Castle Rock, CO, June 26, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Today Choose2Matter, founded by educator Angela Maiers, announced that it is collaborating with Microsoft to bring authentic, passion-driven learning to classrooms and communities around the world.
"I have been incredibly impressed by Microsoft's commitment to understanding the needs of educators and students and providing them with the tools, information and educational experiences they need to succeed and thrive," said Angela Maiers. "Microsoft's commitment to helping us move Choose2Matter forward is stark evidence of this."
Microsoft will be the charter sponsor of Liberating Genius in the Classroom
, a free e-book, authored by Angela Maiers that will guide teachers through the introduction of Genius Hour to their students. OneNote, a cross-platform, free tool
for organization and collaboration, will be the preferred delivery platform for the e-book, and students will be able to download a custom OneNote genius notebook.
“Angela Maiers’ work to advance passion-driven learning in schools and to celebrate the unique genius of every individual has had a profoundly positive impact on so many students and educators,” said Michael Atalla, Director of Product Marketing for Microsoft OneNote. “We are delighted to support Angela and Choose2Matter through the integration of OneNote into her Liberating Genius in the Classroom ebook and LIVE events to accelerate the adoption of her initiatives in schools throughout the world."
Angela Maiers helped launch Genius Hour in schools with the Passion Driven Classroom
in 2010 (co-authored with Amy Sandoval). Since then, tens of thousands of teachers around the world have set aside time in the school day for students to work on "passion projects." Liberating Genius in the Classroom is a day-by-day guide to the first 20 days of implementing genius hour. It includes activities to help students form the essential habits and attitudes necessary for them to become active and informed citizens, and instructs teachers how to help students find and explore their passion.
Microsoft will also sponsor four Choose2Matter LIVE events
in the 2015-16 school year, with the option to sponsor additional events. Choose2Matter has conducted eight of these real-time innovation events at schools throughout the US, with more than 20,000 students participating. It is now creating a complementary curriculum and intends to host eight live events per year, in venues throughout the world. Schools may also participate via Skype.
Choose2Matter will announce availability of Liberating Genius in the Classroom and the OneNote genius notebook before the U.S. school year starts in August 2015. More details about Choose2Matter LIVE, including how schools can participate, will also be announced in August.
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Choose2Matter challenges and inspires people to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems that break their heart:
It is a call-to-action that encourages people to explore what matters most to them and what breaks their heart about it, and empowers them to act on it.
People tackle authentic real world problems and learn the skills they need to compete in today’s world.
Choose2Matter fosters digital literacy and provides people access to comprehensive, curated information and access to expert mentors.
The nascent Choose2Matter online community connects students with other students from around the world who share similar world-changing ambitions.
Choose2Matter is a transformational experience with only one rule: BE BRAVE.
Learn more at www.Choose2Matter.org
About Angela Maiers:
Educator. Entrepreneur. Leader. Disruptor. Visionary.
Angela Maiers embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination. She has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 25 years, teaching every level of school from kindergarten to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world.
She helps learners and leaders understand the transformative power of technology and the Internet. Her powerful message and down-to-earth style has made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker for education conferences, corporate events and innovation summits.
Angela is the author of six books, including Classroom Habitudes and The Passion-Driven Classroom, and her You Matter talk at TEDxDesMoines has been viewed several hundred thousand times.
Angela is the founder of Choose2Matter, a global movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems. She is an alumna of The University of Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Education and her Master’s in Educational Supervision and Reading.
Learn more at www.AngelaMaiers.com
Mark Moran, Co-founder of Choose2Matter, via email at MarkEMoran@Gmail.com or via phone at 917-597-3815