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William Florance
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Contemplative, Concerned, Contrarian
Contemplative, Concerned, Contrarian

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As some may know, I've been involved with Education Technology for over a decade now and have seen my fair share of EdTech startups. Last year I had the opportunity to mentor an 'EdTech' startup that isn't... well, isn't 'Tech'.

Think with Things started from a simple idea. Why not create a community digital library of everyday things and connect it with the opportunity to learn?

The foundation of their project is inspiring people to see the potential in everyday things. Objects found under your sofa, that you collect during a walk in the woods, or find thrown away on the sidewalk. As a child these things fill up your pockets and fuel your imagination, but as you get older, you are likely to be asked to empty your pockets and to clear your mind. To become ready to learn in a structured and focused way. Think with Things is seeking a solution for structured learning which continues to capture the childs' attention and a sense of wonder, in the same way that those things in your pockets captured your imagination when you were younger.

I'm particularly inspired by the potential for Think with Things to touch lives in countries that can't afford all the latest technology 'silver bullets'. I believe in the democratization of the internet and I believe in the potential for low cost devices in schools (personal devices most likely - such as smartphones) to increase access to learning to people who otherwise might not have any opportunity, but sometimes the problems are much more fundamental. Sometimes teachers just need a little support to unleash their creativity. Think with Things can provide this spark. 

Every little bit helps Think with Things get closer to their £25,000 goal to launch the app. You can learn more about the launch, the company and the Kickstarter rewards by visiting their website/FB page, and join The Kickstarter launch party on Friday 9th October (10am CET and 10am CDT), or follow their live feed:

https://www.facebook.com/thinkwiththings
https://www.facebook.com/events/503013953205659/
https://twitter.com/thinkwthings

If you are interested please spread the word and join me in helping them launch this. Let’s get Think with Things funded and a reality!
Think with Things
Think with Things
thinkwiththings.co.uk
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Very cool. Great to see Spain looking forward.
Google presenta GENIOS, un nuevo proyecto educativo para niños
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Very cool! I have found my geography of bliss.
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Applauding the focus on both equal access AND quality. Tall order, but worthwhile.
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"When it's shown as an average number of years in school and levels of achievement, the developing world is about 100 years behind developed countries." APPALLING!
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Really, really excited - given the long history we've had with Scotland - to see GEG Scotland take shape! And great to see some posts from some familiar names. 
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Great to see Google included amongst the companies doing great things for Education. My sense is this truly captures the big issues facing institutional education.
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#GoogleEduOnAir, the conference for educators, by educators. Whether you’re a school leader, teacher, administrator, parent, student or just someone who cares about education, we hope you can join us. Register today: http://goo.gl/wSYlMU
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It's what we do with "the machines" not what they do for us. A "must read" for those who tinker with EdTech.
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Had a wonderful dinner last night in Tel Aviv with the inspiring, passionate and sincere Hanoch Piven. His use of collages to unlock the creativity and imaginations of educators is both beautiful and impactful. http://www.pivenworld.com/
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