Building Teacher Capacity

“Engaging students, whether K-12 or adult learners, in real life, inquiry-based problems empowers them to become the protagonists in their story.” – Miguel Guhlin, USA

Miguel Guhlin Director of Professional Development TCEA.org Austin, Texas, USA @mguhlin Working with bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the small Texas town where President Lyndon Baines Johnson once taught transformed Miguel Guhlin’s views on education. But it … Continue reading

“We are a collaborative group where I’m only a mentor who helps my students to go their way.” – Olga Ilchenko, Russia

Olga Ilchenko Educational Expert Federal Institute of Education Moscow, Russia As a teacher trainer, Olga Ilchenko has been working with Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIEs) and Microsoft Showcase Schools for years, always searching for the best methods for these educators and … 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

Behind every great person is a great teacher – Michael Furdyk, Canada

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on February 14, 2012. If you’ve ever wondered just how important a teacher is, just ask Michael Furdyk. “When I was … 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

“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

“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

“I found OneNote a year ago, and it was love at the first sight.” – Piia Martikainen, Finland

Piia Martikainen Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Torkinmäki School Kokkola, Finland @PiiaMartikainen “I’m interested in games and new approaches in education. I found OneNote a year ago, and it was love at the first sight. Two of my colleagues and … 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

“As primary teachers, we have to teach everything. It can be overwhelming. So I find it best to start with one subject area, get the kids in small groups, and get them to share their work with their friends.” – Natalie Burgess, Scotland

Natalie Burgess Primary Teacher and ICT Coordinator Microsoft UK Teacher Ambassador Paisley, Scotland Natalie Burgess has a history of turning the tables on technology training by having her students teach full-class lessons to fellow students, and support teachers as they … Continue reading

“I think a great leader brings people alongside them, never belittles them, encourages collaboration and works to bring them to their potential. Good leaders share, serve and nurture.” – Sandi Adams, USA

Sandi Adams Technology Project Specialist Cherokee County School District Woodstock, Georgia, USA @sandiadams With 16 years of experience under her belt, Adams is not only an MIEE, she’s also a Surface Expert, Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Certified Educator and Master … Continue reading

OneNote makes learning accessible for all – Jeff Petty, USA

Jeff Petty, Principle Program Manager, Accessibility Daniel Hubbell, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility Microsoft Corporation Seattle Washington, USA For students with unique learning needs – and their teachers – one-size-fits-all education tools don’t always work. It’s not a small problem. In … Continue reading

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Certifications empower both students and teachers – Lakesha Kirkland, USA

Lakesha Kirkland Business Education Teacher, Future Business Leaders of America Advisor Shaw High School Columbus, Georgia, USA Out of 1.6 million high school students in the state of Georgia, last year only 50 achieved “Master” status based on their Microsoft … Continue reading

“I created an online course for Serbian teachers where I teach them about 21st century skills, and how to use Microsoft products such as OneNote, Photosynth, Photo story, etc. This encourages collaboration, and develops creativity and critical thinking.” – Jugoslava Lulic

Jugoslava Lulic Teacher, Serbia “As a teachers’ trainer I realized that, despite domination of the traditional way of teaching in most schools in Serbia, teachers are aware of the 21st century demands and ready for the challenges of using various … Continue reading

Making technology work for every type of student – Josh Davis, USA

As an instructional technology coach, Josh Davis is not only among the first to try out new technology at his school, he also gets to experience the initial excitement from both teachers and students when they get to try something … 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

The updated Microsoft Educator Community: A journey to personalization

The updated Microsoft Educator Community launching this month reflects the insights of educators around the globe and months of hard work. It’s also more functional, more engaging, and perhaps most important — according to team lead Dr. Iris Yuster — more … Continue reading

Just to Summarize it: it is life changing!

For nearly ten years I have been teaching maths and physical education, right now in a business college at Steyr, Austria. I would say, that I have already experienced a lot of different things in my teaching profession and as … Continue reading

“Many teachers feel confined by state examinations and the content that needs to be taught for students to be prepared for them. It is easy to be consumed by this pressure and not too risk innovative practices that may be perceived by some to undermine a students progress towards this destination on the map.” – Steve Martin, New Zealand

Whose map are you a servant to?’- I heard this phrase quite recently and thought it encapsulated the strains teachers face when trying to be innovative in their teaching.  It raised questions like: Who controls the path taken on the … Continue reading