Sudbury Valley School

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Teaching 21st Century Skills
A school where students receive a democratic education. Rather than learning through classes, students decide what and how they will learn.

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Empowering Education

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Teaching 21st Century Skills

Until quite recently, calls for more innovation in education have been answered in the same way we have traditionally taught everything else – by creating and following curriculum. In nine years of teaching high school, I witnessed the Ontario curriculum go through several major overhauls in an attempt to keep pace with the demands of the twenty first century. While this shows genuine determination to improve education, curriculum reform alone cannot be expected to respond to the rapid changes of our age. Curriculum may be education’s roadmap, but we need to empower teachers and students to be its drivers. There...

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Art, Science and the Brain: New Models of Learning for the 21st Century

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Teaching 21st Century Skills

Re-imagining our education system for the 21st century Art Science and the Brain: New Models of Learning for the 21st Century was held at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Ontario on Monday, October 31 to Tuesday, November 1, 2011. "The Conference featured some of the most innovative educational thinkers and entrepreneurs in Canada and the US; creating a space where art and science-based learning collided to produce new modes of collaborative thinking. Teachers, administrators and Ministry consultants joined educational entrepreneurs, education foundations and publishing companies to discuss how to re-imagine our education system for the 21st century." Dr. Mariale...

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Music and Life

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Teaching 21st Century Skills
An animation of Alan Watts's lecture on music and life. It's a wonderful reminder to not miss the point of it all, and to remember to enjoy the journey.

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The Feast Conference on Social Innovation

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Teaching 21st Century Skills
Gathering the world's greatest innovators from across industries and society to speak about world-shaking change.

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Our Toys at Dufferin Peel Catholic

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Toys & Games for Play-Based Learning

Toys delivered to 50+ educators in the Peel region We had the opportunity to visit the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board office in Mississauga this fall, where we trained 50 itinerant staff on how to use the Empathy Toy in schools. Boxes full of our Empathy Toys (30 sets to be exact, seen below in transit) are now being used by teachers, youth workers and support staff and dictional resource workers throughout the school board. We are excited to have Twenty One Toys' educational toys in one of the largest and most diverse school districts in Ontario, with 146 schools in Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and...

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Workshop with Engineers without Borders

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Toys & Games for Play-Based Learning
“The toy led to a rich discussion on how important dialogue, understanding and empathy are for effective collaboration, and provided a diverse group of participants (from Ghana, Malawi, Canada, France and beyond) with a common language to help explore cultural differences in communication, collaboration, and leadership. The toy became, for our participants, a workshop experience that helped them highlight issues they have struggled with in their own projects.” - Facilitator Drew Dudley of Nuance Leadership Development

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Workshop with Raising the Village in Uganda

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Toys & Games for Play-Based Learning

Connexions Toy in Ugandan Daycare and Orphanage This fall we worked with Raising the Village, a non-profit organization that provides critical infrastructure, tools and training to recovering villages in Uganda. Founder Shawn Cheung and International Programs officer Krystal Muise were trained on the CONNEXIONS toy and brought it with them to the Grace Daycare and Orphanage in the Nanga village for their November program. They hoped that the children would “enjoy having time to play with toys as well as gain an understanding of how much work and effort goes into communicating… to get a sense for collaborative learning and...

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Frog Design: Four Secrets of Play

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Toys & Games for Play-Based Learning
“Are our children getting the play they need to thrive in the 21st century?” According to reports from Harvard University, Time magazine, Newsweek, and The Futurist, the answer is no.

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New York Design Week 2010

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Toys & Games for Play-Based Learning
Another sighting at this year's New York Design Week 2010!

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2014: A Year in Review

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Our 21st Century Learning Revolution

  Where will the next 1000 Empathy Toys go? Preorder today for March 2015

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TEDx talks

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Our 21st Century Learning Revolution
Founder and Lead Designer, Ilana Ben-Ari, talks about the history of the Empathy & Creative Dialogue toy.

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Our Spin Master Innovation Program Experience

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Our 21st Century Learning Revolution

Fun, Funding and Learning Twenty One Toys was one of five recipients selected from across Canada for the 2012 Spin Master Innovation Program – and we could not be more excited to be a part of it! As part of the program, we had an incredible opportunity at the Spin Master Launch Pad event, hosted by Spin Master and CYBF over two days in Toronto. We spent the first day at the ever-eclectic Spin Master Toys offices, visiting with the top Spin Master executives – including an hour each with the heads of the Sales, Marketing, PR, Licensing, Finance and...

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Celebrating Innovative Entrepreneurs with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation

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Our 21st Century Learning Revolution

Twenty One Toys was honoured by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) and Spin Master on May 29, 2013 at an event highlighting recipients of the Spin Master Innovation Fund. We joined in this celebration of innovation, entrepreneurship and the guidance and support we have received on our journey. CYBF is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing Canada's nation’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time, and has supported Twenty One Toys through the Spin Master Innovation Fund. Profiling our company from July 2012 through April 2013, CYBF featured Twenty One Toys in their "Where Are They Now?" series....

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Bringing Play to Human Resources at HRPA 2013

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Our 21st Century Learning Revolution

Bringing Toys to HRPA's Annual Trade Show Twenty One Toys brought some creativity and play to Canada’s foremost HR event of the year, HRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show from January 23–25, 2013. This HRPA event is a yearly examination of the changing human resources profession and its role in successful businesses, including HR Law, Leadership, Talent Management, Health and Safety, Total Rewards, and Organziational Development. Along with world-class keynote speakers, over 4,500 attendees in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre were invited to experience our booth, Exhibit 928. Conference attendees had the chance to try out our CONNEXIONS Toy, blindfolded of course....

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