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How to Change the World

Tony Woodcock | Posted 02.19.2017 | Home
Tony Woodcock

Do you remember that time in your youth when you talked about changing the world? It seemed as though that was our one and only mission, to turn the s...

Breaking the Code: How Pencils of Promise Uses Tech for Social Good

Saeed Jabbar | Posted 05.05.2016 | Home
Saeed Jabbar

Pencils of Promise (PoP) is a passionate for-purpose organization that delivers quality education to impoverished children. They've built over 300 schools and impacted over 340,000 lives all while pioneering the for-purpose driven organization.

The Most Powerful Tool in the Classroom

Sarah Wike Loyola | Posted 12.20.2014 | Home
Sarah Wike Loyola

Historically, the teacher has been the omniscient presence in just about every classroom in the world. They were the only ones who possessed the all-m...

5 Tips to "Teach" Entrepreneurship to Students

Mark W. Guay | Posted 08.25.2014 | Home
Mark W. Guay

That said, teachers all around the world are finding ways to bring entrepreneurship into their instruction. Why? Because in a world with fewer jobs and the increasing ability to make a living off of your passion, it just makes sense.

Cloud Schools: An Educational Revolution

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 08.23.2014 | Home
Ricardo B. Salinas

Today in Mexico, politicians are paying more attention to education. It would be worthwhile to consider new experiences that go beyond cosmetic changes and to visualize the future of an education guided by the natural curiosity of children.

The Global Search for Education: Teacher Education

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.08.2014 | Home
C. M. Rubin

"The 21st century "movement" refers to the redefining of the goals of education and how learning is organized in order to meet the demands of the 21st...

Education Builds Self-Reliance in a Changing World

Anita Casalina | Posted 05.05.2014 | Home
Anita Casalina

Self-reliance is rooted in a fundamental belief that you can change your circumstances. That what you do and how you do it will affect your future. The question is, how does one become self-reliant?

Are We Building a School in the Cloud? Think Rationally Please

Mark W. Guay | Posted 11.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark W. Guay

Think Copernicus and the heliocentric theory. Think democracy. And think back to when school was first mandated. The masses all said, "No way. Ain't gonna happen." What do you think? What would a school in the cloud look like?

What if School Were Out Forever?

Matt Murrie | Posted 10.16.2013 | Home
Matt Murrie

From the work and ideas the movers and makers at IDEC 2013 are developing, you can see for yourself how it may not be a question of what if schools become extinct, but when.

Has 'Autocorrect' Made Learning To Spell Unnecessary?

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.15.2016 | Home

Well, this is an opinion you don’t often hear in the education world. Acclaimed professor and educational researcher Sugata Mitra suggested in an...

Jack the Ripper Doesn't Teach Global Competence: Why We Need to Rethink Student Travel

John Hrabe | Posted 06.01.2013 | Home
John Hrabe

To prepare American students for today's global economy, we need trips that build global competence with quality cultural engagement. With a few exceptions, most international student travel is failing to build that skill.

In the Developing World, Books Are Not Dead

John J. Wood | Posted 05.06.2013 | TED Weekends
John J. Wood

2013-02-27-tedprizepullFrom someone who has worked in the developing world for over a decade, it is hard to comprehend a world where traditional classrooms and libraries are no longer necessary. We need more of them, not fewer.

The Future of Learning Is Hard to Predict

Maria Voles Ferguson | Posted 05.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Maria Voles Ferguson

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDr. Mitra talks fondly about the network of British "grannies" he has enlisted to teach children online and offer encouragement, but what about all the other issues that so often compromise a child's ability to learn and grow?

Can Educators Turn Silicon Into Gold?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Robert E. Slavin

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWill access to the Internet be transformative? It will be for some children, of course, but if access alone were transformative, the developed world would be transforming like crazy in terms of learning, and it is not.

Fostering Creativity and Lifelong Learning in Young Minds

Carla Thompson | Posted 03.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Carla Thompson

2013-02-27-tedprizepullMitra's approach to education and his call to toss aside our assumptions about the "natural" teacher-student relationship reminded me of the work of the late Brazilian educator Paulo Freire.

When Will Learning's Tomorrow Come?

James Golsan | Posted 05.04.2013 | TED Weekends
James Golsan

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWhy, when we have such incredible technological resources at our disposal, have we been so slow to implement technology in many of our schools?

Children Naturally Want To Show What They Know

Chris Abraham | Posted 05.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Chris Abraham

2013-02-27-tedprizepullEach and every opportunity we have to collaborate, entice, introduce, facilitate, and amplify the ideas and creations of the other -- to keep curious and engaged -- seems more than worthwhile to me.

Education. Broken or Evolving? TED 2013 explores complexity.

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 05.03.2013 | Home
Steve Rosenbaum

It's easy to jump on the "Education is Broken" bandwagon. After all, our institutions seem to be behind the curve - as the world speeds up and embra...

Pedagogical Progress Isn't an Either/Or Proposition

Dr. Dianne Lynch | Posted 05.03.2013 | Home
Dr. Dianne Lynch

I am pretty sure Sugata Mitra isn't hanging out with the same eight-year-olds I am. In the world Mitra describes, eight-year-olds are self-motivated and self-realized. The eight-year-olds I know, on the other hand, are downright goofy. Even the most focused and ambitious of them have pretty sketchy attention spans.

Asking Ourselves The Big Questions In Education

Francesca Kaplan Grossman | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Francesca Kaplan Grossman

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWe know that our children are (and that we all are) more than the sum of our circumstantial parts. All have potential, imagination, hopes, beliefs, strengths, and goals -- but, often because of circumstances, not all can actualize and achieve them.

The Power Of Encouragement As A Force For Learning

Lisa Petrides | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Lisa Petrides

2013-02-27-tedprizepullGreat teachers have recognized this truth, and now, by leveraging the connectivity brought about by the Internet, through content that is openly available, and by those willing to help champion the learning efforts of our students, anything is possible.

The Future Of Learning: Lessons From A TED Prize Winner

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Evie Hantzopoulos

2013-02-27-tedprizepullIt's time for our schools to boldly re-imagine their purpose, reconfigure their pedagogy, and allow both students and educators to tap into the innate sense of wonder and intellectual curiosity we possess as human beings, whether we live in India or Indiana.

The Rebirth of Learning Starts With Mindset

Julia Li | Posted 05.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Julia Li

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWho should be responsible for this part of education? Ideally this should be the parent's responsibility. The question is: Who is giving parents that knowledge?

A Million-dollar Boost To 'Let Learning Happen'

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 05.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Idit Harel

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWhat Mitra is planning is both needed in our world and is a departure from anything that has ever been done before in education reform on a large scale. Moreover, if his TED Wish is not anti-establishment, it is certainly outside the typical range of ed-tech innovation.

A Bold Vision Of Online Learning

John Danner | Posted 05.01.2013 | TED Weekends
John Danner

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDeliberate practice of the skill gets you to fluency much faster than learning it in the context of larger problem solving. You need to develop both skill fluency and problem solving ability to have a chance in the 21st century.