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Digital Books are for Common Sense Kids

Common Sense Kids began when 4th grade teacher, Cortney Campbell of Warren T. Jackson Elementary in Atlanta, GA, sought out to motivate her students with a persuasive writing topic she knew they would love. That weekend she had watched the Apple Education Summit and learned for the first time how iPad technology was replacing textbooks in schools. A few days later, as she was teaching her students about Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” and the impact he had on American independence, it clicked!

Watch their video, is really is a thought-provoking video.

One item as I watched the video stood out to me:

The belief that they can and will make a difference.

I believe in what they are doing and it makes complete common sense to me. I enjoyed watching the kids talk as they laid out a well thought out case for the reason of moving away from paper school books and into digital school books.

Their belief in what they are going for in my view is strengthened by being in an environment that allows them to believe that they can make a difference. Their intensity of seeing this change happen comes not from a state of mind but from emotion which is where true intensity comes from.

I would like to learn more about Cortney Campbell their teacher. What a great class environment she must have created. The emotions in theses kids were stirred in such a way to unleash the intensity of belief for change that was then converted into action to produce this video.

How do you foster an environment of those you lead to believe they can and will make a difference? How do invite others to connect their emotions and convert it into intense passion to make a difference?

You can also click on over and find out more about Common Sense Kids here.

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5 Rules for remembering names

I network with people all day, am a children’s pastor of a few hundred kids, communicate with their parents every week, belong to a congregation of 5000 people, visit schools with hundreds of kids and teachers, use twitter and several other social networking sites and the list goes on of how many names of people I want to remember that I come across every day. If you are like me, recalling names does not always go so well.

I ran into this video from Fast Company that I found interesting and the mention of some new tools that I do not currently use to help remember names and some that I already use.

How do you remember names? What tools or methods do you use?

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iPad, Kindle type of distractions.

I love my iPad and can not or do not want to think of daily productive life without. I also have friends who have Kindles and they completely love them as well. My thoughts have always been, why get a Kindle that will only allow you to read when for just a little more you can get an iPad and have so much more at your disposal? I think I am seeing reasons for both in their respective areas.

As I have already stated I love my iPad and would not trade it, but often times when I want to go and read books that I have stored on it, as I open it up, I am tempted and give into that temptation, to go and check my email. Then before I know it I am darting off to read Facebook, twitter, Google reader for my RSS feeds and more through my app of Flipboard. Now I look up at the clock on my iPad and find that the time I had set apart for reading is now gone and I must begin to run with the rest of my schedule and have to rush off. This happens more than I want to confess at this time. The end result, I don’t get to accomplish the specific reading I wanted to.

Now for my Kindle friends. They have scheduled to go and read and so they pull out their Kindle and open it up and they…Read. Pretty simple but very effective for the task of just reading.

How many ways do I or you become distracted by the good and ignore what we set up in our agenda as the best for that time? How many times do we begin on a Kindle type walk through the halls of our church for a specific task and end up running an iPad type experience instead?  How do these types of daily decisions we make effect families, kids, our leaders, our churches and more.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way attempting to say that a iPad or Kindle are good, bad or anything in between. I am using these great devices as merely example from my own life. I support both devices as good devices.

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