Physical Learning Environments

“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.

Education beyond (prison) walls

Many teachers face challenging circumstances while they work to inspire their students. Sandra Caldas, Teacher, Colégio Estadual Luiza Mahin, Winner of the “Innovation in Challenging Contexts” at the 2011 PiL Global Forum, is one of these teachers. Her students are in … Continue reading

I Don’t Know the Word ‘Impossible’

As a student at the University of Beirut during the 1990s civil war, Fida Mohammad El-Homsi, Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher, faced hardships many university students couldn’t imagine.

Fighting Fear and Learning to Live

“Educators – especially in high school – they are scared,” says Leonardo Garnier, Minister of Education in Costa Rica.

Beyond the Tools: Encouraging Self-determination

Kagan Kalinyazgan, CEO, Yuce Schools and Educational Software Creator, brings an engineer’s logical perspective to education. 

One Earth, Our Earth – Together We Can Make a Difference

Sangeeta Shukramani is a primary teacher in New Delhi, India who takes her role in developing responsible citizens very seriously. Shukramani recently won recognition at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum for her “One Earth, Our Earth – Together … Continue reading

A voice from Taiwan – I-Fa Su

I-Fa Su teaches fourth grade in Taiwan, where he’s lived for over 40 years. Undoubtedly, he faces unique challenges that come with educating students in a society changing at hyper-speed. But his concerns and hopes about education are strikingly similar to those of … Continue reading

Twentieth Century Problem, Meet Twenty-first Century Learning Skills

It’s no secret that education disparity – the vast divide between well funded and resourced “rich” schools and cash-strapped, inspiration starved “poor” schools – is one of the biggest problems we face today. No continent, country or city is immune. … Continue reading