21st century skills

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“Skype in the Classroom opens the door to a whole new world of learning for my students so we can travel without passports and borders.” – Anna Zubkovskaya, Russia

Anna Zubkovskaya English Teacher, Professional Development Expert Yaroslavl Town Planning College Russia @annazubkovskaya English teacher Anna Zubkovskaya takes professional development very seriously – both for herself and for other teachers in her region. She quickly went from new Microsoft Education … Continue reading

“Because of their education [my students’] dreams can come true.” – Nika Klimová, Slovakia

Nika Klimová Computer Science Teacher Elementary School of Ján Bakoss Banská Bystrica, Slovakia For Nika Klimová, feedback is an important part of each of her lessons. So, she’s found new ways to ensure the feedback she receives from student is easy … Continue reading

“My work really began to flourish once I had access to the internet and realized that my students could collaborate with the world.” – Margaret Simkin, Australia

Margaret Simkin Head of Library The Hamilton and Alexandra College Victoria, Australia @margaretsimkin  An education veteran, Margaret Simkin has experienced many changes in her teaching career. She began as a Geography and History teacher many years ago, and her current … Continue reading

“As educators, it’s our job to make sure that we make ALL of [our students] feel loved, valued and appreciated.” – Natasha Rachell, USA

Natasha Rachell Digital Learning Specialist Atlanta Public Schools Atlanta, Georgia, USA @apsitnatasha  When you ask Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Natasha Rachell what she believes is the biggest challenge facing educators today, she gets straight to the point. “Teacher burnout leading … Continue reading

“Through technology we are finally able to level the playing field enough so that each student can contribute and grow successfully.” – Colleen Horzelenberg, Canada

Colleen Horzelenberg Grade 2 Teacher, Principal Intern Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board Hamilton, Ontario @Chorzele  Even as a young teacher, Colleen Horzelenberg leaned toward a student-centered approach to teaching and found great enjoyment in seeing her students have fun while … Continue reading

“A small didactic surprise, a simple learning scenario, good mood, and imagination: these are the ingredients of a good lesson.” – Vassilis Economou, Greece

Vassilis Economou Head of the Department of Informatics and Digital Education Doukas School Athens, Greece @VassilisEconomu For 27 years, Vassilis Economou, a Daily Edventures alum and MIE Expert, has had many moments that helped define his career. One of the … Continue reading

“The thrill of waiting for the next Mystery Skype has become our daily routine.” – Ana Stojkovic, Serbia

Ana Stojkovic Teacher of English as a Foreign Language Primary School Stanimir Veljkovic Zele Bojnik, Serbia @stojkovic_ana Ana Stojkovic has always believed that, with the right help from an enthusiastic and a determined teacher, every child can excel in any … Continue reading

“When you see students lighting up, being creative, and doing well academically — as well as having fun – that is rewarding.” – Stine Brynildsen, Norway

Stine Brynildsen Assistant Professor Østfold University College, Faculty of Education (Department of ICT and Learning) Fredrikstad, Norway @stinemalin In her 12 years of teaching, Stine Brynildsen has followed one mantra: Teachers are learners, too. This open-minded approach has served Brynildsen, … Continue reading

“Our world is more connected than ever and can present amazing opportunities for education.” – Barbara Zielonka, Norway

Barbara Anna Zielonka Learning Designer/Project Coordinator/EdTech Specialist/Teacher Trainer Nannestad High School Nannestad, Norway @bar_zie ‏ Personalizing learning to help students succeed takes energy, time, patience, and passion. For Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Barbara Zielonka, that means pushing the boundaries of … Continue reading

Gretchen Torres-Cintron, Puerto Rico

  Gretchen Torres-Cintron Teacher EMCT San Juan, Puerto Rico @gtorresemct   For MIE Expert Gretchen Torres-Cintron, helping to shape active learners may be a teacher’s most important role. “Students need to be active learners and take ownership of their learning,” … Continue reading

“The biggest challenge facing education today is how to teach everyday communication between people and computers.” – Monika Szalek, Poland

Monika Szalek Computer Science Teacher Strumienie Schools of The Sternik Association Warsaw, Poland For MIE Expert Monika Szalek, the right tools can make a world of difference – especially when teaching students basic computer skills. “I think that the biggest … Continue reading

“Both teachers and students need learning. Will teachers respond appropriately?” – Jan Voda, Czech Republic

Jan Voda Principal Magic Hill Primary School Czech Republic As a school leader, MIE Expert Jan Voda is a big supporter of 21st century learning design. When he first heard research on the subject in 2013, he knew his school … Continue reading

“The eZone breaks the barriers of digital apartheid in South Africa, as students have equal access to devices and high-speed Wifi.” – Paula Barnard-Ashton, South Africa

Paula Barnard-Ashton Lecturer and Manager of eFundanathi – Learn with Us University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa @PaulaBarAsh @eFundanathi Sometimes, where and how students learn can be just as important as what they learn – especially when it comes to … Continue reading

“I eat technology all day long, and my students are my inspiration.” – Gabriel Godinez, Guatemala

César Gabriel Godinez Rivas ICT Teacher Colegio Panamericano Guatemala @Gabriel_Rivas29 Growing up with a teacher for a mom was the perfect inspiration for Gabriel Godinez. So motivating in fact, Godinez began teaching at the age of 18. “My favorite class … Continue reading

“The biggest challenge is to transform the way we teach – and what we teach – to ensure students survive in the era of machines and AI.” – Oktawia Gorzeńska, Poland

Oktawia Gorzeńska Principal, blogger, trainer High School 17 in Gdynia and trainings4u.eu Gdynia, Poland @eduzmieniacz For most educators, wearing multiple hats each day is par for the course. For Oktawia Gorzeńska, the roles of principal, blogger and teacher trainer are … 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 To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on March 2, 2017. Doug Bergman has contributed … Continue reading

“I connect with people all around the world, which shows my students different cultures.” – Pawel Stawski, Poland

Paweł Piotr Stawski English Teacher Szkoła Podstawowa w Izabelinie Izabelin, Poland @pawelstawski For Paweł Stawski, the question of how to integrate technology into his classroom isn’t a question at all. It’s an imperative. “Students use technology; therefore we have to … Continue reading

“My life has been that of a seeker. All my life is learning — both formally and informally.” – Floyd Chanda, Zambia

A willingness to try new things can be just as important for educators as it is for their students. Just ask Floyd Chanda.. “The biggest challenge for education today is to keep up with the pace of the changing technologies … Continue reading

“I prefer thinking that every day in my classroom will be the best day ever.” – Ramón Rodríguez Galán, Spain

Ramón Rodríguez Galán Teacher and ICT Manager, MIE Expert and MIE Master Trainer Maristas Mediterránea Sevilla, Spain @Profe_RamonRG Ghandi famously said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” For educator Ramón Rodríguez Galán, being that change … Continue reading

“In my work, I know that technology alone cannot build the skills of the 21st century. Information technologies are an accelerator, but the power of change lies with teachers.” – Ivan Gionov, Bulgaria

    Ivan Gionov Senior Teacher French Language School Sofia, Bulgaria Senior IT teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Ivan Gionov knows how to innovate on a large scale. Gionov’s school was one of the first educational institutions in Bulgaria … Continue reading