Tag Archives: USA


How Big is Your Brave? – Angela Maiers, USA

There is a reason that Angela Maiers is recognized as one of today’s most influential education bloggers, social media activists and education thought leaders: her work resonates with teachers, school leaders, students and parents alike. It’s not hard to understand … Continue reading


Fearless Teaching Transforms Elementary School Classroom – Tammy Dunbar, USA

When we last caught up with Tammy Dunbar this past January, the 4th and 5th grade teacher’s district was in the middle of a massive learning transformation. Every student and teacher in Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) was given a … Continue reading


It’s a Small World, After All: Connecting Classrooms with Skype -Darcy Grimes, USA

When you’re selected as a state-wide Teacher of the Year, people tend to have high expectations of you. Lucky for Darcy Grimes’ fourth grade students and her fellow teachers, she continues to live up to those expectations each and every … Continue reading


Professional Development and the Right Tools Equal Success – Sandi Adams, USA

More and more districts are adding powerful classroom technology these days, but not all of those technology implementations are successful. The biggest reason they fail? Lack of professional development for teachers.


“OneNote Leads the Way to Vocational Excellence.”- Kristen Messer, USA

Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) has played a starring role lately here at Daily Edventures, and for good reason: MUSD is one of the most forward-looking school districts in the United States.


“…Kids not only compete with their local colleagues, but they compete at a worldwide level. The technology that we bring helps bridge that gap, and allows students to interact and connect with other kids in a way that they couldn’t before.” – Pablo Pittaluga, USA

Pablo Pittaluga has been working with schools for close to 20 years. His view of the world of education comes from the perspective of providing products and services, like the interactive whiteboard solutions from Promethean he presented recently at the … Continue reading


1:1 Technology Connects Students to Careers in Science

Stephan Unterholzner likes living in a town where he can’t go to the store without seeing a student, or a past student – and that’s just the kind of community Manteca is. Unterholzner – also known as “Mr. U” – … Continue reading


Graduation Day: A Bright Future for Isabella

Isabella Garcia-Mendez will graduate from Manteca High School this week with a considerable leg up on many of her peers. This graduating senior, who speaks three languages and plays multiple musical instruments, plans to major in political science at


“They’re getting their own laptop that they get to take home. They get to utilize it at home and in class. And you know, you can tell by the kids’ faces, they’re excited every day to come in.” – Kamil Kumar, USA

The first year in any job is full of new experiences – some good, some challenging. For Kamil Kumar, a first-year middle school teach at George Komure Middle School in Manteca, California, it has been a whirl-wind.


“The true focus is on the kids, and what those kids are able to do. This is a whole population of students, not just the ones that get it quickly, but the whole population.” – Roger Goatcher, USA

For many communities in the United States, the “great recession” that began in 2008 is slowly starting to fade. But for the community of Manteca, located in the heart of California’s agricultural Central Valley, the effects can still be seen … Continue reading


“We think we can’t go back to non-digital tools as a rule. If you don’t like keyboard input, the solution isn’t to abandon technology. It’s to develop higher-quality interfaces.” – Sharon Oviatt and Pam Mueller, USA

“We track the highest and lowest performers, and they experience technology differently. One of the things that we’ve found in our studies is that when you use the digital pen, the average [performance] of students improves. But we’re also finding … Continue reading


“I believe in the student, and want to help them see they should be in the driver’s seat.” -Aaron Maurer, USA

Aaron Maurer knew from the seventh grade that there was only one thing in the world that he wanted to be when he grew up. And that was an educator. “I had a seventh-grade social studies teacher who was also … Continue reading


“We may not even realize when a simple conversation could make an impression and change someone’s path in life.” – Sarah Pewitt, USA

For Sarah Pewitt, teaching and technology should be intertwined, and for one big reason: the ability for students to learn at their own pace. Pewitt, who grew up in a family of educators, has been teaching middle school technology at … Continue reading


Writing the Book on Online and Blended Learning – Tom Clark and Michael Barbour, USA

When Tom Clark and Michael Barbour set out to write a guide to online and blended learning, they brought a wealth of experience to the project. Clark wrote the first American textbook on distance education 25 years ago, and Barbour … Continue reading


“Exposing students to subjects they don’t normally see could have a positive impact on their career choice down the road.” – Kyle Calderwood, USA

Lately, much has been made about the global teacher shortage, and the fact that the world’s supply of teachers is falling, just as demand for educators is growing. That’s why it’s always heartening to hear stories like that of Kyle … Continue reading


“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


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


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


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


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