Change Management and Culture of Innovation

“How exciting is the world in which we live, where language is no longer a barrier?” – Deanne Joosten, Australia

Deanne Joosten Leading Teacher – Pedagogy and Curriculum Innovation Phoenix P-12 Community College Ballarat, Australia @deannejoosten Drama is one of the most intimate, high-touch subjects taught in school. So when year 12 students in three rural classrooms (more than seven … 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

“In the past, children were playing together with a ball. Today, they play with smartphones. We need to find a way to communicate with them in their language.” – Julia Janosikova, Slovakia

      Julia Janosikova Physics, Mathematics and Informatics Teacher Zakladna Skola, Zahoracka Malacky, Slovakia @JuliaJanosikova Bringing real-world activities into the classroom engages students and gives educators new ways to connect with them. This philosophy not only directs MIE Expert … Continue reading

“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

“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 have trained over 1000 teachers.” – Simon Kiteme, Kenya

Simon Kiteme Head of Science Department Kwa Ngindu Secondary/TSC Kenya, Africa @smpkiteme09 It can be easy to take today’s sophisticated classroom technology for granted. But when an internet connection isn’t a given and teachers haven’t yet embraced technology, school leaders … 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

No classrooms. No teachers. No blackboards. No exams.

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on January 10, 2012.   At first glance it’s pretty obvious: Colegio Fontán is different. No classrooms. No teachers. No … Continue reading

“In times of fake news, the understanding of statistics is not only a mathematical competence, it is a political one.” – Torsten Traub, Germany

    Torsten Traub Middle School Teacher, MIE Expert Realschule Neureut Karlsruhe, Germany @EduBlackforest Working as a teacher in Singapore was a career-defining experience for Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Torsten Traub. “I learned a lot by talking and working … 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

“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

“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

“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

“My vision in changing the paradigm of education was to combine teaching methods with the great possibilities of technology.” – João Carlos Ramalheiro

João Carlos Ramalheiro Music Teacher, Founder/CEO of Insignio Labs, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Fellow Lousã, Portugal “I founded Insignia Labs with the goal to develop educational tools inspired by video games,” says João Carlos Ramalheiro. “We are not focused on … Continue reading

Higher expectations lead to better results – Jeff Charbonneau, USA

Jeff Charbonneau Science Teacher and STEM Coordinator at Zillah School District and Washington Student Achievement Council Member Washington, USA @JeffCharbonneau “I have learned that by setting my expectations higher than most would consider ‘high school’ appropriate, students respond by doing … Continue reading

“One of the best things about the Flipped Class model is that it came from teachers and not from some sort of top-down professional development strategy. Teachers need to be brought to the table in all education reform. ” – Jonathan Bergmann Pioneer of the Flipped Class Movement, Illinois

Jonathan Bergmann Pioneer of the Flipped Class Movement Illinois, USA “One of the best things about the Flipped Class model is that it came from teachers and not from some sort of top-down professional development strategy. Teachers need to be brought to the table … Continue reading

“Acquiring 21st century skills is a two-way process.” – Dimitrios Charalambidis, Greece

For Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Dimitrios Charalambidis, education transformation isn’t a discussion that applies to the future. For Charalambidis, the future is already here. “What makes me most excited about the future is the here-and-now reality,” says Charalambidis. “It is … Continue reading

“There are still too many teachers who choose not to use technology in class, either because they do not know how to or because they do not want to change.” – Ann Michaelsen, Norway