Education at its best: collaborative, fun self-teaching and the grandmother effect (TED)

Christi and I enjoyed this TED talk last night on how kids can teach themselves. It has a lot of implications for how we view education even with adults. Some take-aways for me include seeing that good education involves:

  • a few key resources
  • strategic set-up (design)
  • fun
  • curiosity
  • collaboration
  • encouragement and affirmation (the “grandmother effect”)

BONUS: Following are a few tips from my TED watching practices for your own convenience and time saving:

  • Subscribe to the TED blog in Google Reader, so you can hear about all the new talks.
  • Download interesting talks with the Firefox add-in DownThemAll. (Click download then right click on the preferred format and save into a TED file using DownThemAll. I add a subject title for easy recall.)
  • Wait for a night when we’re too tired to work, not quite ready to sleep, but don’t have enough time for a full movie. (Thankfully, we don’t own a TV.)
  • Watch a few TED talks using VLC media player. (My favorite feature is being able to watch them at 1.25 or even 1.5 speed–for slow talkers.)

While you are at it check out this graphic on social media’s impact on education (HT: Steve Lutz):
Is Social Media Ruining Students?
Via: OnlineEducation.net

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2 thoughts on “Education at its best: collaborative, fun self-teaching and the grandmother effect (TED)

  1. Steve Lutz says:

    Thanks for the HT Ben!
    It appears we overlapped at WTS (I got my M.Div in ’03). Did we know each other then? I have some sort of mental block about my WTS acquaintances…

  2. Simon says:

    I left Facebook over two years ago, and its absence has never been missed. I think I have closer friends and better relationships with my neighbors because of that decision.

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