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“I am a great believer that learning should continue beyond the classroom.” – Beverley Cripps, Northern Ireland

As an accomplished musician, Beverley Cripps knows the power of music to bridge social divides. As an educator, she’s discovered that technology can do the same.

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Propelling Personalized and Adaptive Learning through Data – Chris Scarth, UK

One of the best parts of attending BETT in January was talking directly with teachers and education leaders face-to-face. Almost universally, educators stressed the importance of personalized learning as a way to promote active engagement within the classroom. But

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“Microsoft has provided all educators with a global platform to ask or share one’s query. To one’s surprise, the help comes pouring in.” – Mona Mehra, India

Growing up in a Punjab, India village, Mona Mehra knew early on that she was destined to be a teacher. In fact, her grandmother predicted it. Now a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (part of the 2012 class), Mehra takes the … Continue reading

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“We are leading a new culture that empowers us all.” – Rachel Berman, Israel

Building a digital culture and leading a school as it innovates is of course full of challenges. From technology and infrastructure decisions to ensuring the teaching staff is on board and fully trained, the day-to-day world of a school leader, … Continue reading

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“Thank goodness we are in the art room, where weird is wonderful!” – Debbie Pulst, USA

Art educators like Debbie Pulst are naturally creative, and creativity is exactly what’s needed when it comes to teaching art in today’s test-heavy environment, where time and money are often in short supply. For Pulst, technology has helped to overcome … Continue reading

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Conversations at BETT: Catching up with Magnus Johansson, Norway

American actor and comedian George Burns was known for saying, “I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.” It’s a quote that Swedish Innovative Educator Magnus Johansson – who now lives … Continue reading

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Greg Butler- A Tribute

When we tragically lost our friend Greg Butler last month, we lost more than an exemplary colleague. We lost a man who was not only committed to improving education, but willing to do the hard work necessary to make that … Continue reading

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Building a Safer Social Network for Students and Teachers – Andrew West, UK

When it comes to critical 21st century skills, communication is at the top of the list, and rightly so. But for students and teachers, basic communication – or lack thereof – often represents a significant obstacle to effective teaching and … Continue reading

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Developing OneNote for Education: A Program Manager’s Story – Mike Tholfsen, USA

We talk every day here at Daily Edventures about innovation. And while innovation in education is our focus, innovation in the broader sense is also core to our mission. When you work at Microsoft, innovation is a mandate. But that … Continue reading

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Preserving the Cherokee Language through Engaging Technologies. – Roy Boney, Jr., USA

“The Cherokee people have endured many things over the centuries, but despite the historical hardships, we have prospered,” says Roy Boney, Jr. “One of our biggest challenges is creating content in our language that is engaging for our children. The

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“Lessons are not only in the school anymore: they are everywhere, allowing every student to practice and consolidate their learning.” – Maria Jose Sanchez Garcia, Spain

When we first visited Julio Verne Bilingual School in 2012, we learned a lot about how the school was integrating technology to support its unique cooperative learning approach. Three years later, school principal Maria Jose Sanchez Garcia confirms that those … Continue reading

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“Students will be creators of knowledge rather than consumers.” – Gioko Maina, Kenya

As a science teacher, Anthony Gioko transformed his classroom with technology in many ways, ultimately helping his students to win national honors. But as a school leader in charge of professional development, he must ensure that all of the teachers … Continue reading

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Special Interview: Innovative Education with Distance Learning and Apps – Koen Timmers, Belgium

“Since the moment I became a teacher, in 2000, I’ve been passionate about e-learning. I founded my own educational website www.zelfstudie.be, on which digital courseware are published. Completed an additional master course “Technology Enhanced Learning,

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Collaboration Tools Help Students Work Smarter, Not Harder – Kelli Etheredge, USA

When Kelli Etheredge made her first appearance in Daily Edventures three years ago, she had plenty to say about what makes for engaging learning. But given how fast teaching with technology is changing, we wanted to check back in with … Continue reading

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“Sense of direction is one of the biggest gaps.” – Candice Carpenter Olson, USA

Heading out into the “real world” after graduation can be a downright humbling experience. And with the ever-growing skills gap that employers see in recent graduates (a Gallup poll showed that only 14 percent of Americans and only 11 percent … Continue reading

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Technology Inspires the Youngest of Learners – Lizabeth Conklin, USA

Valentine’s Day has been the inspiration for many a poem, love song and wedding engagement. For Lizabeth Conklin and her class of kindergarteners, it inspired an entirely new way of teaching and learning. “We sent a ‘virtual valentine’ to a … Continue reading

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“Acquiring 21st century skills is a two-way process.” – Dimitrios Charalambidis, Greece

For Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Dimitrios Charalambidis, education transformation isn’t a discussion that applies to the future. For Charalambidis, the future is already here. “What makes me most excited about the future is the here-and-now reality,” says Charalambidis. “It is … Continue reading

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“I touch the future. I teach.” – Poonam Dogra, India

Teaching in a remote area of northern India presents its share of challenges – from power outages to slow-to-change local attitudes about education. In the face of these challenges, Poonam Dogra has embraced new teaching approaches and technology, and her … Continue reading

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1:1 Learning Sets Greek School Apart – Economou Vassilis, Greece

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“We need a paradigm change.” – Abdulkabeer Ishola, Nigeria