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Our first newsletter received positive feedback so, we are back for round 2! Thanks for helping us spread the word! We have 40 NEW subscribers and 880 people receiving this newsletter! Most importantly, the feedback that we received from you helped shape this edition.
One recommendation that you offered was, < = > (less equals more....darn it!! That explanation made it longer, but we didn’t want you to be confused!) This edition reflects that concept.
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The theme for this month’s newsletter: Take Action, Make a Difference, and “Stuff”
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Join us on a monthly ED-venture! Each month, we will provide you with some new and exciting updates on what we are up to, as well as some awesome recommendations (videos to watch, people to follow on Twitter, pages to check out on Facebook, APPs to try out).
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Our book “A is for Action: The ABC’s of Taking Action” is now available!!! We have had some awesome people write some amazing reviews:
A is for Action is the most exciting new book that I have seen in years. Hoffart and Killoran have a great product that was influenced by their own work as teacher researchers. Children and educators all over the world will rejoice at this great tool for breaking down the thinking, processes, and habits of mind necessary for taking action and making a difference in the world. IB educators, in particular, will love the connection to inquiry, reflection and the attitudes necessary for increasing student agency. I will be using this resource for years!
-Chad Hyatt is the IB Coordinator at the Center for Inquiry in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a member of the IB Educator Network with focused work in action and inquiry and an Action in the PYP workshop leader
To read all of the kind recommendations and to find out how you can get a copy today, click HERE.
This book comes with a complimentary website http://www.helptakeaction.com It is filled with curriculum resources, videos and extension activities to help get you started in making a difference in the world today!
More than a company, ED-ucation Publishing at it’s core is two teachers who came together, care about the future of education and want to make a positive difference in the world. Follow our NEW BLOG to get to know us as people and educators: http://www.ed-ucation.ca/blog.html
Here are 2 comments that review the blog thus far:
Super blog! Really love @toscakilloran's writing... I'm expecting great things of you guys :)
She TOTALLY reels me in EVERY time, ♥ @ToscaKilloran's writing style LOVE that you r sharing ur thoughts w your blog, @ToscaKilloran! Your writing style just truly speaks 2 me!
Give it a read, it may speak to you!
Spotlight on a member of our team
Jenna Cumbers has an eye for detail and a knack for programming language. She has worked to ensure our projects keep children as the focus! She is a graduate of the Kelowna Centre for Arts and Technology and was the illustrator for “A is for Action: The ABC’s of Taking Action”
Connect with Jenna: www.JennaCumbers.com
Should entrepreneurship be taught in school?
The skills of tomorrow stretch far beyond the rote learning of yore, encompassing information and communications technology, digital citizenship, entrepreneurial spirit and beyond: http://bit.ly/12Tuplv
Less is more - Take action in your own life (5:50)
This video is less than 6 minutes and you will get this time back and much more from what you will learn! Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.
The Story of Stuff (21:25)
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
If Students designed their own Schools (14:26)
A small town in America experiments with self-directed learning at its public high school. A group of students gets to create their own school-within-a-school and they learn only what they want to learn. Does it work? Charles Tsai finds out by spending a week with the Independent Project.
How wonderful is it that no one need wait a single moment before starting to change the world.
-Anne Frank, diarist
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
-Margaret Mead, anthropologist
If we don’t change our direction, we’re likely to end up where we are going.
It’s not that you can make a difference; it’s that everything you do makes a difference.
-Philippe Cousteau, EarthEcho International
Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference. And we have a choice: What sort of difference do we want to make?
-Jane Goodall, primatologist and anthropologist
What do you get when you combine: Education + Social Good? The answer is Free rice! Free Rice has 2 goals: Provide education to everyone for free and Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
You or your students can answer questions about Humanities, Math, Language, Science, English, Chemistry, Geography or SAT Test preparation questions. Have students practice in class, assign it for homework, start a trend in your school, the possibilities are endless. For each answer that you or your students get right, sponsors of the site donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger!
Now, we have seen the word “stuff” come up a bunch in this newsletter. Are you one of those people who have received a birthday, anniversary or holiday gift from someone that goes straight to the trash or in a box? Are you someone who struggles to find the perfect gift for that special someone?
Stop giving “stuff” and start giving hope. Heifer.org allows you to give a meaningful gift to give a loved one and help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. Examples of gifts are: irrigation pumps, send a girl to school, gardening packages, or farming supplies.
https://twitter.com/volunTEENnation: Teen Nation is a Youth-led national non-profit organization with volunteer, intern & scholarship resources for youth, schools, & nonprofits.
https://twitter.com/Change: Change.org is the world’s largest petition platform. Their mission is to empower people everywhere to create the change they want to see.
Causes allows you to share ideas, find like-minded friends, and make an impact using this platform.
Voices of Youth helps you to learn about issues affecting the world, voice your thoughts and communicate your ideas using this UNICEF initiative.
GOOD is a global community of people and organizations who give a damn, and good.is is the platform for its members to share what's good to learn and do in pursuit of individual and collective progress.
DoSomething inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.
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A Sneak Peek at our third Newsletter (ED-venture #3)
We hope that you took the time to fill out the survey at the top of this newsletter. Thus far, technology - apps, sites, articles, as well as online PD or workshops you could partake in as a presenter or learner (for FREE!) is the main areas you have highlighted.
PSST.....since you are part of our community, we thought we would let you know that we have some VERY exciting new developments, including an App (or two), 10 new books (WOW!!!!), one of our TED books translated in Chinese, and an AWESOME new initiative to have students participate in a writing “contest” that results in students sharing their voice and becoming published! Stay tuned for these updates and more, as well as some awesome TECH resources next month.
Thanks for joining us! See you soon.
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