The Education Revolution: Pledge

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Darcy Moore I am currently listen to the live stream from TEDxLondon of the #EducationRevolution. Here are the speakers and the Facebook page for the event. Sir Ken Robinson has just opened the conference with his usual inspiring clarity. His anecdote relating Peter Brook‘s beliefs regarding theatre, that you can strip almost everything […]

The Linguistic Genius of Babies

After watching this talk I feel a little depressed about the graph on the ability of adults to aquire a second language. I also feel that so many of us native English speakers are increasingly going to be disadvantaged in a multilingual global environment. Q: Can anyone comment about their experiences learning a second language […]

Understanding the Rise of China

Anyone who read my blog in 2010 would know how a trip to Shanghai opened my eyes to what we have all been reading about over the last few years, the rise of China. The 2009 PISA results and commentaries seemed to quantify the obvious investment, vision and an absolute respect for the importance of education that I […]

Teaching design for change

How many schools, that wish to innovate and recreate learning spaces for New Times, are hampered by ‘the buildings’ and ‘the space’ the community have inherited from a bygone age? How are the conditions created to best assist change to occur when funding is scant? In this TED talk Emily Pilloton explores ‘appropriate design solutions’ […]

Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index

Nic Marks‘ TED presentation about what really matters is inspiring and deserving of a very wide, powerful and influential audience. Please watch it and share with your coleagues, students and friends.

Bring on the Learning Revolution

Sir Ken Robinson’s books and talks, quite simply, inspire! His sense of humour and rejection of neo-factory models of education are a beacon of light for those who wish to reform the educational hand children are dealt. His passion for moving towards a ‘personalised curriculum’ is the most important educational idea of our, or any […]

Connected Pt 2

This 3 minute talk by Renny Gleeson gets to the heart of the matter. ‘Shared narratives’ are powerful and being hyperconnected can allow this to happen across, and despite, physical spaces. However, there is a potential cost and I’m sure we are guilty as charged by Renny. I remember my years, in the mid-90s, travelling […]

Do all languages have a common ancestor?

Murray Gell-Mann gives an overview about his passion for finding the common ancestry of our modern languages. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1787259&w=425&h=350&] more about “Do all languages have a common ancestor?“, posted with vodpod  

The Wisdom of Crowds

James Surowiecki, the author of The Wisdom of Crowds, argues that people, when we act en masse, are smarter than we think. He suggests in this TED talk that the 2005 tsunami, when YouTube video, blogs, IMs and txts carried the news and preserved moving personal stories from the tragedy was the moment when social […]

Why are we happy?

I choose happiness! :O)) [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1708998&w=425&h=350&] more about “Why are we happy? “, posted with vodpod  

Your genes are not your fate

This message, in an unusually brief TED video, is of fundamental importance to all of us, especially teachers. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1697432&w=425&h=350&] more about “Your genes are not your fate“, posted with vodpod  

Will videogames become better than life?

The title of David Perry’s TED talk on videogames instantly reminded me of that Red Dwarf episode and novel, ‘Better Than Life’. Enjoy this amusing and sometimes challenging presentation. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1638837&w=425&h=350&] more about “Will videogames become better than life?“, posted with vodpod    

How the law is strangling creativity

Laurence Lessig’s new book, Remix, explores the themes discussed mentioned in this TED video. Some of the remixed clips are pretty funny, especially ‘Jesus – The Musical’. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1449335&w=425&h=350&] more about “How the law is strangling creativity “, posted with vodpod    

Picture this!

I love stats – even those that disturb. Watch this video to see how one can visualize some very challenging and important statistics about modern American life. I would like to show this to every student I teach and perhaps present them with, or even better allow them to research, some Australian stats and visually […]

Reinventing the school lunch

I know I am posting too many TED videos but they are just so good. How important is this topic? [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1569219&w=425&h=350&] more about “Reinventing the school lunch“, posted with vodpod  

Once Upon a School

Dave Eggers delivering a TED talk on what a community can do to educate young people. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1558423&w=425&h=350&] more about “Once Upon a School“, posted with vodpod  

A free digital library

All teachers should watch this TED video. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1551300&w=425&h=350&] more about “A free digital library “, posted with vodpod  

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