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“We must create a learning environment where students use technology ubiquitously to solve real-world problems that link to communities locally and globally.” – Simon Harper, Australia

Simon Harper
Head Teacher, Technology and Learning
Killara High School
Sydney, Australia
@s_harper3

“Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is much more than just putting devices in the hands of our students and expecting them to know how to be 21st century learners,” says MIE Expert Simon Harper. “We must create a learning environment where students use technology ubiquitously to solve real-world problems that link to communities locally and globally.”

For Harper, who has been at Killara High School for one very busy and exciting year, his key responsibility is to drive teaching and learning for students and teachers with a strong technology focus.… Visit the author's original post

“We live in a global, collaborative world. Students need to be connected for global collaboration and co-creation if we want to prepare them for the future.” – Nam Ngo Thanh, Vietnam

Nam Ngo Thanh
Grade 5 Teacher
Vietnam Australia International School
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
@mrnamvas

When we first spoke with Nam Ngo Thanh in May, he shared his experiences as an MIE Expert, and how he uses Skype in the Classroom – one of his favorite tools for implementing global projects into his fifth-grade classroom.

Technology plays a significant role in Thanh’s classroom, and he believes the benefits are undeniable. “Technology has become an important factor in helping my teaching and learning,” says Thanh, “and also helping my students become more effective.… Visit the author's original post

“The Microsoft Educator Community wouldn’t be what it is today without us educators.” – Bisera Ristikj, Macedonia

Bisera Ristikj
Teacher of English as a Foreign Language
Goce Delcev Primary School
Kavadarci, Macedonia
@TeflBisera

Two years ago, Bisera Ristikj was asked to speak at an international conference in Macedonia where she shared her experiences as an MIE Expert and the advantages that came with the designation.

“I felt that I could provide so much encouragement to all the educators, so that they too can change education with their work,” she tells us. “I also felt it was important to add that the Microsoft Educator Community wouldn’t be what it is today without us educators.… Visit the author's original post

“Teachers and staff need to be allowed to ‘fail forward,’ especially with current and emerging technologies.”- Ross Johnson, Australia

Ross Johnson
Head Teacher, Information Technology
NSW Department of Education
Tumbi Umbi, NSW, Australia
@TheNikonKid

For students and teachers alike, failure can be just as important a lesson as succeeding. For Ross Johnson, the Information Technology and Computing Studies teacher at his school, it’s a necessity.

“A couple of years ago, I had a highly motivated group of students who were keen to pass their Microsoft Office Specialist Exams (I had passed some of the exams and the certificates were on my wall in my lab),” Johnson shares with us.… Visit the author's original post

“Teachers and staff need to be allowed to ‘fail forward,’ especially with current and emerging technologies.”- Ross Johnson, Australia

Ross Johnson
Head Teacher, Information Technology
NSW Department of Education
Tumbi Umbi, NSW, Australia
@TheNikonKid

For students and teachers alike, failure can be just as important a lesson as succeeding. For Ross Johnson, the Information Technology and Computing Studies teacher at his school, it’s a necessity.

“A couple of years ago, I had a highly motivated group of students who were keen to pass their Microsoft Office Specialist Exams (I had passed some of the exams and the certificates were on my wall in my lab),” Johnson shares with us.… Visit the author's original post

“Teachers and staff need to be allowed to ‘fail forward,’ especially with current and emerging technologies.”- Ross Johnson, Australia

Ross Johnson
Head Teacher, Information Technology
NSW Department of Education
Tumbi Umbi, NSW, Australia
@TheNikonKid

For students and teachers alike, failure can be just as important a lesson as succeeding. For Ross Johnson, the Information Technology and Computing Studies teacher at his school, it’s a necessity.

“A couple of years ago, I had a highly motivated group of students who were keen to pass their Microsoft Office Specialist Exams (I had passed some of the exams and the certificates were on my wall in my lab),” Johnson shares with us.… Visit the author's original post

“We should never underestimate children – they care, they want to be heard and they can make a difference.”- Travis Goulter, Australia

Travis Goulter
Head of Junior School
Ormiston College
Brisbane, Australia
@TravGoulter

Early in MIEE Travis Goulter’s teaching career, he learned how important it is to include his students in real-world problem-solving.

“I taught at a school located in an inner-city suburb,” Goulter shares. “A number of developers wanted to start building multi-story residential and corporate buildings that had the potential to change the very dynamic of the suburb. The issue had divided the community and raised many questions and concerns. In the debate about the development proposal, a voice was missing – the voice of the students.”

So Goulter created a unit where he provided students with digital cameras.… Visit the author's original post

“We should never underestimate children – they care, they want to be heard and they can make a difference.”- Travis Goulter, Australia

Travis Goulter
Head of Junior School
Ormiston College
Brisbane, Australia
@TravGoulter

Early in MIEE Travis Goulter’s teaching career, he learned how important it is to include his students in real-world problem-solving.

“I taught at a school located in an inner-city suburb,” Goulter shares. “A number of developers wanted to start building multi-story residential and corporate buildings that had the potential to change the very dynamic of the suburb. The issue had divided the community and raised many questions and concerns. In the debate about the development proposal, a voice was missing – the voice of the students.”

So Goulter created a unit where he provided students with digital cameras.… Visit the author's original post

“I connect with people all around the world, which shows my students different cultures.” – Pawel Stawski, Poland

Paweł Piotr Stawski
English Teacher
Szkoła Podstawowa w Izabelinie
Izabelin, Poland
@pawelstawski

For Paweł Stawski, the question of how to integrate technology into his classroom isn’t a question at all. It’s an imperative.

“Students use technology; therefore we have to be in their world,” he says. “I use technology all the time.”

When Stawski says “all the time,” he means it. He recently took part in more than 100 Skype connections with his students, introducing them to new cultures throughout the world, all with the goal of teaching English.… Visit the author's original post

“I still remember the first time my students and I did a Mystery Skype. They got a big surprise — it was like magic for them.” – Jaime Toribio, Spain

Jaime Toribio
Primary School Teacher/IT Leader
Colegio San Agustín
Valladolid, Spain
@jtoribio2000

For MIE Expert Jaime Toribio, new teaching and learning strategies are perfectly compatible with traditional methodology. But while new technologies allow for more efficient teamwork, according to Toribio, they can also require more motivation.

“This year my students were asked to develop different projects using OneNote, working in teams through the collaborative space,” Toribio shares. “Some tasks were done at school and some were done at home, but even not being together, they stayed connected to each other so that they could share the information.… Visit the author's original post

“To make change happen we must get school leaders to see the value of investing time and money into Professional Development.” – Lynette Barker, Australia

Lynette Barker
Teacher Librarian & Learning Technology Coordinator
St Therese’s Primary NSW, Australia
@Lynettebar

Keeping up with the latest skills and technology is challenging, and many times, educators simply don’t know what technologies are available to help them in their classrooms.

This was the case for MIE Expert Lynette Barker, and then in 2014, she attended her first MIEE gathering.

“I was amazed by the creativity of others, the new programs available (I didn’t even know about OneNote) and the possibilities technology had in education,” says Barker.… Visit the author's original post

“My life has been that of a seeker. All my life is learning — both formally and informally.” – Floyd Chanda, Zambia

A willingness to try new things can be just as important for educators as it is for their students. Just ask Floyd Chanda..

“The biggest challenge for education today is to keep up with the pace of the changing technologies — especially in the Third World,” Chanda shares with us. “I am responding to this by encouraging my fellow educators to remain open to learning and change in the 21st century.”

Chanda loves to share the skills and knowledge he’s acquired as a Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert (MIEE) with his fellow teachers.… Visit the author's original post

“I prefer thinking that every day in my classroom will be the best day ever.” – Ramón Rodríguez Galán, Spain

Ramón Rodríguez Galán
Teacher and ICT Manager, MIE Expert and MIE Master Trainer
Maristas Mediterránea
Sevilla, Spain
@Profe_RamonRG

Ghandi famously said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” For educator Ramón Rodríguez Galán, being that change has transformed learning for his students and his school.

It all started when Galán decided to take the lead in modernizing the pedagogical approach at his school. Through this process, his school became a Microsoft Showcase School, and Galán himself became a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) and an MIE Master Trainer.… Visit the author's original post

“We are a collaborative group where I’m only a mentor who helps my students to go their way.” – Olga Ilchenko, Russia

Olga Ilchenko
Educational Expert
Federal Institute of Education
Moscow, Russia

As a teacher trainer, Olga Ilchenko has been working with Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIEs) and Microsoft Showcase Schools for years, always searching for the best methods for these educators and schools to apply in their classrooms. What works? As with so much we find here at Daily Edventures, there is no single silver bullet.

“It’s a mix of several different tools,” says Ilchenko. “The first rule is that teachers themselves can choose the appropriate set of tools.… Visit the author's original post

“I realized how important education is in the 21st century, and that some of my teaching methods need to evolve.” – Karel Rejthar, Czech Republic

Karel Rejthar
Teacher, ICT Manager
Střední škola zemědělská a potravinářská
Klatovy, Czech Republic
@karelrejthar

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) Karel Rejthar knows that his students have infinite sources from which they can learn. As a result, he doesn’t believe in “teaching,” but rather “guiding” them toward proficiency in 21st century skills.

Even so, he’s found it challenging at times to motivate his students. Then, he attended a Summer Camp for Innovative Teachers.

“I met people who think like me,” says Rejthar, “always learning, always sharing.… Visit the author's original post

“I lead by example and share my story daily on Twitter, hoping that it helps someone who might be nervous about taking a risk to just do it.” – Benjamin Kelly, Canada

Benjamin Kelly
Teacher/Lead of Innovation Design
Anglophone East School District
Moncton, New Brunswick
@BBTNB

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) Benjamin Kelly has a full toolbox when it comes to practicing Universal Design for Learning. And his favorite activities in his toolbox always include Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition. Why? Minecraft not only allows students to demonstrate and showcase their understanding in a wide variety of ways, “it also offers an engagement factor that encourages students’ best work,” says Kelly.

“The best way for teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom is to get in the game and work with the students,” Kelly shares.… Visit the author's original post

“Confining students behind desks will not work anymore in a technology classroom because that is not how engineers, designers, and other creative professionals work.” – Shepherd Simango, South Africa

Shepherd Simango
Design & Technology Teacher/Computer Applications Teacher
St. Stithians Girls’ College
Johannesburg, South Africa
@shex72

As a technology teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE), Shepherd Simango encourages his students to be explorative, especially when they are faced with a problem. For Simango and his students, mobile devices have proven to be invaluable.

“[Mobile devices] can be used for content creation using Office apps,” says Simango. “They can also be used as tools to capture and store data such as images and voice and video recordings.… Visit the author's original post

“As teachers, we constantly seek ways to engage students and find ways for them to take charge of their own learning.” – Michael Cocks, Australia 

Michael Cocks
Senior History Teacher
Toowoomba Grammar School
Toowoomba, Australia
@HistorySkills

Last year Michael Cocks walked into his classroom with a new idea.

“During the first five minutes of the lesson I gave my students the necessary instructions, and then for the next hour, they all worked quietly, diligently and enthusiastically,” he shares. “Rather than just standing in front of them and talking, I spent the time observing the students and working one-on-one with those who needed help. At the end, I asked the class how they enjoyed their lesson.… Visit the author's original post

“We created a learn-from-each-other environment.” – Mohammad Aliff Bin Othman, Malaysia 

Mohammad Aliff Bin Othman
Geography Teacher
MRSM Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens
Sandakan, Malaysia
@aliffothman04 

When Mohammad Aliff Bin Othman began his career as a Geography teacher, he felt the stress most new teachers feel: How could he best manage his classroom, and make sure his teaching skills were the best they could be for his students? Then in August 2016, Bin Othman was selected as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), and his world changed dramatically. 

“This program has been a priceless gift for me,” says Bin Othman.… Visit the author's original post

“With accessible technology, we have the opportunity to break down barriers to education (and beyond) for people with disabilities.” – Megan Lawrence, USA

Megan Lawrence
Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft   
Redmond, Washington, USA  

Megan Lawrence is part of a team on a mission to reduce the unemployment rate for people with disabilities. This is a monumental task, but one Lawrence will not shy away from. In the US alone, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that of people without disabilities. As Microsoft’s Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Lawrence believes one of the key paths to delivering on this mission is through accessible education technology, and an inclusive educational environment.… Visit the author's original post

“The biggest challenge is parents believing in the school’s vision of digital transformation.” – Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon, India

Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon
Head Teacher
Kamla Nehru Public School
Punjab, India
@pkdhillon08

It’s been one year since Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon’s school decided to implement 1:1 learning, and while it’s been a huge success for the students and teachers, the road to 1:1 was anything but easy. And the main reason was the hesitancy on the part of parents.

“Regular meetings had been held with the parents regarding digital transformation in the school,” shares Dhillon, a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert and Trainer.… Visit the author's original post

“Discovering the Microsoft Educator Community was a huge turning point for me as an educator.” – Liz Wilson, UK

Liz Wilson
Class Teacher, 21st Century Learning Lead
Danesfield School
Marlow, United Kingdom
@Primarymrsw

No matter how old you are, few things can capture attention like a game. That’s why gamification is gaining such a foothold in the world of education. For Liz Wilson, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and MIE Master Trainer, using the gamification pedagogy as well as games like Minecraft Education completely transformed her classroom.

“I absolutely love using Minecraft in the classroom,” says Wilson. “It is such a fantastic, versatile technology that can be used across the curriculum to inspire students and enhance their learning experiences.… Visit the author's original post

“I learn a lot from my students – their minds process new learnings faster than mine.” – Soma Singh, India

Soma Singh
Science Teacher in Secondary School; Innovation Club and International Activities Leader
Delhi Public School Ghaziabad
Ghaziabad, India
@somasinghdpsg

Soma Singh was born into a family of educators, so you could say she was born to be a teacher.

“I have a deep interest in learning collaboratively,” says Singh. “Not only through professional development, but by being a part of the learning process with each student.”

Singh’s personal philosophy of constantly striving to explore and provide new opportunities for her students blossomed in 2014, when she became a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE).… Visit the author's original post

“Technology is a tool for teaching, not a substitution for the teachers.” – Artur Rudnicki, Poland

Artur Rudnicki Teacher
V-CE Head Master
Radom Technical School
Radom, Poland

Most of the educators we speak with here at Daily Edventures have a “moment” that sticks out as a defining time in their career. For Artur Rudnicki – an IT teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and MIE Master Trainer – it was when the teenagers at his school let him know the technology at their homes was better than what they used at school.

“I made a decision that in our school, it would be really modern,” shares Rudnicki.… Visit the author's original post

“We need passion and constant innovation in teaching.” – Nam Ngo Thanh, Vietnam

Nam Ngo Thanh
Grade 5th Teacher
Vietnam Australia International School
Ho Chi Minh City/ Vietnam
@mrnamvas

“I think that a successful classroom is one in which students feel at home, teachers are like parents, and friends are like brothers,” says MIEE Nam Ngo Thanh. “[In the classroom], my students are active, showing their creativity and passion. Every period, I always create the opportunity to evoke the passion of my students so that they can express their full potential as well as overcome their limitations.”

Thanh, who struggled to engage in school when he was young, is determined to help his students chart a different path toward life-long learning.… Visit the author's original post

“We need passion and constant innovation in teaching.” – Nam Ngo Thanh, Vietnam  

Nam Ngo Thanh
Grade 5th Teacher
Vietnam Australia International School
Ho Chi Minh City/ Vietnam
@mrnamvas

“I think that a successful classroom is one in which students feel at home, teachers are like parents, and friends are like brothers,” says MIEE Nam Ngo Thanh. “[In the classroom], my students are active, showing their creativity and passion. Every period, I always create the opportunity to evoke the passion of my students so that they can express their full potential as well as overcome their limitations.”

Thanh, who struggled to engage in school when he was young, is determined to help his students chart a different path toward life-long learning.… Visit the author's original post

“Our students need to find their place in this new digital environment and be ready for the new challenges.” – Stefan Malter, Germany 

Stefan Malter
University Lecturer/Chief Editor
Technical University of Dortmund/nrwision – TV learning channel
Dortmund, Germany
@StefanMalter

Before becoming a university lecturer, Stefan Malter worked as a television journalist. But he always felt the need to give something back, to offer his knowledge to those who might appreciate his experience.

“When I got the chance to become a media trainer and give workshops as a second job, it felt like two worlds merging: my professional creative and productive urge on the one hand – and my purpose to teach and educate future journalists and interested citizens on the other,” Malter shares with us.… Visit the author's original post

“I’ve seen the immense learning that occurs, that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide, through connections my students make using Skype” – Karey Killian, USA 

Karey Killian
Library Media Specialist
Milton Area School District
Milton, Pennsylvania, USA
@CoLIBRAtoRY 

Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Karey Killian’s first ISTE experience was a memorable one. “I felt empowered to share ideas and experiences that could help instill the love of learning in their schools,” she says.

Looking back on her time there, Killian says her biggest take-aways were the connections she made with professionals who are passionate about increasing student learning opportunities.

“I was able to co-present with fellow MIE Expert Sarah Loomis at one of the Campfire Learning events,” says Killian. … Visit the author's original post

“The use of Sway is the most powerful activity that enables students to do more in a short amount of time.” – Amna Manzoor, Dubai

 

Amna Manzoor
Innovation Coordinator and ICT Teacher Post 16
Pristine Private School
Dubai, UAE
@AmnaInnovatist

Amna Manzoor is on a mission to connect her students to the world globally. This mission has often been challenging, but with the help of technology – especially Skype in the Classroom – Manzoor and her classes are making great strides.

One such project that has had a major impact on the students in Manzoor’s class involves a global mural message. Titled 100 Days of Positivity, the mural was created in 2016 for the children of Fukushima, Japan, who were still recovering from the 2011 tsunami.… Visit the author's original post

“When I started to realize that I didn’t have to teach alone, and that there were many mentors and resources to turn to, my teaching was transformed.” – Meenoo Rami

Meenoo Rami
Manager, Minecraft Education at Microsoft
Seattle, Washington, USA
@meenoorami

Meenoo Rami has taken a diverse path as an educator – both in the traditional sense, and also in the world of technology. Rami is a national board certified teacher who taught students English for ten years at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy. She is the author of Thrive, and currently works as manager for Minecraft Education at Microsoft, where she helps educators, districts, and organizations reimagine game-based learning for classroom practice.… Visit the author's original post