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“I am focused on each student’s growth. If each student can come away with knowledge that will enhance their personal or professional life, then we have both succeeded.” – Pamela Orbison, computer science teacher, USA

Pamela Orbison Business, Finance, IT and Computer Science Teacher; Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Rowan Salisbury Schools in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA Pam Orbison (@CLMS_CTE on Twitter How one teacher manages testing pressure “It seems that a score on a test determines … Continue reading

Lee Whitmarsh

“I think it is important to remember that technology should be used for a clear purpose and have a positive and lasting impact on the students’ learning.” – Lee Whitmarsh, UK 

Lee Whitmarsh Curriculum Leader, Creative Arts Alsager School Cheshire, United Kingdom @l_whitmarsh “OneNote has to be one of my favorite uses of technology to empower students and staff,” says Lee Whitmarsh, who has been leading the curriculum for Creative Arts … Continue reading

David Renton

“…game development is an perfect cross-curricular topic which engages students and can encompass all sorts of subjects like ICT, computer science, math, physics, art, music, English, etc.” – David Renton

David Renton Teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) Scotland @drenton72 “In Scotland, we have ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ which includes game development as an experience and outcome at all stages of development. It also includes the principle of cross-curricular topics, … 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

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Five years celebrating everyday heroes  

Celebrating five years of Daily Edventures  Five years ago, we started an incredible journey to showcase the stories of education heroes from all around the globe. Over the course of this journey, we’ve featured hundreds of accounts of innovation, struggle, … Continue reading

Andre Quaglia

“My experience working in the business world taught me the importance of thinking independently and solving problems using available resources. Preparing students to meet these same challenges requires teaching strong information literacy skills that will give them the ability to fight economic poverty, improve quality of life and increase opportunities.”

Educator Tecumseh Vista Academy Department Head at Greater Essex County School Board Ontario, Canada @quagliaspace Andre shares his Project Based Learning in Business Education lesson on his page on the Educator Community, and on his website, cloudoflearning.com. Check them out!

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“Within all my projects, I use technology in order to transform my students into creators and pupils who have a say, express ideas and share them with the world.”

Marie-Hélène Fasquel Language and Literature teacher, Webinar Presenter, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Nantes, France Whether through Skype, eTwinning, her blog or Twitter, Marie-Hélène believes in the power of sharing ideas, cultures, and learning by reaching out. Learn more by visiting … Continue reading

Iro Stefopoulou

“Giving students the opportunity to connect with peers from all around the world and from different cultural backgrounds opens their eyes and minds. Skype in the Classroom, apart from practicing communication skills, takes learning outside of the classroom and provides authentic learning experiences!” 

Iro Stefopoulou Skype Master Teacher United Kingdom Iro shares even more Skype in the Classroom tips, insights and projects on her Educator Community profile.  To give your class a once-in-a-lifetime experience, be sure to sign up for Microsoft’s global Skype-a-Thon, … Continue reading

The updated Microsoft Educator Community: A journey to personalization

The updated Microsoft Educator Community launching this month reflects the insights of educators around the globe and months of hard work. It’s also more functional, more engaging, and perhaps most important — according to team lead Dr. Iris Yuster — more … Continue reading

Vicki Davis

“The best opportunity for innovation will happen if we allow and expect innovation and personalization in every classroom by harnessing the power of teachers and students. I believe the ‘on the same page’ movement can stifle innovation and in fact, is stifling it. Learning should be personal and powerful and push every student to reach a little further. It isn’t a ‘no child left behind’ world but should be an ‘every child move ahead’ scenario.”

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher Westwood Schools Camilla, Georgia, USA Read more from Vicki Davis, at her “Cool Cat Teacher” blog, including her 163 Cool Tools for Schools Handout. About Vicki Davis Education background: BS in Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, first in … Continue reading

Brian Aspinall

“Ultimately, I want kids to pursue life goals based on passions they encountered in school – similar to my school experience.” – Brian Aspinall, Canada

When we first spoke with Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Brian Aspinall last year, he shared his passion for helping his students solve problems systematically, all with the help of computer science and STEM. While Aspinall’s a veteran of using technology … Continue reading

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“Educational technology is now more about pedagogy first and then choosing the appropriate tool(s) for the job.” – Kathy Schrock, USA

As an independent educational technologist with more than 20 years in the field, Kathy Schrock has experienced first-hand how technology has transformed education — not only by engaging students, but by helping teachers manage their classrooms. Today, Schrock is

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“It is crucial that all children have access to high-quality pre-school and kindergarten programs—the earlier the better.” – Devon Caldwell, Canada

When we first talked with Devon Caldwell back in 2013, she shared her collaboration with first-grade teacher Leah Obach. Caldwell and Obach’s two classes are “partner classrooms,” Skyping, video Kinecting, and collaborating together regularly. Today, their

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Technology takes French class to the next level – Myria Mallette, Canada

At first glance, using technology in French class may not seem like a natural fit. But for Myria Mallette, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) who has been teaching French for seven years, it’s the best way she knows to … Continue reading

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“You can build upon [your] power by believing in yourself, your skills and the value these skills can bring to the education system and your students.” – Cynthia Gozzard, Canada

Professional development is a requirement for educators, and there is no shortage of great on-line and person options to get it done. For some educators, though, professional development isn’t just something they have to do – it’s a way of … Continue reading

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“How do schools prepare for this diversity? I believe it is through quality leadership that builds a culture from within.” – Fiona Forbes, Australia

In today’s fast-changing education environment, principals must not only provide day-to-day leadership for their teachers and schools, they must also drive whole-school transformation. As the Microsoft in Education team prepares to attend the annual meeting

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“I see technology as a great tool that can be a difference-maker, a gap-bridger, a motivator, an enabler, a voice, a problem-solver, and more. There is always more to learn, create and share.” – Dean Vendramin, Canada

Dean Vendramin always knew he wanted to be a teacher. And after nearly 20 years in the classroom, he’s as motivated as ever.

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“My hope is for students to realize they are agents of change now. They do not have to wait to become adults or start their careers to evoke positive change in their communities, schools and even in the world.” – Vickie Morgado, Canada

Vickie Morgado knows that connecting students to the world is one of the most important things any teacher can do. But for this veteran teacher with more than 15 years of classroom experience, connecting to other educators is just as … Continue reading

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“Technology allows us to teach students where they are.” – Alfred Thompson, USA

Alfred Thompson considers himself a “computer science education activist,” helping young people make the world a better place through software. 

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“My biggest hope through these shifts in education is that students feel respected and empowered to pursue their passions and learn how to be lifelong learners.” – Wendy Loewenstein, USA

For Dr. Wendy Loewenstein, innovative education is all about giving students the freedom to learn in the way that suits them best. And as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer who facilitated the MIE program for her entire district, she has a … Continue reading