Voices of Inspiration

Become inspired by education leaders, innovators and visionaries from all
across the globe – every day of the year.

“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

Hadi Partovi

“Embrace your own inner fear. It’s the easiest way to get started.” – Hadi Partovi, USA

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on March 7, 2016. If you have been following the conversation about students learning how to code, you’ve likely heard … Continue reading

Twitter, an Author, a Teacher and her Students: A Story of Collaboration — Marie-Hélène Fasquel, France

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on September 28, 2015. When we first talked with Daily Edventures alum Marie-Hélène Fasquel last year, she spoke passionately about … 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 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

Bringing diverse students together with technology — Classroom technology eases transition for refugees

Olivier Dijkmans Elementary School Teacher Stedelijke Basisschool Omnimundo Antwerp, Belgium Olivier Dijkmans’ school is on the front lines when it comes to adapting to a diverse student body, including many refugees who have never attended school, and don’t know how … 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

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

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

Iro Stefopoulou

“Giving students the opportunity to connect with peers from all around the world and from different cultural backgrounds opens their eyes and minds. Skype in the Classroom, apart from practicing communication skills, takes learning outside of the classroom and provides authentic learning experiences!” 

Iro Stefopoulou Skype Master Teacher United Kingdom Iro shares even more Skype in the Classroom tips, insights and projects on her Educator Community profile.  To give your class a once-in-a-lifetime experience, be sure to sign up for Microsoft’s global Skype-a-Thon, … 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

“As an Innovative Educator, you not only get products and training, you get over-the-top support, celebration and inspiration, so I’m very excited about the future of the program.” – Suzy Lolley, USA

Suzy Lolley Instructional Technology Specialist, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Cherokee County Schools, Acworth, Georgia, USA @lolleytchr For teachers settling in to a new school year, last June may feel like a distant memory. But the conversations we had with educators … Continue reading

Hadi Partovi

“Embrace the intimidation. Nobody among today’s adults is an expert at computer science; it is a field of self-learners.”

Hadi Partovi CEO and Founder, Code.org Seattle, Washington, USA @hadip “Embrace the intimidation. Nobody among today’s adults is an expert at computer science; it is a field of self-learners. So, entering a classroom trying to teach a field that you’re … Continue reading

Ana Živković

“The moment when I really felt proud to be an educator was when my class and I Skyped with the ocean explorer Fabian Cousteau while he was 63 feet below the surface of the ocean, on Mission 31.”

Skype Master Teacher, MIE Expert, MIE Teacher Trainer, TEDxNiš speaker Niš, Serbia @teacherka  “The moment when I really felt proud to be an educator was when my class and I Skyped with the ocean explorer Fabian Cousteau while he was … 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

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

Vicki Davis

“The best opportunity for innovation will happen if we allow and expect innovation and personalization in every classroom by harnessing the power of teachers and students. I believe the ‘on the same page’ movement can stifle innovation and in fact, is stifling it. Learning should be personal and powerful and push every student to reach a little further. It isn’t a ‘no child left behind’ world but should be an ‘every child move ahead’ scenario.”

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher Westwood Schools Camilla, Georgia, USA Read more from Vicki Davis, at her “Cool Cat Teacher” blog, including her 163 Cool Tools for Schools Handout. About Vicki Davis Education background: BS in Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, first in … Continue reading

“Educational technology is now more about pedagogy first and then choosing the appropriate tool(s) for the job.” – Kathy Schrock, USA

As an independent educational technologist with more than 20 years in the field, Kathy Schrock has experienced first-hand how technology has transformed education — not only by engaging students, but by helping teachers manage their classrooms. Today, Schrock is