Tag Archives: TED Talks: Ideas worth sharing.

One Man’s Dream: Build a School in the Cloud

There are many conversations going on about the future of education. Here is a man with a plan! This is an amazing, thought-provoking talk by Sugata Mitra on his dream of building a school in the sky.

One of my favourite quotes: “That’s the first time, as a teacher, that I had ever heard the word ‘teach ourselves’ said so casually.”

I would love to hear your comments. Enjoy!


The Value of Tools – Preparing for the Unknown

In the Grade 9 + 10 English class, we have discussed how to prepare for the unknown. At least, we have asked the question and started to explore that idea. This theme on “The Value of Tools” is part of the answer. It is about building capital before you need it. The capital being: education; seeking a wide variety of activities and experiences; developing a network of friends, mentors, and trusted advisors; building a library of books, audio and video recordings, blogs, podcasts that encourage, inspire, challenge, and help you to grow.

Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, explores this very idea, of preparing for the unknown, in a TED Talk (she also introduces the idea of¬†identity capital). While this talk is aimed at the twentysomethings, it is a great talk for anyone who is a young adult or has one in their life. A sample of a great piece of wisdom from the talk is the following quote: “the best time to work on Alex’s marriage is before she has one.”

Check out the video below in which she gives 3 pieces of advice that are invaluable to any young adult and, really, to anyone:

The Value of Tools TED Talks

TED: Ideas worth spreading, has since 1990, done exactly that. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) brings together thought-leaders from various fields to give talks that are usually 20 minutes or less. In 2006, the talks were put online for free viewing. By 2009 the various talks had been viewed 50 million times; by 2011, 500 million times; on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, they had been viewed 1 billion times. They are currently about 1500 talks available.

TED’s mission statement is:¬†We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

On Friday, May 17, our English class watched a TED Talk by Dan Ariely on “What makes us feel good about our work”. It is an amazing talk that highlights how easily we can be motivated, but also how easy it is to be de-motivated. Students answered a few questions before the 20-minute video, and then were asked to share what they learned after.

The video is below. Enjoy!