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There’s a beautiful thing about bullying. Wait, hear me out!
What’s beautiful is that bullying is a learned behavior. This is exciting because it means it can be unlearned.
What’s even better is that character strengths like kindness, empathy, and respect can be learned as well!
Last week, I shared with you how I met one of my heroes Shane Koyczan.
We often think of heroes as people who may be older or financially successful, but the truth is that heroism is in all of us, at any age.
One of my grade 5 students faced bullying, just like Shane Koyczan. What’s heroic is her story. Oh, will you please tell us her story?
No, I won’t, because I won’t do it justice. But she will! Her story will live forever in her TEDx talk where she combines storytelling with song!
Her video is embedded on a website that she created, which also includes a compilation of resources that focus on bullying (songs, videos, books, games, websites).
Watch her TEDx talk now!
After you watch it, jump on our facebook page and comment on our discussion:
Who is your hero, and why?
Welcome back ED Champions! We appreciate all of you that have followed our journey from the beginning and a sincere thanks to the new members of our community, who are getting pumped up for the launch of our 10 new character education books! The first title to be released focuses on bullying.
Unfortunately, as most parents and teachers know, bullying is a huge concern for kids and youth worldwide. From physical and emotional bullying to cyber bullying that takes place online, adults need to do what they can to make sure kids are safe.
So, this newsletter (and a few more to follow) aim to start this discussion. To arm you with inspiration and resources to ensure that we face bullying at school, at home, and even in the workplace.
I won’t go into the details about the book launch yet, for now, I will say that you can get free electronic copies of the books in advance of the publication date by helping us spread the word - more details at the end of this newsletter.
and now....meeting my hero!
Meeting my Hero
We all have people we look up to - parents, authors, athletes, rock stars...the list goes on, and we look up to each of these people for different reasons - because they inspire us, they entertain us, they show us a side of them that we strive to be like.
One of my heroes is Shane Koyczan. Why? Because I am inspired by his ability to be completely vulnerable and share his experiences with being bullied as a child and the impact it has had on him. He is able to take an experience that was difficult (and horrible) and find the positive by helping others to face these same challenges. Through his spoken poetry, he is breaking down walls, and getting us to think.
I had the pleasure of meeting Shane, and he was a stand-up guy. The story of how I met him is quite interesting and perhaps for another time, but let’s just say that if you are tenacious enough, anyone can meet their hero. It’s pretty easy with the use of Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and showing up at the hotel they are staying at. Yes, tenacious, not weird.
His poem “To This Day” has over 12 million hits, and rightfully so. Shane created the poem as an ode to anyone who felt bullied or left out as a child. Koyczan says it wasn’t just overt bullying he was reacting to — but the subtle discouragement kids receive along the path to adulthood, as they’re required to define themselves in narrower and narrower ways.
If you haven’t watched this video, or if you have and it’s been awhile, take 7 minutes out of your schedule, and fully take it in. It is a must-watch.
Science of Character
This coming Thursday, March 20, is the global premiere of the film “The Science of Character” It is an 8-minute film that explores the neuroscience and social science behind character development and our ability to shape who we are.
You can take part by holding a premiere at your school or workplace, or by accessing the heap of resources that they have that all focus on different character attributes.
Go to the site
Watch the trailer:
Join our ED Champion Book Launch team!
Sick of bullying? Want to help? Use the cool resources we have created to spread the word about our book that explores the skills and attitudes needed to stand up to bullies.
Make it so!
We are breaking ALL of the rules for #BlackFriday and giving you 48 hours to shop at your leisure.
We're also sharing two recent (and Awesome) events that have brought some attention to what Tosca Killoran, Jeff Hoffart, Janet Hannah, Riva Zietsoff and the rest of our brilliant team has been working so hard on for you!
Black Friday Deals
Black Friday is simply an excuse to offer our community some sweet deals. Symbaloo EDU approached us, so we teamed up with them and DedicatedTeacher.com to offer you up to 50% off of our own books, along with Many…Many more sweet deals.
Check out our "Black Friday Landing page" or click the image for details about deals on our books and sweet deals from: Symbaloo, Discovery Education, Apple, Blendspace, Lego Education, DedicatedTeacher, Barnes & Noble and more!
ChangeUP Rewards Social Innovators
We are extremely excited that ED-ucation Publishing won 1st place in the Okanagan Changemaker’s Social Innovation competition! Chosen as 1 of the top 3 to pitch (out of 16 applicants) at the sold-out ChangeUP event, 325 audience members voted for us as the #1 company that they felt would make the most effective change in a positive way.
We were extremely honored to share the stage with fellow Changemakers, including some powerful youth change agents, socially-minded organizations, charities, and companies, including: Chris Priebe, who helped create Club Penguin, has led teams at Disney and now works on creating safe digital environments for kids using Pottymouth Chat tools.
There are too many amazing people to spotlight, but we wanted to Thank the Okanagan Changemakers team for creating and holding the event, all of the pitch participants, showcase participants, and applicants for their commitment to making this world a better place!
Photos from the event (Courtesy of Glen Durrell Photography)
Global Education Conference 2013
We held the most attended session on Day 1 of this worldwide Education Conference! We were EXTREMELY excited to have more than 100 Attendees from all across the globe!
Participant Feedback: "I have learned more in this session than I have in 23 years of college!" -Greg (Hazlet Township Public Schools, NJ)
Tosca Killoran and Jeff Hoffart held a session on "Students as Creators", providing a plethora of #EdTech tools that foster the development of this movement. Jeff discussed these tools in the context of his classroom, providing examples of purposeful choice for authentic audiences, while Tosca rocked the discussions and networking going on in the chat!
Blog post (Presentation slides and Resources)
It's been busy lately, but we promise that we will soon return to our series on "Tools to Create"!
The next edition focuses on Creating Avatars, Talking Photos, Games, and Apps. Get your friends to subscribe, because this one is going to be Awesome!
If you are looking for the resources from our Global Education Conference session yesterday (Slides, Symbaloo, Video), check out our newest blog post or click HERE.
There is also a reflection on 4 other sessions we attended and links to their resources and session videos. Enjoy!
We wanted to share 3 exciting upcoming events that ED-ucation Publishing is taking part in! We play a role in the Global Education Conference as a presenter, in the Okanagan Changemaker's ChangeUP as a Pitch participant, and in Desire2Learn's Edge Challenge as a Judge.
Read on for more details about each event!
Announcing the fourth annual Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, held Monday, November 18 through Friday, November 22, 2013 (Saturday, November 23rd in some time zones).
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Jeff Hoffart and Tosca Killoran will be presenting on: Students as Creators
Session Brief: There is a current movement towards student-led learning, student empowerment, and students as creators or makers, which aligns with the revised version of Bloom’s Taxonomy. In Creating, students learn to generate new ideas, ways of thinking, or habits of mind in designing, constructing, planning, producing and inventing. Learn about how certain tools can foster the development of these higher-order thinking skills, as well as promote connectivity and collaboration within and beyond your classroom.
Session Date: Monday, November 18th, 2013
Time: 10 AM in B.C. (GMT-8), 7 PM in Bonn (CET)
Okanagan Changemaker's ChangeUP Social Pitch Competition
If you are in the Okanagan region, come out for this great event. It is an amazing opportunity for you to support local change makers. ED-ucation Publishing has been chosen as 1 of the 3 "for profits" that will pitch to win funding and services!
Get your tickets today to enjoy a great evening. Come out and vote!
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Desire2Learn's Edge Challenge
Desire2Learn is challenging post-secondary students to shape the future of education by building apps that improve the experience of teachers, students and administrators.
Jeff Hoffart of ED-ucation Publishing has been chosen as a Judge for this great challenge. Follow along to see what innovative ideas and apps students develop!
Follow on Twitter (#D2LEdge or @Desire2Learn)
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We challenge YOU to CREATE! This week: Word Clouds, Mindmaps, Timelines and QR Codes!
Take a look at the preview image below; if you want to learn what these are and how to easily Create them, then Read on (or pass this along to anyone else you feel might be interested)!
For the next 3 weeks, learn how to Create: talking photos, avatars, remixed videos, games, apps, podcasts, etc... and send them to us! In our newsletters, we will feature some of the great stuff YOU have Created!
Here is the breakdown of the next few week’s of newsletters:
-Create Avatars, Talking Photos, Games, and Apps (Get your friends to subscribe, because this one is going to be Awesome!)
-Create Podcasts, Vodcasts, Remixed Videos and Hold Webinars or Online Conferences
-Bring it all together and publish your content, by creating a blog or website
For this week’s newsletter, we will focus on Creating visualizations (Word clouds, mind maps and timelines), which is the top block of 10 (to the right of “Popcorn maker”), as well as the 2 brown icons (QR Code Generators).
Wordle was one of the first to rock the scene with creating word clouds. Just a heads up, that they now have an App! If you have never created a word cloud, I am sure you have seem them around in ads, stores, online, etc... Word clouds take only a few minutes to create and can be highly effective in representing data or information, analyzing data in documents/sites (seeing which words occur most frequently), appealing to visual learners, or for marketing your brand.
TIP: For each of the tools below, you will likely have to have to latest version of Java or a browser plug-in; it will prompt you.
For teachers: 108 ways to use Word Clouds (sorted by different subjects)
For business use: 3 Ways to use Word Clouds as a Business Research tool
Quicknotes: No log-in or subscription required, just use it!
Use the quick “Start now” box and create a word cloud from a website, twitter account, news item or blog. You can also hit “Create”, press “Load” and then type or paste text. Personalize your font, colors, orientation, and then save it as a JPG or PNG.
101 ways to use Tagxedo
This is very similar to Tagxedo. If you sign-up (free), you can upload your own image (e.g. your logo) and the word cloud will fit to the image! Another cool bonus is that each word in your cloud is a clickable hyperlink to a search for that term on Google.
Benefits: No sign-up required. Likely the easiest of these tools to access and use and definitely has the largest amount of pre-created symbol shapes to create your word cloud.
Limitations: Not the greatest for larger blocks of text from sites or documents.
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Mind maps are a cool way to organize and visualize ideas, showing connections, hierarchy, categories and sub-categories. In University, I used Inspiration and as a teacher I have used Kidspiration, but these cost money, so let us enlighten you and save you a few bucks.
Benefits: Easy to use, timewarp option to go back through the changes you have made, can embed text, photos, links, YouTube or Vimeo videos, and there is a free App , Recommended for kids and families.
Limitations: The free version only allows you to create one Popplet. The Pro app costs $4.99, but it gives you access to real-time collaboration and allows you to create unlimited Popplets.
Benefits: Beyond images and text, you can also include Google maps, excel/word/PDF documents, links and calendar events. Recommended for businesses.
Limitations: 30-day free trial, free if your mindmaps are public, but limited use of space without paying.
This tool doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it is simple. You can create mind maps using bubbles and text and export the finished product as an image, all without signing in or creating an account (But, if you want to edit and change your creation, you might want to create a free account).
Creating timelines can be boring for kids or adults, but not anymore! These interactive timeline tools bring time to life and ensures time does not stand still! These are great tools for kids to look at school topics over time, understanding the development of an idea, invention, biography, etc... For businesses, this is a great way to show your progress and milestones.
"For anyone creating an online resume or portfolio, these tools show you are a Tech All-star, while communicating your resume-portfolio in a creative and innovative way." (Tweetable moment)
This is super easy to use, simple, and free (but you will have to put up with some banner ads on your pages - no biggie). Add events on a timeline with descriptions, dates, an image and a link. Once published, you can embed these timelines on a website or blog.
Capzles takes this same idea and has advanced capabilities (add videos, music, Excel/Word/PDF documents, background music) and there’s an App!
QR CODE READERS
I have never understood why companies charge people to create QR codes for you, when you can do it yourself in seconds for free! QR codes have taken off a little, but it is actually quite amazing the cool and creative ways you can use these things.
TIP: For you or others to scan these, you will need a QR reader.
APPS: “Scan” is the most common, but I find “RedLaser” to be the most dependable.
QR Code Readers for:
-Mac Laptops / Desktops (Uses built-in iSight camera)
-Windows Laptops / Desktops (Uses built-in webcam)
-QR Code Reader Website (Access from ANY computer, with no need to download)
QR CODE GENERATORS
Get creative! A few years ago, I had my parents work to get their Christmas present as they were sent on a QR code scavenger hunt around the house! For marketing, you could put these in your window, on your vehicle, on your merchandise, or on your clothes; the options are endless.
If you choose “static”, there is no log-in required. This means that the QR code will go to the website you entered. If you upgrade to Dynamic, you can log in and change where the QR code goes (e.g. people scan it to see your facebook profile, and a week later you can change it to go to your website).
This generator has a few more options (e.g. scan QR code to send a tweet, add your contact info. to their phone), but the key benefit here is that it turns your boring old QR code into a visual code using a library of background images, or upload your own.
QR Code Generator Website (Audio Message)
SnapVu: Create a QR Code, Track its Use, and Change its Navigation as needed
Remember: Send us any of your creations from last week's tools or from this newsletter!
In the next week, we will see how you great subscribers get on and may hold off an extra week to allow you to play and create!
That being said, the next newsletter is, by far, the most fun and interesting one we have ever created. Learn how to Create Avatars, Talking Photos, Games, and Apps! Help us add new subscribers because you will not want to miss this!
We challenge YOU to CREATE! For the next 5 weeks, learn how to Create: comics, animations, infographics, word clouds, timelines, avatars, talking photos, games, apps, podcasts, etc... and send them to us! In our newsletters, we will feature some of the great stuff YOU have Created!
THEME: It’s time to re-think our perspective on Technology from nouns (tools) like Powerpoint, Wordle, GoAnimate, to Verbs (skills) like Communicating, Presenting, and Telling stories!
I know, I know, the newsletter is late. Well, let me explain. I started compiling resources for this one newsletter on tech tools to Create, and then BOOM, Pandora’s box was opened! I realized that it was not for “A” newsletter, there was enough great sites and tools for 4 or 5 newsletters! I know many of our past newsletters have been biased towards only educators, but these resources are fantastic for Anyone: parents, grandparents, accountants, actors, construction workers, nurses, dragons, mythical beasts, unicorns, literally anyone.
Just a heads up that most of these tools require you to sign up; don't be deterred, they are free and only take a minute to sign-up.
Here is the breakdown of the next few week’s of newsletters:
Are you a visual learner? We’ve created a Symbaloo webmix, which provides links to ALL of the resources over the next 5 weeks. If you are ambitious, play around! For this week’s newsletter, we will focus on the first 3 columns on the left.
We told you that this newsletter is not only for kids, and here is proof in the pudding! Infographics are fantastic for businesses, marketing, researchers, and more! In a world with so much data and information (most presented as text-heavy stimuli), infographics allow you to visualize data in a fun, interesting, and engaging way, especially for visual learners! Here are 2 great tools. We have personally used Piktochart with grade five students and they were amazing, so you’re never too young, and both sites have How-to videos, or you can check out YouTube.
Piktochart: http://piktochart.com (Facebook log-in or sign-up required)
Infogram: https://infogr.am (Facebook log-in or sign-up required)
Interactive Images / Poster
Glogster is a little older and is pretty cool for an interactive digital poster, which you can embed in your website or blog. Thinglink rocks! It is super creative and allows you to embed video, music, links, and much more in an interactive image!
Glogster: http://www.glogster.com (30 Day Free Trial)
ThingLink: http://www.thinglink.com (Facebook log-in or sign-up required)
Fake profiles for historical figures http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page
(No sign-up or sign-in required)
This might be more for teachers, but is definitely a cool tool. For example, you could create a fake facebook profile using this tool for one of your heroes who lived over a hundred years ago. What would their Facebook status say? Who were their friends? Ditch the author biography and rock this new alternative!
I am not going to go into detail for each and every tool here. Essentially, these are all online tools for telling stories through animations, comics, videos, etc... Spend a few quick minutes clicking the links and see what you think.
Animate / Present
BOO to Powerpoint, YAY to engaging new tools that make Presentations more exciting!
GoAnimate: http://goanimate.com (Facebook log-in or sign-up required)
Above is an example of the capabilities of what you could create using GoAnimate.
PowToon: http://www.powtoon.com (Facebook log-in or sign-up required)
Above is an example of the capabilities of what you could create using GoAnimate.
Tellagami App (Animate your life!) https://tellagami.com
StoryBoard That! http://www.storyboardthat.com (Sign-up required)
I am a little bit biased towards BitStrips because I have used it for years. The reason I love it is that it truly gets kids thinking critically about every last detail. You can zoom images in and out, change the body language of characters, facial expressions, there is so much freedom! It’s fantastic for looking at all of the essential elements in creating a great visual story!
BitStrips: http://www.bitstrips.com (Facebook log-in or sign-up required)
What is really cool about BitStrips is that they have recently created the BitStrips app for Facebook, which allows you to create status updates using your own avatar, and let’s you create comics that include any of your other friends who have created an Avatar using this app, in your comics.
If you are a teacher, check out the free class trial, where all of your students can create their own avatars and it groups them in an old-school class picture...very cool!
Pixton: http://www.pixton.com/ca/ (Facebook log-in or sign-up required)
Witty Comics: http://www.wittycomics.com (No Sign-up or sign-in required)
Pop-up 3D Book
ZooBurst: http://www.zooburst.com (Sign-up required)
StoryBird: http://storybird.com (Sign-up required, and has a safe sign-up option for kids under 13)
Now, keep in mind that in a few weeks, we will offer free tools where you can make screencasts, edit video, remix video and more. This is one simple tool that allows you to make animation-type videos.
ZimmerTwins: http://www.zimmertwins.com/movie/create (No sign-up or sign-in required)
Museum Box: http://museumbox.e2bn.org/index.php
Note: Students can't directly sign-up for this, but you can grab a teacher's account and then you are able to give students access to their own accounts)
Virtual tours http://edtechguro.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/virtual-tours-via-google-presentations/
This is a video that teaches you how to use PowerPoint to create Virtual tours. You could also use the same skills learned from this video, and instead of making a Virtual tour, you could create a “Choose your own Adventure” book!
Digital Storytelling Apps
33 apps for digital storytelling and creativity
If you want to tell stories using technology, but want to do it on your tablet, rather than your laptop or desktop, check out this list.
Start creating and send us what you’ve created so we can show it off in next week’s newsletter!
In this edition, we remind you of upcoming online education conferences (@FETC, which is beginning RIGHT NOW, and #RSCON4), where our very own Tosca Killoran will be presenting at the Reform Symposium E-Conference this weekend! We share updates on our published books (TED, A is for Action, Destiny Quest), as well as an update on our upcoming series of books (11 books focused on character education and the IB Learner Profile).
We will also share a TED talk and website created by our very own students at Bonn International School. AND last, but certainly not least, we will offer you the chance to get a FREE E-copy of a Teacher Guide that focuses on kids taking action on domestic and international hunger (a value of $12), and we announce who has interacted the most with our last 4 newsletters, helping us to gain new subscribers, winning a free print version of our book A is for Action: The ABC’s of Taking Action.
Strap in, get comfortable, and Enjoy!
We are very proud to announce that our free TED eBooks have been downloaded more than 2000 times! These books focus on teaching the world about TED, TEDx, TED-Ed, as well as how to organize your very own TEDx event!
Thank you for this wonderful resource! I have been searching for something like this for quite some time, as I am a teacher who has been interested in TED, seen a few of the videos and wanted to find ways to incorporate it into an education setting. This eBook has it all and more! It really synthesizes how interested individuals can get more involved in TED in a meaningful and productive way.
This is terrific! Admittedly, I did not know a lot about TED, but I have been TED-ucated. The materials were clear and concise, the links were helpful and the audio option was great. Congratulations - you have done a wonderful job!
For more information on any or all of these books, click HERE.
-Over the next few months, you will see updates made to these books to keep them current and relevant to any changes that have been made.
-We will also be releasing a version of TED-ucate Yourself in Chinese!
We were very excited to release our book A is for Action: The ABC’s of Taking Action. It has gained a great deal of exposure and we have received very positive feedback from teachers, students, parents, and action organizations.
We are extremely happy with the print version of this book - it looks and feels amazing! This is the quality that we strive to provide for our learning community. For the eBook version, we recommend that you purchase the book through Follett (FLR#5167CI5) or DedicatedTeacher.
In the next few months, we will continue to add to and build www.HelpTakeAction.com, which is the complementary site to the book. We plan to add case studies to give the HOW (skills and know-how) in the book further context, so you can see what it looks like in practice.
If you haven't seen our A is for Action Rap song yet, you HAVE to check this out!
For schools using Follett’s Destiny Quest, we are proud to say that we are offering the one and only comprehensive guide, Destiny Quest: An Educator’s Guide. Follett has recently released Follett Enlight, and we will be adding updates to our site, www.DestinyQuestGuide.com to keep the contents of this book recent and relevant.
We are SOOOOOOO excited for our next set of 11 books, which we hope to have available within the next few months! Tosca, Janet Hannah, and our illustrative colorist Riva Zietsoff (who has worked for Disney), have been working tirelessly on these amazing books.
This series focuses on character education, (perfect for the IB Learner Profile), and will support teachers, students, and parents in learning about: being honest, having integrity, showing respect, being open-minded to other’s ideas, using critical thinking skills, believing in themselves, and being empathetic, compassionate and caring citizens.
While focusing on attitudes and behavior attributes, this series tackles relevant issues that kids and youth face everyday, including: bullying, improving the environment, choosing healthy food options, how to be more successful as a learner, or dealing with struggles when learning a new language or being the new student.
We will keep you updated on the release dates for these books!
If you have not checked out the ED-ucation Publishing blog, you are definitely missing out. Tosca Killoran’s poetic writing style combined with her honest and insightful approach, results in a journey of life’s experiences and teaching through the eye of a caring educator.
Here are some of the previously written blog posts, that you should definitely check out:
Teacher Appreciation Day
The Musings of a Vegetarian Teacher
Being a Teacher with a Learning Disability
International Teaching and the mark of Impermanence
The Heart of Teaching
Heroes, Secret Plans and Breaking the Law
Reflections on Family
Job Fair Season
Life, in the Time of Cholera
Reciprocity and Benevolence On the Playground
There are 2 upcoming FREE online conferences that focus on Technology, and on the Future of Education that you should mark on your calendars.
Look at who is Presenting
Register for the Conference
Check your local time when it all goes down - Just a heads up, it is on RIGHT NOW!!!
RSCON: Reform Symposium E-Conference
There are some brilliant sessions to take part in over this weekend, one of which will be presented by our very own Tosca Killoran! Click HERE to learn more about Tosca’s session on “Taking Action to make Change to and in the World”.
For this conference, you do not need to register to attend, just click HERE to find the sessions you would like to attend and follow the instructions on the page.
I’ll be rooting Tosca on from Kelowna, B.C., Canada at 4pm on Sunday, Oct 13, but you will need to click the link above and scroll down to find your appropriate time zone and then look at Sunday’s line-up and find out what time you should be taking part.
We have some Amazing students that we have worked with and continue to work with. In the spirit of keeping with this last month’s theme of Technology, we are featuring a few of our awesome students, and can’t wait to share more of what our students are doing in future newsletters!
The following is a TED talk from this year's TEDxYouth@BIS event. Keep an eye on the TEDxYouth@BIS website, where you will see videos from all of this year's speakers appear in the next few weeks!
Paul Appel’s TEDx Talk - "Social Media Develops International Mindedness"
Paul Appel, is a native German and has lived in Germany since his birth but has travelled to all five continents visiting a big variety of countries. Through his talk he will explain how social networks have influenced our world drastically and have helped to make our planet a better place. Paul is very interested in this topic because he attends an international school with students from all over the world and has experienced how social networks can help to build and improve international thinking.
Valeria created a website with a compilation of resources for students, parents, and teachers to teach about Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying, as well as an eBook with tips to stay safe. She shared what she learned globally using TEDxYouth@BIS 2012 as a platform.
It’s FREE time! We want to thank our good friend Larry Levine, who is the Co-Founder of KIDS can make a Difference, an amazing organization that inspires young people to realize that it is within their power to help eliminate hunger and poverty in their community and world. He has been active in supporting us and we appreciate his help. Here is what Larry would like to offer our awesome subscribers:
Free Copy of Teacher Guide
The Kids Can Make A Difference (KIDS) program has as its centerpiece an innovative teacher guide, Finding Solutions To Hunger: Kids Can Make A Difference. Thousands of books have been sold worldwide.
The 251-page guide provides interactive lessons designed to challenge and engage middle and high school students as they explore the root causes of—and solutions to—domestic and international hunger. Students will examine colonialism, contemporary development projects, the media, and famine vs. chronic hunger, the working poor, and more. The guide also offers helpful examples of community service projects. The Guide is available in English and Spanish.
To take advantage of this free offer send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and place EDP Offer in the subject line. Include your contact information including address and email address. You will receive an email containing the link to download the guide (Be sure to specify either the English or Spanish version)
....and the winner is!
We want to Thank everyone for their engagement in the last month and for supporting us. Many people were very active with this past month’s newsletters, but there was one person that we wanted to thank for their support that went above and beyond.
Congratulations to Ms. Ann Martin! Expect a free copy of A is for Action: The ABC’s of Taking Action in the mail!
In the next month, we aim to look at kids as creators and makers, and creative spaces, both at school and at home. We hope that these themes appeal to teachers, as well as parents, students, and all the great people who follow us.
Next week: Creating using online tools (e.g. Comics, Word clouds, Animations)
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!
ED-venture #1: Welcome
#2 Take Action / Social Good
#3 TECH Websites
#4 TECH Apps
#5 TECH PD
#6 TECH in Social Media