “The best of the kids’ imagination was moved by the castles, and great creations were made.”

Skype is the Classroom is another favorite. “It was ‘World Read Aloud Day’ in February and we connected to Georgia and read to each other,” Éder tells us. “We often connect to the 1st Grade class of the Palotás school in Hungary. We’ve already organized a ‘read aloud race.’ It’s amazing! My kids loved it!”

Éder is intentional about extending her own learning, with the goal of sharing best practices with other educators that combine the tools of project pedagogy and ICT tools and applications to develop students’ 21st century skills.

She spearheaded EU Code Week in her school and was awarded “The most enthusiastic school of the EU Code Week” in 2017, winning a LEGO EV3 robot. Éder and her colleagues also organized the Digital Thematic Week in Hungary with a goal of cooperation: teacher-to-teacher, student-to-student, and teacher-to-student.

“Teaching is my craft,” she says. “My creed is to help our students become ‘curious minds.’ It is up to us as well. That’s why I’m constantly training myself.”

You can connect with Marianna on her Microsoft Educator Community profile, Twitter, or her blog.  

About Marianna Tarné Éder 

  • Educational background: University degree
  • Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: OneNote, Teams and Skype.
  • What is the best advice you have ever received? Keep smiling and be friendly! Every person is precious in itself!
  • Website I check every day: Facebook and Netvibes
  • Favorite childhood memory: Learning to swim in the lake of Délegyháza.
  • Favorite book: Love Virtuallyby Daniel Glattauer



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