From the screen room: What 60 Schools Can Tell Us About Teaching 21st Century Skills


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Christmas break is great for many reasons, but as a teacher I love the opportunity to have time to watch, read, and learn more about my profession.  One such video that really made me think is a TEDx video by Grant Lichtman.  If you are unfamiliar with TED or TEDx videos then I am glad you are reading this post.  TED Talks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at the TED Conference with the world. Under the moniker “ideas worth spreading,” talks were released online and rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions. Indeed, the reaction was so enthusiastic that the entire TED website has been reengineered around TED Talks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world’s most inspiring voices. As of November 2012, TED Talks have been viewed more than one billion times. The TEDx program gives communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently.

A summary of Grant’s TEDx talk:

The rate of change in the world demands that we re-imagine and restructure the foundational learning relationship among students, teachers, and knowledge. In September 2012, pursuing a decades-long passion for transformational education, Grant packed up his Prius and set off on a solo, nationwide research tour to discover what schools are doing to prepare students for an evolving future. Find out what he learned from three months on the road visiting 21 states, 64 schools, and the great ideas of 500 educators.

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