ED-venture #6: TECH goes Social!
TECH Month continues and spills over into October....with Social Media!
Nick Chater: Where Quality and Quantity of TECH tweets meet!
Free Tech 4 Teachers: We featured Richard Byrne’s Twitter account a few months ago, but this might be a better place to follow if you prefer Facebook!
Med Kharbach: Fantastic TECH boards (e.g. Free Tech for Teachers, Google Guide for Teachers, YouTube Tools, 21st Century Education, Free iPad Apps, and Great Web Tools)
Teachers on Pinterest: Great boards for Pre-School to Grade 6 and Subject boards (more of an overall teaching resource, but some TECH interlaced)
We may or may not agree with these opinions, but these are perfect for inspiring some great discussions between staff.
Article 1: Should Schools Implement Social Media Policies?
Article 2: How (And Why) To Try Twitter Teams In School
Article 3: 10 Reasons we Need Social Media in Education
See you next week!
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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
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 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.
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.
-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/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.
PETA's mobile app: With this app, you can stay in the know about animal rights issues, take action on urgent alerts, and find vegan restaurants in your area.
DoGood: This app provides a specific do-good mission for each day. The goal of the developers is to get as many people as possible to do the same good thing a day, changing the world slowly but surely!
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A Sneak Peek at our third Newsletter (ED-venture #3)
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.
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I’m sure you have heard about TED.com by now, but if you haven’t, close your Facebook, cancel that hair appointment, and strap in for an ED-venture of a lifetime!
Whether you have a tablet, e-reader, or simply a computer to view PDFs on, we highly recommend that you learn about TED, TEDx, TEDxYouth, and the TED-Ed initiatives through this eBook. This eBook is easy to use, and is full of videos, pop quizzes, online resources, and information, which will quickly get you hip to all that is TED.
Click HERE to download it for FREE!
As teachers who work within the IB often we hear parents, students, new teachers and even other professionals ask: What is IB? What is the PYP? And what are those Transdisciplinary what-now-whose?! If you’re not familiar with IB, but you have a connection to education, then shame on you! No, just kidding, or are we?
http://www.whatisib.com/ is a great site for parents, new teachers or even students who are looking to understand the IB in a clear and easy way....and if you have NO idea of what we are talking about, then take a minute or two, so that the next time someone brings up education, you can take them on a little ED-venture of your own - you super knowledgeable IB person you!
Does your school use Follett’s Destiny Quest or plan to? Awesome! Check out the video below and definitely stop by www.DestinyQuestGuide.com for a sneak peek at a very helpful Destiny Quest resource! If your school doesn’t, pass this over, we don’t want to waste your time.
Janet Hannah is an ALL-STAR member of our team and community and comes to us with years of design experience and a knack for marketing, dealer support and branding. She studied at the Newcastle School of Art and Design and has worked with us on numerous projects. Fun Fact: Janet has been there for us from the start and was the creator of ED-ucation Publishing’s logo!
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Making Technology an Invisible Tool
2) 25 years ago, Robert Fulghum proposed that everything that he needed to know for life, he learned in Kindergarten. Our very own Tosca Killoran, who in fact teaches this age group, offers her expertise in a very fun, while extremely knowledgeable, blog post!
Everything I Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten
Here is some food for thought as we think about education, technology and the changing times that we live in!
Sifteo TED Talk
Imagine if you had an educational toy that combined Lego with iPhone-esque technology? Siftables or Sifteo cubes are computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next big thing in hands-on learning?
These little dudes are hilarious and crazy talented! Check out their creative use of digital media and spend some time letting kids teach you about the many uses of digital media! Here is their bio: ‘High-tech kids, teens, parents, teachers! Use mobile devices to cook up media content w kids via animation, tech gadgets, app reviews, tutorials, humor & more!’
Richard Byrne https://twitter.com/rmbyrne
Richard’s Twitter profile says this, and I quote: “Teacher. Speaker. Writer. Google Certified Teacher. My dogs think I'm cool.” Well Richard, we agree with your dogs and think that you are cool too! Follow Richard for some amazing technology updates; this guy posts quite often and the resources are always great!
At best, things online are usually either awesome or meaningful, but everything on Upworthy.com has a little of both. Sensational and substantial. Entertaining and enlightening. Shocking and significant.
We Are Teachers https://www.facebook.com/WeAreTeachers
This page offers some thought-provoking quotes, pictures, student work, and more! All posts are interesting, visual, and educational!
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In July, we saw the world’s largest protest in Egypt of approximately 33 million people standing up to make a positive social impact. Perhaps you are not the protesting type, but I am sure that there is something in your life that you would like to improve - whether this be a personal goal or an issue within your community. Next month, we will share our new book “A is for Action: The ABC’s of Taking Action”, which will provide you with the skills, know-how and resources to make a positive change in your own life!
We are considering sending out one of these fantastic newsletters once every two weeks instead of once a month. We are hoping that most of you enjoy the recommended resources and hearing about the cool stuff happening in the educational world. But, what’s the point of a newsletter if it is not relevant and tailored to your needs? Nobody’s got time for that!!
If we are going to do this, we want to hear from you (our amazing friends) what you would like the newsletters to focus on. Are you interested in Taking Action or Maths, Language & Literacy or Character education? What about your own topic or theme?
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As teachers who work within the IB often we hear parents, students, new teachers and even other professionals ask, what is IB? What is PYP? How about LP or CAS?
And what are those Transdisciplinary what-now-whose?!
Even for seasoned pros the IB and OCC sites can be cluttered with jargon and are difficult to navigate.
So we took action! We created an easy to navigate, straight forward website devoted to providing information, resources and 'the best of the web' for IB, PYP, MYP, DP, Concept Based Learning, The Learner Profile, PYP Attitudes and even those Transdisciplinary things too!
This is a great site to recommend to parents, new teachers or even students who are looking to understand the IB in a clear and easy way.
Action Conference: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/forum/topics/taking-action-phase-document-implementing-action-and-service
Learn about TEDx Conference:
Get TED-ucated: Organize a TEDx Event - eBook is now Available on iTunes!
This eBook acts as a comprehensive guide to help you as you take the journey through organizing your own TEDx event.
The eBook serves as a conduit to a complementary website which includes video tutorials, editable resources, slide show inspirations, how-to guides, templates, examples, posters, web links, and tips & tricks.
This an extensive compilation of all the resources anyone would need to organize their own TEDx event. This eBook and the supplementary resources are FREE and given in the spirit of Ideas Worth Sharing.
Thank you to Janet Farrer Hannah, our Unbelievable graphic designer with a heart of gold!
Organize your own TEDx Event!
Get TED-ucated: Organize a TEDx Event - The Website Component is ready!
Get TED-ucated: Organize a TEDx Event.
The website includes video tutorials, editable resources, slide show inspirations, how-to guides, templates, examples, posters, web links, and tips & tricks. We have worked to make this a comprehensive compilation of all the resources anyone would need to organize their own TEDx event.
All the resources are FREE and given in the spirit of ideas worth sharing. Stayed tuned for the release of the eBook on iTunes.
ED-venture #1: Welcome
#2 Take Action / Social Good
#3 TECH Websites
#4 TECH Apps
#5 TECH PD
#6 TECH in Social Media
A Is For Action
Change The World
Ed Ucation Publishing
Make A Difference
Online Education Conference
Science Of Character
Social Media Policy
The Story Of Stuff
To This Day
Voices Of Youth