Sheninger: Schools That Work For Kids [VIDEO 15:19]

Eric Sheninger: “School is the exact opposite of the real world. School does everything to suck suck out the passion, the creativity…” The problem lies with us. Schools are set up to work well for the adults. We need schools that work well for kids, if we truly want them to be successful in the real world. In this 15 minute video from TEDxBurnsvilleED, Sheninger outlines five things we can do, including bringing social media into instruction, developing Bring Your Own Device technology policy, create maker spaces, and provide personalized learning for students. Where to begin? Listening to our students. Developing student voice is key in transforming education.

3 TED Talks That Can Change How You Learn, Teach & Lead


Reposted from Edudemic:

“How do you conduct yourself in your classroom? As a leader, a learner, an observer, a participant, and a member of a larger group. All of these roles hold so much nuance that your students learn from. It is sometimes easy to forget how much our students are learning from us just by being with us and observing how we act in the classroom both with them, other students, and our colleagues.

The following three TED talks aren’t specifically school, student, or educator focused. But when you watch them, they can really get you thinking about how you’re conducting your classroom and how you’re addressing challenge, choice, effort, and leadership. Take a few minutes and watch them. They address the human obsession with personal choice and how that affects how we make collective choice (in the first video). In the second, Joi Ito, the director of the MIT media lab addresses the idea that we should be ‘now-ists’: people who build and innovate quickly, without constantly checking with others to ensure we’re doing the ‘right thing’ before continuing. The last video explores what it takes to be a great leader.

Once you’ve watched them, ask yourself if you would change anything you’re doing in your classroom (or everyday life) differently because of the new perspective they’ve offered:”

Renata Selecl on Choice [VIDEO 15:03]

Joi Ito on becoming a Now-ist [VIDEO 12:32]

Roselinde Torres on Great Leadership [VIDEO 9:20]

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We Need to Teach into the Unknown…

Grant Lichtman shares his insights about the current changes occurring in education, based on his decades-long passion for transformational education. “Change in education is not hard. It’s uncomfortable and complicated, but it’s not hard. I ask you to consider that.” Of particular note is Lichtman’s concept of the new education ecosystem, globally based, which he terms the “cognitosphere” – a system of knowledge creation and management that reflects the knowledge economy in which we are now immersed. “I hate the term 21st century skills,” Lichtman remarks. “These are recurring skills to which we need to return. I did not visit one school of which John Dewey would not be proud.” This is a constructive, thoughtful, engaging presentation that is worth 15 minutes of your time.