Lessons from a Teacher of the Year – Dyane Smokorowski, USA

Dyane Smokorowski – “Mrs. Smoke” to her students – was born to be an educator. Even as a pre-schooler, she would listen intently as her teachers discussed making lessons plans and think, “That sounds more exciting than me having to … Continue reading


Using Skype and Music to Reach New Levels of Student Engagement– Jed Dearybury, USA

Jed Dearybury’s unique brand of music-infused teaching has won him a great deal of recognition – including top-five finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year in 2014 and a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching for … Continue reading


Skype + Math = Engaged and Inspired Students in Kansas – Stacey Ryan, USA

Great things happen when students do uncomfortable things. In fact, for Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and math teacher Stacey Ryan, being “thrown in” to an uncomfortable position early on was the catalyst for her career path.


Ted Dintersmith: Most Likely to Succeed

Sometimes, the most effective champions for education reform come from the unlikeliest places. Such is the case with Ted Dintersmith, a successful technology venture capitalist who became frustrated by the growing disconnect between the skills employers look for

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“To think that the products I had a part in making were enabling even some small aspect of this [education] revolution was humbling.” – Chris Pratley, Canada

If you love to use OneNote and Sway (and we know a lot of you do), then you’ll be thrilled with today’s Daily Edventure featuring Chris Pratley. Pratley is none other than the creator of both of these well-loved tools. … Continue reading


How Big is Your Brave? – Angela Maiers, USA

There is a reason that Angela Maiers is recognized as one of today’s most influential education bloggers, social media activists and education thought leaders: her work resonates with teachers, school leaders, students and parents alike. It’s not hard to understand … Continue reading


The Future Classroom is in Portugal Today – Carlos Cunha, Portugal

While great teaching happens in every conceivable kind of environment, sometimes having a classroom that’s tailor-made for 21st century learning can make all the difference. That’s certainly the case in the Lisbon, Portugal suburb of Setúbal, where Microsoft Innovative


Building Up Students One Block at a Time in Brazil – Francisco Tupy, Brazil

Francisco Tupy is passionate about the potential of games to transform his students’ learning – so passionate, in fact, that you might see him dressed in a Minecraft costume (complete with Minecraft-themed shoes) to bring the game to life. When … Continue reading


Telling the untold stories of historical greatness in Singapore – Andy Ng, Singapore

For Social Studies teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Andy Ng, bringing history to life for his students is just one aspect of what he does each day. Technology also plays a starring role in his 5th grade classroom at … Continue reading


Courage Finds a Voice: A Conversation with Malala’s Father, Ziauddin Yousafzai

“It is really a miracle, that after the attack, [Malala] restored her health, she restored herself physically, mentally, and spiritually. And now she’s standing on a global stage for the rights of girls and women – especially for the rights … Continue reading


Fearless Teaching Transforms Elementary School Classroom – Tammy Dunbar, USA

When we last caught up with Tammy Dunbar this past January, the 4th and 5th grade teacher’s district was in the middle of a massive learning transformation. Every student and teacher in Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) was given a … Continue reading


A Conversation with Dr. Matt Harris, ISTE Chairman-Elect

Without a doubt, there are few things as energizing as gathering educators from around the world to collaborate, share, and learn from one another. At the recent Microsoft Education Empowered Event (E2), I was thrilled to catch up with Dr. … Continue reading


“Students can bring their learning to life – they can question the status quo, ask what their place in the world is and how can they play a part in changing the world they live in.” – Cathy Dohn, Canada

When Cathy Dohn first looked into Minecraft, she was underwhelmed, to say the least. “At first glance, it might not seem like much – an online computer program made up of building blocks,” says Dohn. “Many have said it’s kind … Continue reading


Creating Lasting Education Transformation in Africa – Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria

If there is one thing that the Microsoft Global Forum – held earlier this year in Dubai – has shown us, it’s that there is power when great minds come together to collaborate and learn from one another.


Social Media and Gamification Take Center Stage in Learning – Noelene Callaghan, Australia

For Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Noelene Callaghan, her career and passion were a matter of happy circumstance. As an IT educator trainer in the corporate world, Callaghan loved teaching others to use technology.


It’s a Small World, After All: Connecting Classrooms with Skype -Darcy Grimes, USA

When you’re selected as a state-wide Teacher of the Year, people tend to have high expectations of you. Lucky for Darcy Grimes’ fourth grade students and her fellow teachers, she continues to live up to those expectations each and every … Continue reading


Professional Development and the Right Tools Equal Success – Sandi Adams, USA

More and more districts are adding powerful classroom technology these days, but not all of those technology implementations are successful. The biggest reason they fail? Lack of professional development for teachers.


Global Enterprise Challenge Takes Off- Anthony Lees, UK

When the Global Enterprise Challenge was pitched at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum last year, we knew we could expect big things. The challenge, which brings students together from around the world to learn how to run a business, … Continue reading


“OneNote Leads the Way to Vocational Excellence.”- Kristen Messer, USA

Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) has played a starring role lately here at Daily Edventures, and for good reason: MUSD is one of the most forward-looking school districts in the United States.


Games Bring Learning to Life -Jim Pedrech, Canada

By now, it’s widely accepted that games-based learning can be highly effective, and no one would dispute that games generate unbridled enthusiasm among students. Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Jim Pedrech has taken the use of games a step farther,