The TED Talks is a conference that covers for Technology, Education and Design. This is the opportunity for some of the greatest minds on the planet to get together to share their visions, accomplishments, and ideas. It began as a single event in 1984 and turned into an annual event in 1990.
Notice that I mentioned Des Moines, Iowa as a site for a TEDx. On May 16, 2010, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the first TEDx in Des Moines. As you can see from the list on their website, we had Superintendent Carver, Christian Renaud, Dr. Sue Savage Rumbaugh (see below), Fernando Aveiga, and Charlie Wittmack & Andy Stoll. I will do a more complete report on this when they get their videos online.
You will notice that I am beginning with a video on Apes. This doesn’t have much to do with schools, but it has a great deal to do with learning. Consider what you are seeing and what it says about the learning process in both human and non-human primates.
Sir Robinson is a strong proponent of rethinking school. He doesn’t propose that we should update it. He believes that is should be completely redone to nurture instead of destroy our children’s creativity.
Continuing with his revolutionary perspective, Sir Robinson, advocates nurturing students’ strengths.
What Adults Can Learn from Kids by Adora Svitak
A 12-year old lecturing adults to take children more seriously. Adora has been lecturing since she was 7 years old and lectures throughout the world about life from a child’s perspective.
Learning doesn’t have to be about books. A great deal of learning has to do with developing ideas and turning them into reality by tinkering.
The winningest basketball coach in history, John Wooden shares his definitions of success and learning.
I hope that you have enjoyed these videos. What are your favorite TED talks? What should I be watching?
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