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TED Talk: Diana Laufenberg — How to learn? From mistakes.

A bit of a late-night post, but after an inspiring #edchat, I went looking for more inspiration from my favourite source, TED Talks. This is a fantastic one. Diana Laufenberg, an American educator, talks about providing authentic learning opportunities for students by posing a problem and letting them own it, mistakes and all.

We deal right now in the educational landscape with an infatuation with the culture of one right answer that can be properly bubbled on the average multiple choice test. I am here to share with you, it is not learning… to tell kids to never be wrong. To ask them to always have the right answer doesn’t allow them to learn.”


One of my favourite takeaways (besides the quote above) was a belief that I share with Laufenberg, and one we could all be reminded of in our hustle-and-bustle world of education:

The things that kids will say when you ask them and take the time to listen is extraordinary.

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TED Talk: How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries

To close out the week, here’s a great video from Mythbusters’ Adam Savage and TED-Ed on how simple ideas can lead to game-changing discoveries. My favourite takeaways from this as an educator are these:

1. Never be afraid to ask questions. By exploring the simplest questions we can get incredibly rich results.
2. Learn through questioning and experimenting, not memorizing and accepting.
3. The best asset to learning is not technology, but curiosity.

Footage of Funeral of Last American 1812 Veteran

An absolutely amazing find (thanks to Fort York for passing it along!) This video is footage from the 1905 funeral procession for Hiram Cronk, the last surviving veteran of the War of 1812. I’ve recently been surrounded by research into early film, so it’s exciting for me to see such rare footage that is so closely

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TED Talk: Media Exposure and Early Childhood

My fellow-educator, sister, and mother to my adorable 9-month old niece is on the hunt for quality daycare as she returns to the classroom. She’s discovered, much to her chagrin, a large number of in-home daycare facilities that not only have televisions in their play rooms, but even have them running during her interview with them. If it’s not off while you’re trying to put your best food forward, is it ever going to be?

She introduced me to this fantastic TEDxTalk on media and children. Dimitri Christakis — a pediatrician, parent, and researcher — speaks to optimal media exposure for infants and primary-aged youth. It’s a good reflection not just for Early/Primary years educators, but for all of us who work with children! Now excuse me while I go order some Mr. Rogers DVDs…

TED Talk: Personalized Learning

In honour of Toronto’s The York School’s upcoming TEDxIB@York (which alas, I am not attending. I’ll be at OHASSTA instead), I’m sharing with you one of my favourite TED talks. Click below to listen to Sir Ken Robinson talking about disenthralling our ideas about education, particularly innovation in providing personalized, not standardized learning, where kids’

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TED Talk: Big History & Collective Learning

You’ll think twice about complaining about having to teach 100 years of History in only a semester. David Christian uses 18 minutes to explore 13.7 Billion years of History and the lessons associated with it. Most importantly, that human survival and progress is dependent on the crucial element of collective learning.

“What big history can do is show us the nature of our complexity and fragility and the dangers that face us, but it can also show us our power with collective learning.”

For more, bighistoryproject.com

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Education Evolution

Check out this amazing video from edevolution on revolutionizing the classroom for today’s modern students.

What do you think – are today’s classrooms ill-equipped for the modern student? I think the video makes an especially good point about the technology being for students and teachers, not just for teacher-use alone.

And kudos to the amazing group of Middle School students and teachers who put this video together!

via @SirKenRobinson

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