People



“We’ve worked with laptops, mobile phones and tablets and I feel that no matter what the device is, students are always motivated.” – Paula Vorne, Finland

“We can begin innovating immediately. One effective approach is to integrate literacy into the content areas of science, social studies and math. Our students’ futures will depend on how literate they are in technological areas.” – Beth Maloney, USA

“A word of encouragement is life changing as it can take someone from the bottom to the top in seconds, and for over 20 years I have had the opportunity to uplift, motivate and empower people all over the world.” – Derrick Hayes, USA

“Education must be entertaining and dynamic.” – Julio A. Santiago Quirós

“People talk about career and college readiness…I think civic readiness is a third ‘C’ that’s essential and sometimes overlooked.” – Anna E. Baldwin, USA

“When it comes to manufacturing, it is critical that schools keep up with changes in technology. As quickly as industry is changing, the education system must respond quickly, too.” – Jeannine Kunz, USA

“I want my students to be the type of people who won’t quit. Instead of them saying ‘I can’t get an A on my history test because I’m bad at history,’ I want them to think ‘How can I get an A on my history test, even though I am bad at history?’ When students think ‘HOW?’ instead of taking the easy way out and giving up, it leads to more critical thinking and persistence.” – Jane Cui, USA

“Our goal is to provide local industry with the trained workforce they need.” – Dan Horine, USA

“Every student is unique in his or her strengths and challenges, and it is the job of the teacher to foster highly individualized learning in response to the student. Not the other way around.” – Ellen Brandenberger, USA

“You can see how many different projects can join together for the same cause.” – Team I Copy You, Qatar

“Improving education is the best thing that could happen to humankind.” – Flipped.uy, Uruguay

“We would like to contribute to better education. We strongly believe that how we learn is just as important as what we learn.” – Amra Buljubasic, Chemicalium

“Within all my projects, I use technology in order to transform my students into creators and pupils who have a say, express ideas and share them with the world.” – Marie-Hélène Fasquel, France

Microsoft Imagine Cup Winner: Brainy Studio, Games Category

“Project-based learning places the student as the central focal point of the learning process and all aspects of the necessary 21st century skills and multi-disciplinary learning can be incorporated into projects.” – Keith Laban, Trinidad and Tobago

“Text2Teach videos make our work easier and more enjoyable. We can now visit homes of our learners to see their real conditions, which is a great factor in the learners’ achievement.” – Mark Natividad, Philippines

“ALL students should engage in creative problem-solving activities and hands-on project-based-learning programs. [It] seems like much of this is still limited to the gifted and talented programs, but ALL students — and our community and world — could benefit from gaining these skills.” – Tricia Berry, USA

“People are coming into the workplace with technical skills, but they lack so many of the fundamental human relational skills that are required now because the nature of problems in the workplace are so complex…” – David Conley, USA

“It bothers me that we bring math from the real world into the classroom by way of textbooks on paper, where the problems…look lifeless on the page.” – Dan Meyer, USA

“We always look at the educational outcomes we want, then we back-track to the device, and ask what device and software combination will allow us to do that.” – Peter West, Australia