TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TEDTalks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. The intent of this project wiki is to address: How can the TED talks be used as springboards for further discourse, exploration, reflection, and action? The wiki was initiated independently of TED by Jackie Gerstein, but the TED team in New York know about it and are excited by its potential. The individual pages (see sidebar) not only contain the original TED talks, but also additional references, resources, and activities about the topic and/or speaker. Why study TED? Who owns TED TED is owned by The Sapling Foundation, a private nonprofit foundation, a 501(c)3 organization under the U.S. tax code.
Helping Students Motivate Themselves to LearnEvery day, teachers face students who are apparently uninterested in learning. This is a challenge that must be overcome, because every student must be included in meaningful classroom activities. But the students seem to subconsciously decide each day what they will and will not learn. What is Motivation? Motivation is a person’s willingness to make a certain effort toward achieving a specific goal under specific circumstances. A Comfortable Environment In creating those circumstances, the educator should know that what his/her students most value in the classroom are relationship, trust, and respect. Know the Students The teacher should get to know the students well, listen to them, and seek their input regarding the lessons and curriculum in general. Engage Them with Choice Students like to be engaged. Connect the Lesson to Life Teachers can help students learn material better by helping them develop associations for comprehending and meaning making. References
iTunes U DownloadsTop 5 Ways to Use Mind Maps for E-LearningAre you interested in improving your eLearning? These 5 techniques will help you leverage the power of Mind Maps and encourage you to utilize online Mind Maps in particular. Follow these tips to transform your eLearning using online Mind Maps. Mind Maps are increasingly used as a tool to improve eLearning, understanding and memory through the visual representation of information. Online mind maps are gaining popularity due to their ease of use, accessibility and ability to be used to transform eLearning into an active process. Students, teachers and others interested in eLearning can benefit from using Mind Maps to boost productivity. How Mind Maps Can Be Used As An Effective Tool For eLearning Planning Mind Maps are the perfect tool for creating a learning plan; whether it’s planning your curriculum, breaking down a particular subject or simply to map out an essay or exam answer. Are you interested in using online mind maps to improve your learning?
Education: Inquiry - 21st Century SkillsWhat new skills do students need? The 21st century: What will it look like? The machine is us/ing us What does it mean to be information literate in the 21st century? We are living in a cognitive age where globalization challenges us to develop innovative thinking, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking abilities. Information literacy is a means to express personal ideas, develop arguments, refute the opinions of others, learn new things, or simply identify the truth or factual evidence about a topic. David Warlick* describes these new skills as moving from the 3Rs to the 4Es.The Accidental Unschooler | Pioneer Woman HomeschoolingBy Kristen Chase. I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I think I might be turning into an unschooler. Okay, so that’s not completely true. As someone who is quite aware of the different homeschool philosophies, what I’m doing isn’t exactly unschooling. It’s more like “flying by the seat of my pants” schooling. Does that even exist? I added in a couple of activities — just one for each kid, mind you — karate for my son, a ballet class for my 3-year-old daughter. But when my kids can’t even find their school books and I don’t even know where they are, then I know that I’m in big trouble. Then the neighbor was saying how my daughter told her daughter that it only takes her 20 minutes to do her school work and she’s free for the rest of the day, which isn’t completely true, mind you. I obviously haven’t done a great job of teaching my daughter time. Once I get a chance to breathe, I know that my kids are learning. She reads Harry Potter late into the night.
Free Homeschool Deals: Affording the Homeschool LifeGuesthollow's BlogWhen I was younger, I did not enjoy “domestic” type jobs around the house. I thought they were boring and had to force myself (for the most part) to do them. I had a rebellious attitude and heart toward many of the old-fashioned stereotypes of women. Now that I’m older, I’ve grown into an entirely different mindset. I find when I do things His way that I’m filled with a contentment and direction that was entirely unknown to me years ago. There are no excuses why a healthy wife and mother can’t take care of her home. The first step is nurturing the right heart & attitude concerning your daily tasks and the things you still need to learn. It’s a gift to get to stay home. The second step is starting with something – no matter how small! The third step is to get rid of things and start finding a place for everything. The fourth step is to LEARN! What do YOU need or want to learn? The fifth step is to never quit and just keep going.