Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Easy Scheduling with Doodle

Demo of Doodle, a free, (with premium options) scheduling app. Ask participants what day/time/location works best, they vote on it and the organizer has instant feedback on who can make what time.

What most schools don't teach

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in in 90% of US schools. 

Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg,, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The world needs "childish" thinking

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

To This Day Project - Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan "To This Day" Help this message have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying. Please share generously.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Inspirational Doesn't Begin to Cut it! Sports Illustrated Kid of The Yea...

The 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year, brothers Conner and Cayden Long, were honored at a star-studded event in New York City last night. The Long brothers were part of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year ceremony that recognized Miami Heat star LeBron James. Celebrities such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski were also in attendance, and everyone there was impressed by Conner's and Cayden's accomplishments.

Cayden, suffers from cerebral palsy, but Conner doesn't let that stop him from playing sports with his brother. The two compete in triathlons together, with Conner towing Cayden behind in a raft during the swimming leg, towing him behind his bike during the cycling portion, and pushing him during the run. Triathlons have been a great way for the brothers to come together and have made them an inspiration to everyone that hears their story.

After hearing their story at the Sportsman ceremony, Coach K said that Conner and Cayden have scholarships to Duke waiting for them when they get older, and LeBron said that the brothers should get ready for the private plane that is going to take them from their home in Tennessee to Miami to "meet the guys." Even Jay-Z and Beyoncé couldn't wait to shake hands with Conner and Cayden.

Thomas Suarez, A 6th Grade Student Who Develops iOS Apps

Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay of Los Angeles. When Apple released the Software Development Kit (SDK), he began to create and sell his own applications. "My parents, my friends and even the people at the Apple store all supported me," he says, "and Steve Jobs inspired me". Thomas points out that it's hard to learn how to make an app. "For soccer you could go to a soccer team ... but what if you want to make an app?" He's started a club for fellow students at school, where he shares his knowledge of programming. Thomas articulates his vision that students are a valuable new technology resource to teachers, and should be empowered to offer assistance in developing the technology curriculum and also assist in delivering the lessons.

Thomas has been fascinated by computers and technology since before kindergarten. Recently, he's been focused on the development of applications for the iPhone, and has established his own company, CarrotCorp His most successful application is one he terms "an anti-Justin-Bieber game" called "Bustin Jieber". "It's is a variation on the Whac-a-Mole theme," he explains.

More information about TEDxManhattanBeach can be found at Follow us on Twitter @TEDxMB

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxManhattanBeach, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxManhattanBeach event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

SCOA: It's all about Hanging out at Happy Hour Hatching RESULTS!

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Bride's Special Dance

Andrea had a very special dance with some very close family and friends at her wedding. Her father passed away so her brother recorded "butterfly kisses" and she danced with with all of them during her Father and Daughter dance. it was a truly touching moment not a dry eye in the house.

Her dad, Mark, died earlier in the year from pancreatic cancer. Andrea's first dance is with Mark's father, followed by her brother Luke, then brother Nick and finally her new father-in-law Scott.

Filmed and edited by LaFrance Films

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

SiriProxy on Raspberry Pi Home Automation Control

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand Staff Insight Part II

This video provides school staff with insight into the Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand bullying prevention program, focusing on the research insight that provides the background for the program, effective strategies that were incorporated into the program, and evaluation strategies. More information on Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand is available at

Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand Staff Insight Part I

This video provides school staff with insight into the Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand bullying prevention program, including objectives, approach, resources, and implementation steps. More information on Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand is available at

Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand Program Information

This video provides an introduction to Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand, a revolutionary new bullying prevention program that focuses on student leadership and positive norms as a way to reduce bullying and limit it's harmful effects. More information on the program is available at