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Is the “School in the Cloud” the Future of Learning?

Schools, the way they’re currently constructed, are not needed anymore, says educational researcher Sugatra Mitra, founder of Hole in the Wall project in India and winner of the 2013 TED Prize. At his recent TED talk asked the following provocative question: Is knowing obsolete? Sugatra made the following request: help him design the School in … Continue reading Is the “School in the Cloud” the Future of Learning? →

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Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice”

Educator Jaime McGrath and designer Drew Davies explain how to create a “classroom of imagination” by turning lessons into design problems and giving students space to be creative in this Tedx video. In a New York Times op-ed The MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Competition’s co-director Cathy Davidson said she thinks it’s possible that … Continue reading Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice” →

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Eight Things in Education That Will Change in the Digital Age

“Are we asking our students to collect dots or connect dots?” asks author Seth Godin, who wrote the book Stop Stealing Dreams. In this TEDxYouth Talk, Godin enumerates eight things that will change in the Digital Age. The nature of homework, memorizing facts, and the end of compliance as an outcome, are just a few. … Continue reading Eight Things in Education That Will Change in the Digital Age →

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Letting Fourth Graders Solve the World’s Problems

John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4’x5′ plywood board and lets his 4th-graders solve them. In this TED Talk, Hunter, who’s been named one of Time Magazine’s education activists for 2012, explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always … Continue reading Letting Fourth Graders Solve the World’s Problems →

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The Educational Value of Games: A 13-Year-Old’s View

Lewis Tachau is a 13-year-old middle school student and avid online gamer. In this enjoyable TEDx Talk, Lewis talks about how his favorite online game taught him not just everything he knows about World War II, but also how to socialize with his peers, and share his interests, knowledge, skills, and thoughts with others, and … Continue reading The Educational Value of Games: A 13-Year-Old’s View →

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Do All Of Us Possess Genius?

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, remarks on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. How can we extend this idea to school-aged kids? This talk, part of the TED … Continue reading Do All Of Us Possess Genius? →

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How to Use Video Game Tactics in the Classroom

Science teacher Paul Anderson says video games teach kids that failure is okay — that it’s part of the learning process. “Trying something, failing, trying something again, that’s something we aspire to see in kids,” he says. So he created a class around the premise of a video game — without a video game. Anderson … Continue reading How to Use Video Game Tactics in the Classroom →

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Sir Ken Robinson: Alternative Education is Good Education

In 2006, Sir Ken Robinson presented a TED talk about the importance of nurturing creativity in education. That video has been viewed more than eight million times. Just a few weeks ago, Robinson presented a video TEDx talk in London, addressing how population growth and technology are fueling huge changes in education, and the imperative … Continue reading Sir Ken Robinson: Alternative Education is Good Education →

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The Sixth-Grade App Maker Heard Around the World

Sixth-grader Thomas Suarez has taken the Web by storm the last couple of weeks. The YouTube video of his TEDx talk in Manhattan Beach, Calif., has more than 445,000 views. Check out how he amazed the crowd by talking about how he created two apps: Bustin Jieber, a Whac-a-Mole for Justin Bieber and Earth Fortune, which … Continue reading The Sixth-Grade App Maker Heard Around the World →

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Beyond Formulas: Making Math Relevant for Students

Learning from current math textbooks is the equivalent of watching hours of “Two and a Half Men”: meaningless, says math teacher Dan Meyer at last year’s TED Talk in New York. Students are taught to solve formulaic solutions to formulaic problems without any real-world context. Check out Meyers’ vision of what learning math should be.

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Five Inspiring TED Talks

By Katie Stansberry I’m a big fan of TED talks, short presentations by engaging speakers on a variety of topics, so I picked five videos that I thought were particularly valuable for educators. Here are a few videos that will help you keep your mind active, even if you’re stuck indoors this weekend. Joseph Lekuton … Continue reading Five Inspiring TED Talks →

What’s Our Excuse?

Adding to the pile of reading for work and for pleasure, I’d like to add this video to watch: Sugata Mitra’s TED Talk presentation, as pointed out by Huffington Post, which begs the question: “In the world’s richest country – indeed, in all ‘Westernized’ societies – what are our (pitiful?) excuses, again, for not putting computers in the … Continue reading What’s Our Excuse? →