Voices of Inspiration

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across the globe – every day of the year.

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“A teacher who loves learning earns the right and ability to help others learn.” – Taljit Kaur, India

When we see a learning activity where the primary objective is “to make education a more joyful and fun-loving process,” it gets our attention. And as it turn out, this objective perfectly describes the work of Innovative Educator Expert Taljit … Continue reading

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“Be positive, be passionate, be planned.” – Soma Singh, India

Like her grandfather and both of her parents before her, Soma Singh considers herself a born teacher. And with over 17 years of teaching experience, as well as 10 years of administrative experience, she’s clearly made the most of her … Continue reading

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Malta Embraces Education Transformation

When I visited the Stella Maris School in Malta last month, along with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, it was to celebrate an historic collaboration between Microsoft and Malta, to make Malta a beacon for educational technology innovation. The setting

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“[Defining moments] are not so big or great, they don’t affect a mass of people, but they are significant to a single child.” – Raisa Salin, Finland

Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. For Raisa Salin, it came in the form of patients in the intensive care unit, where she worked as a nurse. “I saw lot of people who had problems in their life and … Continue reading

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Writing the Book on Online and Blended Learning – Tom Clark and Michael Barbour, USA

When Tom Clark and Michael Barbour set out to write a guide to online and blended learning, they brought a wealth of experience to the project. Clark wrote the first American textbook on distance education 25 years ago, and Barbour … Continue reading

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“I wanted to meet my students half way.“ — Steffi Marita Miland Svendsen, Norway

For teachers fresh out of university, bridging the gap between theoretical pedagogy and the reality of their students’ world can often be a challenge. For Steffi Marita Miland Svendsen, who graduated in 2012 and has been teaching for two short … Continue reading

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Building Literacy by Creating E-books – Kate O’Connell Murray, Ireland

Kate O’Connell Murray is no stranger to rave reviews when it comes to using innovation in her classroom. In 2008, Murray won the Microsoft European Innovative Teacher Award. Next, she was third-place winner at the 2009 Microsoft World Innovative Teacher

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Overcoming Fear Creates Award-Winning Education in Vietnam- Lieu Nguyen Thi, Vietnam

Like so many teachers throughout the world, Lieu Nguyen Thi was initially intimidated by technology. Then, she attended a workshop and her entire world – and her approach to teaching – changed dramatically.

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Sharing Knowledge and Improving Outcomes with Sway– Åsa Girgensohn, Sweden

Åsa Girgensohn doesn’t see the growing dominance of personal technology in classrooms as a challenge to productivity. Instead, the ever-present mobile phones and tablets her students and their parents use are a window of opportunity.

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“We need to see how technology blends – and how technology lends – to deep learning.” – Meenakshi Uberoi, India

When we first spoke with Meenakshi Uberoi in January, she shared with us her unique career path. Uberoi, who started as a dietician, is now a Curriculum Developer and Workshop Leader with The Pedagogics, where she coaches, teaches, equips and … Continue reading

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“Exposing students to subjects they don’t normally see could have a positive impact on their career choice down the road.” – Kyle Calderwood, USA

Lately, much has been made about the global teacher shortage, and the fact that the world’s supply of teachers is falling, just as demand for educators is growing. That’s why it’s always heartening to hear stories like that of Kyle … Continue reading

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“My biggest hope for today’s students is to get 1-to-1 on a device level so that every student has an equal starting point.” – Janne Männikkö, Finland

Over a nearly 20-year teaching career, Janne Männikkö has seen a great deal of change when it comes to technology — change he’s had a hands-on role in affecting. Männikkö spent time supporting technology in learning as an administrator, a … Continue reading

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“Pride in being a teacher comes from little things.” – Piia Martikainen, Finland

Piia Martikainen discovered OneNote just a year ago, and her teaching hasn’t been the same since. This Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert has embraced this 21st century learning tool in a big way – and both her students and colleagues are … Continue reading

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“Minds work as a parachute. They are not functional until they are open.” – Dr. Mansoor Al-Awar, Dubai, UAE

For two days this past February, Dubai hosted the very first Microsoft in Education Global Forum in the Middle East and Africa region. The forum gathered education stakeholders to discuss education transformation as it relates to the workforce, and as … Continue reading

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“…Spreading technology knowledge is like a seed you plant in someone’s head. The seed grows, and at a certain moment those people can start spreading seeds to others, too.” – Gene Vangampelaere, Belgium

When Gene Vangampelaere realized that developing apps can be lonely and isolating work, he decided to apply his expertise to teaching, and we’re very grateful he did. Vangampelaere is still an app developer, but he also spends considerable time training

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“Believe the impossible, believe in your dreams.” – Sachita Jeeta, Mauritius

The road to becoming an educator was not a smooth one for Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Sachita Jeeta. Teaching began simply as a way to help her family. “My uncle asked if I would be able to help my cousins … Continue reading

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Getting Creative with the Bard and Technology – Jarlath McGill, Northern Ireland

Bringing Shakespeare to life is something of a passion for Jarlath McGill. Whether he’s using technology to illuminate the mysteries of Macbeth, or directing a children’s version of Hamlet for the BBC Shakespeare Festival, McGill is an expert at connecting … Continue reading

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“A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.” – Srinivasan Sriram, India

“Where there is a will there is a way,” says Srinivasan Sriram. For this award-winning educator from India, a positive outlook to “learn, unlearn and relearn” is the most essential element for success. That, and support from colleagues, students, and … Continue reading

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“I am a OneNote enthusiast.” – Mally Johnsen, Norway

We have been hearing a lot about the benefits of OneNote in the classroom lately. It seems that teachers, students and school administrators alike are recognizing the power OneNote can bring to sharing, collaboration and organization.

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Engaging Parents – and students – with OneNote – Barry Corrigan, Northern Ireland

When we first spoke with Barry Corrigan back in 2012, our discussion centered on what some students (and parents) may consider a dirty word: homework. But Corrigan is dedicated to making homework for his students anything but a chore. In … Continue reading