Jun 16

This is a short video from a few years ago, in which Sir Ken Robinson discusses the art of teaching. He contends that great teaching is an art form, where teachers must have the skills to use the appropriate tools at the appropriate time.

Questions

How can teaching be seen as an art? As a science? What’s the difference?
What is the role of technology in education?
How do we engage students in our classrooms?

 

Jun 02

Honda created this advertisement in 2013 to highlight the seemingly illogical idea of having a sport utility that has good fuel economy.

This video shows how the first one was made:

Questions:

  • What are some things you do regularly that would have seemed impossible a decade or two ago?
  • How does your point of view affect the way you see a situation?
  • What are the impossible things we would like to be doing with our students?
  • How can we make the impossible possible?

 

 

May 19

Born with no fingers on one hand, and one leg shorter than the other,Steven Claunch is not focused not on his obstacles, but in overcoming them.

Questions:

  • How do we prepare our students for adversity?
  • What are the obstacles we have to overcome as educators?
  • How do we keep from falling into the trap of helplessness?
  • Do constraints — such as a physical handicap — help us focus our energy on overcoming obstacles more? Can having no limits actually be a detriment to progress?
Apr 28

Steven Johnson is a popular science author and media theorist whose work  centers around the intersection of science, technology, and personal experience. He is the author of several best selling books, and is a regular contributor to Wired magazine, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. In this short piece, he explores the catalysts for innovation, noting that most breakthroughs evolve over time from a series of smaller ideas. We have to have spaces that foster the co-mingling of these ideas in order to promote the creation of these new big ideas. He goes on to point out that the Internet is an unprecedented forum for sharing and collaborating around these small hunches.

This talk is part of a longer TED talk that is also online.

Questions:

  • How can our classrooms and schools become spaces to foster the mingling of ideas?
  • How can we encourage our students to share ideas, work together, and develop new work collaboratively?
  • As professionals, how do we share ideas, build on the work of others, and reach new breakthroughs?
  • What role does the Internet play in all of this?

Please join us on this journey by engaging in the conversation. Read. Watch. Listen. Participate. Comment. Share. Discuss. We’re going to build the new world together, and we really need your help.

Leave a comment on this page, or join us for the weekly NextGen Hangout, each Thursday morning at 8:00 and Thursday afternoon at 3:30 at CITE.

Apr 14

This time, the video is short, entertaining, and to the point.

Louis CK talked about the same idea in 2009 on the Conan O’Brien Show. If you haven’t seen that video, it’s worth the four minutes.

Questions:

  • Why do we tend to be so complacent about the amazing things around us?
  • How do we promote curiosity and a sense of wonder among our students and colleagues?
  • How can we be more dog?

 

Please join us on this journey by engaging in the conversation. Read. Watch. Listen. Participate. Comment. Share. Discuss. We’re going to build the new world together, and we really need your help.

Leave a comment on this page, or join us for the weekly NextGen Hangout, each Thursday morning at 8:00 and Thursday afternoon at 3:30 at CITE.

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