Student Voice

No classrooms. No teachers. No blackboards. No exams.

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on January 10, 2012.   At first glance it’s pretty obvious: Colegio Fontán is different. No classrooms. No teachers. No … Continue reading

“I thrive on promoting my students and their ideas. Microsoft in Education gave me and my students a voice. It gave my students validity, support, encouragement, and inspiration that was lacking in the most imminent way.” – Patricia Ragan Stokes, USA

Patricia Ragan Stokes Business Teacher Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York @PatriciaRagan1 For MIE Expert Patricia Ragan Stokes, attending her first MIE event in 2012 was a career-defining experience. “As a business teacher, my overriding mission is to get my … Continue reading

Bringing diverse students together with technology — Classroom technology eases transition for refugees

Olivier Dijkmans Elementary School Teacher Stedelijke Basisschool Omnimundo Antwerp, Belgium Olivier Dijkmans’ school is on the front lines when it comes to adapting to a diverse student body, including many refugees who have never attended school, and don’t know how … Continue reading

A student’s concussion leads to cutting-edge diagnostic technology – Eric Solender, USA

Three years ago, when high school student Eric Solender was 14, he suffered a concussion playing basketball. “I was coming down for a rebound,” Eric says, “and another kid was jumping up, and his nose slammed me in the back … Continue reading

“Why cry when you can try?” – Nathan Lee, USA

Internships are meant to prepare students for the demands and challenges of the workforce. After talking to high school senior (and Microsoft intern) Nathan Lee, we’re learning that today’s interns not only bring a wealth of expertise to their jobs, … Continue reading

A student’s story: How OneNote changed a life – Kyle Madinger, Canada

This is a story of struggle, perseverance, and ultimately, triumph. Our story starts with a young Kyle Madinger, born on Christmas. “Kyle was a Christmas baby, and was always the youngest in the class,” his father Brent tells us. “So … Continue reading

“I’ve seen the impact that tutoring programs can have on a student’s success – especially struggling students.” – Chris Hopkins, USA

Chris Hopkins may be a program manager intern at Microsoft, working with engineers and organizing development projects, but education is his passion. Fortunately, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Through his internship, Hopkins is gaining the valuable skills

Better Heart Health through Technology – Team #idontgiveanapp, Italy

Their team name may suggest a certain nonchalance, but Italy’s Team #idontgiveanapp is anything but apathetic about the well-being of its target users. The team, winners in the recent Imagine Cup World Citizenship Semi-finals in Seattle, have created the HeartWatch

Innovative App Aids Early Detection of Parkinson’s Disease – Team PROGNOSIS, Greece

What if by learning a language, you could have the power to change the world? If you ask Konstantinos Mavrodis, that language already exists – it just needs to be taught. “Coding is a language,” he says. “We have English, … Continue reading

Pregnancy Planning Made Easy – Team Boby, Taiwan

Want to get pregnant? There’s an app for that, thanks to Taiwan’s Team Boby, which recently won the 2015 Imagine Cup World Citizenship semifinals in Seattle.  The team of four (Wang Zhenghong, Yang Wenqian, Lai Hezhun, and Xue Zhihao) from … Continue reading

“When you let the students’ creativity come into play it can just escalate from there, and really become something they’re motivated to do.” – Team EnCourage, Germany

It’s one of my most favorite times of the year: time for the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals! Imagine Cup is the global student technology program and competition that provides opportunities for students across all disciplines to team up and … Continue reading

Team Tether: A New Twist on Social Networking from New Zealand – Team Tether, New Zealand

You know the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? Three Imagine Cup students from the University of Auckland in New Zealand — Team Tether — have used that idea to create an app to bring the … Continue reading

Imagine Cup 2015: Malaysia Game Designers Explore Native Folklore and Rituals

Teachers have many creative options when it comes to teaching about other cultures, but today’s Imagine Cup team – Malaysia’s SwinDesign — has designed an immersive game to do just that. Their game, “Tou: The Sacrifice” is a horror exploration … Continue reading

Graduation Day: A Bright Future for Isabella

Isabella Garcia-Mendez will graduate from Manteca High School this week with a considerable leg up on many of her peers. This graduating senior, who speaks three languages and plays multiple musical instruments, plans to major in political science at

“When I walk through these hallways, I think about what I [can] do when I get older.” – Richardson DeLeon, Inwood Early College Student, USA

“The goal of the classroom isn’t to give us facts, it’s to turn us into thinkers.” – John Dinelli, USA

“Being a computer science major doesn’t box you in [to coding],” she says, “There are almost too many options.” – Kaitlin Huben, USA

“Quality teachers and educational supplies should be evenly dispersed throughout the country. Until this is a reality, it is up to the students to go back into the communities with poorer education systems and give them a boost!” – Tiffany Davis, USA

“At the start of Imagine Cup, we were talking to each other saying, ‘There is no way we’ll get to the finals because there is so much amazing stuff out there.’ Clearly we’ve been proven wrong.” – Team Eyenaemia, Imagine Cup 2014 Winners, Australia

“Education must be entertaining and dynamic.” – Julio A. Santiago Quirós