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From typist to Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert – MaryJo Slater, USA

Without a doubt, technology changes quickly. Just ask MaryJo Slater, who first took the technology plunge in 1989 and has never looked back.

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“Effective instruction from a passionate and dedicated teacher is the single most critical factor in student success.” – Stepan Mekhitarian, USA

As immigrants fleeing war-torn Lebanon, Stepan Mekhitarian’s parents knew that education was the key to helping their son achieve his dreams – whatever they happened to be. After working in public accounting post-graduation, that belief in the power of

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“If everything in life is a game, then we need to choose the games we play carefully.” – Szymon Machajewski, USA

Szymon Machajewski has two passions: education and technology. By combining them both, he and his students are innovating together every day, both in person, and online.

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“Blended and flipped learning give students access to some of the best teaching, no matter where they live. Will that fix all the problems at at-risk campuses? No, but it’s a start in the right direction.” – Rachelle Wooten, USA

By definition, every Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert is a serious life-long learner, and MIE Expert Rachelle Wooten is no exception. But even though Wooten is certified to train on nearly every kind of educational technology and technology platform you can

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“I learned to let go of control, and learn with and from my students, something I have become very passionate about.”– Steve Isaacs, USA

Educational innovation can take many forms, depending on who you ask. For Steve Isaccs, a middle school Video Game Design and Development teacher, the future of education is not only about using the right tools; it’s about HOW our classrooms … Continue reading

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“When technology becomes the ‘air and water’ we need in innovative instruction, and learning exists in a seamless and transparent way, then we know we’ve done well for our students. – Dr. Melanie Wiscount, USA

When you’ve been teaching for more than 30 years like Dr. Melanie Wiscount has, you have seen a lot of changes. For Wiscount, embracing the change is the only way forward.

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“My school’s efforts to integrate technology into instruction have led to significant increases in student achievement.” – Darren Clay, USA

Darren Clay learned early on the value of an education, when his assistant principal father did double duty as the school’s evening custodian – with his sons’ help — to pay for their private schooling. Ultimately following his dad’s career … Continue reading

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“It’s not hard to start with OneNote – just jump in.” – Jeff Kash, USA

During last month’s Hack the Classroom event, we learned a lot about the latest trends in engaging students – including coding, Minecraft and making. But sometimes, transformation is less about teaching new things, and more about teaching in new ways.

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“Embrace your own inner fear. It’s the easiest way to get started.” – Hadi Partovi, USA

If you have been following the conversation about students learning how to code, you’ve likely heard of Code.org. When we first spoke with Code.org founder Hadi Partovi back in 2013, they were just

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Maker Movement pioneer offers sage advice to creative educators – Dale Dougherty, USA

As part of last month’s Hack the Classroom event, we heard from some true education innovators who have hacked learning spaces around the world to provide students with transformational learning experiences.

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How Staffpad Takes Music Education to the Next Level – Guest Post by Andrew Fitzgerald, USA

Last week, it was time for me to teach my beginner groups about Key Signatures. Reading a key signature is a vital skill for any musician, so I want to make sure my students know and understand the concept well. … Continue reading

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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