Leadership and Strategic Innovation

“We shouldn’t even be talking about technology. We should be saying, ‘What’s the best educational experience for the student?’” – Sal Khan, USA

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on February 13, 2013.

“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

“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

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

“The problem is that school is incredibly boring for students, and as it turns out, it’s pretty boring for teachers as well, because neither group is learning in the traditional school model.” – Michael Fullan, Canada

“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

It Starts With You…You Are The Change – Joe Lemaron, Africa

“My greatest dream for education would be that students will move away from being just consumers of information, but become problem solvers, innovators, producers, global citizens,” says Joe Lemaron.

“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

“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

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

Florida teacher reaches for the stars – Jason Mocherman, USA

Jason Mocherman Astronomy Instructor, Planetarium Director, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Florida, USA @jmocherman “In 2009 our school was rebuilt. At the time, I was running a 50-seat planetarium that had been in the school since 1968. We were running daily … Continue reading

Valerie Anglemyer

“My students have always seen the problems in the world, but now we are concentrating on looking beyond the problem to the solution.” – Valerie Anglemyer, USA 

Valerie Anglemyer Instructional Coach and Seventh Grade Humanities Teacher NorthWood Middle School, Wa-Nee Community Schools Wakarusa, Indiana, USA @valanglemyer70  When it comes to leading school transformations, empowerment is one of the key ingredients to success. For Valerie Anglemyer, a 2014 … 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

Corey Johnson

“Critical thinking is one of the pillars of our program and in my opinion the most needed skill to be successful in today’s world.  If you have true critical thinking skills you have the ability to analyze and acquire anything else you will need.  It’s also a skill that is almost completely left out of the education systems in most of the developing world.”

Corey Johnson Executive Director, Imagine Scholar Kamhlushwa, MP, South Africa @ImagineScholar “Critical thinking is one of the pillars of our program and in my opinion the most needed skill to be successful in today’s world.  If you have true critical … Continue reading

“Sometimes we make a huge difference when we don’t even know about it and, at the end of the day, students of all ages just want to know that they matter and that they can find a place in your classroom and the world around them.” – Scott Bricker, USA

“Sometimes we make a huge difference when we don’t even know about it and, at the end of the day, students of all ages just want to know that they matter and that they can find a place in your classroom and the world around them.” – Scott Bricker, USA 

Scott Bricker Director of Educational Technology Santa Margarita Catholic High School Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA @BrickerCoaching When Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Scott Bricker was named Director of Educational Technology at Santa Margarita Catholic High School (SMCHS) in 2013, he … Continue reading

“How do schools prepare for this diversity? I believe it is through quality leadership that builds a culture from within.” – Fiona Forbes, Australia

In today’s fast-changing education environment, principals must not only provide day-to-day leadership for their teachers and schools, they must also drive whole-school transformation. As the Microsoft in Education team prepares to attend the annual meeting

High expectations lead to impressive results – Toshiko Igarashi, Japan

“By having higher expectations and taking action in a team with a positive attitude, we can make a difference.” That’s Toshiko Igarashi’s motto.

“My school’s efforts to integrate technology into instruction have led to significant increases in student achievement.” – Darren Clay, USA

Darren Clay learned early on the value of an education, when his assistant principal father did double duty as the school’s evening custodian – with his sons’ help — to pay for their private schooling. Ultimately following his dad’s career … Continue reading

“Why would you want to learn computer science? It’s so you can solve problems in other domains.” – Mark DeLoura, USA

Here at Daily Edventures, we’ve talked for years about the vast potential for gaming in the classroom. Games engage kids with activities they already love, and when used properly, have the ability to teach critical skills like computer science, skills … Continue reading

Education and Industry work together to build a foundation for innovation – Teresita (Tata) Medado, Philippines

Microsoft was founded on the principle that people can do remarkable things when technology is within reach, and core to our mission is creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning. To that end, we are