Voices of Inspiration

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across the globe – every day of the year.

“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.

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

Even the youngest students can learn with technology – Meg Chopek, Canada

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

“We have the chance to sculpt such a bright future for the next generation.” – Jose Kingsley, UK

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

Learning from E2, growing as a teacher – Josianne Bonnici, Malta

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

“My school’s efforts to integrate technology into instruction have led to significant increases in student achievement.” – Darren Clay, USA

Darren Clay learned early on the value of an education, when his assistant principal father did double duty as the school’s evening custodian – with his sons’ help — to pay for their private schooling. Ultimately following his dad’s career … Continue reading

Guest Blog | Andre Quaglia- Understanding ingenuity: One teacher’s quest

By Andre Quaglia, MET, MCE, MIEE Twitter: @quagliaspace Website: cloudoflearning.com

“OneNote has enabled us to work with different people, different cultures, and just collaborate and share with students what’s going on outside the classroom.” – Lee Whitmarsh, UK

For art educator and new Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (#MIEExpert) Lee Whitmarsh, technology is a means to an important end: helping his students experience art as fully as possible, and in a global context.

“I hope that every teacher would want to (evolve) – to not think, ‘I have been teaching for 20 years, I’m not going to move on.’ Everyone has to move on.” – Jenni Kansala, Finland

If there’s one thing that rings true about Microsoft’s E2 Global Educator Exchange, it’s that the Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE) are truly gifted and inspirational. Jenni Kansala, an MIEE from Finland, is a perfect example of the incredible talent … Continue reading

Making Teachers’ Lives Easier in Ecuador – Richard Roseland, Ecuador

For many who attended the recent Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange in Budapest, it was their first exposure to educators (and educational approaches) from different countries. Not so for Richard Roseland.  

Encouraging students to ‘find their own mojo’: Wing Kan Lai, The Netherlands

If you’re ever looking for interesting teachers with diverse and inspirational stories, look no further than the Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange. I was thrilled to meet some of the world’s most creative educators this year in Budapest, including physics … Continue reading

Love of Learning Shines at E2 – Kam Pong Remus Fung, Hong Kong

One of the great joys of hosting events like the recent Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange is witnessing those “a-ha” moments teachers experience when they interact with their fellow extraordinary educators from around the world. When I met English teacher