#TEDTuesday – Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley
Posted by Shanta on July 23, 2013
I have been learning about the American legislation “No Child Left Behind”. Sir Ken Robinson gives an interesting spin on it and says that they are basing it only on the STEM areas. But it should include the arts, physical education and humanities as well.
Teachers shouldn’t just simply teach. They may not be actually fulfilling the duty of teaching. They need to encourage learning. This idea is similar to the idea that Sugata Mitra proposed in his talk that I presented a few weeks ago.
He also talks about the irony of alternative schools being called “alternative” because of the personal touch that these schools apply to their students. These are students that were either at risk of leaving school or had left and this method is meant to encourage them to stay. Why is this alternative and not the norm?
Sir Ken Robinson is entertaining as ever. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
#TEDTuesday Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
Posted by Shanta on July 16, 2013
For those that don’t know, I’m taking a few courses at Athabasca University to bump my GPA for admission to my Master’s Degree in Educational Technologies. I have figured out in recent years that this is a passion of mine and so many of my posts will be centred around educational technologies with a little assistive technology thrown in for good measure. I’m also a teacher, so I’m constantly looking for things that will get my students blood pumping and get their drive up. I think this is a good candidate.
In my previous posts, I presented talks by Sugata Mitra. He has curated his Top 5 TED Talks on Education is there a generic cialis. Though not all of them struck me, this one by Sir Ken Robinson did. It is one of the first talks recorded and is still relevant today. I’m going to be adding this to my course for sure.
#FF ProductCamp Toronto
Posted by Shanta on July 12, 2013
I’m sure that you’ve all heard me talk about my friend Alex Blom. He and I met at Product Camp a few years ago. I attended my first one shortly after I graduated Ryerson University.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and I’d done Project Management before, so I figured: “What’s the difference?” Boy was I wrong. One thing I figured out is that there is no real clear definition. I’m probably not the best to explain it.
So what to do? Attend ProductCamp like I did. Last year, I even got a chance to present! Here’s the deck I prepared on the fly:
When you arrive in the morning, register and grab a free coffee and snack (did I mention the whole day is free???). In true un-conference style, some of the topics are suggested ahead of time, and some can be suggested on the morning of the event. They are then voted on and presented as the day goes on. My suggestion to revive my earlier talk can be voted on HERE.
I highly recommend this un-conference to anyone for great networking and knowledge. You can follow them on Twitter at @PCToronto and register for Product Camp on July 20th HERE. Hope to see you all there!
#TED Tuesday Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud
Posted by Shanta on July 9, 2013
This is a video I found while studying for my course at Athabasca University in Computer Based Learning (EDPY 479). I posted one from him just last week and I don’t think there is anything Sugata Mitra can’t accomplish. When I’ve written the full assignment, I’ll probably post that too.