Episode 076: Tosca Killoran: Teacher, and Co-Founder at ED-ucation Publishing

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In this episode of MEP, I had the chance to talk to Tosca Killoran, a teacher and entrepreneur. She shares what influenced her to be an educator and talks about Ed-ucation Publishing, which she co-founded and where she works to help drive education forward with technology and globalization.

Guest Bio:

Tosca KilloranTosca Killoran has been teaching in the IB international community in Asia and Europe since 2000. Currently, she is a digital learning coach at NIST in Bangkok. As a doctoral candidate, Tosca’s published research focuses on innovation in education. She co-founded ED-ucation Publishing in order to help drive education forward with technology. Her published children’s books ground the use of EDTech in citizenship. She founded TEDxYouth@BIS, TEDxYouth@NIST and works with TEDx as well as other organizations such as Meatless Monday, and Taking it Global in order to create opportunities for youth to become empowered change agents.

Show Notes:

02:45 Tosca’s background

05:25 What caused you to be homeless at that point?  I think it’s important to talk about what informs the work that you do now.

06:39 What is it about teaching internationally and being an entrepreneur internationally that interests you?

08:53 Why did you leave teaching to start a publishing company?

10:05 Is it one specific type of learning model, or are you covering a bunch of perspectives and approaches in the education space?

11:08 What would you say, in your experience now across different approaches and models, what’s the one that you believe is impacting students’ success and lifelong learning the most?

13:08 How do you find the time to get all of the stuff done?

15:18 Let’s delve into the content and the company, Ed-ucation. What are these books about? What are the consistencies? Is it for a primary school type of audience? Can you tell us more about them?

18:37 Is there any qualifications for the types of content that you are pulling in from different subject  matter experts? Or are you just looking for people who are passionate who have something to say, and through quality control and quality assurance, you’ll get a great product out there?

Ed-ucation Publishing Bookstore: http://www.ed-ucation.ca/book-store.html

20:37 What’s the one book that has impacted you the most in life and in the work that you do?

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Purple Cow by Seth Godin

21:59 Do you watch documentaries? If you do, is there one that’s impacted you?

TEDx Talk by Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

22: 53 Can you give us an example of what she said about what we can learn from kids?

23:54 Let’s dig deeper into this new research that you’re doing about social media and education. What did you find out?

27:54 If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Links:

http://www.helptakeaction.com/

http://www.ed-ucation.ca

Twitter: @toscakilloran

 

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