1:1 Learning

Nancy Stevens

“The first year that I led the Hour of Code in my classroom, I realized that students in my school were missing out on something that could really impact their future.”

Nancy Stevens Business and Information Technology Teacher First Flight High School Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA @nks77s Bringing computer science to the classroom: One teacher’s quest “The first year that I led the Hour of Code in my classroom, … Continue reading

“Sometimes we make a huge difference when we don’t even know about it and, at the end of the day, students of all ages just want to know that they matter and that they can find a place in your classroom and the world around them.” – Scott Bricker, USA

“Sometimes we make a huge difference when we don’t even know about it and, at the end of the day, students of all ages just want to know that they matter and that they can find a place in your classroom and the world around them.” – Scott Bricker, USA 

Scott Bricker Director of Educational Technology Santa Margarita Catholic High School Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA @BrickerCoaching When Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Scott Bricker was named Director of Educational Technology at Santa Margarita Catholic High School (SMCHS) in 2013, he … Continue reading

Brian Aspinall

“Ultimately, I want kids to pursue life goals based on passions they encountered in school – similar to my school experience.” – Brian Aspinall, Canada

When we first spoke with Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Brian Aspinall last year, he shared his passion for helping his students solve problems systematically, all with the help of computer science and STEM. While Aspinall’s a veteran of using technology … Continue reading

michelle licata- usa

“What made me change from the conventional setting to the online setting is that I wanted to have 1:1 opportunities with students all of the time. I also felt I was very limited by the four walls of the classroom.” – Michelle Licata, USA

Nicole Speck- Switzerland

“One of my jobs as a teacher is to coach my students to learn for their future life. If I do a good job, my students won’t need me anymore.” – Nicole Speck, Switzerland

robin smorenberg- netherlands

“We all learn in a different way, at a different pace, and as a teacher, it is practically impossible to cater to everyone’s learning needs. But I strongly believe that we can make that a reality in the near future. The field of learning analytics is very promising and great things are already happening.” – Robin Smorenberg, The Netherlands

Jason MEsser- USA

“Teaching is about relationships. Students need to know you care before they will care about what you know.” – Jason Messer, USA

Paula Vorne - finland

“We’ve worked with laptops, mobile phones and tablets and I feel that no matter what the device is, students are always motivated.” – Paula Vorne, Finland

Michael Fullan - USA Skype

“The problem is that school is incredibly boring for students, and as it turns out, it’s pretty boring for teachers as well, because neither group is learning in the traditional school model.” – Michael Fullan, Canada

Managing the Classroom with ClassPolicy

A while back, I had the privilege to sit down and talk with Bob Chung, Class Policy’s creator and CEO of AssistX Education. Now I am excited to share this video of how Louis, a teacher at James Madison Middle School, gets his … Continue reading

Leon County Schools 1:1 Digital Initiative: Empowering Teachers and Engaging Students

Leon County Schools in Tallahassee, FL launched the initial phase of their 1:1 digital initiative during the 2013-2014 school year. Watch this video to learn about the district’s objectives for the initiative, hear initial student reactions and learn why the … Continue reading

Lauren Aguirre - USA

“Respecting people’s learning styles puts the student at the center of the learning experience, which is where he or she should be.” – Lauren Aguirre, USA

Michael Braun - Guest Blog

“We want to shape young minds to learn computer science – now when they are at their most creative point in their life. We want students to fuel their curiosity and creativity by developing apps and games relevant to their lives.” – Michael Braun, USA

Personalized Learning in a Showcase School in Colombia

This video showcases a school in Colombia, Colegio Fontan , that using Microsoft technology in creating a Personalized learning system for students and teachers to use so that students drive their own learning.  

Adina Popa - USA

“One of the greatest tools available is BrainPOP, an animated video resource that covers all subjects, all areas, and all grade levels. In short, 6 minute videos, students are able to get great instruction on any topic.” – Adina Popa, USA

Kimberly Evelti - USA

“We wanted to be able to offer our students and teachers a tablet device that would do all of the computing they were used to with a laptop, then take that further.” – Kimberly Evelti, USA

Microsoft World Tour School – Hellerup School, Denmark

Hellerup School is one of the Microsoft World Tour Schools in the Innovative Schools Program. The school is operating in one big open classroom environment without walls. Students are encouraged to work according to their individual learning styles in a synergy … Continue reading

The Microsoft Innovative Schools Pitch Competition: Funding Transformative Ideas in Education

If you have been following along with our coverage of the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, you may have already read about The Microsoft Innovative Schools Pitch Competition.  This competition was the first challenge of its kind at the … Continue reading

Andrew Shelffo - USA

“We see a lot of schools that suffer from what I call ‘shiny object syndrome,’ where they get excited about a tool, and many times, they haven’t really thought through what the curricular impact is of those devices on the school.” – Andrew Shelffo, USA

Nikolaos Nikou - Greece

“We believe that educational institutions are seriously struggling today to cope with the mass introduction of technology in the education process.” – Nikolaos Nikou, Greece