Monday, January 28, 2013

What's worth learning?

I enjoyed this short thoughtful piece (although not necessarily agreeing with all that he has to say) from Professor David Perkins on the question 'What's worth learning?'. Professor Perkins feels that 90% of what is taught is a waste of time!

Watch the short You Tube clip to find out what is meant by 'Understandings of wide scope'; this being what Professor Perkins feels should be being taught in schools.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Every student to have an iPad

Check out this story from today's Stuff website. It's all very well for the Ministry to come up with ideas that would lead to New Zealand students 'leading the world in digital literacy', but to do so, it will need to be funded somehow. The article starts:

'The prospect of every pupil having a touch screen tablet or laptop in the classroom has raised concerns it could create a gulf between the haves and have-nots'.

To read the article in full, click here.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Talent Code

This is so inspirational!  Please watch it and gain more appreciation for what can be achieved with so little!

The Talent Code

Monday, January 7, 2013

A quality (and free) education for all!

I found this TED presentation from Daphne Koller absolutely inspirational!  Daphne finishes by stating three things that providing a top quality (and free) education could achieve:

  1. Established education around the world as a fundamental human right, where anyone with the motivation could attain the skills and knowledge to make a better life for themselves, their families and their communities.
  2. It would enable lifelong learning.  Learning doesn't have to stop when we finish high school or university.  
  3. Enable a wave of innovation.  Talent could exist anywhere; from downtown Manhattan to the far reaches of village Africa.  The next Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein could be a child, who is right now living in an Indian slum.

To find out what else Daphne has to say, watch her presentation in full.