Christopher Emdin: Teach Teachers How to Create Magic
“If we could transform teacher education to focus on teaching teachers how to create that magic, then poof! we could make dead classes come alive, we could reignite imaginations, and we can change education.”
Christopher Emdin, science advocate and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., talks about how magic is found in everyday places—barbershops, churches, rap shows—and how that magic is the secret to teaching and engaging young people.
How can you use technology to make your classroom come alive with magic?
Salman Khan: Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education
“I started getting letters from teachers. And the teachers would write, saying, "We've used your videos to flip the classroom. You've given the lectures, so now what I do is I assign the lectures for homework, and what used to be homework, I now have the students doing in the classroom."
Salman Khan delivered this TED talk in 2011, when Khan Academy was just about five years old. Today, Khan Academy has 10 million users a month and is available in 200 countries. Listen to the premier edtech innovator talk about how technology humanizes the classroom by improving student-to-teacher ratios, and leveling the playing field for those who may not have a wealth of technology resources.
Do you use Khan Academy in your classroom? How?
Stuart Brown: Play is More Than Just Fun
“The opposite of play is not work; it’s depression. Try and imagine a culture, or a life, adult or otherwise, without play. The thing that’s so unique about our species is that we’re really designed to play throughout our whole lifetime."
Stuart Brown’s talk was filmed way back in May 2008, but its message will still resonate with educators today, especially with the advent of edtech in the classroom. Brown discourages us from separating work and play, but rather implores us to find ways to infuse play into our every minute.
How do you harness educational technology to encourage and enhance play?
TED is an amazing resource for educators and students, and don’t miss TED-Ed, which “aims to amplify the voices and ideas of teachers and students around the world.”
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