“It is necessary to link learning with real-life situations in order to better prepare students for their work in the future.” – Snežana Bogavac Mihajlović, Serbia

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Snežana Bogavac Mihajlović wasn’t always a teacher, and the real-world work experience she gained before going into education informs the way she teaches today.

“I am a graduated electronics engineer, and before I became an ICT and computer science teacher, I worked in Research and Development,” Mihajlović shares. “Maybe because of that, I understand why it is important to link science and education.”

To make that link, Mihajlović likes to use project-based learning, and she finds plenty of inspiration through Paint 3D in the Classroom and Skype in the Classroom lessons.

“Skyping with students from other countries is a good introduction to learning about a new country,” she explains. “In addition, students develop their English language skills.”

To develop her own skills and further her professional development, Mihajlović relies on the Microsoft Educator Community.

“The Microsoft Educator Community (MEC) was a real discovery for me,” she says. “First, because of extremely good courses, then for cooperation with other members of the MEC portal. I am the first in my school to register on the MEC platform and constantly train my colleagues and inspire them to register at the MEC.”

Looking ahead, Mihajlović believes a new approach is needed in using technology to maintain the attention and interest of students. But she’s particularly passionate about STEM.

“I especially want to encourage girls to consider STEM as their choice of occupation,” she says. “It is also necessary to link learning with real-life situations in order to better prepare students for their work in the future.”

Connect with Snežana on her Microsoft Educator Community profile or on her blog.

About Snežana Bogavac Mihajlović

  • Educational background: Graduated Engineer of Electronics (I worked for 20 years in the Research Development Institute as an independent researcher); I have been working in education for five years as an ICT and computer science teacher.
  • Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Sway, Paint 3D, Skype in the Classroom, OneNote, PowerPoint
  • Favorite books: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • Website I check everyday: https://education.microsoft.com/
  • Favorite childhood memory: As a girl of four, I kept my mother's shoes with high heels, put a handbag over my hand, and when someone asked me my name, my reply was: Snezana Bogavac, a big girl.
  • What is the best advice you have ever received? If you are doing the best you can in your life, you will be satisfied and fulfilled, and the acknowledgments for the effort are coming alone.