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Andrea Nataly Ruiz
Subconsciously living life consciously.
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Hands-On Learning Hangout

Join +Katy Farber (Non-Toxic Kids) and special guests as they discuss how to squeeze in hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom and back at home. 

#SpringIntoEducation   #Parenting   #Education  
It’s almost spring! Time to get the kids outside, moving, and learning. Join service learning and place based education experts, teachers and parents to discuss how to fit hands-on learning opportunities into busy days of teaching and parenting.  

Hosted by Katy Farber, Founder and Author of the blog Non-Toxic Kids, and author of Change the World with Service Learning, this Hangout will give you ideas and tips about creating hands on learning opportunities in school and out. 

Katy’s guests include Dana Hudson, the Northeast Regional Co-Lead for National Farm to School Network, who has worked extensively connecting farms and schools. She is an expert on food and farming based learning experiences and the mom of two young children, ages 2 and 5. 

Also joining us is John, from Life Lab. John Fisher is the Outreach Director of Life Lab located on the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Farm. Since 1996 John has worked exclusively in farm- and garden-based education programs teaching pre-school through high school students and provided professional development opportunities for thousands of educators. 

This should be a lively and informative crew!

Please submit your questions about service learning, place based education, food education and outdoor, community learning by commenting on this post. We will try to answer as many of your questions as possible during the hangout!

#springintoeducation   #parenting   #education  

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SpanglishBaby LIVE Hangout!

Part of this month's #SpringIntoEducation , join +SpanglishBaby and special guests for a discussion on Bilingual Education and Dual Immersion Programs

#BilingualEducation   #Parenting  
An opportunity for you to ask questions and discuss topics on raising bilingual kids LIVE with +Ana Flores and +Roxana Soto -- +SpanglishBaby co-founders -- and one of many experts on bilingualism on a biweekly basis. 

In our fourth HOA we'll be joining Google's #SpringIntoEducation and will be talking about the basics of dual immersion programs with moms and educators. We'll share anecdotes, tips and take questions from you.

Guests info:
+Liza Sanchez is a bilingual education specialist and founder and board chair of Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) in Oakland, California. EBI is the first independent school in California to offer a Spanish-English dual language program, extending from pre-K through 8th grade.

+Melanie D. McGrath is coordinator of dual immersion and transitional bilingual education programs in Southern California. She provides professional development training and assistance to parents, bilingual teachers and administrators in the areas of biliteracy development, bilingual program design and English language development. She can also be found blogging on +Multilingual Mania.

To watch our past SpanglishBaby LIVE Hangouts go here:

#springintoeducation   #bilingualkids   #parenting   #bilingualism   #education  

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Love & Equality, Indeed

Well done +Timbuk2.


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Last Week to Spring Into Education

The Google+ #Parenting  and #Literary  communities will wrap the month up with some awesome Hangouts covering all things education. Be a part of it! This last week of March, use the hashtags #SpringIntoEducation  and #SpringIntoReading  for all your education and literary posts. 

This week's lineup:

+ March 25th at 8pm EDT: Join +Patrick Yurick (+Little Fish Studio) and guests for a lively discussion on comics and how they lead life stories.

+ March 26th at 1:30pm EDT: +Carolyn Elbert (+Pleasantest Thing) will host a Hangout on reading with babies and how to make the best of it. She'll be joined by guest +Bethany Winston (+No Twiddle Twaddle).

+ March 26th at 4:30pm EDT: Host +Maggy Woodley (+Red Ted Art) will get crafty with pinecones. 

+ March 28th at 1:00pm EDT: Join +Ana Flores and +Roxana Soto(+SpanglishBaby) for a live discussion on Bilingual Education and Dual Immersion Programs. 

+ March 28th at 4:30pm EDT: +Katy Farber will host a live discussion on Hands-On Learning with guest +Dana Hudson.

+ March 28th at 9:30pm EDT: Join +Kim Vij for a live discussion on struggling or reluctant readers. She'll be joined by guests +Melissa Taylor and +Becky ThisReadingMama.

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Celebrate World Water Day

In celebration of World Water Day, tune in for a Hangout discussion with YouTube star +Justine Ezarik and various clean water organizations.

In partnership with Google+, join us for a hangout celebration on World Water Day, March 22nd at 10:30 am PST! This year we are focused on raising awareness for the 780 million people that do not have access to clean water -- and what we can do together to solve the water crisis. 
The hangout will feature representatives from +charity: water,, +Water For People, +WaterAid, +PEOPLE WATER, +WHOLE WORLD Water, and be moderated by YouTube Star +Justine Ezarik. The participants will be discussing the water crisis at large, and how we can take action. #WorldWaterDay2013

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Style Talk - Live Right Now

+ELLE presents us with quite the fashionable trio -  +Coco Rocha +Rachel Zoe & +Neiman Marcus live on a Hangout :)

#fashion   #styletalk  
ELLE is hanging out with 3 people right now in a live Hangout On Air! #hangoutsonairNeiman Marcus, Rachel Zoe, and Coco Rocha

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In support of International Storytelling Day...  

+Launchpad Toys has launched their app Toontastic: All Access. For the next 2 weeks, 50% of proceeds will go towards sponsoring storytellers at the renowned San Francisco writing workshop, 826 Valencia, part of +826 National.

#springintoeducation   #springintoreading   #parenting  

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Snap Away with the new Hangouts Capture App!

Check out the deets below :)

Introducing the Hangouts Capture app: snap & save moments as they happen

Google+ Hangouts bring people together, and when they do, all sorts of awesome can unfold. Maybe it's reading a bedtime story to your grandkids across the country. Maybe it's taking a cooking class from your kitchen. Or maybe it's answering questions from your constituents. We hear lots of great stories (

The challenge, oftentimes, is capturing your favorite moments as they happen, so today we're introducing the new Hangouts Capture app. With it you can take pictures of your Hangouts-in-progress, including a number of features not available in the usual screenshot workarounds:

- Once you’ve opened the Hangouts Capture app, you can snap photos of your Hangout view with a single click
- All photos are saved to a shared album, visible only to other Hangout invitees
- You can view these photos while inside the Hangout, when browsing your photo albums, or by visiting the original Hangout post
- And, importantly, you’ll always know when the app is in use: when you join a Hangout, when someone opens the app, and whenever a picture is taken

The Hangouts Capture app will soon be available worldwide, so look for it the next time you join a Hangout. Together with Effects, YouTube and other apps, we hope you’ll find Hangouts an even better way to make memories together.

#googleplusupdate #capture
The Hangouts Capture app
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Another AWESOME Lineup This Week

#springintoeducation   #springintoreading  
This March, Spring into Education!

The month continues with Hangouts covering all things education, hosted by authors, educators, and parents in the Google+ #Parenting and #Literary communities. Join in! Use the hashtags #springintoeducation and #springintoreading during the month of March for all of your education and literary posts.

See this week's lineup below.

+ March 19th at TBA: Join +Kristina Buskirk(+Toddler Approved) with guests +Megan Sheakoski(+Coffee Cups and Crayons), and Lorie (+Reading Confetti) for Movement with Books.

+March 19th at 3:30p EDT: Host +Maggy Woodley(+Red Ted Art) talks kid-friendly cardboard tube crafts with guests +Liz Burton(Me and my Shadow), +Alli Clifford (+Kids Chaos), and +Zing Zing Tree in this week’s Craft Hangout.

+March 19th at 5p EDT: Co-hosts +Deborah Alter-Rasche(Learn with Play at Home) and +Anna Ranson(The Imagination Tree) share fun ways to encourage math at home in Playful Maths: Fun with Egg Cartons.

+March 20th at TBA: Rebekah (+The Golden Gleam) hosts +Jennifer Fischer(The Good Long Road), and +Jackie Higgins(Ready. Set. Read!) for Playful Storytelling.

+March 20th at 4:30p EDT: +Cerys Parker( +Rainy Day Mum) with guests +Maggy Woodley(+Red Ted Art), +Trisha Stanley(+Inspiration Laboratories), and +Adrienne Weeks(+The Iowa Farmer's Wife) discuss teaching kids about nature with a fun, hands-on approach in Learning with Nature.

+March 21st at TBA: Erica (+What Do We Do All Day?) hosts +Holly Homer(Kids Activities Blog) and +Megan Sheakoski (+Coffee Cups and Crayons) for a discussion on Early Chapter Books.

+March 21st 3:30p EDT: Join +Maggy Woodley(+Red Ted Art) with guest +Emma Vanstone(+Science Sparks) for Science at Home.

+March 22nd 4p EDT: +Angelique Felix(The Magic of Play), hosts a Bilingualism in Families and at School: Early Language Learners broadcast with worldly guests +Annabelle H, +Miss Panda, +Kim Vij(The Educators’ Spin on It), and +Stephanie Meade(In Culture Parent).
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