Podcast 295 – 5 Things To Do Daily That Will Transform the Learning Landscape… That Have Nothing To Do with Academics

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

Marian Wright Edelman

mark_vector_1400x1400In today’s PERMIE KIDs podcast I share 5 things to do daily that will transform the learning landscape. Hint: they have nothing to do with academics (and yet everything to do with it).

By the way, did you know we have a weekly challenge for your permie going on?

I sure hope your kids aren’t feeling bored this summer, but if they are you are in luck. Each week between now and October 3rd we’ve got a challenge for your permie kids. Why October 3rd?

Saturday, October 3rd is the annual GLOBAL Cardboard Challenge event presented by Imagination Foundation. Here at PERMIE KIDs, we encourage you to challenge your permie kids to design and build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination. Send an email, pictures and videos to In celebration and in partnership with the Imagination Foundation we will post a compilation video showing the innovation, playfulness, and creativity of our young designers for all to enjoy. Check out some of the fun creations from last year.

What is the challenge this week?

Build a cardboard boat, take it out in a stream, pool or lake and test it.

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In this show I cover:

  • A new exciting opportunity is coming up
  • Educational Design Course is now open – only half the seats are left
  • Take the Edge Alliance survey
  • 5 things to do daily that will transform the learning landscape

References and Additional Resources

Educational Design
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Edge Alliance Opportunities

Friday, August 13, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 pm (EST): What is Educational Design? – Register and join us!

Monday, August 31, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 pm (EST): What is Youth and Community Development: Change of Consciousness? – Register and join us!

Upcoming Series: Exploring Permaculture through the Arts Lorina Harris will guide us through an exploration of how the framework of permaculture is infused in the visual arts. Registration will open soon. This series will take place Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (EST) on the following dates: September 15 and 29, October 13 and 27, November 10 and 24, December 8 and 22, January 5 and 19, February 2 and 16, March 1, 15 and 29, and April 12 and 26.

Upcoming Series: What’s Home? Outdoor Place-Based Nature Study – In this Edge Alliance series led by Lisa Kohlhepp we will focus on seasonal exploration and inquiry to help children connect with their place and time (through the eyes of Mother Earth). Registration will open soon. This series will take place the second Sunday each month from 8:00-9:00 p.m. (EST) on the following dates: September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13, January 10, February 14, March 13, April 10 and May 8.

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