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“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

“To make change happen we must get school leaders to see the value of investing time and money into Professional Development.” – Lynette Barker, Australia

Lynette Barker
Teacher Librarian & Learning Technology Coordinator
St Therese’s Primary NSW, Australia
@Lynettebar

Keeping up with the latest skills and technology is challenging, and many times, educators simply don’t know what technologies are available to help them in their classrooms.

This was the case for MIE Expert Lynette Barker, and then in 2014, she attended her first MIEE gathering.

“I was amazed by the creativity of others, the new programs available (I didn’t even know about OneNote) and the possibilities technology had in education,” says Barker.… Visit the author's original post

“My life has been that of a seeker. All my life is learning — both formally and informally.” – Floyd Chanda, Zambia

A willingness to try new things can be just as important for educators as it is for their students. Just ask Floyd Chanda..

“The biggest challenge for education today is to keep up with the pace of the changing technologies — especially in the Third World,” Chanda shares with us. “I am responding to this by encouraging my fellow educators to remain open to learning and change in the 21st century.”

Chanda loves to share the skills and knowledge he’s acquired as a Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert (MIEE) with his fellow teachers.… Visit the author's original post

“Through Skype, I have shown my students and their families so many amazing places around the world and created a sense of wonder in them.” – Blair Smith, Australia

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.

Then Skype changed everything.

“When I discovered Skype in the Classroom,” Smith explains, “I knew this would change the way I teach.… Visit the author's original post

“I prefer thinking that every day in my classroom will be the best day ever.” – Ramón Rodríguez Galán, Spain

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

“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

“We are a collaborative group where I’m only a mentor who helps my students to go their way.” – Olga Ilchenko, Russia

Olga Ilchenko
Educational Expert
Federal Institute of Education
Moscow, Russia

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

“I realized how important education is in the 21st century, and that some of my teaching methods need to evolve.” – Karel Rejthar, Czech Republic

Karel Rejthar
Teacher, ICT Manager
Střední škola zemědělská a potravinářská
Klatovy, Czech Republic
@karelrejthar

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) Karel Rejthar knows that his students have infinite sources from which they can learn. As a result, he doesn’t believe in “teaching,” but rather “guiding” them toward proficiency in 21st century skills.

Even so, he’s found it challenging at times to motivate his students. Then, he attended a Summer Camp for Innovative Teachers.

“I met people who think like me,” says Rejthar, “always learning, always sharing.… Visit the author's original post

“I lead by example and share my story daily on Twitter, hoping that it helps someone who might be nervous about taking a risk to just do it.” – Benjamin Kelly, Canada

Benjamin Kelly
Teacher/Lead of Innovation Design
Anglophone East School District
Moncton, New Brunswick
@BBTNB

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) Benjamin Kelly has a full toolbox when it comes to practicing Universal Design for Learning. And his favorite activities in his toolbox always include Microsoft’s Minecraft Education Edition. Why? Minecraft not only allows students to demonstrate and showcase their understanding in a wide variety of ways, “it also offers an engagement factor that encourages students’ best work,” says Kelly.

“The best way for teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom is to get in the game and work with the students,” Kelly shares.… Visit the author's original post

“Confining students behind desks will not work anymore in a technology classroom because that is not how engineers, designers, and other creative professionals work.” – Shepherd Simango, South Africa

Shepherd Simango
Design & Technology Teacher/Computer Applications Teacher
St. Stithians Girls’ College
Johannesburg, South Africa
@shex72

As a technology teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE), Shepherd Simango encourages his students to be explorative, especially when they are faced with a problem. For Simango and his students, mobile devices have proven to be invaluable.

“[Mobile devices] can be used for content creation using Office apps,” says Simango. “They can also be used as tools to capture and store data such as images and voice and video recordings.… 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

It Starts With You…You Are The Change – Joe Lemaron, Africa

“My greatest dream for education would be that students will move away from being just consumers of information, but become problem solvers, innovators, producers, global citizens,” says Joe Lemaron.To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on January 17, 2012.

Lemaron is putting his dream into action. As project manager for a joint British Council and Microsoft ICT in Learning project, Lemaron manages “Badiliko,” the Swahili word that means shift/change.… 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

“With accessible technology, we have the opportunity to break down barriers to education (and beyond) for people with disabilities.” – Megan Lawrence, USA

Megan Lawrence
Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft   
Redmond, Washington, USA  

Megan Lawrence is part of a team on a mission to reduce the unemployment rate for people with disabilities. This is a monumental task, but one Lawrence will not shy away from. In the US alone, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that of people without disabilities. As Microsoft’s Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Lawrence believes one of the key paths to delivering on this mission is through accessible education technology, and an inclusive educational environment.… 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

“The biggest challenge is parents believing in the school’s vision of digital transformation.” – Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon, India

Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon
Head Teacher
Kamla Nehru Public School
Punjab, India
@pkdhillon08

It’s been one year since Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon’s school decided to implement 1:1 learning, and while it’s been a huge success for the students and teachers, the road to 1:1 was anything but easy. And the main reason was the hesitancy on the part of parents.

“Regular meetings had been held with the parents regarding digital transformation in the school,” shares Dhillon, a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert and Trainer.… Visit the author's original post

“Discovering the Microsoft Educator Community was a huge turning point for me as an educator.” – Liz Wilson, UK

Liz Wilson
Class Teacher, 21st Century Learning Lead
Danesfield School
Marlow, United Kingdom
@Primarymrsw

No matter how old you are, few things can capture attention like a game. That’s why gamification is gaining such a foothold in the world of education. For Liz Wilson, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and MIE Master Trainer, using the gamification pedagogy as well as games like Minecraft Education completely transformed her classroom.

“I absolutely love using Minecraft in the classroom,” says Wilson. “It is such a fantastic, versatile technology that can be used across the curriculum to inspire students and enhance their learning experiences.… Visit the author's original post

“Technology is a tool for teaching, not a substitution for the teachers.” – Artur Rudnicki, Poland

Artur Rudnicki Teacher
V-CE Head Master
Radom Technical School
Radom, Poland

Most of the educators we speak with here at Daily Edventures have a “moment” that sticks out as a defining time in their career. For Artur Rudnicki – an IT teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and MIE Master Trainer – it was when the teenagers at his school let him know the technology at their homes was better than what they used at school.

“I made a decision that in our school, it would be really modern,” shares Rudnicki.… Visit the author's original post

“We must teach competencies rather than content. Students must learn how to solve problems and face new situations.” – María Florencia Conforti, Argentina

María Florencia Conforti
English Teacher
Belgrano Day School
Buenos Aires, Argentina
@florconforti1

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) María Conforti may teach English literature and grammar, but she’s just as interested in helping her students learn how to think. And when she taught the novel Pax last year to her fourth grade students, she put that approach to the test.

“After reading the novel, I asked my students to make an object that might be useful for any of the characters in the story,” Conforti explains.… Visit the author's original post

“There aren’t 25 equal students in my classroom, there are 25 different individuals, dreaming different dreams and hoping for different future lives.” – Susanna Jilka

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

“We need passion and constant innovation in teaching.” – Nam Ngo Thanh, Vietnam

Nam Ngo Thanh
Grade 5th Teacher
Vietnam Australia International School
Ho Chi Minh City/ Vietnam
@mrnamvas

“I think that a successful classroom is one in which students feel at home, teachers are like parents, and friends are like brothers,” says MIEE Nam Ngo Thanh. “[In the classroom], my students are active, showing their creativity and passion. Every period, I always create the opportunity to evoke the passion of my students so that they can express their full potential as well as overcome their limitations.”

Thanh, who struggled to engage in school when he was young, is determined to help his students chart a different path toward life-long learning.… Visit the author's original post

“We need passion and constant innovation in teaching.” – Nam Ngo Thanh, Vietnam  

Nam Ngo Thanh
Grade 5th Teacher
Vietnam Australia International School
Ho Chi Minh City/ Vietnam
@mrnamvas

“I think that a successful classroom is one in which students feel at home, teachers are like parents, and friends are like brothers,” says MIEE Nam Ngo Thanh. “[In the classroom], my students are active, showing their creativity and passion. Every period, I always create the opportunity to evoke the passion of my students so that they can express their full potential as well as overcome their limitations.”

Thanh, who struggled to engage in school when he was young, is determined to help his students chart a different path toward life-long learning.… 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

“Being introduced to the Microsoft Surface was an education game-changer for my fixed-technology mindset.” – Summer Winrotte, USA

Summer Winrotte
Digital Instructional Coach and Math Teacher
Tecumseh Junior High, Lafayette School Corporation
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
@SummerWinrotte

For Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Summer Winrotte, using technology in her classroom wasn’t always a given. In fact, she was downright skeptical about its usefulness.

“I can remember when university education programs and K-12 schools began talking in earnest about using laptops in 1:1 programs — one assigned device for one specific student,” says Winrotte. “I was the new teacher that would say things like, ‘That will never happen in my classroom,’ or ‘Math classrooms are different.’”

Winrotte says she had two major questions that she would always ask herself: 1) How can utilizing a laptop (in a futuristic paperless classroom) be equally effective in all content areas?… Visit the author's original post

“I’ve seen the immense learning that occurs, that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide, through connections my students make using Skype” – Karey Killian, USA 

Karey Killian
Library Media Specialist
Milton Area School District
Milton, Pennsylvania, USA
@CoLIBRAtoRY 

Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Karey Killian’s first ISTE experience was a memorable one. “I felt empowered to share ideas and experiences that could help instill the love of learning in their schools,” she says.

Looking back on her time there, Killian says her biggest take-aways were the connections she made with professionals who are passionate about increasing student learning opportunities.

“I was able to co-present with fellow MIE Expert Sarah Loomis at one of the Campfire Learning events,” says Killian. … Visit the author's original post

“The use of Sway is the most powerful activity that enables students to do more in a short amount of time.” – Amna Manzoor, Dubai

 

Amna Manzoor
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

“When I started to realize that I didn’t have to teach alone, and that there were many mentors and resources to turn to, my teaching was transformed.” – Meenoo Rami

Meenoo Rami
Manager, Minecraft Education at Microsoft
Seattle, Washington, USA
@meenoorami

Meenoo Rami has taken a diverse path as an educator – both in the traditional sense, and also in the world of technology. Rami is a national board certified teacher who taught students English for ten years at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy. She is the author of Thrive, and currently works as manager for Minecraft Education at Microsoft, where she helps educators, districts, and organizations reimagine game-based learning for classroom practice.… Visit the author's original post

“…The focus of a transformation plan is transformation, and the people who benefit from the transformation are the children, teachers, leaders.” – Tony Brandenburg, Australia

Tony Brandenburg
International Education Consultant
Australia
@tbrandenburg

Last May, while most of the world was heading into summer vacation, a group of leaders and decision makers gathered at the Microsoft International Summer Institute in Finland to share and learn about education transformation.

Facilitated by Microsoft’s global digitalization teams and New Pedagogies for Deep Learning specialists, the Institute featured keynote speeches from world-renowned experts like Professor Michael Fullan and Microsoft Worldwide Education VP Anthony Salcito. Attendees also heard from successful education change makers, including Tony Brandenburg.… 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

“Whether you’re a teacher in Kenya, Vietnam or the US, we all face similar challenges with student engagement. We may have different connectivity issues or cultures, but the actual process of teaching and learning is very similar.” – Sonja Delafosse, USA 

Sonja Delafosse
Program leader, Microsoft Expert Educators
Everett, Washington, USA
@sdelafosse

Here at Daily Edventures, we love to share the stories of everyday heroes – people who make a huge difference in teaching and learning each day. Each of these extraordinary heroes has a unique story to tell, but they all inspire.

Today we’re excited to share the story of Sonja Delafosse. Delafosse develops and leads the Microsoft Expert Educators program worldwide, empowering educators with quality professional development, and creating programs that help educators effectively use technology in teaching and learning.… Visit the author's original post