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,


“…Kids not only compete with their local colleagues, but they compete at a worldwide level. The technology that we bring helps bridge that gap, and allows students to interact and connect with other kids in a way that they couldn’t before.” – Pablo Pittaluga, USA

Pablo Pittaluga has been working with schools for close to 20 years. His view of the world of education comes from the perspective of providing products and services, like the interactive whiteboard solutions from Promethean he presented recently at the … Continue reading


1:1 Technology Connects Students to Careers in Science

Stephan Unterholzner likes living in a town where he can’t go to the store without seeing a student, or a past student – and that’s just the kind of community Manteca is. Unterholzner – also known as “Mr. U” – … Continue reading


Graduation Day: A Bright Future for Isabella

Isabella Garcia-Mendez will graduate from Manteca High School this week with a considerable leg up on many of her peers. This graduating senior, who speaks three languages and plays multiple musical instruments, plans to major in political science at


“They’re getting their own laptop that they get to take home. They get to utilize it at home and in class. And you know, you can tell by the kids’ faces, they’re excited every day to come in.” – Kamil Kumar, USA

The first year in any job is full of new experiences – some good, some challenging. For Kamil Kumar, a first-year middle school teach at George Komure Middle School in Manteca, California, it has been a whirl-wind.


“It makes you almost tear up because you know these children have opportunities now with these devices that they absolutely wouldn’t have without them.” – Donna Morias, USA

When you teach at the very same elementary school that you attended, memories run deep. “This is my elementary school,” says Donna Morias, who currently teaches fifth grade at Shasta Elementary. “We were the Shasta Stingers back then. But then … Continue reading


“The true focus is on the kids, and what those kids are able to do. This is a whole population of students, not just the ones that get it quickly, but the whole population.” – Roger Goatcher, USA

For many communities in the United States, the “great recession” that began in 2008 is slowly starting to fade. But for the community of Manteca, located in the heart of California’s agricultural Central Valley, the effects can still be seen … Continue reading


“We think we can’t go back to non-digital tools as a rule. If you don’t like keyboard input, the solution isn’t to abandon technology. It’s to develop higher-quality interfaces.” – Sharon Oviatt and Pam Mueller, USA

“We track the highest and lowest performers, and they experience technology differently. One of the things that we’ve found in our studies is that when you use the digital pen, the average [performance] of students improves. But we’re also finding … Continue reading


“Beyond the Basics: Creating Collaborative Textbooks with OneNote in Ireland.” –Gareth Callan, Ireland

“For me I would say that there were a number of my own teachers who inspired me and made me believe that education was a field that I would like to get involved in, particularly my music and drawing teachers … Continue reading


“Promoting a Life-long Love of Learning through Interactive Games.” – Tomáš Bárta, Czech Republic

For entrepreneur Tomáš Bárta, the most important discussion about education is, “…if the word ‘education’ is even the proper word. Education seems to connote something passive, boring, annoying, and most of all, not creative,” he says. “The biggest inspiration I … Continue reading


Gamified Learning Takes Hold in Dubai -Shafaque Riaz, UAE

“My mother was a teacher, so she was an inspiration. [What inspired me was] how reachable she was to her students all the time. If they were having an issue, if they were having any problems, they could talk to … Continue reading


Lessons from the Urban Teacher- Mark Martin, UK

You may not know Mark Martin by name, but there’s a good chance you’ve run into his alter-ego online. As the Urban Teacher, Martin has a significant social media presence as an evangelist for getting the best available technology in … Continue reading


“My mother recently passed away. She taught for over 30 years. She’s my inspiration and is pushing me to succeed and improve my teaching practice.” – Andre Quaglia, Canada

The recent E2 Conference in Redmond provided us with the perfect opportunity to speak with educators from all over the world. We not only learned about their challenges and successes, but also about what drives them each day.


“Every student, if they have confidence in themselves, they can be a big-shot in the future.” –Huoy-Minn Kuo, Taiwan

When you have been teaching for over 35 years, balancing teaching traditions with teaching mandates can take a toll – not only on your joy of teaching, but also on the energy of your classroom.