The Freedom to Learn: Sam Chaltain TED Talk

Another TED talk worth watching: Sam Chaltain is a DC-­based writer, educator, and organizational change consultant. He works with schools, school districts, and public and private sector companies to help them create healthy, high-­functioning learning environments. In this talk, Chaltain discusses the three most important questions he believes we need to be asking if we want to create schools worthy of the 21st century and our ongoing commitment to a democratic society.

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Video: TED talk, “The Child-driven Education”

From TED: Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

TED Talk: Radical Innovation in Education

Charles Leadbeater, a researcher from the London thank tank Demos, delivers an interesting global perspective on the need for radical innovation in education in this engaging TED talk. Rather than developed urban neighborhoods, Leadbeater concentrated on transformational new forms of education and schooling that have emerged in the slums in Brazil and Africa. He acknowledges that especially important in these settings for schools, families, and communities to work together.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, is a California-based nonprofit that brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and challenges them to give the “talk of their lives” in 18 minutes.