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“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

“…The focus of a transformation plan is transformation, and the people who benefit from the transformation are the children, teachers, leaders.” – Tony Brandenburg, Australia

Tony Brandenburg
International Education Consultant
Australia
@tbrandenburg

Last May, while most of the world was heading into summer vacation, a group of leaders and decision makers gathered at the Microsoft International Summer Institute in Finland to share and learn about education transformation.

Facilitated by Microsoft’s global digitalization teams and New Pedagogies for Deep Learning specialists, the Institute featured keynote speeches from world-renowned experts like Professor Michael Fullan and Microsoft Worldwide Education VP Anthony Salcito. Attendees also heard from successful education change makers, including Tony Brandenburg.… Visit the author's original post

“The Global Enterprise Challenge helped our youngsters foster their role as global citizens and increase their awareness of cultural, economic, educational, technological, and environmental issues.” – Rana Sabbidine, Lebanon

Rana Sabbidine
School Principal
Makassed Khalil Shehab School
Beirut, Lebanon
@ranasabbidine

When you ask Rana Sabbidine, principal of Makassed Khalil Shehab school in Lebanon, about an experience that defined her as an educator, she doesn’t hesitate.

“Participating in a real-life project and winning the first prize worldwide in the Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC),” Sabbidine tells us. “This project gave our students the chance to develop their entrepreneurial and 21st century skills, as well as highlight new insights that help them widen their future career choices.… Visit the author's original post

Connecting students to science and fun – Tom Gamble, USA

Tom Gamble
Middle School Math and Science Teacher
Omaha Virtual School
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
@gambletg

“One of my favorite activities is having students model elements, compounds, and mixtures in Minecraft aligned with my eighth-grade standards in Physical Science. Students were excited to model their products using the components within Minecraft. They created an “arena” to put their items, used signs to describe them, and photographed them to export to their exit tickets for the day as their evidence. Whether they turned iron ore into iron, or sand into glass, they found multiple models to show their understanding.… Visit the author's original post

“Whether you’re a teacher in Kenya, Vietnam or the US, we all face similar challenges with student engagement. We may have different connectivity issues or cultures, but the actual process of teaching and learning is very similar.” – Sonja Delafosse, USA 

Sonja Delafosse
Program leader, Microsoft Expert Educators
Everett, Washington, USA
@sdelafosse

Here at Daily Edventures, we love to share the stories of everyday heroes – people who make a huge difference in teaching and learning each day. Each of these extraordinary heroes has a unique story to tell, but they all inspire.

Today we’re excited to share the story of Sonja Delafosse. Delafosse develops and leads the Microsoft Expert Educators program worldwide, empowering educators with quality professional development, and creating programs that help educators effectively use technology in teaching and learning.… Visit the author's original post

“We must break the mold. We must find ways to de-compartmentalize learning – change schedules, combine classes, stop teaching in ‘boxes’ of math, science, English, etc.  It is hard to break out from the norm and move beyond the comfort of what we know. But if we want to ensure a quality education for our students, we are going to have to find ways to move outside of our comfort zones and take risks.” – Kelli Etheredge

Kelli Etheredge
St. Paul’s Episcopal School
Mobile, Alabama
@ketheredge

Learn more about how Etheredge and her students use OneNote through her Educator Community learning activity here.  

About Kelli Etheredge

  • Educational background:Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Spanish from Auburn University; Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law
  • Favorite book: Too many to list, but some of my favorites include A Tale of Two Cities; the Harry Potter series; The Count of Monte Cristo; Life and Death in Shanghai; A More Beautiful Question
  • Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology:OneNote with a digitized device.
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“My vision in changing the paradigm of education was to combine teaching methods with the great possibilities of technology.” – João Carlos Ramalheiro

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João Carlos Ramalheiro
Music Teacher, Founder/CEO of Insignio Labs, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Fellow
Lousã, Portugal

“I founded Insignia Labs with the goal to develop educational tools inspired by video games,” says João Carlos Ramalheiro. “We are not focused on making irresponsible profits. We want to fulfill our social and ecological responsibilities. What makes our water app so special? At the same time, we’re raising awareness about [water conservation], we are going to donate our sales to the Clearwater Project.”

João Carlos Ramalheiro and his team are developing a video game dedicated to the children of Ecuador and to the ClearWater Project.Visit the author's original post

“Encouraging our students, listening to them, mentoring and guiding them has an incredible impact on their lives.” – Jason Holt, USA 

Jason Holt
Instructional Technology Specialist
Newman International Academy of Arlington
Arlington, Texas USA
@jasonthegodman 

Jason Holt, an instructional technology specialist and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, sees success stories every day. In addition to teaching Computer Science classes, including Windows Programming in C# with Visual Studio 2015, this year alone, he has effectively rolled out school-wide programs using OneNote, Skype in the Classroom, and Skype for Business.

But one student in particular has made a major impact on Holt’s teaching – and his life.… Visit the author's original post

“Digital access may be a challenge, but it is never a limitation.” – Lea Lilibeth B. Emata, Philippines

Lea Lilibeth B. Emata
Instructional Technology Specialist
Xavier University Junior High School
Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

Inspiration came in many forms at the recent BETT Asia – including each student we met and each educator we were fortunate to speak with.

For Lea Emata, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and instructional technology specialist, taking part in BETT Asia 2016 was transformative.

“Microsoft Philippines made it possible for me to join this enriching experience,” says Emata. “[I grew as an educator] through collaboration with other tech enthusiasts, learning various tools for instruction, learning about the Hour of Code from the students, and most especially, learning about effective school transformation.… Visit the author's original post

“When I stood in front of a class for the first time, all the memories of my childhood teachers came flooding back to me. I was so thankful for them, as teachers and now as role models.” – Paul Watkins, UK 

Paul Watkins
IT Teacher
Ysgol Bae Baglan
Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom
@lanny_watkins

“A student said to me, ‘I’m never going to let anyone tell me I am too young to make a difference!’” Paul Watkins tells us. “This was after a 12-hour Skype Learn-a-thon I organized last summer, where pupils travelled the globe meeting inspirational guest speakers and partaking in some amazing virtual field trips. Over the course of the year I came to learn and appreciate how powerful a tool Skype in the Classroom truly is.”

For Watkins, Skype in the Classroom has been a transformation tool, transporting both students and staff to entirely new worlds through virtual field trips and more.… Visit the author's original post

Certifications empower both students and teachers – Lakesha Kirkland, USA

Lakesha Kirkland
Business Education Teacher, Future Business Leaders of America Advisor
Shaw High School
Columbus, Georgia, USA

Out of 1.6 million high school students in the state of Georgia, last year only 50 achieved “Master” status based on their Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. Half of those students came from just one classroom, under the direction of teacher Lakesha Kirkland.

“For the outstanding job my students did, Microsoft recognized my students at the Georgia Department of Education for our ‘phenomenal Microsoft office Specialist Certification accomplishments’,” Kirkland tells us.… Visit the author's original post