Voices of Inspiration

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


Born to Explore: From Wall Street to Innovative Educator Expert – Tracey Wong, USA

We always ask our educator heroes who inspired them to become an educator. For most, former teachers or parents top the list. For Tracey Wong, inspiration came from a different place: Her daughter Jaslee.


Skyping the way to a new language — Ana Živković, Serbia

What’s the best way to teach your students a second language? For Serbian ESL teacher Ana Živković, nothing compares to Skype. Whether it’s talking with Fabien Cousteau (grandson of Jacques Cousteau) in his underwater laboratory during his Mission 31


After School Innovation in New Zealand – Matt Richards, New Zealand

Innovative education doesn’t just happen during the traditional school day. Thanks to Matt Richards curious students in New Zealand and around the world are able to explore, create and learn in a unique after-school program.


Collaborative learning for even the youngest students – Kaylyn Dorland, Canada

Most every teacher had an inspiring teacher of their own who steered them toward education. To find her own career inspiration, Kaylyn Dorland needed to look no further than her own family.


Stopping at nothing to ensure students learn with technology – Mokhudu Machaba, South Africa

For Mokhudu Machaba and her colleagues at Ngwananmago Primary School, there was trouble each year, all due to one inhabitant of the school play yard: a Marula tree.  “[When it was in season], the fruit fell down and the students … Continue reading


Drama and Technology Combine to Create Magical and Powerful Learning – Erin O’Rourke, Canada

For the lucky students in Erin O’Rourke’s classes, learning about technology is a little dramatic. That’s because O’Rourke – who once worked in an award-winning children’s theatre – is charged with teaching drama and embedding technology into all subjects at


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

When we first talked with Daily Edventures alum Marie-Hélène Fasquel last year, she spoke passionately about collaboration – between students and amongst teachers throughout the world – as a means to inspire and engage students. “[Teachers] need to


Building Skills, Inspiring Students through Hands-on Technology – Troy Smith, New Zealand

With the focus put on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) today, teaching these subjects can be a bit overwhelming. Where do you turn to do it “right”? For Troy Smith, the key is using hands-on, tangible methods that get … Continue reading


Turning the Tables on Technology Training in Scotland – Natalie Lochhead, Scotland

It’s not unusual for teachers to train other teachers to leverage – and make the most of – technology. In fact, we know it’s one of the most effective ways to scale knowledge. But Natalie Lochhead has taken the concept … Continue reading


Art + Nature + Technology = Mathematics Mastery in Chile

Art, nature and technology may seem like indirect routes to helping students master math concepts, but for Hilda Flandez, the approach makes perfect sense. Flandez, a 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, has developed a unique multi-disciplinary software


“I’ve seen the impact that tutoring programs can have on a student’s success – especially struggling students.” – Chris Hopkins, USA

Chris Hopkins may be a program manager intern at Microsoft, working with engineers and organizing development projects, but education is his passion. Fortunately, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Through his internship, Hopkins is gaining the valuable skills


Talking STEM jobs for Girls with the ‘GH Gadget Girl’ – Rachel Rothman, USA

What’s the coolest job out there? Of course, it depends on who you ask, but Rachel Rothman’s job ranks right up there. Rothman – also known as the “GH Gadget Girl” – oversees consumer product testing methodology, implementation, and reporting … Continue reading


In Guatemala: A Vision, a Mission and a Holistic Solution to Big Education Challenges

When Dr. William Boegel and his wife Diane visited Guatemala to celebrate Dr. Boegel’s 50th birthday with an old friend, they couldn’t have imagined the turn their lives would take as a result. But on a visit to a remote … Continue reading


Hacking the Way to Better Reading Technologies – Jeff Petty and Kevin Larson, USA

Innovation is a word we use a lot here at Daily Edventures. Whether you’re a teacher or a school leader, pushing innovative learning is likely top-of-mind every day. Spurring innovation is also top-of-mind here at Microsoft. For the second year … Continue reading


Leading Change In Spite of Immense Obstacles – Sabah Mjaess, Lebanon

It almost goes without saying that creating change within a school environment is a challenge. Every teacher and school leader is faced with unique obstacles. For Sabah Mjaess, Principal at Dhour Shweir Public School in Lebanon, the hurdles are in … Continue reading


“Expanding ‘Souls, Minds and Horizons’ with Skype in the Classroom – Iro Stefopoulou, Greece

“As a teacher I feel that I have to give meaning to the aim and the process of learning, and I strongly believe that technology has transformed the way both teachers and students communicate and perceive the world,” says Iro … Continue reading


No Teacher is an Island – Mary-Joyce Arekion, Mauritius

When it comes to learning about the world beyond our schools and communities, not all classrooms are created equal. For Mary-Joyce Arekion and the people of Mauritius, the isolation of living on an island creates its own unique challenges. But … Continue reading


Better Heart Health through Technology – Team #idontgiveanapp, Italy

Their team name may suggest a certain nonchalance, but Italy’s Team #idontgiveanapp is anything but apathetic about the well-being of its target users. The team, winners in the recent Imagine Cup World Citizenship Semi-finals in Seattle, have created the HeartWatch


Tapping into Past Experiences to Inform the Future – Andrea Miles, USA

One common refrain we hear often at Daily Edventures is that many of our hero teachers knew from a very early age that becoming a teacher was in their future. Andrea Miles is no exception.


“American schools are in dire need for transforming organizational cultures and changing behaviors.” – Eric Patnoudes, USA

Eric Patnoudes knows a good bit about how to engage students with technology. The former classroom teacher, who has taught special education in public schools, now helps districts in the US, Canada and UK achieve successful and sustainable technology