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“How exciting is the world in which we live, where language is no longer a barrier?” – Deanne Joosten, Australia

Deanne Joosten Leading Teacher – Pedagogy and Curriculum Innovation Phoenix P-12 Community College Ballarat, Australia @deannejoosten Drama is one of the most intimate, high-touch subjects taught in school. So when year 12 students in three rural classrooms (more than seven … Continue reading

“Technology will never replace teachers, but a teacher who cannot teach with technology will be replaced by another one who can.” – Zuzana Molčanová, Slovakia

Zuzana Molčanová Teacher Engagement Manager Microsoft Bratislava, Slovakia @zuzanamol Zuzana Molčanová knew she wanted to be a teacher from an early age, but she had no idea what that really meant until she stood up in front of her students. … Continue reading

“We should never underestimate children – they care, they want to be heard and they can make a difference.”- Travis Goulter, Australia

Travis Goulter Head of Junior School Ormiston College Brisbane, Australia @TravGoulter Early in MIEE Travis Goulter’s teaching career, he learned how important it is to include his students in real-world problem-solving. “I taught at a school located in an inner-city … Continue reading

“Minecraft gives me the opportunity to create worlds and environments that make students go, ‘Wow!’” – Laurens Derks, Australia

Laurens Derks IT Integrator Abbotsleigh School for Girls Sydney, Australia @ICTLaurens  Laurens Derks loves Minecraft, and he can offer up countless reasons why.  “Minecraft sparks conversations and creates learning moments that are priceless,” Derks tells us. “In a Special Education … Continue reading

“I still remember the first time my students and I did a Mystery Skype. They got a big surprise — it was like magic for them.” – Jaime Toribio, Spain

Jaime Toribio Primary School Teacher/IT Leader Colegio San Agustín Valladolid, Spain @jtoribio2000 For MIE Expert Jaime Toribio, new teaching and learning strategies are perfectly compatible with traditional methodology. But while new technologies allow for more efficient teamwork, according to Toribio, … Continue reading

“In the past, children were playing together with a ball. Today, they play with smartphones. We need to find a way to communicate with them in their language.” – Julia Janosikova, Slovakia

      Julia Janosikova Physics, Mathematics and Informatics Teacher Zakladna Skola, Zahoracka Malacky, Slovakia @JuliaJanosikova Bringing real-world activities into the classroom engages students and gives educators new ways to connect with them. This philosophy not only directs MIE Expert … Continue reading

“To make change happen we must get school leaders to see the value of investing time and money into Professional Development.” – Lynette Barker, Australia

Lynette Barker Teacher Librarian & Learning Technology Coordinator St Therese’s Primary NSW, Australia @Lynettebar Keeping up with the latest skills and technology is challenging, and many times, educators simply don’t know what technologies are available to help them in their … Continue reading

“My life has been that of a seeker. All my life is learning — both formally and informally.” – Floyd Chanda, Zambia

A willingness to try new things can be just as important for educators as it is for their students. Just ask Floyd Chanda.. “The biggest challenge for education today is to keep up with the pace of the changing technologies … Continue reading

“Through Skype, I have shown my students and their families so many amazing places around the world and created a sense of wonder in them.” – Blair Smith, Australia

Blair Smith Year 5/6 Classroom Teacher St Therese’s Catholic Primary School Queensland, Australia @mrsmiths56class    Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Blair Smith says that traveling with his parents as a child opened his eyes to the opportunities available to those … Continue reading

“I prefer thinking that every day in my classroom will be the best day ever.” – Ramón Rodríguez Galán, Spain

Ramón Rodríguez Galán Teacher and ICT Manager, MIE Expert and MIE Master Trainer Maristas Mediterránea Sevilla, Spain @Profe_RamonRG Ghandi famously said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” For educator Ramón Rodríguez Galán, being that change … Continue reading

“Engaging students, whether K-12 or adult learners, in real life, inquiry-based problems empowers them to become the protagonists in their story.” – Miguel Guhlin, USA

Miguel Guhlin Director of Professional Development TCEA.org Austin, Texas, USA @mguhlin Working with bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the small Texas town where President Lyndon Baines Johnson once taught transformed Miguel Guhlin’s views on education. But it … Continue reading

“We are a collaborative group where I’m only a mentor who helps my students to go their way.” – Olga Ilchenko, Russia

Olga Ilchenko Educational Expert Federal Institute of Education Moscow, Russia As a teacher trainer, Olga Ilchenko has been working with Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIEs) and Microsoft Showcase Schools for years, always searching for the best methods for these educators and … Continue reading

“I realized how important education is in the 21st century, and that some of my teaching methods need to evolve.” – Karel Rejthar, Czech Republic

Karel Rejthar Teacher, ICT Manager Střední škola zemědělská a potravinářská Klatovy, Czech Republic @karelrejthar Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) Karel Rejthar knows that his students have infinite sources from which they can learn. As a result, he doesn’t believe in … Continue reading

“I lead by example and share my story daily on Twitter, hoping that it helps someone who might be nervous about taking a risk to just do it.” – Benjamin Kelly, Canada

Benjamin Kelly Teacher/Lead of Innovation Design Anglophone East School District Moncton, New Brunswick @BBTNB Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) Benjamin Kelly has a full toolbox when it comes to practicing Universal Design for Learning. And his favorite activities in his toolbox always include Microsoft’s Minecraft Education … Continue reading

“Confining students behind desks will not work anymore in a technology classroom because that is not how engineers, designers, and other creative professionals work.” – Shepherd Simango, South Africa

Shepherd Simango Design & Technology Teacher/Computer Applications Teacher St. Stithians Girls’ College Johannesburg, South Africa @shex72 As a technology teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE), Shepherd Simango encourages his students to be explorative, especially when they are faced with a … Continue reading

“We created a learn-from-each-other environment.” – Mohammad Aliff Bin Othman, Malaysia 

Mohammad Aliff Bin Othman Geography Teacher MRSM Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens Sandakan, Malaysia @aliffothman04  When Mohammad Aliff Bin Othman began his career as a Geography teacher, he felt the stress most new teachers feel: How could he best manage his … Continue reading

It Starts With You…You Are The Change – Joe Lemaron, Africa

“My greatest dream for education would be that students will move away from being just consumers of information, but become problem solvers, innovators, producers, global citizens,” says Joe Lemaron.

Hadi Partovi

“Embrace your own inner fear. It’s the easiest way to get started.” – Hadi Partovi, USA

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on March 7, 2016. If you have been following the conversation about students learning how to code, you’ve likely heard … Continue reading

Twitter, an Author, a Teacher and her Students: A Story of Collaboration — Marie-Hélène Fasquel, France

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on September 28, 2015. When we first talked with Daily Edventures alum Marie-Hélène Fasquel last year, she spoke passionately about … Continue reading

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