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Problem-based learning reinvents a high school – Tom Duenwald, USA

“We believe in all our students,” says Tom Duenwald, principal at Sammamish High School. “We want to be at the heart of what public education ought to be about. That doesn’t always show up on a data set or state … Continue reading

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A student’s concussion leads to cutting-edge diagnostic technology – Eric Solender, USA

Three years ago, when high school student Eric Solender was 14, he suffered a concussion playing basketball. “I was coming down for a rebound,” Eric says, “and another kid was jumping up, and his nose slammed me in the back … Continue reading

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“Failing forward is a culture shift that we need in this world.” – Adam Bellow, USA

When Adam Bellow was growing up, he wanted to be Superman. When he grew older (and more realistic), he decided to find another way to change the world. So he became a teacher.

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Redefining innovation in small-town Texas – Rafranz Davis, USA

We often think that technology and innovation are one and the same. But for newly named Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Rafranz Davis, there’s an important distinction. When we chatted with Davis, who was in Redmond for a meeting with education … Continue reading

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“Why would you want to learn computer science? It’s so you can solve problems in other domains.” – Mark DeLoura, USA

Here at Daily Edventures, we’ve talked for years about the vast potential for gaming in the classroom. Games engage kids with activities they already love, and when used properly, have the ability to teach critical skills like computer science, skills … Continue reading

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Florida teacher reaches for the stars – Jason Mocherman, USA

The latest global economic downturn hit school budgets particularly hard: purchases were deferred, technology was delayed, and unfortunately, students often bore the brunt of it. At Sarasota, Florida’s Riverview High School, the recession seemed to be the end of the

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“Why cry when you can try?” – Nathan Lee, USA

Internships are meant to prepare students for the demands and challenges of the workforce. After talking to high school senior (and Microsoft intern) Nathan Lee, we’re learning that today’s interns not only bring a wealth of expertise to their jobs, … Continue reading

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Computer science and middle schoolers: a perfect combination – Greg Mittleider, USA

When the Great Recession hit in 2008, Greg Mittleider – like so many Americans – had to take stock. Mittleider was working in the financial industry and after years of prosperity, his current position was looking bleak. There were job … Continue reading

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From corporation to classroom, a thoughtful leap – Eli Sheldon, USA

Here at Daily Edventures, we love telling stories of teachers who have taken a less-than-direct route to the classroom. Eli Sheldon is one of those educators. As a member of the Microsoft project team, Sheldon worked to keep development efforts

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Flexible tools key to teaching success – Jonathan Wylie, USA

After incorporating technology in his own classrooms for the better part of a decade, Scotland native Jonathan Wylie was looking for an opportunity to broaden his horizons. So when the chance to help other educators discover the benefits of teaching … Continue reading

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Born to Explore: From Wall Street to Innovative Educator Expert – Tracey Wong, USA

We always ask our educator heroes who inspired them to become an educator. For most, former teachers or parents top the list. For Tracey Wong, inspiration came from a different place: Her daughter Jaslee.

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“Agency is incredibly important to my pedagogy; I want my writers to know that they have choices.” – Jane Wong, USA

Jane Wong has reached countless readers through her poetry, and has received many accolades – Fulbright and Kundiman Fellowships and inclusion in anthologies like Best American Poetry 2015 (Scribner) – to name just a few. But for this accomplished Asian-

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“I’ve seen the impact that tutoring programs can have on a student’s success – especially struggling students.” – Chris Hopkins, USA

Chris Hopkins may be a program manager intern at Microsoft, working with engineers and organizing development projects, but education is his passion. Fortunately, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Through his internship, Hopkins is gaining the valuable skills

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Talking STEM jobs for Girls with the ‘GH Gadget Girl’ – Rachel Rothman, USA

What’s the coolest job out there? Of course, it depends on who you ask, but Rachel Rothman’s job ranks right up there. Rothman – also known as the “GH Gadget Girl” – oversees consumer product testing methodology, implementation, and reporting … Continue reading

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In Guatemala: A Vision, a Mission and a Holistic Solution to Big Education Challenges

When Dr. William Boegel and his wife Diane visited Guatemala to celebrate Dr. Boegel’s 50th birthday with an old friend, they couldn’t have imagined the turn their lives would take as a result. But on a visit to a remote … Continue reading

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Hacking the Way to Better Reading Technologies – Jeff Petty and Kevin Larson, USA

Innovation is a word we use a lot here at Daily Edventures. Whether you’re a teacher or a school leader, pushing innovative learning is likely top-of-mind every day. Spurring innovation is also top-of-mind here at Microsoft. For the second year … Continue reading

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Tapping into Past Experiences to Inform the Future – Andrea Miles, USA

One common refrain we hear often at Daily Edventures is that many of our hero teachers knew from a very early age that becoming a teacher was in their future. Andrea Miles is no exception.

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“American schools are in dire need for transforming organizational cultures and changing behaviors.” – Eric Patnoudes, USA

Eric Patnoudes knows a good bit about how to engage students with technology. The former classroom teacher, who has taught special education in public schools, now helps districts in the US, Canada and UK achieve successful and sustainable technology

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“Demand is higher for professional development than it has ever been…” – Heidi Rogers, NCCE, USA

It’s been a little while since the 2015 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia, but the connections and discussions that happened while I was there are still fresh in my mind. One of those connections was with Dr. Heidi Rogers, whom I’ve … Continue reading

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Estella’s Brilliant Bus Edventure

For most of us attending the recent ISTE convention, the journey there involved a plane or train and maybe a cab ride. Not so for 78-year-old Estella Pyfrom, who arrived in Philadelphia on her Brilliant Bus. Pyfrom, a 50-year teaching … Continue reading