21st century skills

“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

“I thought I was alone in my ideas for greater understanding and access to technology.” – Linda Sydes, Australia

  Linda Sydes Year 5 Primary School Teacher Meridan State College Queensland, Australia Linda Sydes’ favorite classroom activities let her students show their understanding of learning in a creative way – but how they do that is largely up to … Continue reading

“Working with [a disabled] student really challenged me… I learned to be more flexible, and to focus on the possibilities rather than the limitations.” – Anna Mendoza, Australia

Anna Mendoza Teacher and English Domain Leader, E-pedagogy Gleneagles Secondary College Victoria, Australia @mrsannamendoza As students spend more time watching videos, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) Anna Mendoza is worried that student attitudes about reading have become increasingly negative. “Whilst … Continue reading

“As teachers, we constantly seek ways to engage students and find ways for them to take charge of their own learning.” – Michael Cocks, Australia 

Michael Cocks Senior History Teacher Toowoomba Grammar School Toowoomba, Australia @HistorySkills Last year Michael Cocks walked into his classroom with a new idea. “During the first five minutes of the lesson I gave my students the necessary instructions, and then … Continue reading

“We created a learn-from-each-other environment.” – Mohammad Aliff Bin Othman, Malaysia 

Mohammad Aliff Bin Othman Geography Teacher MRSM Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens Sandakan, Malaysia @aliffothman04  When Mohammad Aliff Bin Othman began his career as a Geography teacher, he felt the stress most new teachers feel: How could he best manage his … Continue reading

“I cannot imagine teaching without cloud applications.” – Tomasz Lukawski, Poland

Tomasz Lukawski Head Teacher and Computer Science Teacher Primary School No.3 Zabki/Warsaw, Poland Music may seem like an unusual path to computer science, but for principal and classroom teacher Tomasz Lukawski, it proved to be just that. “I used to … Continue reading

“We need to change the notion of ’employment for my whole life‘ to ’employability for my whole life‘ because nobody knows where your next chance to succeed will be.” – Ovi Barceló, Spain

Hadi Partovi

“Embrace your own inner fear. It’s the easiest way to get started.” – Hadi Partovi, USA

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on March 7, 2016. If you have been following the conversation about students learning how to code, you’ve likely heard … Continue reading

“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