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An eloquent spokesman for creativity and reforms in education, Sir Ken Robinson's TED Talk lament the observation that years of education harm an individual's creativity and that it is time that educational systems are re-engineered. He suggests that we move away from the factory model of education towards something much more flexible and better aligned with the interests of learners.

Other interesting TedTalks, on subjects like boy's education, teaching math, and technology-facilitated child-driven [learner centered] educational systems were also added, below. Enjoy!

Bring on the learning revolution! Feb 2010

Schools kill creativity, Feb 2006

Changing paradigms, Feb 2010

Among his presentations is an example of scribbling a way of mind-mapping whilst presenting interesting content. Click on the image to start the presentation. (The resulting mind-map, a PDF file, may be purchased here (for about $1 from the producers), along with other scribblings.)


Sir Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms, Oct 2010

Shift Happens, June 2007 update

The Internet in Society: Empowering and Censoring Citizen? Mar 2011

Educate for a creative society, Mar 2007

Tom Peters, eminent management guru, on the urgent need for educational reform and the need for creativity.


The Studio School Concept, Sept 2011

"Some kids learn by listening; others learn by doing. Geoff Mulgan gives a short introduction to the Studio School, a new kind of school in the UK where small teams of kids learn by working on projects that are, as Mulgan puts it, 'for real' " (TedTalks, 2011).

TedTalks. (2011). Geoff Mulgan: A short intro to the Studio School. Retrieved September 27, 2011 from


Gaming to re-engage boys in learning,  Oct 2010

"Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain" (TedTalks, 2010).

TedTalks. (2010). Ali Carr-Chellman: Gaming to re-engage boys in learning. Retrieved January 31, 2011 from

A formula for changing math education, Feb 2009

"Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education [particularly statistics and probability] relevant in the digital age" (TedTalks, 2009).

TedTalks. (2010). Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education. Retrieved January 31, 2011 from

The child-driven education, Jul 2010

"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" (TedTalks, 2010). There are implications for ESL learning, and for learning in groups, four students sharing a computer as self-organizing systems.

TedTalks. (2010). Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education. Retrieved January 31, 2011 from

Using Video to Re-invent Education, Mar 2011

"Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help" (TedTalks, 2011).

TedTalks. (2011). Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education. Retrieved March 16, 2011 from

Math is not Linear, June 2010

This is a "prezi" that challenges the usual sequencing of mathematics topics in the secondary curriculum―a must-see for secondary math teachers.

Blank, A. (2011). Math is not linear. Retrieved April 8, 2011 from

"Rice University professor Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions, his open-source, online education system. It cuts out the textbook, allowing teachers to share and modify course materials freely, anywhere in the world" (TedTalks, 2006) -- essentially mixing and matching and publishing on demand where content (learning objects) are drawn from many sources (learning object repositories).

TedTalks. (2006). Richard Baraniuk on open-source learning. Retrieved January 31, 2011 from


Open Source Learning, Feb 2006

Learning from mistakes, Nov 2010

"Diana Laufenberg shares 3 surprising things she has learned about teaching -- including a key insight about learning from mistakes" (TedTalks, 2010). Teachers should provide safe learning environments in which it is alright to make mistakes. This encourages learners to seek multiple ways of solving problems.

TedTalks. (2010). Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes. Retrieved January 31, 2011 from

On being wrong, Mar 2011

"Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility." (TedTalks, 2011). She challenges the viewer to "rediscover wonder".

TedTalks. (2011). Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong. Retrieved April 20, 2011 from

 Math class needs a makeover, May 2010

"Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect -- and excel at -- paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. At TEDxNYED, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think." (TedTalks, 2010).

TedTalks. (2010). Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover . Retrieved June 22, 2011 from

 Teaching kids real math with computers, Nov 2010

"From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach -- calculation by hand -- isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming" (TedTalks, 2010).

TedTalks. (2010). Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers. Retrieved June 20, 2011 from

3 ways the brain creates meaning, Feb 2009

"Information designer Tom Wujec talks through three areas of the brain that help us understand words, images, feelings, connections. ... He asks: How can we best engage our brains to help us better understand big ideas?" (TedTalks, 2009). Offering insights into how the brain learns, Tom suggests that instructional designers produce (a) visualizations of the learning domain to engage learners and (b) foster interaction, then (c) to make the resulting images (and associated learning) persistent.

TedTalks. (2009). Tom Wujec on 3 ways the brain creates meaning. Retrieved February 1, 2011 from

Digital Nation: Life on the virtual frontier, Jan 2008

"In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, FRONTLINE presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world" (FrontLine, 2010).

FrontLine. (2010). Digital Nation: Life on the virtual frontier. Retrieved February 2, 2011 from

Growing up Online, Feb 2010

"In Growing Up Online, FRONTLINE takes viewers inside the very public private worlds that kids are creating online, raising important questions about how the Internet is transforming childhood" (FrontLine, 2008), offering insights into uses and misuses of social networking and the consequences of the latter.

FrontLine. (2008). Growing up online. Retrieved February 2, 2011 from

Educational values in a digital age, Nov 2009

"In Educational values in a digital age, Steve Wheeler describes the attributes of today's tech-savvie generation and what it is that they value. Comparisons are drawn between the way things have always been done and alternative approaches are suggested. Though the message resonates, Wheeler's method of delivery is that of a (yawn) PowerPoint presentation sans narration.

Wheeler, S. (2009). Educational values in a digital age. Retrieved March 20, 2011 from


Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead, Apr 2011

"Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning -- and addressing the possibility of failure."

TedTalks. (2011). Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead. Retrieved April 5, 2011 from


 Don Tapscott, TV Ontario Interview on "Growing Up Digital", Apr 2009

What "brain research" has to say about so-called "multitasking" abilities of young learners and other attributes of members of the "net generation".

Did You Know? A video about hand-held devices


The Lost Generation


How schools can use NetSupport Software to maximize time-on-task, June 2011

Shows how schools are using NetSupport to maximize time on task by promoting more effective teacher supervision over the sites and services that a student can access online.


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