Principal, blogger, trainer
High School 17 in Gdynia and trainings4u.eu Gdynia, Poland
For most educators, wearing multiple hats each day is par for the course. For Oktawia Gorzeńska, the roles of principal, blogger and teacher trainer are all distinct, yet equally fulfilling.
“As a principal, I am compelled to change the work culture of my school,” says Gorzeńska. “We create a learning organization by combining academic knowledge with new methods, as well as social and 21st century skills development.… Visit the author's original post
Paweł Piotr Stawski
Szkoła Podstawowa w Izabelinie
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
Director of Professional Development
Austin, Texas, USA
Working with bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the small Texas town where President Lyndon Baines Johnson once taught transformed Miguel Guhlin’s views on education. But it was when Guhlin started sharing his teaching experiences with others that he truly found his calling.
“When I moved to East Texas, I began to write about what my students and I were doing, then share it online via the Texas Education Network (TENET),” Guhlin explains.… Visit the author's original post
Federal Institute of Education
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
Senior History Teacher
Toowoomba Grammar School
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
To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on February 14, 2012.
If you’ve ever wondered just how important a teacher is, just ask Michael Furdyk.
“When I was in grade three, I somehow connected with one of the grade five gifted teachers, Ms. Gee, who saw my passion for technology, took me under her wing, and included me in some of her class activities,” says Furdyk. “The confidence she had in me was a huge boost to my self-esteem, and helped me realize that I could accomplish whatever I set my eyes on.”
And his accomplishments are many.… Visit the author's original post
Mohammad Aliff Bin Othman
MRSM Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens
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
Head Teacher and Computer Science Teacher
Primary School No.3
Music may seem like an unusual path to computer science, but for principal and classroom teacher Tomasz Lukawski, it proved to be just that.
“I used to be a music teacher,” Lukawski explains. “From the beginning, as soon as I bought my first PC, I composed music on the computer and accompaniment for the school vocal group. Computer science so fascinated me, that I decided to teach it.”
These days, Lukawski takes full advantage of technology to not only manage his school and communicate with parents, students and teachers, but to take the curriculum to the next level.… Visit the author's original post
Science Teacher in Secondary School; Innovation Club and International Activities Leader
Delhi Public School Ghaziabad
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
University Lecturer/Chief Editor
Technical University of Dortmund/nrwision – TV learning channel
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
Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
“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
Makassed Khalil Shehab School
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
Primary Teacher and ICT Coordinator
Microsoft UK Teacher Ambassador
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
Technology Project Specialist
Cherokee County School District
Woodstock, Georgia, USA
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
Jeff Petty, Principle Program Manager, Accessibility
Daniel Hubbell, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility
Microsoft Corporation Seattle
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
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
“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
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
Business and Information Technology Teacher
First Flight High School
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA
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