Learning with TED Talks

“Schools as we know them are obsolete” – Sugata Mitra

Mitra’s TED Talk: Build a School in the Cloud was seriously thought-provoking for me. It comes back to the idea that teachers are now facilitators of education. Our world today is technologically thriving. We are making so many incredible leaps in the advancement of our civilization that there is really no way to predict where will be in the next few generations to come.

Mitra shows how people can be self-taught in just about anything these days. It’s more about providing the opportunities to children to learn what they wish.

It’s not about making learning happen. It’s about letting it happen.”

Teachers can be on the sidelines cheering on their students, watching them create and discover ideas beyond our imaginations. Children in the 21st century have a lot going for them. We just need to be able to open the doors to let them achieve their dreams. I think teachers become more as guides to help steer children when necessary. 

On the other spectrum was David Christian’s TED Talk: Big History: the history of our world in 18 minutes. Christian advocated for his Big History Project that he started with Bill Gates. The idea is to provide teaching “to understand, in a unified way, the history of Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity,” which is to be provided to high school students.

The idea behind Big History is understand how human became the dominant species on Earth and possibly the universe. It all starts from the Big Bang and moves all the way to Present Day.

Watching both Mitra and Christian’s talks was enlightening and I felt they were relatable as a teacher. The only way for students to move forward is to understand the past. Teachers are there to help guide students through their discoveries in both.

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