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Microsoft World Tour School – Hellerup School, Denmark

Hellerup School is one of the Microsoft World Tour Schools in the Innovative Schools Program. The school is operating in one big open classroom environment without walls. Students are encouraged to work according to their individual learning styles in a synergy … Continue reading

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Welcome to the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum

Welcome to the biggest week in education! Today is the first day of the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona. Over 1,000 of the most innovative and committed educators, school leaders and government officials from nearly 100 countries … Continue reading

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“We believe that educational institutions are seriously struggling today to cope with the mass introduction of technology in the education process.” – Nikolaos Nikou, Greece

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“Teachers, as the gatekeepers of the classroom, are the ones that will enable … digital technology to have a positive effect on teaching, learning, student engagement and ultimately learning outcomes.” – Terry Byers, Australia

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“We have to create one central European education organization, with central skill definitions, central online exams and without any decision possibilities for local or federal administration. Start now!” – Michael Fees, Germany

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BETT Week: The Device Decision – Does Your School Have All the Facts?

As I meet with teachers, school leaders and policy-makers here at the BETT show 2014, I’m struck by the complexity of the decisions they’re facing. How do they know that the technology they choose for their school is right for … Continue reading

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Every Kid Needs A Champion

In this TED talk from Rita Pierson on “Every Kid Needs a Champions” is a great video. She talks about how classrooms lack the kind of human connections kids need to feel inspired to learn. Hope you enjoy!

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21st Century Classroom

Reimagining education is about putting the student – the learner – first, with the holistic goal of improving student outcomes. Whether through flipping your classroom, creating a 1:1 learning environment or developing completely unique method of individualized teaching, innovative education … Continue reading

Juliet Robertson

“The concept of a ‘21st century skill’ makes no sense to me. What intrigues and inspires me is how being outside can encourage and facilitate the development of these skills in a more effective way than being stuck inside a classroom.” – Juliet Robertson, Scotland

Kecia Ray

“Anywhere the student is can be a classroom, and that’s an amazing accomplishment! The world really is our classroom and with access it can become multi-dimensional.” – Dr. Kecia Ray, USA

kristi Lonka

“It’s not about technology. It’s more about pedagogy and knowledge practices. We have to change our social practices and knowledge practices, and that often calls for changing and shaping our physical environment.” – Kirsti Lonka, Finland

“I know that every teacher can create a classroom environment in which engagement is the norm instead of the exception.” – Mimi Videnova, Bulgaria

“School buildings that are designed for 20th century learning… were designed to deliver education one basic way, by lecture mode, and this no longer serves people who need to learn 21st century skills.” – Randy Fielding, USA

“Kids who ‘own’ their learning are destined to do the most amazing things.” – USA

“Remember that you may be the only adult role model and positive doorway into the future that they have” – Australia

Inspiring learners by learning – Kenya

In order to be an extraordinary teacher, you must also be a passionate student.

“We changed the reality of a young man who thought that the only solution was violence. Education changed him.” – Brazil

As an educator in the Janga district of Paulista, Pernambuco State in Brazil, Eraldo Guerra has truly seen miracles with his students. “I remember one student from the social (housing) projects who lost the will to dream,” says Guerra. “He felt his … Continue reading

As long as standardization is the goal, innovation won’t happen

As a social studies teacher in Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, a partnership with the Franklin Institute with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship, Diana Laufenberg works hard to ensure her high-school students create their own learning experiences. And she … Continue reading

Don’t Fear Technology, Embrace It

Riley Ikni and his team “Dream’n’Touch” were 2011 Imagine Cup Global Finalists from France. They created the eBakPak, which embeds the majority of tools any student might need into his or her backpack in a single software application.

Education Systems are Ecosystems

Maria Langworthy is quick to point out that the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL)Research she’s managing globally is still very much a work-in-progress.