21st century skills

“The biggest challenge is parents believing in the school’s vision of digital transformation.” – Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon, India

Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon Head Teacher Kamla Nehru Public School Punjab, India @pkdhillon08 It’s been one year since Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon’s school decided to implement 1:1 learning, and while it’s been a huge success for the students and teachers, the road … Continue reading

“Discovering the Microsoft Educator Community was a huge turning point for me as an educator.” – Liz Wilson, UK

Liz Wilson Class Teacher, 21st Century Learning Lead Danesfield School Marlow, United Kingdom @Primarymrsw No matter how old you are, few things can capture attention like a game. That’s why gamification is gaining such a foothold in the world of … Continue reading

“I learn a lot from my students – their minds process new learnings faster than mine.” – Soma Singh, India

Soma Singh Science Teacher in Secondary School; Innovation Club and International Activities Leader Delhi Public School Ghaziabad Ghaziabad, India @somasinghdpsg Soma Singh was born into a family of educators, so you could say she was born to be a teacher. … Continue reading

“We must teach competencies rather than content. Students must learn how to solve problems and face new situations.” – María Florencia Conforti, Argentina

María Florencia Conforti English Teacher Belgrano Day School Buenos Aires, Argentina @florconforti1 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) María Conforti may teach English literature and grammar, but she’s just as interested in helping her students learn how to think. And when … Continue reading

“Resources are not the problem. Our ability to work with, around and without the resource to achieve the student learning outcome is what matters.” – Abdikadir Ismail, Kenya

Abdikadir Ismail Principal Mwangaza Muslim Mixed Day Secondary School Maralal, Kenya @Abdiism At the recent gathering of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEEs) in Toronto, one enterprising school leader earned the nickname “No Problem” – and for good reason. Abdikadir Ismail … Continue reading

“Our students need to find their place in this new digital environment and be ready for the new challenges.” – Stefan Malter, Germany 

Stefan Malter University Lecturer/Chief Editor Technical University of Dortmund/nrwision – TV learning channel Dortmund, Germany @StefanMalter Before becoming a university lecturer, Stefan Malter worked as a television journalist. But he always felt the need to give something back, to offer … Continue reading

“The biggest challenge facing education is teaching for a future that is unknown.” – Ben Eilenberg, Australia

Benjamin Eilenberg Teacher/STEM Coordinator/Media Coordinator Silverton Primary School Victoria, Australia @ben_eilenberg Ben Eilenberg may have come from a teaching family (his father was a lecturer, his mother a speech pathologist, and his sisters are secondary teachers), but he wasn’t prepared … Continue reading

“Innovation is not trying something too strange and new. It is returning to your old places, using Microsoft tools to inspire students, making things more productive and organizing a better community.” – Tran Thi Thuy, Vietnam

Tran Thi Thuy English Language Teacher, MIE Expert Duc Hop Upper Secondary School Hung Yen Province/Vietnam @TdGreenhouse Educators overcome obstacles every day to ensure their students get the best education possible. For Tran Thi Thuy, that meant bringing her own … Continue reading

“The use of Sway is the most powerful activity that enables students to do more in a short amount of time.” – Amna Manzoor, Dubai

  Amna Manzoor Innovation Coordinator and ICT Teacher Post 16 Pristine Private School Dubai, UAE @AmnaInnovatist Amna Manzoor is on a mission to connect her students to the world globally. This mission has often been challenging, but with the help … Continue reading

“When I started to realize that I didn’t have to teach alone, and that there were many mentors and resources to turn to, my teaching was transformed.” – Meenoo Rami

Meenoo Rami Manager, Minecraft Education at Microsoft Seattle, Washington, USA @meenoorami Meenoo Rami has taken a diverse path as an educator – both in the traditional sense, and also in the world of technology. Rami is a national board certified … Continue reading

“The Global Enterprise Challenge helped our youngsters foster their role as global citizens and increase their awareness of cultural, economic, educational, technological, and environmental issues.” – Rana Sabbidine, Lebanon

Rana Sabbidine School Principal Makassed Khalil Shehab School Beirut, Lebanon @ranasabbidine When you ask Rana Sabbidine, principal of Makassed Khalil Shehab school in Lebanon, about an experience that defined her as an educator, she doesn’t hesitate. “Participating in a real-life … Continue reading

Connecting students to science and fun – Tom Gamble, USA

Tom Gamble Middle School Math and Science Teacher Omaha Virtual School Omaha, Nebraska, USA @gambletg “One of my favorite activities is having students model elements, compounds, and mixtures in Minecraft aligned with my eighth-grade standards in Physical Science. Students were … Continue reading

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“Encouraging our students, listening to them, mentoring and guiding them has an incredible impact on their lives.” – Jason Holt, USA 

Jason Holt Instructional Technology Specialist Newman International Academy of Arlington Arlington, Texas USA @jasonthegodman  Jason Holt, an instructional technology specialist and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, sees success stories every day. In addition to teaching Computer Science classes, including Windows Programming … Continue reading

“When I stood in front of a class for the first time, all the memories of my childhood teachers came flooding back to me. I was so thankful for them, as teachers and now as role models.” – Paul Watkins, UK 

Paul Watkins IT Teacher Ysgol Bae Baglan Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom @lanny_watkins “A student said to me, ‘I’m never going to let anyone tell me I am too young to make a difference!’” Paul Watkins tells us. “This was … Continue reading

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“As teachers, we are futurists.” – Lisa Anne Floyd, Canada

Lisa Anne Floyd Director of Research and Inquiry, Fair Chance Learning/ Instructor, Western University Faculty of Education/Teacher,Thames Valley District School Board London, Ontario, Canada @lisaannefloyd For Lisa Anne Floyd, teaching students how to use technology effectively is critical, but it … Continue reading

“Attention schools around the country: it is crucial that you redefine what you consider to be your CORE subjects. Computer Science and programming must be an integral part of education at all levels.” – Doug Bergman, USA   

Doug Bergman Computer Science Department Chair Porter-Gaud School Charleston, South Carolina, USA @dbergmanusa Doug Bergman has contributed to Daily Edventures numerous times since we launched the blog in 2012, and while he always has something new to say, his overall … Continue reading

“With OfficeMix I was able to give voice to my students.” – Emie Baylon, Philippines

Emie C. Baylon Education Technology Coordinator, Economics and Political Science Teacher De La Salle Santiago Zobel School Philippines @eminion6   When Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Emie Baylon and I spoke recently at BETT Asia, she enthusiastically shared how technology has … Continue reading

“I am focused on each student’s growth. If each student can come away with knowledge that will enhance their personal or professional life, then we have both succeeded.” – Pamela Orbison, computer science teacher, USA

Pamela Orbison Business, Finance, IT and Computer Science Teacher; Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Rowan Salisbury Schools in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA Pam Orbison (@CLMS_CTE on Twitter How one teacher manages testing pressure “It seems that a score on a test determines … Continue reading

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

Hadi Partovi

“Embrace the intimidation. Nobody among today’s adults is an expert at computer science; it is a field of self-learners.”

Hadi Partovi CEO and Founder, Code.org Seattle, Washington, USA @hadip “Embrace the intimidation. Nobody among today’s adults is an expert at computer science; it is a field of self-learners. So, entering a classroom trying to teach a field that you’re … Continue reading