Tag Archives: Education

“It is this determination I pass on to all I teach: Failure doesn’t always signify the end – it can be the beginning.” – Elaine Topham, UK

Elaine Topham Senior Learning Technologist The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education Grimsby, UK @ElaineTopham The path to becoming a technology educator wasn’t a straight one for Elaine Topham. “I wasn’t a particularly focused student at school – in … Continue reading

“I don’t like to say no to what students want to do — often those crazy ideas can be the start of something that inspires us and actually works.” – Melissa Wrenchey, USA

Melissa Wrenchey Educator Nikola Tesla STEM High School Redmond, Washington, USA @wrenchey #engipreneurism Melissa Wrenchey is on a mission to get students excited about STEM learning – both in her classroom and in her community. In 2014, Wrenchey collaborated with … Continue reading

“Every day is a new lesson and I am inspired by the amazing teaching and learning that is happening all around me.” – Jennifer Morgan, USA

Jennifer Morgan School Technology Specialist & Sr. Manager of Professional Learning Davis School District & Insight 2 Execution (i2e) Utah, USA @JennMorgan4Edu Jennifer Morgan helps other teachers learn about technology, and one of her favorite ways to do that is … Continue reading

“This way of working has changed my way of understanding education.” – Oscar Herrero, Spain

Oscar Herrero ICT and PE Teacher Junta de Castilla y León Segovia, Spain @OscarHerreroEDU Microsoft Innovative Educator Oscar Herrero says his favorite classroom activities involve gamification, using virtual reality, and collaborative questionnaires to inspire his students. “Both of these activities … Continue reading

“I am convinced that education is more than being in the same classroom every day.” – Afke Dijkerman, the Netherlands

Afke Dijkerman Fifth Grade Teacher The Waterkant Amsterdam, the Netherlands @AfkeDijkerman For Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Afke Dijkerman, teaching is more than just her job – it’s her calling. And a big part of that calling is making her … Continue reading

“When you see students lighting up, being creative, and doing well academically — as well as having fun – that is rewarding.” – Stine Brynildsen, Norway

Stine Brynildsen Assistant Professor Østfold University College, Faculty of Education (Department of ICT and Learning) Fredrikstad, Norway @stinemalin In her 12 years of teaching, Stine Brynildsen has followed one mantra: Teachers are learners, too. This open-minded approach has served Brynildsen, … Continue reading

Gretchen Torres-Cintron, Puerto Rico

  Gretchen Torres-Cintron Teacher EMCT San Juan, Puerto Rico @gtorresemct   For MIE Expert Gretchen Torres-Cintron, helping to shape active learners may be a teacher’s most important role. “Students need to be active learners and take ownership of their learning,” … Continue reading

“The biggest challenge facing education today is how to teach everyday communication between people and computers.” – Monika Szalek, Poland

Monika Szalek Computer Science Teacher Strumienie Schools of The Sternik Association Warsaw, Poland For MIE Expert Monika Szalek, the right tools can make a world of difference – especially when teaching students basic computer skills. “I think that the biggest … Continue reading

“Both teachers and students need learning. Will teachers respond appropriately?” – Jan Voda, Czech Republic

Jan Voda Principal Magic Hill Primary School Czech Republic As a school leader, MIE Expert Jan Voda is a big supporter of 21st century learning design. When he first heard research on the subject in 2013, he knew his school … Continue reading

“The eZone breaks the barriers of digital apartheid in South Africa, as students have equal access to devices and high-speed Wifi.” – Paula Barnard-Ashton, South Africa

Paula Barnard-Ashton Lecturer and Manager of eFundanathi – Learn with Us University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa @PaulaBarAsh @eFundanathi Sometimes, where and how students learn can be just as important as what they learn – especially when it comes to … Continue reading

“I see my role as a guide for my students in this fast-changing, authentic world.” – Karolina Antkowiak, Poland

Karolina Antkowiak Teacher and Trainer Pogorzela Secondary and Vocational Schools Pogorzela, Poland @karliantek There’s no question that today’s students spend a lot of time on their devices. But how to do you get them to use that time wisely? For … Continue reading

Driven: Irish Inventors Aim to Make the Roads Safe – James McNamara, Ireland

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on March 16, 2012. They call it “Project Hermes” after the Greek god who protects travelers. They believe their technology … Continue reading

“Our task is to prepare students for life in the 21st century. People will have to use technology in accordance with reason and responsibility for the whole planet.” – Tomáš Milička, Czech Republic

Tomáš Milička Teacher Gymnasium, Secondary Pedagogical School, Business Academy and Language School Znojmo, Czech Republic @tomas_milicka Tomáš Milička still remembers the moment he realized he could be a good educator. “It started when one of my students who was working … Continue reading

“OneNote is the core tool we use to underpin all classroom activity, and I see it empowering my students to do more in every lesson.” – Chris Thackray, UK

Chris Thackray Director of Technology and eLearning Wimbledon High School London, United Kingdom @christhack For MIEE and MIE Trainer Chris Thackray, teaching effectively is all about providing feedback, and that’s what makes OneNote his favorite classroom technology. “With OneNote, I … Continue reading

“How exciting is the world in which we live, where language is no longer a barrier?” – Deanne Joosten, Australia

Deanne Joosten Leading Teacher – Pedagogy and Curriculum Innovation Phoenix P-12 Community College Ballarat, Australia @deannejoosten Drama is one of the most intimate, high-touch subjects taught in school. So when year 12 students in three rural classrooms (more than seven … Continue reading

“Technology will never replace teachers, but a teacher who cannot teach with technology will be replaced by another one who can.” – Zuzana Molčanová, Slovakia

Zuzana Molčanová Teacher Engagement Manager Microsoft Bratislava, Slovakia @zuzanamol Zuzana Molčanová knew she wanted to be a teacher from an early age, but she had no idea what that really meant until she stood up in front of her students. … Continue reading

“I connect with people all around the world, which shows my students different cultures.” – Pawel Stawski, Poland

Paweł Piotr Stawski English Teacher Szkoła Podstawowa w Izabelinie Izabelin, Poland @pawelstawski For Paweł Stawski, the question of how to integrate technology into his classroom isn’t a question at all. It’s an imperative. “Students use technology; therefore we have to … Continue reading

“Minecraft gives me the opportunity to create worlds and environments that make students go, ‘Wow!’” – Laurens Derks, Australia

Laurens Derks IT Integrator Abbotsleigh School for Girls Sydney, Australia @ICTLaurens  Laurens Derks loves Minecraft, and he can offer up countless reasons why.  “Minecraft sparks conversations and creates learning moments that are priceless,” Derks tells us. “In a Special Education … Continue reading

“In the past, children were playing together with a ball. Today, they play with smartphones. We need to find a way to communicate with them in their language.” – Julia Janosikova, Slovakia

      Julia Janosikova Physics, Mathematics and Informatics Teacher Zakladna Skola, Zahoracka Malacky, Slovakia @JuliaJanosikova Bringing real-world activities into the classroom engages students and gives educators new ways to connect with them. This philosophy not only directs MIE Expert … Continue reading

“Through Skype, I have shown my students and their families so many amazing places around the world and created a sense of wonder in them.” – Blair Smith, Australia

Blair Smith Year 5/6 Classroom Teacher St Therese’s Catholic Primary School Queensland, Australia @mrsmiths56class    Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Blair Smith says that traveling with his parents as a child opened his eyes to the opportunities available to those … Continue reading