It would be like a mechanic whose boss has said,” I want you to use the cheaper version of the brakes even though they’re not as good, I want you to use that.” And mechanic finally stood up and said, “You know this is bad for customers, right? You know the breaks are going to give out sooner, and I feel so strongly that that’s the wrong thing to do that I’m not going to turn to my boss and say no.”
Last year at TED2011, Chris Anderson and TED announced a new project to accelerate the push of TED into the realm of education. This new initiative, dubbed TED-Ed, was a Think Tank forum for members of the TED community including exceptional educators, animators, and thinkers.
Chris joined TED-Ed at its launch and provided as much perspective on the Millennial generation’s view of learning, education, and social media as possible to help catalyze the inputs from educators from around the world who are working directly with students in their classrooms and can’t quite put their fingers on what is missing…or what is working well. Why can’t we see evidence of alien life? is one of the first lessons born out of that collaboration.
Ammar Merhbi is an edtech/e-learning integration specialist interested in computer-assisted language learning, teacher education, and workplace performance technology. He produced an interactive Bloom’s revised digital taxonomy wheel and the almost overlapping knowledge dimensions. Bloom’s taxonomy has been used extensively in education. The 2001 update of Bloom’s taxonomy for the 21century is depicted in this interactive wheel.
Mendeley is the world’s largest crowdsource library. Teachers can use it to manage curriculum, do research and create original research projects, or just to get organized. Mendeley uses the latest technology to continually improve the product and deliver useful features researchers need. The basic software is free. Organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover new research.
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Right before April Fools Day, 2011, math students at Biola University in Southern California learned the difference between real and imaginary numbers from professor Matthew Weathers and his imaginary self, who appears as a virtual teacher in a YouTube video.
Weathers produced the video with the help of Andrew Staver, a Biola student studying film production. Check it out:
TED, the organization behind the popular conference series with the same name, just launched a new initiative that aims to bring TED-like video content to high school students. The idea here is to repackage existing TED talks as well as videotaped lessons from teachers around the world with additional graphics and effects to make them more palatable to a younger audience.
TED-Ed’s mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world. We do this by pairing extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of curiosity-igniting videos. A new site, which will launch in early April 2012, will feature these new TED-Ed Originals as well as some powerful new learning tools.
Great Schools for America examines issues of public education policy and advocates for the protection of our poorest and most vulnerable students against the rich and powerful who aspire to usurp their rights. We are committed to democratic, not corporate, education ensuring all students access to great teachers, facilities, programs, and projects.