Children-driven Education

09 Sep

TED Talk is one of my favorite places to find reflective, engaging and motivating videos to share with colleagues. As an Educational Technology Facilitator for a school division, I am lucky to have the ability to share TED as a great resource for administrators and teachers.

Various other bloggers and my own PLN agree that TED is an amazing resource. Learn-gasm has gathered 25 TED talks for teachers.  There’s a wiki to assist teachers in using TED talks within the classroom to start discussions, reflections and even as a culmination activity. Even Lifehack has chosen 10 videos that will change our opinion of the way we see the world.

As you can see TED talks really reverberate with a variety of people and organizations.  This week, I had the opportunity to spend 17 minutes engaged in a summer 2010 talk by Sugata Mitra (famous researcher for his Hole in the Wall experiments in India). He takes us on an incredible journey.

After watching the video, one of my colleagues, Diane, commented that we could show it at an Administrative Leadership meeting and follow it with a U-shaped discussion (Support Material: U-shaped Discussion) . The discussion could be based on the question, “Can a computer take the place of an effective teacher?” After debating the issue, we could co-create criteria for an “effective teacher.” (Or, before watching the video, build the criteria, and then re-visit our criteria after having watched the video…) Our school division is involved in a critical thinking iniative that is really making an impact for administrators, teachers, students and parents so this video and activity would be a perfect opportunity for our Learning Services department to share a great video and model a sound teaching strategy (not just critical thinking but touching on differentiation and technology integration).

How would you use/share this video in your position? After viewing the video, what are some of the BIG IDEAS that you came out with?

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