Tag Archives: USA


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


“I try to create global citizens and a global classroom for my students.” – Todd Flory, USA

How can teachers show their students that they care about them? For Todd Flory, it’s pretty simple. “It’s the importance of being in students’ lives, not just from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” he says, “but the impact that you … Continue reading


Skype in the Classroom Inspires Middle School Students to Save Lives in Africa

Technology can connect your students with the world, but according to Andrea Friend, their relationship with the teacher still determines success. “It always comes back to that relationship with the teacher,” Friend says. “If you don’t have it, it doesn’t … Continue reading


“Wherever I go, I get to carry the words of my students. And that’s not something that I take lightly.” – Pernille Ripp, USA

Negative experiences – especially when you’re an impressionable elementary school student – are hard to forget, and can shape the person you become. This was the case for teacher and Daily Edventures alum Pernille Ripp, when a teacher pegged her … Continue reading


Lessons from a Teacher of the Year – Dyane Smokorowski, USA

Dyane Smokorowski – “Mrs. Smoke” to her students – was born to be an educator. Even as a pre-schooler, she would listen intently as her teachers discussed making lessons plans and think, “That sounds more exciting than me having to … Continue reading


Using Skype and Music to Reach New Levels of Student Engagement– Jed Dearybury, USA

Jed Dearybury’s unique brand of music-infused teaching has won him a great deal of recognition – including top-five finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year in 2014 and a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching for … Continue reading


Skype + Math = Engaged and Inspired Students in Kansas – Stacey Ryan, USA

Great things happen when students do uncomfortable things. In fact, for Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and math teacher Stacey Ryan, being “thrown in” to an uncomfortable position early on was the catalyst for her career path.


Ted Dintersmith: Most Likely to Succeed

Sometimes, the most effective champions for education reform come from the unlikeliest places. Such is the case with Ted Dintersmith, a successful technology venture capitalist who became frustrated by the growing disconnect between the skills employers look for


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