TEDxNYED 2011 – part one

Unlike last year’s TEDxNYED, this one didn’t come with labeled group sessions (at least, there was no heading listed in either the program or the schedule). By the end, it seemed as thought there was only one real thread/theme: global connection So instead of giving you my thoughts piecemeal, here’s one post with it all (all except the final two speakers, whom I didn’t hear thanks to the schedule running late and needing to get home).


Alan November

  • Based on his work in a school in Roxbury, he realized that students will work hard for little pay (even no pay; pay being anything from money to grades) if they feel they’re contributing to the world
  • We need to ask ourselves, what legacy is each student leaving? How do we get them engaged, giving them a global voice? (Yes, very similar to Andy Carvin’s exhortation at last year’s conference)
  • We also need to give students a voice in staff development – they can help guide what we should be doing/where we should be heading.
  • Just look at Beachwood (OH) Schools 7th grade history wiki – why can’t we do that in more schools?

Homa Tavangar

  • Education for girls breaks down barriers (again, not a new idea, but hearing it from someone for who this really did make a difference adds to the message).
  • Within one or two generations, education for girls creates massive societal change; the new challenge then becomes how to create global connections/global citizens
  • To create global change, start with what you love – it shouldn’t be homework.

Lucy Gray

  • Practice professional generosity
  • Push your boundaries
  • There’s no excuse for not going global

John Ellrodt and Mary Fico

  • We teach locally but should collaborate globally (build community) / create locally and share globally (build understanding and caring)
  • Creativity is an essential skill in the 21st century; the role of technology is critical to creativity.  Our responsibility is to teach and allow for creative problem solving/caring.

Brian Crosby

  • Get away from teaching kids how to be taught – start teaching them how to learn
  • Create a network of learners (going back to the global community aspect) to help you – use GoogleDocs, Skype, Twitter, whatever technology works to achieve this.

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

  • What year are you preparing your students for? (she suggests 1991, “the last time things felt safe”)
    • we need strategic updates of dated curriculum (IOW, don’t do it all at once): take one dated practice, replace it with one new thing. eg. oral reports can become podcasts
  • There are new literacies we need to embrace
    • media literacy (Frank Baker)
    • global literacy
    • digital literacy (knowing what’s apt)
  • She’s anti reform – we need new forms, period.
  • Academic classroom assessments should equal those in a music classroom: students practice, drill, then “be” the thing; allow students to contribute to rubrics (teaches assessment, peer review, best practices, etc.)
  • Revision the schedule, student groupings, personnel groupings (get away from the siloing of departments!) and space

Dennis Littkey

  • Allow students to follow their passions – studying with experts in the community (apprenticeships!)

Diane Laufenberg (via TEDx video)

  • When you give students the tools to acquire information and learn, you need to get comfortable with the idea of them failing
    • failure teaches them!

Patrick Carman (yes, the author)

  • Kids have a hard time containing media, just like adults.
  • His books (Skeleton Creek, the 39 Clues series and 3:15) with an on-line component reach ‘reluctant’ readers
  • 75% of books should be print

Stacey Murphy

  • Food Justice Movement: food is not distributed equally in our society
    • part of that is cultural (we want our cultures “comfort” foods, which may not be easily available locally)
    • subsidized foods (eg, fattening snacks) are easier to find than healthy foods
  • Hunger is a form of violence
  • Take 40% of your food budget – instead of buying more than you need, donate to Food Justice (IOW, don’t throw away, don’t waste, buy/eat what you need)
  • Call your state representatives and ask them to reverse food subsidies: more fruit/veg, less meat/sugar
  • Q: is this the next step from the Free Trade movement?

So, there you have it.  Part Two will be more big picture.  Just give me time to process it.

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