Our Favourite TED Talks on Education

Top 7 Tedtalks

President Barack Obama referred to education as the “civil rights issue of our time“. If you are a teacher or an educator, then you’ll recognise that this is both a challenging and exciting time for the Education sector.

The notions of education and schooling have been steadily changing over the past two decades. There has (finally) been widespread acknowledgement among great thinkers, teachers and students that different methods of teaching and learning are required for students of all ages. The swift pace of technological advancement has played a large part in aiding this realisation and experimentation in solving the issues.

It’s an area that we are very passionate about here at Torrens University. In fact, our suite of Education courses has been designed to help tackle some of the challenges that the industry currently faces.

Here are 7 of our favourite TED talks on Education; from people who consider it vital to develop creative thinking in the classroom, through to those that have experienced the surprising community spirit from online and distance learning.

1. SUGATA MITRA: BUILD A SCHOOL IN THE CLOUD

With the help of grannies in the UK, Sugata Mitra provides insight into the power of learning in the most disadvantaged parts of the world.

2. KEN ROBINSON: HOW SCHOOLS KILL CREATIVITY

Sir Ken totally nails why so many different people disengage and struggle in traditional school systems.

3. TAKAHARA TEZUKA: THE BEST KINDERGARTEN YOU’VE EVER SEEN

No doubt we all have vague memories of kindergarten being a good time, but this looks too good to be true!

4. RAMSEY MUSALLAM: 3 RULES TO SPARK LEARNING

Every teacher wants to inspire their students to be curious and have a genuine interest in the world around them. In this personal talk by Ramsey Musallam, he gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.

5. BILL GATES: TEACHERS NEED FEEDBACK

Are we finally realising that teachers are some of the most important and influential figures in a person’s life? What would you tell your favourite and least favourite teachers?

6. SHIMPEI TAKAHASHI: PLAY THIS GAME TO COME UP WITH ORIGINAL IDEAS

Shimpei’s job is to invent new toys. Check out his creative thought process in his TED talk.

 7. JOHN GREEN: THE NERD’S GUIDE TO LEARNING EVERYTHING ONLINE

Stick with this one. John Green takes his time to make his point, in a wonderfully anecdotal way: that virtual spaces have become the new community for a generation of online learners both young and old(er) allowing for learning to continue beyond school and university.

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Photo credit: Thanks to Jennifer Polixenni Brankin for this image of Barat Ali Batoor at TEDxSydney 2014.

 

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