Videos
Video

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.

Video

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.

Video

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…

Video

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

Video

TED Talk: Adora Svitak on Empowering Youth

Watch this amazing young woman, Adora Svitak, speaking out on the creativity and hopefulness of youth, and how we can best nurture that: through high expectations and opportunities for success. I think this lesson applies inside and outside the classroom.

“When expectations are low—trust me—we will sink to them.”

Video

21st Century Education in New Brunswick

 

Great video from the New Brunswick Department of Education—again on the topic of bringing our classrooms into the modern age.

via Bloggin’ Education

Video

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

%d bloggers like this: