Featured educators

“The Global Enterprise Challenge helped our youngsters foster their role as global citizens and increase their awareness of cultural, economic, educational, technological, and environmental issues.” – Rana Sabbidine, Lebanon

Rana Sabbidine School Principal Makassed Khalil Shehab School Beirut, Lebanon @ranasabbidine When you ask Rana Sabbidine, principal of Makassed Khalil Shehab school in Lebanon, about an experience that defined her as an educator, she doesn’t hesitate. “Participating in a real-life … Continue reading

Connecting students to science and fun – Tom Gamble, USA

Tom Gamble Middle School Math and Science Teacher Omaha Virtual School Omaha, Nebraska, USA @gambletg “One of my favorite activities is having students model elements, compounds, and mixtures in Minecraft aligned with my eighth-grade standards in Physical Science. Students were … Continue reading

“Whether you’re a teacher in Kenya, Vietnam or the US, we all face similar challenges with student engagement. We may have different connectivity issues or cultures, but the actual process of teaching and learning is very similar.” – Sonja Delafosse, USA 

Sonja Delafosse Program leader, Microsoft Expert Educators Everett, Washington, USA @sdelafosse Here at Daily Edventures, we love to share the stories of everyday heroes – people who make a huge difference in teaching and learning each day. Each of these … Continue reading

“As primary teachers, we have to teach everything. It can be overwhelming. So I find it best to start with one subject area, get the kids in small groups, and get them to share their work with their friends.” – Natalie Burgess, Scotland

Natalie Burgess Primary Teacher and ICT Coordinator Microsoft UK Teacher Ambassador Paisley, Scotland Natalie Burgess has a history of turning the tables on technology training by having her students teach full-class lessons to fellow students, and support teachers as they … Continue reading

“I think a great leader brings people alongside them, never belittles them, encourages collaboration and works to bring them to their potential. Good leaders share, serve and nurture.” – Sandi Adams, USA

Sandi Adams Technology Project Specialist Cherokee County School District Woodstock, Georgia, USA @sandiadams With 16 years of experience under her belt, Adams is not only an MIEE, she’s also a Surface Expert, Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Certified Educator and Master … Continue reading

“My vision in changing the paradigm of education was to combine teaching methods with the great possibilities of technology.” – João Carlos Ramalheiro

João Carlos Ramalheiro Music Teacher, Founder/CEO of Insignio Labs, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Fellow Lousã, Portugal “I founded Insignia Labs with the goal to develop educational tools inspired by video games,” says João Carlos Ramalheiro. “We are not focused on … Continue reading

OneNote makes learning accessible for all – Jeff Petty, USA

Jeff Petty, Principle Program Manager, Accessibility Daniel Hubbell, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility Microsoft Corporation Seattle Washington, USA For students with unique learning needs – and their teachers – one-size-fits-all education tools don’t always work. It’s not a small problem. In … Continue reading

Higher expectations lead to better results – Jeff Charbonneau, USA

Jeff Charbonneau Science Teacher and STEM Coordinator at Zillah School District and Washington Student Achievement Council Member Washington, USA @JeffCharbonneau “I have learned that by setting my expectations higher than most would consider ‘high school’ appropriate, students respond by doing … Continue reading

Florida teacher reaches for the stars – Jason Mocherman, USA

Jason Mocherman Astronomy Instructor, Planetarium Director, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Florida, USA @jmocherman “In 2009 our school was rebuilt. At the time, I was running a 50-seat planetarium that had been in the school since 1968. We were running daily … Continue reading

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“Encouraging our students, listening to them, mentoring and guiding them has an incredible impact on their lives.” – Jason Holt, USA 

Jason Holt Instructional Technology Specialist Newman International Academy of Arlington Arlington, Texas USA @jasonthegodman  Jason Holt, an instructional technology specialist and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, sees success stories every day. In addition to teaching Computer Science classes, including Windows Programming … Continue reading

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“Digital access may be a challenge, but it is never a limitation.” – Lea Lilibeth B. Emata, Philippines

Lea Lilibeth B. Emata Instructional Technology Specialist Xavier University Junior High School Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Inspiration came in many forms at the recent BETT Asia – including each student we met and each educator we were fortunate to … Continue reading

“Through Skype in the Classroom, I can not only take my children to places they would never be able to visit, but I can also empower them to make a difference in the world.” – Kristy Griffin, UK

Kristy Griffin Year 3 Teacher/Computing Curriculum Lead Bolsover Church of England Junior School Derbyshire, UK @misskmgriffin After attending Microsoft’s E2 Educator Exchange last year, Kristy Griffin returned to her classroom inspired to do more. This MIE Expert was already using … Continue reading

“When I stood in front of a class for the first time, all the memories of my childhood teachers came flooding back to me. I was so thankful for them, as teachers and now as role models.” – Paul Watkins, UK 

Paul Watkins IT Teacher Ysgol Bae Baglan Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom @lanny_watkins “A student said to me, ‘I’m never going to let anyone tell me I am too young to make a difference!’” Paul Watkins tells us. “This was … Continue reading

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“As teachers, we are futurists.” – Lisa Anne Floyd, Canada

Lisa Anne Floyd Director of Research and Inquiry, Fair Chance Learning/ Instructor, Western University Faculty of Education/Teacher,Thames Valley District School Board London, Ontario, Canada @lisaannefloyd For Lisa Anne Floyd, teaching students how to use technology effectively is critical, but it … Continue reading

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Certifications empower both students and teachers – Lakesha Kirkland, USA

Lakesha Kirkland Business Education Teacher, Future Business Leaders of America Advisor Shaw High School Columbus, Georgia, USA Out of 1.6 million high school students in the state of Georgia, last year only 50 achieved “Master” status based on their Microsoft … Continue reading

“Attention schools around the country: it is crucial that you redefine what you consider to be your CORE subjects. Computer Science and programming must be an integral part of education at all levels.” – Doug Bergman, USA   

Doug Bergman Computer Science Department Chair Porter-Gaud School Charleston, South Carolina, USA @dbergmanusa Doug Bergman has contributed to Daily Edventures numerous times since we launched the blog in 2012, and while he always has something new to say, his overall … Continue reading

“With OfficeMix I was able to give voice to my students.” – Emie Baylon, Philippines

Emie C. Baylon Education Technology Coordinator, Economics and Political Science Teacher De La Salle Santiago Zobel School Philippines @eminion6   When Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Emie Baylon and I spoke recently at BETT Asia, she enthusiastically shared how technology has … Continue reading

“I created an online course for Serbian teachers where I teach them about 21st century skills, and how to use Microsoft products such as OneNote, Photosynth, Photo story, etc. This encourages collaboration, and develops creativity and critical thinking.” – Jugoslava Lulic

Jugoslava Lulic Teacher, Serbia “As a teachers’ trainer I realized that, despite domination of the traditional way of teaching in most schools in Serbia, teachers are aware of the 21st century demands and ready for the challenges of using various … Continue reading

“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