December 4, 2018
“A happy and self-confident student learns more and better.” – Silvia Scuracchio, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
As a school leader, Silvia Scuracchio wanted to create a school that empowered all students – regardless of their abilities – to succeed. After two years of work, the Microsoft Showcase School she created is a digital transformation success story, with all its professionals earning Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) status, and some becoming MIE Experts. And they’ve already hosted over 400 educators to share what they’ve learned.
“The most important moments are the ones when we realize that the students are engaged and they find pleasure in learning,” Scuracchio explains. “Fortunately, we have many moments like this because we offer project-based learning with immersive experiences that are student centered, inclusive, and collaborative.”
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Escola Bosque takes advantage of Microsoft tools like Minecraft: Education Edition to enable students to apply what they’ve learned and bring their projects to life. Kids as young as four years old use Paint 3D to build their own aquariums, and their teachers find way to integrate technology into everything they do. Skype in the Classroom connects them to students around the world, including their sister school in the UK, Moorlands Primary School.
The school is also a Microsoft Certification Center, and many of its students will have already earned certifications when they leave elementary school – something Scuracchio believes will make a big difference in their future endeavors.
For Scuracchio, the biggest challenge facing all educators is transforming traditional education. “We need to give students the opportunity to become problem-solvers and protagonists in fostering their wellbeing as a foundation for academic and life success,” she says. “We also must provide experiences using technology to help them be more engaged, collaborative, and passion-driven learners. And we must give them space and freedom to lead their way and find a purpose in education. I often say that a happy and self-confident student learns more and better.”
About Silvia Scuracchio
- Educational background: Psychologist, Master in Educational Psychology, Pedagogy at Centre International d’Ëtudes Pedagogiques in Sèvres, France.
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: It’s difficult to choose just one tool, they are all excellent. We use Paint 3D, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams, OneNote, Learning Tools, Minecraft.
- Favorite book: Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner
- Website I check every day: Edutopia
- Favorite childhood memory: Visiting theme parks with my parents and how enchanted I was with technology, robots, audio-animatronics, and special effects. I wanted to know how everything worked and how they created all the special effects…a very curious child.
- What is the best advice you have ever received? Don’t be afraid to innovate in education.