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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
“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.
Without a doubt, technology changes quickly. Just ask MaryJo Slater, who first took the technology plunge in 1989 and has never looked back.
“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
“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
“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.
“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.
“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
“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
“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.
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
Minecraft in Education is quickly becoming one of the most effective ways for innovative teachers to #hacktheclassroom. Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts who we met at the Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange in Budapest (like Daily Edventures alum
“I think we teachers must start making things change in our classrooms. And this desire and enthusiasm to enhance our students’ learning processes must be contagious.” – Melina Ignazzi, Argentina
Melina Ignazzi knows how to overcome obstacles – after all, she’s a technology teacher in a classroom without Internet access. She knows how to #HacktheClassroom, and was even a winner in our recent Class Hacks Challenge. But Ignazzi’s enthusiasm for … Continue reading
Jose Kingsley grew up dreaming of being a teacher. So it’s no surprise that he’s now tirelessly committed not only to ensure successful outcomes for his young students from diverse cultures, but to helping his fellow teachers discover the value … Continue reading
For many educators who attended the Microsoft E2 Educator Exchange in Budapest, the ability to learn from other teachers from around the globe made the experience not only something they will never forget, but one that changed their teaching for … Continue reading
“When technology becomes the ‘air and water’ we need in innovative instruction, and learning exists in a seamless and transparent way, then we know we’ve done well for our students. – Dr. Melanie Wiscount, USA
When you’ve been teaching for more than 30 years like Dr. Melanie Wiscount has, you have seen a lot of changes. For Wiscount, embracing the change is the only way forward.
“Change can and will continue to take place to improve education and I feel very proud to be part of this change.” – Helen Savvidou, Cyprus
Helen Savvidou knew early on that education had the power to change her life. As the daughter of Greek immigrants in a bilingual home, Savvidou saw first-hand that the ability to communicate effectively was of the utmost importance.
“My main goal is that I want to make myself unnecessary. I want them to stand on their own.” – Jan-Martin Klinge, Germany
Jan-Martin Klinge’s favorite quote is, “Far from finished.” We find this appropriate, as this math and physics teacher is just getting started. And given everything he’s already accomplished, we can’t wait to see what’s in store.
“That makes me proud… to have an impact on young people and help make them ready for life.” – Mads Ostermann, Denmark
Danish educator and consultant Mads Ostermann has seen first-hand how technology can truly transform a classroom – and not just for the students. Ostermann, who attended the recent Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange in Budapest, thinks technology plays as
“We are sitting at the cusp of a collaborative individualized learning experience like no other.” – Daren Mallett, Australia
Daren Mallett’s early school experience has played a major role in shaping who he is as a teacher. A happy student in primary school, his love of learning faded when he reached high school, where his teachers were over-extended, not … Continue reading