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Estella’s Brilliant Bus Edventure

For most of us attending the recent ISTE convention, the journey there involved a plane or train and maybe a cab ride. Not so for 78-year-old Estella Pyfrom, who arrived in Philadelphia on her Brilliant Bus. Pyfrom, a 50-year teaching … Continue reading

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“I try to create global citizens and a global classroom for my students.” – Todd Flory, USA

How can teachers show their students that they care about them? For Todd Flory, it’s pretty simple. “It’s the importance of being in students’ lives, not just from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” he says, “but the impact that you … Continue reading

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Skype in the Classroom Inspires Middle School Students to Save Lives in Africa

Technology can connect your students with the world, but according to Andrea Friend, their relationship with the teacher still determines success. “It always comes back to that relationship with the teacher,” Friend says. “If you don’t have it, it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Mystery Skype Brings the World to Rural Iowa Classroom – Gina Ruffcorn, USA

What does a certified nursing assistant who feels she isn’t making enough of an impact in other’s lives do to change course? For Gina Ruffcorn the answer was simple: become a teacher. “I could never make the impact that I … Continue reading

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“If you are thinking in teacher-centric way, [you see] no need to change.” – Gergely Nadori, Hungary

Most teachers have some kind of impact on their students, but few can say that they’ve also changed the lives of many of their fellow educators. For Gergely Nadori, it’s all in a day’s work. And this Microsoft Innovative Educator … Continue reading

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Planting Seeds, Watering Seeds: My Most Inspiring Educator

Guest Post By Minnia Feng, Microsoft Education Team One of the best things about working on the Microsoft Education team is meeting amazing, inspiring educators from around the world. And just last week, that honor got even more personal for … Continue reading

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“Wherever I go, I get to carry the words of my students. And that’s not something that I take lightly.” – Pernille Ripp, USA

Negative experiences – especially when you’re an impressionable elementary school student – are hard to forget, and can shape the person you become. This was the case for teacher and Daily Edventures alum Pernille Ripp, when a teacher pegged her … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Teacher of the Year – Dyane Smokorowski, USA

Dyane Smokorowski – “Mrs. Smoke” to her students – was born to be an educator. Even as a pre-schooler, she would listen intently as her teachers discussed making lessons plans and think, “That sounds more exciting than me having to … Continue reading

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Using Skype and Music to Reach New Levels of Student Engagement– Jed Dearybury, USA

Jed Dearybury’s unique brand of music-infused teaching has won him a great deal of recognition – including top-five finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year in 2014 and a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching for … Continue reading

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Skype + Math = Engaged and Inspired Students in Kansas – Stacey Ryan, USA

Great things happen when students do uncomfortable things. In fact, for Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and math teacher Stacey Ryan, being “thrown in” to an uncomfortable position early on was the catalyst for her career path.

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Ted Dintersmith: Most Likely to Succeed

Sometimes, the most effective champions for education reform come from the unlikeliest places. Such is the case with Ted Dintersmith, a successful technology venture capitalist who became frustrated by the growing disconnect between the skills employers look for

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How Big is Your Brave? – Angela Maiers, USA

There is a reason that Angela Maiers is recognized as one of today’s most influential education bloggers, social media activists and education thought leaders: her work resonates with teachers, school leaders, students and parents alike. It’s not hard to understand … Continue reading

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The Future Classroom is in Portugal Today – Carlos Cunha, Portugal

While great teaching happens in every conceivable kind of environment, sometimes having a classroom that’s tailor-made for 21st century learning can make all the difference. That’s certainly the case in the Lisbon, Portugal suburb of Setúbal, where Microsoft Innovative

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Building Up Students One Block at a Time in Brazil – Francisco Tupy, Brazil

Francisco Tupy is passionate about the potential of games to transform his students’ learning – so passionate, in fact, that you might see him dressed in a Minecraft costume (complete with Minecraft-themed shoes) to bring the game to life. When … Continue reading

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Telling the untold stories of historical greatness in Singapore – Andy Ng, Singapore

For Social Studies teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Andy Ng, bringing history to life for his students is just one aspect of what he does each day. Technology also plays a starring role in his 5th grade classroom at … Continue reading

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Courage Finds a Voice: A Conversation with Malala’s Father, Ziauddin Yousafzai

“It is really a miracle, that after the attack, [Malala] restored her health, she restored herself physically, mentally, and spiritually. And now she’s standing on a global stage for the rights of girls and women – especially for the rights … Continue reading

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Fearless Teaching Transforms Elementary School Classroom – Tammy Dunbar, USA

When we last caught up with Tammy Dunbar this past January, the 4th and 5th grade teacher’s district was in the middle of a massive learning transformation. Every student and teacher in Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) was given a … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dr. Matt Harris, ISTE Chairman-Elect

Without a doubt, there are few things as energizing as gathering educators from around the world to collaborate, share, and learn from one another. At the recent Microsoft Education Empowered Event (E2), I was thrilled to catch up with Dr. … Continue reading

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“Students can bring their learning to life – they can question the status quo, ask what their place in the world is and how can they play a part in changing the world they live in.” – Cathy Dohn, Canada

When Cathy Dohn first looked into Minecraft, she was underwhelmed, to say the least. “At first glance, it might not seem like much – an online computer program made up of building blocks,” says Dohn. “Many have said it’s kind … Continue reading

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Creating Lasting Education Transformation in Africa – Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria

If there is one thing that the Microsoft Global Forum – held earlier this year in Dubai – has shown us, it’s that there is power when great minds come together to collaborate and learn from one another.