Food For Thought
As grad students in education, we devote the majority of our time to working with, helping, and supporting our students. In our hectic and busy lives, we often develop tunnel vision, compelling us to only focus on what’s going on in our personal and professional worlds. Unless it’s for a class assignment, we rarely do research into interesting and cool things going on in our field. One interesting, interactive, and non-time committal way to learn more about our fields is to watch Ted Talks. About 15 minutes in length, these videos provide a forum for individuals to share thoughts, ideas, and perspectives on a wide variety of topics.
Ted Talks have revolutionized how we present and absorb information. It’s important that we not only listen to others’ ideas, but also use our knowledge and voice to share our own.
Take some time to peruse these Ted Talks on a range of topics related to education. Share any comments from what you learn below!
Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education
Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.
Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.
Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education
Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.
Liz Coleman’s call to reinvent liberal arts education
Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education — one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.