Four Ted Talks to Help You Innovate Your Instruction

Four TED talks you should watch before heading back to the classroom this Fall. (With one non-TED bonus video)

1. Heidi Hayes Jacobs – What are we preparing our students for? HHJ asks educators to consider if they are getting their students ready for 1982 rather than 2020. This compelling TED talk is an inspiring and thought provoking look at curriculum design for the 21st century.

2. Will Richardson – always thought provoking, Will Richardson discusses the need to value how students these days actually learn – and want to learn.

3 Occupy Kindergarten – This kindergarten teacher wants us to rethink how we meet a standards based education. We can meet standards in creative and project based ways that infuse students with a love of learning.

4. Ewan McIntosh Everyone is talking about Problem Based Learning, but we are thinking about it wrong. We need to teach students to find problems and then solve them, not spoon feed students problems that no one really cares about. This is a powerful video and not to be missed.

Bonus: Rick Wormeli on Late Work – This video will make your rethink accepting late work. Powerful.

Author: HollyClark

Holly is the co-author of Google Infused Classroom. She lives and works in San Diego, California. She delivers professional development to schools internationally and speaks at conferences about empowering teachers and students with iPads and Google Apps for Education. Contact her at to have her present or work with your school.

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