If you're looking to get stuck into some great enriching content from the fields of early childhood education, coding, schools for low-income families, heritage, history and sex education for teenagers over the holidays, here are 9 stellar people and organisations you can binge from start to finish on social media. Read about Dr Jill Biden, Dr Swati Popat Vats, Shaheen Mistri, Vikramjit Singh Rooprai, Vicki Davis, Alice Keeler, ThatMate, MAD Stuff by Rob and Little Free Library now!
Who: Dr Jill Biden
Bio says: Lifelong educator. Military mother. Grandmother. Sister. Wife to Joe Biden.
ScooNews loves: A teacher by profession, she taught English and reading in high schools for 13 years and taught adolescents with emotional disabilities at a psychiatric hospital. She is also the founder of the Biden Breast Health Initiative non-profit organization, co-founder of the Book Buddies program and is co-founder of Joining Forces with Michelle Obama.
Famous quote: My students have shown me so many times that it's not always about being the perfect person in the perfect position - it's about showing up when you're needed.
Read: Her book ‘Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself’
Don’t miss: Her powerful tweets like this one - Together, we will build a world where the accomplishments of our daughters will be celebrated, rather than diminished.
Top accounts followed: Tara Westover, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris
Follow at: @drbiden (IG & Twitter), @DrJillBiden (FB)
Who: Dr Swati Popat Vats
Bio says: President Podar Education Network. President Early Childhood Association. Author, parenting expert, parent mentor, blogger and child rights activist
ScooNews loves: In a world where pre-schooling and early years education is not taken as seriously as higher education, Dr Vats is passionately promoting early childhood education and care. She has authored several books for children as well on topics less talked about.
Famous quote: ‘Kiducation’ was a term I coined in 2000 for Podar Jumbo Kids
Read: Her books ‘How to Teach So Kids Can Learn’, ‘When Touch Becomes Trouble’, ‘Quality in Early Childhood Education’ and ‘Once Upon a Story: Divaswapna and the Gijubhai Method’
Don’t miss: The Webinar ‘The Teacher & the Taught - Education, Music & Arts in New India’
Top accounts followed: Agarkar Centre of Excellence, Thought igniter, APER, Make in India, NITI Aayog
Follow at: @swatipopat (IG & Twitter)
Who: Shaheen Mistri
Bio says: Building a movement of leaders towards educational equity. Founder, Akanksha Foundation and CEO, @TeachForIndia
ScooNews loves: Shaheen is an Ashoka Fellow (2001), a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum (2002), and an Asia Society 21 Leader (2006). She has earned global recognition for her dedication and commitment to the fight for equality in education. She founded the first Akanksha Center in 1989, enrolling 15 children and employing college friends as volunteers. Over the past 30+ years, the foundation has expanded to almost 4,500 children in 51 centres and 16 schools.
Famous quote: Every child is capable of achieving great things if the opportunities are given
Read: Her co-authored book ‘Redrawing India: The Teach for India Story’
Don’t miss: Her tweets with hashtag #DontStopLearning
Top accounts followed: Sunitha Krishnan, Tara Sharma Saluja, WISE, Magic Bus India, Pooja Taparia
Follow at: @shaheen_mistri (IG), @shaheenmistri (Twitter), @TeachForIndia (Facebook)
Who: Vikramjit Singh Rooprai
Bio says: Author, Educator & Heritage Activist. Redefining the way we teach.
ScooNews loves: His poetic way of expressing the love he has for forgotten history. The way Vikramjit loves to explore the smallest of small things about a historical place and embed it in his story is magical. And of course, his attempt to spread knowledge about heritage is extraordinary.
Read: His book ‘Delhi Heritage: Top 10 Baolis’
Don’t miss: The super interesting session where Vikramjit shares how playing cards came into existence
Top accounts followed: Project Dastaan, The Ancient Economies Podcast, History Encyclopedia, Google for Education, India Culture Lab
Follow at: @delhiheritage (IG), @DelhiHeritage (Twitter), @vikramjitsinghrooprai (FB)
Who: Vicki Davis aka The Cool Cat Teacher
Bio says: I ‘love’ students! Best Teacher Blog Winner, Mom, Speaker, Author, Helper, HOST 10 Minute Teacher, Linked In Top 10 Ed Voice 2020
ScooNews loves: Vicki is known for creating more than twenty global collaborative projects including the Flat Classroom Project which won ISTE's Online Learning Award in 2006 and the MAD About Mattering Project in 2016 and 2017.
Famous quote: Teachers are amazing people living in tough times, doing the right things even when the wrong things are being done to them.
Read: Her books ‘Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools That Are Changing Writing, Teaching, and Learning Forever’ and ‘Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time’
Don’t miss: The 10 Minute Teacher Podcast ‘How to Engage Students in Zoom and Teach Effectively at a Distance’
Top accounts followed: GoGuardian, Minecraft: Education Edition, DeepMind, Apple Podcast, Hamis Brewer
Follow at: @coolcatteacher (IG, FB & Twitter)
Who: Alice Keeler
Bio says: Mom of 5, Math Teacher, Youcubed consultant, Author, Speaker, Google Certified Innovator, T3 Trainer, NMCk12 Ambassador, MIE, gamification, #coffeeEDU, coder
ScooNews loves: She’s a Google Certified Teacher, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator and LEC Admin & Online and Blended certified. She’s developed and taught online K12 courses as well as the Innovative Educator Advanced Studies Certificate. She strongly believes that kids are not failures and using technology to change the way we approach learning and grading is the new normal. She aspires to incorporate technology more and more in teaching and likes to spend her time developing efficient, engaging, and effective digital learning environments that go beyond worksheets and PDFs.
Famous quote: The only difference between 'I'm a techie' and 'I'm not a techie' is the willingness to click on stuff and see what happens.
Read: Her books ‘Stepping Up to Google Classroom: 50 Steps for Beginners to Get Started’, ‘Teaching Ma2+(h) with Google Apps: 50 G Suite Activities’ and ‘Ditch That Homework: Practical Strategies to Help Make Homework Obsolete’
Don’t miss: Learning programmes (like coding, SEL opportunities, Quizzes in Powerpoint, etc.) on Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler
Top accounts followed: Lee Araoz, Dan Finkel, GoNoodle, Amit Agarwal, Erica Buddington
Follow at: @alicekeeler (IG & Twitter)
Bio says: We create awareness about sexual health and mental health.
ScooNews loves: ThatMate enables teenagers to cope with stress management, peer pressure, anger management, bullying, self-esteem, etc. Their curriculum-based programmes are safe, reliable and culturally appropriate.
Punch line: Trump the taboo
Read: Teen Diary Entry on their blog/website (https://thatmate.com/category/thatmate-blog/)
Don’t miss: Their friendly, colourful illustrations that are used to teach age-appropriate sexual and mental health curriculum to children
Top accounts followed: Dr Jo Robinson, Dr Bhooshan Shukla, Goonj, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Dr Shefali
Follow at: @thatmateteam (IG & Twitter), @ThatMate (FB)
Who: Mad Stuff With Rob
Bio says: You would remember me from POGO on M.A.D. but I have now started my own YouTube channel. So for all those who want to catch up on the new stuff that I've been doing then I suggest you subscribe! We upload a new DIY video every Wednesday and Friday at 5:00 pm!
ScooNews loves: The show’s host Harun Robert a.k.a Rob, who hosted a famous kids’ learning show M.A.D on POGO years ago. On his YouTube channel, this craft-wizard now teaches fun DIY techniques as a part of the play-learn module for kids from the comfort of his Goa home.
Famous quote: We keep generating fresh trash these days. For example, in my old show, I used to make models out of floppy disks, which were replaced by CDs. Now, it is hard disks. Once trash changes, you come up with a different idea and work around that.
Watch: Videos on Pringles drum circles, DIY custom stamps, printing t-shirts at home and how to etch on metal using saltwater
Don’t miss: His vlogs ‘Rob in the hood’
Top accounts followed: The Happy Newspaper, Mounica Tata, Domestika, Zoe Si, Alicia Souza
Follow at: @MadStuffWithRob (IG, FB, Twitter & Youtube)
Who: Little Free Library
Bio says: A nonprofit that inspires readers, builds community, and expands book access through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries.
ScooNews loves: It started in 2009 by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks and today, there are more than 1,00,000 Little Free Library book exchanges worldwide.
Famous campaign: 'Read in Color' campaign that aims to bring diverse books for all age groups
Favourite hashtag: #ShareBooks
Don’t miss: Their Little Libraries around the world in astonishing shapes of robot, sunflower, letterbox, hut, and anything that you can imagine
Top accounts followed: Oprah’s Book Club, Read Your World, Noname Bookclub, The Book Fairies, Literati
Follow at: @littlefreelibrary (IG & FB), @LtlFreeLibrary (Twitter)
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