Tag Archives: Canada

Andre Quaglia

“My experience working in the business world taught me the importance of thinking independently and solving problems using available resources. Preparing students to meet these same challenges requires teaching strong information literacy skills that will give them the ability to fight economic poverty, improve quality of life and increase opportunities.”

Educator Tecumseh Vista Academy Department Head at Greater Essex County School Board Ontario, Canada @quagliaspace Andre shares his Project Based Learning in Business Education lesson on his page on the Educator Community, and on his website, cloudoflearning.com. Check them out!

Brian Aspinall

“Ultimately, I want kids to pursue life goals based on passions they encountered in school – similar to my school experience.” – Brian Aspinall, Canada

When we first spoke with Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Brian Aspinall last year, he shared his passion for helping his students solve problems systematically, all with the help of computer science and STEM. While Aspinall’s a veteran of using technology … Continue reading

“It is crucial that all children have access to high-quality pre-school and kindergarten programs—the earlier the better.” – Devon Caldwell, Canada

When we first talked with Devon Caldwell back in 2013, she shared her collaboration with first-grade teacher Leah Obach. Caldwell and Obach’s two classes are “partner classrooms,” Skyping, video Kinecting, and collaborating together regularly. Today, their

Technology takes French class to the next level – Myria Mallette, Canada

At first glance, using technology in French class may not seem like a natural fit. But for Myria Mallette, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) who has been teaching French for seven years, it’s the best way she knows to … Continue reading

“You can build upon [your] power by believing in yourself, your skills and the value these skills can bring to the education system and your students.” – Cynthia Gozzard, Canada

Professional development is a requirement for educators, and there is no shortage of great on-line and person options to get it done. For some educators, though, professional development isn’t just something they have to do – it’s a way of … Continue reading

“I see technology as a great tool that can be a difference-maker, a gap-bridger, a motivator, an enabler, a voice, a problem-solver, and more. There is always more to learn, create and share.” – Dean Vendramin, Canada

Dean Vendramin always knew he wanted to be a teacher. And after nearly 20 years in the classroom, he’s as motivated as ever.

“My hope is for students to realize they are agents of change now. They do not have to wait to become adults or start their careers to evoke positive change in their communities, schools and even in the world.” – Vickie Morgado, Canada

Vickie Morgado knows that connecting students to the world is one of the most important things any teacher can do. But for this veteran teacher with more than 15 years of classroom experience, connecting to other educators is just as … Continue reading

“I am excited for the day when high schools look more like K-2nd grade, where it is difficult to determine if they are learning English, or Math and Science, or character development, or skill development.” – Ian Fogarty, Canada

As a multidisciplinary science teacher, you’d expect Ian Fogarty to be passionate about technology – and he is. But it’s Fogarty’s passion for how tech can transform his students’ lives that sets him apart.

Even the youngest students can learn with technology – Meg Chopek, Canada

Minecraft in Education is quickly becoming one of the most effective ways for innovative teachers to #hacktheclassroom. Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts who we met at the Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange in Budapest (like Daily Edventures alum

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

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

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

A student’s story: How OneNote changed a life – Kyle Madinger, Canada

This is a story of struggle, perseverance, and ultimately, triumph. Our story starts with a young Kyle Madinger, born on Christmas. “Kyle was a Christmas baby, and was always the youngest in the class,” his father Brent tells us. “So … Continue reading

Rethinking education and assessment for truly personalized learning – Brian Aspinall, Canada

When you talk with Brian Aspinall, the self-described “dork, teacher, coach, blogger and speaker,” it’s impossible to not get excited about the future of education. That’s likely because Aspinall is so passionate about it himself. But it’s also because he … Continue reading

Collaborative learning for even the youngest students – Kaylyn Dorland, Canada

Most every teacher had an inspiring teacher of their own who steered them toward education. To find her own career inspiration, Kaylyn Dorland needed to look no further than her own family.

Drama and Technology Combine to Create Magical and Powerful Learning – Erin O’Rourke, Canada

For the lucky students in Erin O’Rourke’s classes, learning about technology is a little dramatic. That’s because O’Rourke – who once worked in an award-winning children’s theatre – is charged with teaching drama and embedding technology into all subjects at

Imagine Cup 2015: Ontario Science Students Help Others Get Home Safely

 When four Queens University students in Kingston, Ontario saw a need for better safety within their university community, they jumped on it. The result? A brilliant new app called “Walkly.” Walkly is the 21st century equivalent of calling your parents … Continue reading

Planting Seeds, Watering Seeds: My Most Inspiring Educator

Guest Post By Minnia Feng, Microsoft Education Team One of the best things about working on the Microsoft Education team is meeting amazing, inspiring educators from around the world. And just last week, that honor got even more personal for … Continue reading

“To think that the products I had a part in making were enabling even some small aspect of this [education] revolution was humbling.” – Chris Pratley, Canada

If you love to use OneNote and Sway (and we know a lot of you do), then you’ll be thrilled with today’s Daily Edventure featuring Chris Pratley. Pratley is none other than the creator of both of these well-loved tools. … Continue reading

“Students can bring their learning to life – they can question the status quo, ask what their place in the world is and how can they play a part in changing the world they live in.” – Cathy Dohn, Canada

When Cathy Dohn first looked into Minecraft, she was underwhelmed, to say the least. “At first glance, it might not seem like much – an online computer program made up of building blocks,” says Dohn. “Many have said it’s kind … Continue reading

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,