Blair Smith Year 5/6 Classroom Teacher St Therese’s Catholic Primary School Queensland, Australia @mrsmiths56class
Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Blair Smith says that traveling with his parents as a child opened his eyes to the opportunities available to those with the desire to pursue their dreams. But at the small rural school where he teaches, he found that most students had never even left Central Queensland, let alone the country.
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
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
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
Susanna Jilka Teacher PraxisMittelSchule PH Wien Vienna, Austria @woodstocksj
Connecting her students to new classrooms and experiences is a big part of Susanna Jilka’s mission.
“It’s a small world – isn’t it? Every child deserves an education!,” Jilka says. “I like to work with other students from around the world, so we do a lot of Skype calls to gain knowledge, to share our work, to collaborate and to experience that education is the window to our future.”
Jilka sees many benefits to building these connections for her class, from seeing how other students learn to improving their English skills.… Visit the author's original post
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
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
João Carlos Ramalheiro MusicTeacher, 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 aredeveloping a video game dedicated to the children of Ecuador and to theClearWater Project.… Visit the author's original post
Kristy Griffin Year 3 Teacher/Computing Curriculum Lead Bolsover Church of England Junior School Derbyshire, UK @misskmgriffin
After attending Microsoft’s E2 Educator Exchange last year, Kristy Griffin returned to her classroom inspired to do more. This MIE Expert was already using technology to engage her students – she calls herself a full-fledged OneNote Avenger – but she discovered a new opportunity with Skype in the Classroom.
Emie C. Baylon Education Technology Coordinator, Economics and Political Science Teacher De La Salle Santiago Zobel School Philippines @eminion6
When Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Emie Baylon and I spoke recently at BETT Asia, she enthusiastically shared how technology has converted students who were once “bored” into engaged, life-long learners.
“With OfficeMix and with Sway, I was able to make my class into an engaging one,” says Baylon.
Olivier Dijkmans Elementary School Teacher Stedelijke Basisschool Omnimundo Antwerp, Belgium
Olivier Dijkmans’ school is on the front lines when it comes to adapting to a diverse student body, including many refugees who have never attended school, and don’t know how to read, calculate or write.
Olivier, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, uses everything from green screens to Legos to engage his class that represents different lands of origin, different religions and different education levels.
“This is not an easy challenge,” Olivier tells us, “but it has to be taken, because good education is the key to success for the future of our community and society.… Visit the author's original post
Jonathan Bergmann Pioneer of the Flipped Class Movement
“One of the best things about the Flipped Class model is that it came from teachers and not from some sort of top-down professional development strategy. Teachers need to be brought to the table in all education reform. Too much education reform has been done to teachers instead of by teachers. We need more educational reform to come from the teachers in the trenches.” To learn more about how to flip your classroom, check out Bergmann’s blog, or connect with him through his Educator Profile.… Visit the author's original post
Valerie Anglemyer Instructional Coach and Seventh Grade Humanities Teacher NorthWood Middle School, Wa-Nee Community Schools Wakarusa, Indiana, USA @valanglemyer70
When it comes to leading school transformations, empowerment is one of the key ingredients to success. For Valerie Anglemyer, a 2014 Indiana Excellence in Education award winner and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (for the third year), empowering her students has sparked not only an appreciation for the world beyond their four walls, but also an entirely new way to learn.
Last year, Anglemyer and her co-teacher, Steve Bowser, created an inquiry-based pilot class titled Humanities — a combination of Social Studies and Language Arts — with a concentration on connecting the two subject areas.… Visit the author's original post
Iro Stefopoulou Skype Master Teacher United Kingdom
Iro shares even more Skype in the Classroom tips, insights and projects on her Educator Community profile. To give your class a once-in-a-lifetime experience, be sure to sign up for Microsoft’s global Skype-a-Thon, November 29-30, 2016.
“The moment when I really felt proud to be an educator was when my class and I Skyped with the ocean explorer Fabian Cousteau while he was 63 feet below the surface of the ocean, on Mission 31. We got the unique opportunity to learn about and see the inside of the world’s only underwater laboratory, which is also used by NASA as a training spot for astronauts.… Visit the author's original post
Scott Bricker Director of Educational Technology Santa Margarita Catholic High School Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA @BrickerCoaching
When Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Scott Bricker was named Director of Educational Technology at Santa Margarita Catholic High School (SMCHS) in 2013, he knew he had a big job ahead of him: leading the full implementation of the school’s 1:1 tablet PC program.
After first distributing devices to faculty during the ‘13- ‘14 school year, all 1725 students received tablets during the summer of 2014, and the school rolled out Office365, OneNote and other Microsoft tools.… Visit the author's original post
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, they have tremendous self-awareness and focus.
Lee’s journey to becoming a Microsoft intern started when he took steps to overcome his shyness and discover his strengths. In eighth grade, he decided to dabble in drama.