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!
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!
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WELCOME BACK FRIENDS!
This month - TECH. We are listening to your feedback, and again < = >, so this month, we will release 5 bite-sized newsletters rather than one ridiculously overwhelming one (with only 1 being a shameless plug of our own stuff).
Special bonus this month:
For the person who interacts the most with the first 4 newsletters this month (opens, clicks, forwards, comments), we will send you a FREE paperback copy of our newest book A is for Action: The ABC’s of Taking Action! To preview the first 9 pages of this book, click HERE and press “Download Sample”. We will announce the winner in our 5th newsletter, which should come your way on September 30th.
Quick Note: This year’s Global Education Conference will be held on November 18-22, 2013. If you want to present in this conference, the call for proposals is now open! Click HERE to get started.
As you return back to school, get your kids started with their inquiries on the right foot!
Alternatives to using “Google” as a search engine for students
A simple, cloud-based search, with less, but more-focused results
Search for what you want...while taking action and helping to plant trees!
If you or your students are set on using Google, then educate yourself and your students about how powerful it truly can be!
Create a Research Hub using and embed it on your class blog/website or set as a homepage on your class computer.
Click HERE for an example of what that might look like.
Cool TECH Tools and Websites
Have students work collaboratively, document that process, share tips along the learning journey, and export the completed work as a PDF or Word file.
Ensure students are giving credit where credit is due by sourcing what they use (Expert-style!)
Easily create a class website or have your students create one! Use it for immediate feedback to parents, group work, or as an online portfolio or blog (with a free APP to immediately add content). You can also password protect pages to avoid any privacy issues!
Fun Fact: This website was created using Weebly!
Alternatives to YouTube:
Can’t use YouTube in your school? Use this custom created search engine to search for educational videos not hosted on YouTube!
Bloom's Digital Taxonomy:
29 of the Best online web tools that support "Bloom's Digital Taxonomy"
Many of you know about Wordle, the word cloud generator. Well, here are 9 alternatives that might suit you better!
Choose a real or fictional character, and Akinator will guess it, EVERY time! You can also get the APP (well worth the $1.99), but you can use the website for free! This has great potential for an activity in your class.
See you next week for TECH APPS with even less to read; Quality over Quantity!
ED-venture #1: Welcome
#2 Take Action / Social Good
#3 TECH Websites
#4 TECH Apps
#5 TECH PD
#6 TECH in Social Media