Tag Archives: USA


“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


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


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


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


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.


“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-


“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


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


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


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


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.


“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


“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


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.