“Skills and technology are important but with empathy we can make an even better world.” – Chhaya Narayan, New Zealand

Each and every educator we met at the Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange in Budapest inspired us. But it’s always nice to hear that the educators were inspired, too. For new Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Chhaya Narayan, it was a … Continue reading


“We are sitting at the cusp of a collaborative individualized learning experience like no other.” – Daren Mallett, Australia

Daren Mallett’s early school experience has played a major role in shaping who he is as a teacher. A happy student in primary school, his love of learning faded when he reached high school, where his teachers were over-extended, not … Continue reading


“My school’s efforts to integrate technology into instruction have led to significant increases in student achievement.” – Darren Clay, USA

Darren Clay learned early on the value of an education, when his assistant principal father did double duty as the school’s evening custodian – with his sons’ help — to pay for their private schooling. Ultimately following his dad’s career … Continue reading


Guest Blog | Andre Quaglia- Understanding ingenuity: One teacher’s quest

By Andre Quaglia, MET, MCE, MIEE Twitter: @quagliaspace Website:


“OneNote has enabled us to work with different people, different cultures, and just collaborate and share with students what’s going on outside the classroom.” – Lee Whitmarsh, UK

For art educator and new Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (#MIEExpert) Lee Whitmarsh, technology is a means to an important end: helping his students experience art as fully as possible, and in a global context.


“I hope that every teacher would want to (evolve) – to not think, ‘I have been teaching for 20 years, I’m not going to move on.’ Everyone has to move on.” – Jenni Kansala, Finland

If there’s one thing that rings true about Microsoft’s E2 Global Educator Exchange, it’s that the Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE) are truly gifted and inspirational. Jenni Kansala, an MIEE from Finland, is a perfect example of the incredible talent … Continue reading


Making Teachers’ Lives Easier in Ecuador – Richard Roseland, Ecuador

For many who attended the recent Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange in Budapest, it was their first exposure to educators (and educational approaches) from different countries. Not so for Richard Roseland.  


Encouraging students to ‘find their own mojo’: Wing Kan Lai, The Netherlands

If you’re ever looking for interesting teachers with diverse and inspirational stories, look no further than the Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange. I was thrilled to meet some of the world’s most creative educators this year in Budapest, including physics … Continue reading


Love of Learning Shines at E2 – Kam Pong Remus Fung, Hong Kong

One of the great joys of hosting events like the recent Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange is witnessing those “a-ha” moments teachers experience when they interact with their fellow extraordinary educators from around the world. When I met English teacher


Improvising, learning and sharing – one teacher’s guide to #hacktheclassroom – André Spang, Germany

What do musicians and educators have in common? If you ask André Spang – both an accomplished jazz musician and a teacher – more than you might think. “As a jazz musician I have to improvise,” says Spang. “If I … Continue reading


Paula Vorne: E2 in Budapest Through the Eyes of a Fellow

by Guest Blogger Paula Vorne | MIE Fellow, Finland I’ve been lucky. Actually, more than lucky. In 2012, our school became a part of the Microsoft in Education Partners in Learning program and in 2013, my journey as an Expert … Continue reading


“It’s not hard to start with OneNote – just jump in.” – Jeff Kash, USA

During last month’s Hack the Classroom event, we learned a lot about the latest trends in engaging students – including coding, Minecraft and making. But sometimes, transformation is less about teaching new things, and more about teaching in new ways.


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

If you have been following the conversation about students learning how to code, you’ve likely heard of When we first spoke with founder Hadi Partovi back in 2013, they were just


First-grade teacher hacks her classroom and sparks a whole new generation of computer scientists – Leah Obach, Canada

Does teaching computer science to your students sound a little scary? It did to Leah Obach, too. “I didn’t know how to code myself,” says Obach, a first-grade teacher at Hamiota


“Books have disappeared from the classrooms and 1:1 devices have taken their place, so the learning process has reached a different level.” – Amparo Aparisi, Spain

Amparo Aparisi may not always have wanted to be an educator – her first love was foreign languages – but she instinctively understood the qualities that made for a great teacher. “I will always remember my teacher Miguel Teruel, in … Continue reading


Minecraft adds a new twist to religious education – Daniel Pajuelo Vazquez, Spain

For priest and educator Daniel Pajuelo Vazquez, technology and religious education go hand in hand. And by using Minecraft, he found a way to engage his students in both. Since he was a teenager, Pajuelo Vasquez has mixed a commitment … Continue reading


Maker Movement pioneer offers sage advice to creative educators – Dale Dougherty, USA

As part of last month’s Hack the Classroom event, we heard from some true education innovators who have hacked learning spaces around the world to provide students with transformational learning experiences.


How Staffpad Takes Music Education to the Next Level – Guest Post by Andrew Fitzgerald, USA

Last week, it was time for me to teach my beginner groups about Key Signatures. Reading a key signature is a vital skill for any musician, so I want to make sure my students know and understand the concept well. … Continue reading


“My biggest hope is to make learning so powerful and memorable, that students can look for solutions to real problems.” – Jennifer Verschoor, Argentina

Have you ever tried to have a conversation in a language that you were just learning (or didn’t know at all), with someone who also didn’t know the language? If so, it was most likely a little awkward, probably scary, … Continue reading


Art combined with digital tools create masterpieces in Spain – Irene Moreno, Spain

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math – STEAM – is at its very core about creativity and innovation working in concert. Creativity is, of course, one of the “Cs” in 21st century skills. For art teacher Irene Moreno, combining art … Continue reading