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No classrooms. No teachers. No blackboards. No exams.

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on January 10, 2012.   At first glance it’s pretty obvious: Colegio Fontán is different. No classrooms. No teachers. No … Continue reading

“With accessible technology, we have the opportunity to break down barriers to education (and beyond) for people with disabilities.” – Megan Lawrence, USA

Megan Lawrence Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft    Redmond, Washington, USA   Megan Lawrence is part of a team on a mission to reduce the unemployment rate for people with disabilities. This is a monumental task, but one Lawrence will not shy away … Continue reading

“In times of fake news, the understanding of statistics is not only a mathematical competence, it is a political one.” – Torsten Traub, Germany

    Torsten Traub Middle School Teacher, MIE Expert Realschule Neureut Karlsruhe, Germany @EduBlackforest Working as a teacher in Singapore was a career-defining experience for Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Torsten Traub. “I learned a lot by talking and working … Continue reading

“The biggest challenge is parents believing in the school’s vision of digital transformation.” – Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon, India

Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon Head Teacher Kamla Nehru Public School Punjab, India @pkdhillon08 It’s been one year since Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon’s school decided to implement 1:1 learning, and while it’s been a huge success for the students and teachers, the road … Continue reading

“Discovering the Microsoft Educator Community was a huge turning point for me as an educator.” – Liz Wilson, UK

Liz Wilson Class Teacher, 21st Century Learning Lead Danesfield School Marlow, United Kingdom @Primarymrsw No matter how old you are, few things can capture attention like a game. That’s why gamification is gaining such a foothold in the world of … Continue reading

“I learn a lot from my students – their minds process new learnings faster than mine.” – Soma Singh, India

Soma Singh Science Teacher in Secondary School; Innovation Club and International Activities Leader Delhi Public School Ghaziabad Ghaziabad, India @somasinghdpsg Soma Singh was born into a family of educators, so you could say she was born to be a teacher. … Continue reading

“Technology is a tool for teaching, not a substitution for the teachers.” – Artur Rudnicki, Poland

Artur Rudnicki Teacher V-CE Head Master Radom Technical School Radom, Poland Most of the educators we speak with here at Daily Edventures have a “moment” that sticks out as a defining time in their career. For Artur Rudnicki – an … Continue reading

“We must teach competencies rather than content. Students must learn how to solve problems and face new situations.” – María Florencia Conforti, Argentina

María Florencia Conforti English Teacher Belgrano Day School Buenos Aires, Argentina @florconforti1 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) María Conforti may teach English literature and grammar, but she’s just as interested in helping her students learn how to think. And when … Continue reading

“There aren’t 25 equal students in my classroom, there are 25 different individuals, dreaming different dreams and hoping for different future lives.” – Susanna Jilka

Susanna Jilka Teacher PraxisMittelSchule PH Wien Vienna, Austria @woodstocksj Connecting her students to new classrooms and experiences is a big part of Susanna Jilka’s mission. “It’s a small world – isn’t it? Every child deserves an education,” Jilka says. “I … Continue reading

“We need passion and constant innovation in teaching.” – Nam Ngo Thanh, Vietnam

Nam Ngo Thanh Grade 5th Teacher Vietnam Australia International School Ho Chi Minh City/ Vietnam @mrnamvas “I think that a successful classroom is one in which students feel at home, teachers are like parents, and friends are like brothers,” says … Continue reading

“Resources are not the problem. Our ability to work with, around and without the resource to achieve the student learning outcome is what matters.” – Abdikadir Ismail, Kenya

Abdikadir Ismail Principal Mwangaza Muslim Mixed Day Secondary School Maralal, Kenya @Abdiism At the recent gathering of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEEs) in Toronto, one enterprising school leader earned the nickname “No Problem” – and for good reason. Abdikadir Ismail … Continue reading

“Our students need to find their place in this new digital environment and be ready for the new challenges.” – Stefan Malter, Germany 

Stefan Malter University Lecturer/Chief Editor Technical University of Dortmund/nrwision – TV learning channel Dortmund, Germany @StefanMalter Before becoming a university lecturer, Stefan Malter worked as a television journalist. But he always felt the need to give something back, to offer … Continue reading

“The biggest challenge facing education is teaching for a future that is unknown.” – Ben Eilenberg, Australia

Benjamin Eilenberg Teacher/STEM Coordinator/Media Coordinator Silverton Primary School Victoria, Australia @ben_eilenberg Ben Eilenberg may have come from a teaching family (his father was a lecturer, his mother a speech pathologist, and his sisters are secondary teachers), but he wasn’t prepared … Continue reading

“Innovation is not trying something too strange and new. It is returning to your old places, using Microsoft tools to inspire students, making things more productive and organizing a better community.” – Tran Thi Thuy, Vietnam

Tran Thi Thuy English Language Teacher, MIE Expert Duc Hop Upper Secondary School Hung Yen Province/Vietnam @TdGreenhouse Educators overcome obstacles every day to ensure their students get the best education possible. For Tran Thi Thuy, that meant bringing her own … Continue reading

“Being introduced to the Microsoft Surface was an education game-changer for my fixed-technology mindset.” – Summer Winrotte, USA

Summer Winrotte Digital Instructional Coach and Math Teacher Tecumseh Junior High, Lafayette School Corporation West Lafayette, Indiana, USA @SummerWinrotte For Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Summer Winrotte, using technology in her classroom wasn’t always a given. In fact, she was downright … Continue reading

“I thrive on promoting my students and their ideas. Microsoft in Education gave me and my students a voice. It gave my students validity, support, encouragement, and inspiration that was lacking in the most imminent way.” – Patricia Ragan Stokes, USA

Patricia Ragan Stokes Business Teacher Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York @PatriciaRagan1 For MIE Expert Patricia Ragan Stokes, attending her first MIE event in 2012 was a career-defining experience. “As a business teacher, my overriding mission is to get my … Continue reading

“I’ve seen the immense learning that occurs, that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide, through connections my students make using Skype” – Karey Killian, USA 

Karey Killian Library Media Specialist Milton Area School District Milton, Pennsylvania, USA @CoLIBRAtoRY  Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Karey Killian’s first ISTE experience was a memorable one. “I felt empowered to share ideas and experiences that could help instill the … Continue reading

“The use of Sway is the most powerful activity that enables students to do more in a short amount of time.” – Amna Manzoor, Dubai

  Amna Manzoor Innovation Coordinator and ICT Teacher Post 16 Pristine Private School Dubai, UAE @AmnaInnovatist Amna Manzoor is on a mission to connect her students to the world globally. This mission has often been challenging, but with the help … Continue reading

“When I started to realize that I didn’t have to teach alone, and that there were many mentors and resources to turn to, my teaching was transformed.” – Meenoo Rami

Meenoo Rami Manager, Minecraft Education at Microsoft Seattle, Washington, USA @meenoorami Meenoo Rami has taken a diverse path as an educator – both in the traditional sense, and also in the world of technology. Rami is a national board certified … Continue reading

“…The focus of a transformation plan is transformation, and the people who benefit from the transformation are the children, teachers, leaders.” – Tony Brandenburg, Australia

Tony Brandenburg International Education Consultant Australia @tbrandenburg Last May, while most of the world was heading into summer vacation, a group of leaders and decision makers gathered at the Microsoft International Summer Institute in Finland to share and learn about … Continue reading