Category Archives: Change Management and Culture of Innovation

“How exciting is the world in which we live, where language is no longer a barrier?” – Deanne Joosten, Australia

Deanne Joosten
Leading Teacher – Pedagogy and Curriculum Innovation
Phoenix P-12 Community College
Ballarat, Australia
@deannejoosten

Drama is one of the most intimate, high-touch subjects taught in school. So when year 12 students in three rural classrooms (more than seven hours driving distance apart) needed a drama teacher, MIEE Deanne Joosten faced a real challenge.

“The immediate challenge,” Joosten says, “was how to take a very practical subject and teach my own class and three other schools at the same time, without disadvantaging anyone.… Visit the author's original post

“How exciting is the world in which we live, where language is no longer a barrier?” – Deanne Joosten, Australia

Deanne Joosten
Leading Teacher – Pedagogy and Curriculum Innovation
Phoenix P-12 Community College
Ballarat, Australia
@deannejoosten

Drama is one of the most intimate, high-touch subjects taught in school. So when year 12 students in three rural classrooms (more than seven hours driving distance apart) needed a drama teacher, MIEE Deanne Joosten faced a real challenge.

“The immediate challenge,” Joosten says, “was how to take a very practical subject and teach my own class and three other schools at the same time, without disadvantaging anyone.… 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

“In the past, children were playing together with a ball. Today, they play with smartphones. We need to find a way to communicate with them in their language.” – Julia Janosikova, Slovakia

 

 

 

Julia Janosikova
Physics, Mathematics and Informatics Teacher
Zakladna Skola, Zahoracka
Malacky, Slovakia
@JuliaJanosikova

Bringing real-world activities into the classroom engages students and gives educators new ways to connect with them. This philosophy not only directs MIE Expert Julia Janosikova’s teaching approach, it helped her discover her calling.

“When I was a teenager, I volunteered in the Slovak (Boy) Scout organization, and there I worked with young children,” Janosikova explains. “This affected my career choice and made me see teaching more as a mission and hobby than as a job.”

That experience also shaped the way she shares new activities with her students.… Visit the author's original post

“Engaging students, whether K-12 or adult learners, in real life, inquiry-based problems empowers them to become the protagonists in their story.” – Miguel Guhlin, USA

Miguel Guhlin
Director of Professional Development
TCEA.org
Austin, Texas, USA
@mguhlin

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

“In my work, I know that technology alone cannot build the skills of the 21st century. Information technologies are an accelerator, but the power of change lies with teachers.” – Ivan Gionov, Bulgaria

 

 

Ivan Gionov
Senior Teacher
French Language School
Sofia, Bulgaria

Senior IT teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Ivan Gionov knows how to innovate on a large scale. Gionov’s school was one of the first educational institutions in Bulgaria to introduce cloud technology, and this Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) played a key role in the school’s launch of Office 365. Today, all students and teachers at the school have their own Office365 accounts with the domain feg.bg.

But Gionov also understands that innovation isn’t all about technology.… Visit the author's original post

“I have trained over 1000 teachers.” – Simon Kiteme, Kenya

Simon Kiteme
Head of Science Department
Kwa Ngindu Secondary/TSC
Kenya, Africa
@smpkiteme09

It can be easy to take today’s sophisticated classroom technology for granted. But when an internet connection isn’t a given and teachers haven’t yet embraced technology, school leaders must be extra-creative.

For Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Simon Kiteme, that meant becoming the first East/Central African educator to take — and pass — the Microsoft Certified Educator training. And once he became certified, Kiteme helped his fellow educators learn how to use technology to support student learning and success.… 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

“I cannot imagine teaching without cloud applications.” – Tomasz Lukawski, Poland

Tomasz Lukawski
Head Teacher and Computer Science Teacher
Primary School No.3
Zabki/Warsaw, Poland

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

No classrooms. No teachers. No blackboards. No exams.

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on January 10, 2012.

 

At first glance it’s pretty obvious: Colegio Fontán is different. No classrooms.
No teachers. No blackboards. No exams. Technology supports everything they do.

“Everyone knows the ‘what’ to do in education. We’ve built the ‘how’ instead,” says Julio Fontán, school President.

Colegio Fontan video

Fontán’s parents – both educators – brought their unique brand of education to Colombia from Spain 54 years ago.… Visit the author's original post

“In times of fake news, the understanding of statistics is not only a mathematical competence, it is a political one.” – Torsten Traub, Germany

 

 

Torsten Traub
Middle School Teacher, MIE Expert
Realschule Neureut
Karlsruhe, Germany
@EduBlackforest

Working as a teacher in Singapore was a career-defining experience for Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Torsten Traub.

“I learned a lot by talking and working with great educators from all over the world and from a lot of different cultural and educational backgrounds,” he explains. “I started to read teacher’s blogs, I watched great TED Talks, and I began studying again.”

Since returning to Germany, Traub has used Twitter to build – and tap into – his Personal Learning Network.… Visit the author's original post

“Resources are not the problem. Our ability to work with, around and without the resource to achieve the student learning outcome is what matters.” – Abdikadir Ismail, Kenya

Abdikadir Ismail
Principal
Mwangaza Muslim Mixed Day Secondary School
Maralal, Kenya
@Abdiism

At the recent gathering of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEEs) in Toronto, one enterprising school leader earned the nickname “No Problem” – and for good reason. Abdikadir Ismail leads an under-resourced school so remote that it “can’t even be found on Google Maps.”  But despite the challenges, Ismail has the attitude that any problem can be solved with hard work and a bit of ingenuity.

“At E2, I saw inspired educators and learners seated all around me,” he shares.… Visit the author's original post

“The biggest challenge facing education is teaching for a future that is unknown.” – Ben Eilenberg, Australia

Benjamin Eilenberg
Teacher/STEM Coordinator/Media Coordinator
Silverton Primary School
Victoria, Australia
@ben_eilenberg

Ben Eilenberg may have come from a teaching family (his father was a lecturer, his mother a speech pathologist, and his sisters are secondary teachers), but he wasn’t prepared for what he experienced at one of his first teaching jobs.

“I walked in to a school that had only one computer per classroom and that was it, no other technological resources available,” Eilenberg recalls. “It made me think about what the students were missing out on, and how this is preparing them for the future.… Visit the author's original post

“Innovation is not trying something too strange and new. It is returning to your old places, using Microsoft tools to inspire students, making things more productive and organizing a better community.” – Tran Thi Thuy, Vietnam

Tran Thi Thuy
English Language Teacher, MIE Expert
Duc Hop Upper Secondary School
Hung Yen Province/Vietnam
@TdGreenhouse

Educators overcome obstacles every day to ensure their students get the best education possible. For Tran Thi Thuy, that meant bringing her own network connection to her rural Vietnam classroom. It also meant investing in her own career so that she could take her teaching to the next level.

In just one year, Tran completed courses in 21st Century Learning Design, Teaching with Technology, Teaching with Technology Basics and MIE Trainer Academy Learning Path through Microsoft in Education.… 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

“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

“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

Photo of Joao Carlos

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

Higher expectations lead to better results – Jeff Charbonneau, USA

Jeff Charbonneau
Science Teacher and STEM Coordinator at Zillah School District and Washington Student Achievement Council Member
Washington, USA
@JeffCharbonneau

“I have learned that by setting my expectations higher than most would consider ‘high school’ appropriate, students respond by doing even more. Ultimately, by raising the level of rigor in the classroom, students will stay more engaged and be more likely to succeed.”

Jeff Charbonneau was named the 2013 National Teacher of the Year. Learn about his experience and his journey back to his classroom here.Visit the author's original post

“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. ” – Jonathan Bergmann Pioneer of the Flipped Class Movement, Illinois

Jonathan Bergmann Pioneer of the Flipped Class Movement
Illinois, USA

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