Don Tapscott shared his thoughts at TED about how digital technologies and open systems could create a better future
A summary of videos and articles from the past 5 years discussing the future needs for education.
Ken Robinson TED Talk: Do school’s kill creativity?
Snippets from articles
How do you best prepare for the creative age? – Hugh Macleod, Apr 2012
To massively over-simplify, there were two main phases in the history of education, pre-industrial and industrial. The first meant only the clergy and the sons of the elite were properly educated. Then along comes the second, industrial phase. Education on a mass-universal scale.
Personally, I had a pretty good formal education. I learned to study and pass tests.
I don’t think that’s enough anymore, as the THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of under-employed and unemployed university graduates with good grades in Europe and America will testify. They passed all their tests fine…
What makes a great teacher? – The Atlantic, Jan 2010
Parents have always worried about where to send their children to school; but the school, statistically speaking, does not matter as much as which adult stands in front of their children.
The New Literacy – Clive Thompson, Wired, Aug 2009
Technology isn’t killing our ability to write. It’s reviving it… young people today write far more than any generation before them. That’s because so much socializing takes place online, and it almost always involves text.
Educators take Web 2.0 to school – Larry Magid, CNet, Jul 2009
“Whether it’s a wiki or Twitter, the notion of a participatory culture–upstream and downstream–is not going away,” Chris Lehman, Principal of Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.
Why I am not a professor: the decline and fall of the British University – Dr Mark Tarva, 2007
Universities are the last bastions of mediaevalism left in modern society outside, perhaps, the church. Like churches they attracted a certain type of person who did not share the values of the commercial world. Poor communication, expensive reading materials and illiteracy were the foundation blocks for the universities. If today we have excellent communications, free online information and general literacy, we also have an environment in which the universities are struggling to maintain their position.
The Future of Learning, Networked Society – Ericsson
Online Education Links
- TedEd – Lessons worth sharing (based on TED talks)
- Khan Academy – free academic tutorials online
- Coursera – University courses online
- MIT Open Courseware – Massachusetts Institute of Technology courses online
- Mechanics Online – MIT free online course incl. self-test before you try
- Codeacademy – Learn to code online
- Education Empowered – Microsoft site
Three great TED talks demonstrating how flawed the human decision-making process can be and why happiness is always relative. Enjoy!
Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice
Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, Happiness and Spaghetti Sauce
Dan Gilbert: Stumbling upon Happiness