Voices of Inspiration

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across the globe – every day of the year.

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“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

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“It is crucial that all children have access to high-quality pre-school and kindergarten programs—the earlier the better.” – Devon Caldwell, Canada

When we first talked with Devon Caldwell back in 2013, she shared her collaboration with first-grade teacher Leah Obach. Caldwell and Obach’s two classes are “partner classrooms,” Skyping, video Kinecting, and collaborating together regularly. Today, their

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Technology takes French class to the next level – Myria Mallette, Canada

At first glance, using technology in French class may not seem like a natural fit. But for Myria Mallette, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) who has been teaching French for seven years, it’s the best way she knows to … Continue reading

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“You can build upon [your] power by believing in yourself, your skills and the value these skills can bring to the education system and your students.” – Cynthia Gozzard, Canada

Professional development is a requirement for educators, and there is no shortage of great on-line and person options to get it done. For some educators, though, professional development isn’t just something they have to do – it’s a way of … Continue reading

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“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

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“I see technology as a great tool that can be a difference-maker, a gap-bridger, a motivator, an enabler, a voice, a problem-solver, and more. There is always more to learn, create and share.” – Dean Vendramin, Canada

Dean Vendramin always knew he wanted to be a teacher. And after nearly 20 years in the classroom, he’s as motivated as ever.

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“My hope is for students to realize they are agents of change now. They do not have to wait to become adults or start their careers to evoke positive change in their communities, schools and even in the world.” – Vickie Morgado, Canada

Vickie Morgado knows that connecting students to the world is one of the most important things any teacher can do. But for this veteran teacher with more than 15 years of classroom experience, connecting to other educators is just as … Continue reading

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“Technology allows us to teach students where they are.” – Alfred Thompson, USA

Alfred Thompson considers himself a “computer science education activist,” helping young people make the world a better place through software. 

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“My biggest hope through these shifts in education is that students feel respected and empowered to pursue their passions and learn how to be lifelong learners.” – Wendy Loewenstein, USA

For Dr. Wendy Loewenstein, innovative education is all about giving students the freedom to learn in the way that suits them best. And as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer who facilitated the MIE program for her entire district, she has a … Continue reading

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Pioneering project-based learning in Tennessee – Brent Thrasher, USA

Brent Thrasher first started to consider a career in education during high-school. A frequent volunteer to help his peers with homework, Thrasher was often complimented on his ability to reteach content. He found it very rewarding to help others and … Continue reading

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“I am excited for the day when high schools look more like K-2nd grade, where it is difficult to determine if they are learning English, or Math and Science, or character development, or skill development.” – Ian Fogarty, Canada

As a multidisciplinary science teacher, you’d expect Ian Fogarty to be passionate about technology – and he is. But it’s Fogarty’s passion for how tech can transform his students’ lives that sets him apart.

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From typist to Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert – MaryJo Slater, USA

Without a doubt, technology changes quickly. Just ask MaryJo Slater, who first took the technology plunge in 1989 and has never looked back.

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“Effective instruction from a passionate and dedicated teacher is the single most critical factor in student success.” – Stepan Mekhitarian, USA

As immigrants fleeing war-torn Lebanon, Stepan Mekhitarian’s parents knew that education was the key to helping their son achieve his dreams – whatever they happened to be. After working in public accounting post-graduation, that belief in the power of

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A flipped approach to better teaching, and a better school – Jon Tait, United Kingdom

“Education is still caught in a bit of a time warp,” says Jon Tait. “Our children are able to learn how to build, how to create, how to construct and design villages, towns and whole cities on things like Minecraft. … Continue reading

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“If everything in life is a game, then we need to choose the games we play carefully.” – Szymon Machajewski, USA

Szymon Machajewski has two passions: education and technology. By combining them both, he and his students are innovating together every day, both in person, and online.

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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.

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“Technology can transform learning, taking students beyond the textbook and into the real world where authentic experiences can take place with those who live there.” – Ann Mirtschin, Austalia

There was a time when students in remote, rural communities were at a distinct disadvantage to peers in big city schools. But technology has changed all that, and teachers like Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Ann Mirtschin are a big reason … Continue reading

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“I learned to let go of control, and learn with and from my students, something I have become very passionate about.”– Steve Isaacs, USA

Educational innovation can take many forms, depending on who you ask. For Steve Isaccs, a middle school Video Game Design and Development teacher, the future of education is not only about using the right tools; it’s about HOW our classrooms … Continue reading

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“I teach today in honor of teachers everywhere who have ever given a moment, and the right words, to change a child’s life.” – Stephen Reid, Scotland

Games-based learning innovator Stephen Reid knows what it’s like to be an outsider. As a young child, Reid withstood both bullying and an uninspiring primary education. But when one caring high school teacher recognized his potential, his course was set.

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An Education Revolution in Egypt – Marine Bois

When I had the opportunity to talk to experienced educator Marine Bois in at recent BETT Middle East in Abu Dhabi, I was anxious to hear about her recent professional journey. Bois immersed herself in Microsoft training and tools just … Continue reading