Tag archive for TED

Allowing students to fail . . .

I’ve poked around the Web for a couple days now looking for something significant to share to mark the beginning of a new year (and a new decade). When I came upon this Ted Talk by American History teacher Diana Laufenberg I knew I had…

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Humor in Art ~ The Work of Terry Border

Terry Border at Gel 2008 from Gel Conference on Vimeo. I recently stumbled upon the Gel conference website. GEL, which stands for Good Experience Live, is “a conference and community, founded in 2003, exploring good experience in all its forms – in art, business, society,…

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Sir Ken Robinson Calls for a Learning Revolution

In this follow-up to his famed 2006 TED Talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity?, Sir Ken Robinson calls for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.

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Web Sightings for April 2010

Lego Explorer photo by kennymatic, CC Attribution License To start off this month’s selection of Web sightings, here is a rather remarkable TED talk by child prodigy Adora Svitak who says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. A nice…

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Web Sightings for March 2010

Lego Explorer photo by kennymatic, CC Attribution License Let’s start this month’s installment of Web Sightings out with an amusing music video for the song “70 Million” by the Franco-American band Hold Your Horses! How many of the reconstructed famous paintings or artists represented in…

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Revisiting Sound Art

Back in June, I asked whether “Sound Art” was being taught in K-12 art programs and suggested it was a fertile topic for interdisciplinary study in the classroom. The following TED talk by Evan Grant rekindled my interest in sound as a topic for artistic…

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Daniel Pink on Motivation

Daniel Pink speaks about the role of incentives vs intrinsic rewards in worker motivation and performance. While his comments focus on business models, they seem equally applicable to education.

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Mae Jemison on teaching the arts and sciences together

Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, and a dancer. In this recently released TED talk, she provides a convincing argument for teaching art and science, both intuition and logic, as one. May 16th Follow-up: Read Garr Reynolds‘ endorsement of Jemison’s call…

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Happy Earth Day!

John Francis walks the Earth, carrying a message of careful, truly sustainable development and respect for our planet.

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What will the future bring?

With the world economy in a tailspin and job layoffs mounting, the future seems a little scary right now. But, a couple things came across my desktop this week that left me with a sense of wonderment about what the future may bring. First up…

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