Àngels Soriano says that to be a great teacher, one must never stop learning. Now in her 17th year of teaching, her goals are to promote lifelong learning among students and to remind educators to be lifelong learners themselves.
Based in Valencia, Spain, Àngels and her students are currently working on a project dubbed Women in History, which was inspired by the glaring absence of notable women in the history books. The team is working across cultures, languages and time zones, together with other students online, to highlight the unsung heroines who have helped shape our world today. The project will culminate with a virtual exhibition through Microsoft Sway to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8.
A Microsoft Educator Fellow and pioneer of a digital classroom experience, Àngels’ teaching style is deeply rooted in Microsoft technology, which provides her the tools to ensure her students don’t just have the very best experience at school, but are equipped and ready for the always-evolving world outside the classroom.
“For me, education is the tool and the weapon to create the future for citizens who will have to find new answers for a world that we know nothing about. Today’s students are going to work in professions that don’t even have names yet,” she says. “I work to show my students that their best treasure is the education that they are building every day.”
Her go-to tech-trio consists of OneNote, Sway and Skype. Àngels says these tools work together to ensure enriched learning environments to help equip her students with real-world skills, and provide “possibilities that were impossible just a few years ago.” The majority of her lessons incorporate technology, as she has found that digital devices in classrooms promote autonomy as well as collaboration.
As of Wednesday, March 8, in celebration of International Women’s Day, students can reserve a spot at a DigiGirlz workshop hosted by their local Microsoft Store, starting in April. DigiGirlz workshops at Microsoft Store empower young women with free and direct access to STEM education and successful female mentors, delivering hands-on learning in a fun and immersive environment.