Category Archives: Building Teacher Capacity

“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

“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 found OneNote a year ago, and it was love at the first sight.” – Piia Martikainen, Finland

Piia Martikainen
Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
Torkinmäki School
Kokkola, Finland
@PiiaMartikainen

“I’m interested in games and new approaches in education. I found OneNote a year ago, and it was love at the first sight. Two of my colleagues and I had an opportunity to get 1-to-1 tablets for the sixth-grade students. OneNote changed my thinking and working — it was the answer to my dreams.” – Piia Martikainen, Finland

Learn more about how OneNote has transformed Piia’s teaching through her Learning Activities and her Educator Profile.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

“As primary teachers, we have to teach everything. It can be overwhelming. So I find it best to start with one subject area, get the kids in small groups, and get them to share their work with their friends.” – Natalie Burgess, Scotland

Natalie Burgess
Primary Teacher and ICT Coordinator
Microsoft UK Teacher Ambassador
Paisley, Scotland

Natalie Burgess has a history of turning the tables on technology training by having her students teach full-class lessons to fellow students, and support teachers as they work to adopt 1:1 approaches in the classroom. All of this is made possible by Glow, Scotland’s national digital learning environment. Learn more about Natalie’s journey here, and be sure to connect with her on the Microsoft Educator Community.Visit the author's original post

“I think a great leader brings people alongside them, never belittles them, encourages collaboration and works to bring them to their potential. Good leaders share, serve and nurture.” – Sandi Adams, USA

Sandi Adams
Technology Project Specialist
Cherokee County School District
Woodstock, Georgia, USA
@sandiadams

With 16 years of experience under her belt, Adams is not only an MIEE, she’s also a Surface Expert, Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Certified Educator and Master Trainer. She regularly researches emerging technologies, trains staff on tools and classroom integration, trains students, and evaluates hardware. In fact, in all, Adams has spent over 20 years championing new technologies in schools. But seeing herself as a leader has taken some getting used to.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote makes learning accessible for all – Jeff Petty, USA

Jeff Petty, Principle Program Manager, Accessibility
Daniel Hubbell, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility
Microsoft Corporation Seattle
Washington, USA

For students with unique learning needs – and their teachers – one-size-fits-all education tools don’t always work. It’s not a small problem. In fact, an estimated 1 in 5 students are dealing with dyslexia, and over 70 percent of classrooms have special education students or readers that span four or more grade levels. But thanks to the efforts of Microsoft’s Accessibility team, and team members like Jeff Petty and Daniel Hubbell, educators now have help.… 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

“I created an online course for Serbian teachers where I teach them about 21st century skills, and how to use Microsoft products such as OneNote, Photosynth, Photo story, etc. This encourages collaboration, and develops creativity and critical thinking.” – Jugoslava Lulic

Jugoslava Lulic

Teacher, Serbia

“As a teachers’ trainer I realized that, despite domination of the traditional way of teaching in most schools in Serbia, teachers are aware of the 21st century demands and ready for the challenges of using various methods and tools for communication and collaboration with today’s digital generation of students. So, I created an online course for Serbian teachers where I teach them about 21st century skills, and how to use Microsoft products such as OneNote, Photosynth, Photo story, etc.… Visit the author's original post

Making technology work for every type of student – Josh Davis, USA

As an instructional technology coach, Josh Davis is not only among the first to try out new technology at his school, he also gets to experience the initial excitement from both teachers and students when they get to try something they’ve never seen before.

A 17-year veteran in his school district – 15 years as a middle school history teacher, two in his current role – he’s seen a lot of change. And school transformation is a big one.

His advice for a successful whole-school transformation plan?… Visit the author's original post

“The first year that I led the Hour of Code in my classroom, I realized that students in my school were missing out on something that could really impact their future.”

Nancy Stevens
Business and Information Technology Teacher
First Flight High School
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA
@nks77s

Bringing computer science to the classroom: One teacher’s quest

“The first year that I led the Hour of Code in my classroom, I realized that students in my school were missing out on something that could really impact their future. My school did not have any computer science courses, but I could see that students were interested. I’ve spent over 20 years teaching ‘information technology’ — mostly application software — and I realized that I could do something about the lack of computer science offerings.… Visit the author's original post

The updated Microsoft Educator Community: A journey to personalization

The updated Microsoft Educator Community launching this month reflects the insights of educators around the globe and months of hard work. It’s also more functional, more engaging, and perhaps most important — according to team lead Dr. Iris Yuster — more personal.

Yuster, a user experience (UX) expert who joined Microsoft last February after working on a slew of innovative apps and products, heads up the team responsible for the community’s redesign. Her background, while somewhat unconventional, made her uniquely qualified for the task.

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