Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Behind every great person is a great teacher – Michael Furdyk, Canada

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

“The problem is that school is incredibly boring for students, and as it turns out, it’s pretty boring for teachers as well, because neither group is learning in the traditional school model.” – Michael Fullan, Canada

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on July 17, 2014.

The fact that Michael Fullan was one of the first education heroes we profiled for Daily Edventures, just after we launched the blog at the start of 2012, makes good sense. Fullan is recognized as a worldwide authority on education reform, and his mandate – “helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning” – perfectly aligns to Microsoft’s mission.Visit the author's original post

“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

“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

“Embrace the intimidation. Nobody among today’s adults is an expert at computer science; it is a field of self-learners.”

Hadi Partovi CEO and Founder, Code.org Seattle, Washington, USA @hadip

Embrace the intimidation. Nobody among today’s adults is an expert at computer science; it is a field of self-learners. So, entering a classroom trying to teach a field that you’re not an expert at is expected. In fact, modeling your own learning is one way you can show your kids that this is how you learn. You don’t just get lectured and taught something by know-it-all experts. You, as a teacher, learn alongside your students.… Visit the author's original post

“Embrace your own inner fear. It’s the easiest way to get started.” – Hadi Partovi, USA

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on March 7, 2016.

If you have been following the conversation about students learning how to code, you’ve likely heard of Code.org.

When we first spoke with Code.org founder Hadi Partovi back in 2013, they were just launching Hour of Code, which, “…started with a simple vision that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science,” says Partovi.… Visit the author's original post

“I’ve seen the impact that tutoring programs can have on a student’s success – especially struggling students.” – Chris Hopkins, USA

Chris Hopkins may be a program manager intern at Microsoft, working with engineers and organizing development projects, but education is his passion. Fortunately, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Through his internship, Hopkins is gaining the valuable skills he’ll need to make Boost Tutors, an organization he founded, a success.

What inspired Hopkins to focus his efforts on education? His time working at King’s Academy in Jordan (during his gap year between high school and college) played a big role.

“I didn’t teach, but I did things that made teaching possible,” Hopkins tells us.… Visit the author's original post

Better Heart Health through Technology – Team #idontgiveanapp, Italy

Their team name may suggest a certain nonchalance, but Italy’s Team #idontgiveanapp is anything but apathetic about the well-being of its target users. The team, winners in the recent Imagine Cup World Citizenship Semi-finals in Seattle, have created the HeartWatch app, designed to detect cardiac arrhythmia and help patients better manage their health.

Constantly checking users’ heartbeats via the Microsoft Band, HeartWatch notifies users about any anomaly their heart may experience. In serious cases, HeartWatch even notifies a selected list of friends and relatives, via SMS.… Visit the author's original post

Pregnancy Planning Made Easy – Team Boby, Taiwan

Want to get pregnant? There’s an app for that, thanks to Taiwan’s Team Boby, which recently won the 2015 Imagine Cup World Citizenship semifinals in Seattle.  The team of four (Wang Zhenghong, Yang Wenqian, Lai Hezhun, and Xue Zhihao) from National Cheng King University, has created a unique tool to help couples determine the optimal time for conception.

Inspired by the sister of one of their teammates who has struggled to conceive for 10 years, Team Boby identified a problem that affects millions, and developed an innovative way to solve it.… Visit the author's original post

Team Tether: A New Twist on Social Networking from New Zealand – Team Tether, New Zealand

You know the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? Three Imagine Cup students from the University of Auckland in New Zealand — Team Tether — have used that idea to create an app to bring the concept to life.

“Tether is a platform that helps you discover and leverage the talent in your social network,” they say. “With Tether, finding trustworthy and passionate people with the skills you need can be done instantly. You’re also helping those close to you get discovered for what they really love doing.”

As World Finalists in the Innovation category, Team Tether – also known as Alyssa Ong (user interface), Opender Singh (software developer) and Vivien Lei (business and legal) – are tapping into existing social networks to help friends find reliable help or even get discovered.… Visit the author's original post