15 Online Tools to Accelerate Your Online Teaching

15 Online Tools to Accelerate Your Online Teaching

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New digital tools (mobile phones, tablets, apps and websites) and the content which you can access on them are driving many of the changes in education right now. These are not just for learners to use in the classroom – they’re for teachers too, to help with continuing professional development (CPD) or to create great lessons or projects…

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Don’t Insist on English! – Patricia Ryan

Don’t Insist on English! – Patricia Ryan

In her talk, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world’s focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It’s a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas. (Filmed at TEDxDubai.)

Talk by Patricia Ryan.

Teaching is both a science and an art, and many teachers around the world spend endless hours perfecting their professional practice. At TEDActive 2013, a few teachers from the United States offer some tricks of the trade they’ve learned (and continue to hone) along the way.
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Brian Greene: It’s Easy to Teach Kids to Love Science. So Why Do We Keep Failing at It?

Brian Greene: It’s Easy to Teach Kids to Love Science. So Why Do We Keep Failing at It?

Science needs to be about discovery, not rote memorization.

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Transcript – I think there are a lot of reasons why there are some people – and I don’t consider it to be some major epidemic sweeping the land but yes, there are some people who resist the insights of science. And I think a lot of this has to do with how we teach science to young kids in school, right. For many people – and I’m talking from experience – people have told me this that science for them in school they didn’t understand it as a body of investigative knowledge that gives us insights into how the world works. No, for them it was some facts that they were made to memorize and spit back on an exam that had no direct relevance to anything that they could directly see or touch or in some sense it was just abstract nonsense that they were force to memorize. And the tragedy of that is when a young kid realizes that science reveals the hidden underside of reality and what it reveals is so exciting – when I talk to kids and tell them about black holes, tell them about the Big Bang, tell them about quantum mechanics and quantum tunneling, how particles can go through barriers that you wouldn’t have thought possible I can’t tell you the number of times kids will say to me, that’s science? That’s cool. And science needs to have that experience for kids where it just grabs them as the most exciting dramatic story of discovery. And if you have that experience as a young kid science is not a subject. It’s not a test that you have to take. Science is your ticket to understanding the world and the universe and then it’s with you for life. If you can have that experience it changes everything.

Can Wildlife Adapt to Climate Change? – Erin Eastwood

Can Wildlife Adapt to Climate Change? – Erin Eastwood

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With rising temperatures and seas, massive droughts, and changing landscapes, successfully adapting to climate change is increasingly important. For humans, this can mean using technology to find solutions. But for some plants and animals, adapting to these changes involves the most ancient solution of all: evolution. Erin Eastwood explains how animals are adapting to climate change.

Lesson by Erin Eastwood, animation by TOTEM Studio.