Educator - Author - Keynote speaker


Msc Technology Enhanced Learning, Innovation and Change - Sheffield-Hallam University, UK (2014)

Professional Bachelor Teaching - KHLim University college, Hasselt (2000)

Teacher at CVO de Verdieping / ICTdag / REN Vlaanderen

Founder Zelfstudie.be

Owner Kerfuffle VOF

Founder Kakuma Project - Human Differences project - Wai Water project

Developer Interactieve Determinatietabel (NL) - [website | app]
Developer Tree Key (EN) [website | app]

awardGlobal Teacher Prize top 50 finalist, 2017

awardMicrosoft Innovative Expert Educator Fellow, 2014 - current

awardSkype Master Trainer 2016 - current

awardToshiba Digistudent Award, 2000

awardVarkey Foundation Ambassador, 2017 - current

awardGlobal Goals Educator Task Force member (SDGs), 2017 - current

awardMaverick Teacher India, 2016

Koen Timmers

Upcoming keynotes 2017

I'll present during a few conferences about Learning and bringing Innovation into Education.


My personal journey during T4B award

NNSTOY Washington

SDGs in Education

ShiftInEdu Miami

2 keynotes about Technology Enhanced Learning


Keynote VUB

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Keynote GESF Dubai

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Keynote E2 Toronto

Koen Timmers Global Teacher Prize 2017

Global Teacher Prize 2017 finalist

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Interiew Kenya

Interview by Kenyan tv station

Interiew France2

Interview by France2

Live Interview by Microsoft, BETT London

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News BNT1 Bulgaria

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Documentary by Film students
Newest book released

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Keynote Mesa Vienna
MTGS India

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Founder and coordinator of Project Kakuma

Kakuma Refugee Camp (Kenya) houses 200.000 refugees who fled from war and hunger in Sudan, DR Congo, Burundi, Somalia, etc. 55% of all refugees are children. The classrooms are housing up to 150 students and have very limited resources: a text book ratio of 1:10 students, insufficient furniture and no power supply.

I sent my personal laptop to the camp and started to teach them via Skype. I also started raising funds via crowdfunding which allowed us to sent additional devices. Last but not least I managed to collect about 100 educators over 40 countries willing to offer free Skype lessons. We now have 10 laptops and internet connection in 5 Kakuma schools and a mobile solar suitcase to charge the laptops. Not only are we offering knowledge by teaching Maths, Science and Art, we also bring empathy in the classrooms and put the refugees' lives in the right perspective. We talk about culture, habits, religion and... football!

Don't forget: every child deserves an Education!


Keynote speaker


Educator day, London (UK)

Collaborative learning: Constructivism versus Connectivism

Jan 2015

MIE call, webinar, to 155 educators from 80 countries

Blended learning: remote learning via web conferencing tools

Feb 2015

Seminario Brixia Generatione Digitale 2, Breschia (IT)

Creating and benefits of digital textbooks

Feb 2015

Microsoft HQ, Redmond (USA)

Distance Learning

Apr 2015

EduCast Microsoft

Project Kakuma: how we offer education via Skype to African Refugees (Kenya)

Jan 16

Microsoft EBC, Brussels (BE)

Power of Social media - Office Mix - Sway

Jan 16

BETT, London (UK)

Power BI

Presenting to educators

Jan 16

Microsoft HQ, London (UK)

Why students need to learn to analyze and visualize data

Presenting to school leaders

Jan 16

Nigerian MIE Forum

Project Kakuma

Jan 16

Oulu, Finland

Presented about Project Kakuma

Apr 16

MTGS India

I've been invited as 1 of 20 maverick teachers from around the world to explore and create pedagogies for the future to support education for a sustainable world.

July 16

Microsoft Educational Summit Austria 2016

I've was keynote speaker during MESA 2016 where I reflected about the use of Technology Enhanced Learning. How to bring change into students' learning processes by connecting different learning approaches to some tools.

December 16

Featured and Quoted


I published several books and lots of courses at Zelfstudie.be

  • Wolters Plantyn - Dreamweaver, deel 1 - ISBN: 978-90-301-8995-4
  • Wolters Plantyn - Dreamweaver 1 handleiding
  • Wolters Plantyn - Dreamweaver, deel 2 - ISBN: 978-90-301-9058-5
  • Wolters Plantyn - Dreamweaver 2 handleiding
  • Zelfstudie.be - Courses Web, Graphic, Game and App design/development
  • Visual Steps - OneNote 2013/2016 - ISBN: 978-90-590-5752-4 [Dutch]
  • Visual Steps - OneNote 2013/2016 - ISBN: 978-90-590-5463-9 [English]

I'm columnist at Web designer Magazine.

I write columns on various educational subject.
Some columns at HotTopics.com:

Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator Fellow

I was awarded as a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator in 2014. It was a great honor to be chosen out of 20.000 educators and being part of 250 MIEs, spread over 150 different countries. While I attended the Global Forum in Barcelona my team was awarded with the Learn-a-thon Sustainability award. Being part of the program I try to enhance learning using technology with specialties in distance learning, digital courseware to increase students' motivation and learning outcomes.

In 2015 I became part of a small group of MIE Fellows. While we attended the E2 conference in Redmond inspiring keynotes were attended, I presented about Distance Learning and the Kakuma project was initiated.

Koen Timmers in Redmond, at Microsoft HQ


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