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“I think it’s very important to evaluate any new curricular intervention, and in today’s world when technology is seen as a panacea, it is increasingly important to be critical of its integration in education.” – Rey Junco, USA

“Worldwide, teachers feel like elephants in chains. They can’t move anywhere with the guidelines and curriculums and policies thrown upon them. They feel like they can’t take risks.” – Shelly Sanchez Terrell, USA

“Don’t be afraid to experiment and fail. Because you will fail. Over and over. Things will go wrong, things won’t work, approaches won’t be effective, and people will resist change. And then celebrate every small win.” – Chris Dawson, USA

“Every time I write something, I think about how each individual learns, and what to do to make that experience a good experience, with or without technology.” – Ken Royal, USA

“The grinding effects of poverty are the biggest obstacle to quality learning at home and at school. A good education is the best way to break the cycle of poverty. A good school is the best economic development boost for a neighborhood.” – Tom Vander Ark, USA

“Take time daily to learn more about your teaching topics — go online, talk to other teachers, take graduate credit courses — learning does not stop just because you got your degree.” – Denise Scribner, USA

“It is imperative that we focus less on the tool, and more on the instructional intention of the tool. Technology should be used to create authentic, transformative learning.” – Andrew Miller, USA

“An educational trend that needs to gain momentum is the idea that learning, for the sake of learning, is valuable. Otherwise, I think that we will start to regress as a society.” – Eric Stoller, USA

“We live in curious times. It’s called the Age of Information, but in another light it can be called the Age of Distraction. Nowadays students face a problem of diminished attention, since they have become multitaskers they have trouble concentrating. We have to help them find focus.” – Theresa Giakoumatou, Greece

“More learning is happening outside of our institutions. Students are increasingly able to find the best possible way of learning on their own.” – Dr. Keith Hampson, Canada

“The problems that you see around the world – we have a lot of that in the Philippines. Just seeing that creates the passion that you need to do something.” – Jecel Censoro, Philippines

“It’s important that educators learn more about the business and tech of ed-tech; and that similarly, entrepreneurs and engineers learn more about the theories and practices of education. There are so many smart people working in these fields, but too often we don’t communicate with one another.” – Audrey Watters, USA

“I see more teachers trying to connect with others from all over the world. Knocking down the walls of the classroom can be a very powerful thing to do. Connecting students with the world can only help them in the long run.” – Nick Provenzano, USA

“We need to be careful not to take the ‘human’ aspect out of education. While our students need to be technologically advanced as they compete for future jobs, they also need to have communication skills and a solid work ethic.” – Katie Pemberton, USA

“Promoting social-emotional and character development of children is, paradoxically, the best opportunity for innovation in education. It is accessible, feasible, sensible, cost-effective, within our grasp, and supported by evidence.” – Maurice Elias, USA

“Never, ever, close the door to your classroom. Keep it open, and invite EVERYONE in. The key to saving public education, is getting the public back into education.” – Tim Kubik, USA

“As educators we know that not all students are good at memorizing. Thus, many very gifted students think they aren’t ‘good’ at school and don’t live up to their full potential.”– Dayna Laur, USA

“It must be recognized that a real education is an experience and a process, not the summative end that can only be measured by a limited test. We must find ways to address, promote, and assess communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.” – Michael Gorman, USA

“Many of our ideas have come from our participation in Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Global Forum. I’m constantly amazed at how many others there are like me, looking to change education, and prepare our kids for the 21st century world.” – Daniel Sharpe, USA

“Communication, and building the tissue of professional friendships online, is probably the most transformative thing technology has brought us so far.” – Ewan McIntosh, Scotland