Building Teacher Capacity

“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

“I invite you to apply to be Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, it starts your own learning adventure, offering opportunities for personal growth, which no doubt will have an impact on your students and your nearest community; without realizing it, you’re also helping to build global education: all ideas matter.” – Àngels Soriano Sanchez, Spain

“As an educator, my biggest hope is to nurture and develop today’s children, our future, into sympathetic, respectful and responsible citizens.” – Chloe Farrant, UK

Make Your Mark in Education with the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Program

“We can begin innovating immediately. One effective approach is to integrate literacy into the content areas of science, social studies and math. Our students’ futures will depend on how literate they are in technological areas.” – Beth Maloney, USA

“People talk about career and college readiness…I think civic readiness is a third ‘C’ that’s essential and sometimes overlooked.” – Anna E. Baldwin, USA

Bill Gates Sits Down and Talks with Daily Edventure Alumni, Katie Brown

Bill Gates and Daily Edventures alumni Katie Brown, recently sat down and discussed the importance of professional development, leadership, and the culture within schools that enable teachers to succeed. The also covered hot topics like teacher-to-teacher collaboration, standardized tests, and Common Core State Standards.

“Within all my projects, I use technology in order to transform my students into creators and pupils who have a say, express ideas and share them with the world.” – Marie-Hélène Fasquel, France

“…Everyone has a story. Everyone has a struggle. And everyone needs help along the way.” – Pearl Arredondo, USA

“I don’t get a huge Christmas bonus, but when I get a handwritten letter from a student explaining to me how I made a difference in their lives, that’s priceless.” – Sean McComb, USA

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

“There are not enough tools for teachers. We are trying to give them, in one place, very powerful visual tools that get kids excited.” – Ondrej Homola, Czech Republic

Exploring Tomorrow’s Education, Today

“We want to create students that are as innovative as Steve Jobs, as determined as Michael Jordan, as brave as Rosa Parks, as creative as Walt Whitman, as efficient as Henry Ford, as passionate as Oprah Winfrey and as kind as Mister Rogers.” – Ryan Devlin, USA

“The only way to really succeed in making changes to education for the better is to hand power to the students.” – Scott Wieprecht, UK

“I am committed to the idea that the only way to redress the inequality with education systems is to make use of technology to assist teachers who have limited training and resources.” – Cheryl Douglas, South Africa

“Sometimes when you try to make changes in education you receive a bunch of criticism and you have many problems that discourage you. But you must continue because at the end of the road, there is always a light and when you look back, you discover everything made sense.” – William Caldera Pantoja, Colombia

“Whereas I treasure being one, I must also use the opportunity [of being a Microsoft Expert Educator] to empower others to embrace technology and hence revolutionize the world in terms of teaching and learning.” – Hannington Ochieng, Kenya

Not every profession has its own special appreciation week, but when it comes to a job as important as teaching, the entire nation shows up to express their gratitude.

While Teacher Appreciation Week gives us an excellent opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions of educators, it’s also a reminder for all of us – wherever we are — to celebrate teachers every day of the year. I hope you’ll … Continue reading

Guest Blog: From Paupers to the Prince

During the Microsoft in Education Global Forum, I was invited to attend an educational round table discussion with His Royal Highness, the Prince of Asturias and Gerona, Felipe de Borbon, the Crown Prince of Spain. I am a classroom teacher … Continue reading