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This page will provide a collection of videos/podcasts/blogs and links which teachers may find useful and inspiring. You are invited to suggest additions that you think would be of interest to others.

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Classroom Technologies

Excellent piece on students with disabilities using technology

Pasi Sahlberg’s “Finnish Lessons” Keynote Presentation …

Prof Louise Stoll on Professional Learning Communities.

One of the best conservation projects we’ve seen anywhere in the world – Chainsaws and Stethoscopes



Dog teaches Puppy to negotiate stairs

Dog Befriends Child with Downs Syndrome

Respected American journalist, Dan Rather, reports on what the fuss is all about over Finnish Education. It’s interesting that this is exactly what was happening in Australian schools in the 1990s. It is the greatest failure of Australian political advisors that this was not pursued, but rather our cultural cringe had us looking to America for ways to ‘improve’ and we are now beginning to pay the price for this error of judgement.

Can’t get students to relax. Get them to try this!

At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family’s home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.

Diana Laufenberg talk about her experiences with personalised learning and what happens when you empower students to be creators of their own learning…

 Tom Wujec – 3 Ways the Brain Creates Meaning.
Tom Wujec explains how the brain interprets words, images, feelings, and connections. Information designer Tom Wujec talks through three areas of the brain that help us understand words, images, feelings, connections….

Jimmy Wales – The Birth of Wikipedia.
Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled “a ragtag band of volunteers,” gave them tools for collaborating and creating Wikipedia

5. Julian Treasure – 4 Ways Sound Affects Us.
In this talk Julian Treasure tells us that people working in open plan offices are 66% less productive than those in quiet rooms. Julian Treasure says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health — even costing lives. Playing sound effects both pleasant and awful, Julian Treasure shows how sound affects us in four significant ways. Listen carefully for a shocking fact about noise.

6. How Cell Phones, Twitter, and Facebook Can Make History.
Clay Shirky examines how text messaging and social networks empower citizens to report the news without state-run media censorship. While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end …

7. David Pogue on the Music Wars
Watch and enjoy the video it will put you in a good mood for at least five minutes and you might learn something about shifts in media consumption too. New York Times tech columnist David Pogue performs a satirical mini-medley about iTunes and the downloading wars.

8. Pranav Mistry – The Thrilling Potential of Sixth Sense Technology. Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data.

• This demo — from Pattie Maes’ lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry — was the buzz of TED. It’s a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound inte…

9. Benjamin Zander – On Music and Passion

10. Dan Pink – The Surprising Science of Motivation
“Stop thinking better, start thinking different”
In the video below US educator Will Richardson talks about the changing world of education and why it is imperative that we “stop thinking better, and start thinking different”.

11Threads We Follow
School in Tualatin, Oregon, and their Senior Project program.

12. John Wooden on Winning vs. Success.
A coach who emphasises teaching and developing character over winning.

13. Clifford Stoll Teaches Physics to Eighth Graders.
In this talk he gave at TED in February 2006 Stoll talks about and demonstrates measuring the speed of sound with an 8th grade class. Stoll makes a very profound, but somewhat obvious, statement about the future. He says, “if you want to know what the future generation will be like, ask a Kindergarten teacher.” Clifford Stoll captivates his audience with a wildly energetic sprinkling of anecdotes, observations, asides — an…

14. Don’t Eat the Marshmallow
In this TED Talk given by Joachim de Posada talks about the behavior of children when they are given a marshmallow and told not to eat it for fifteen minutes. In the talk Joachim de Posada reveals that the response of children to this challenge can be indicative of future success in life.

14. Bill Gates Talks About Mosquitoes, Malaria, and Education.
Bill Gates discusses mosquitoes, malaria, and education. The last eight minutes presents some interesting fodder for conversation. While you may not agree with everything that Gates proposes in this talk, it will definitely make you think about what does and doesn’t work in education. Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world’s biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passiona…

15+. Sir Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity.
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• In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating c…
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• In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in th…
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• …resources — and inspiration — in this batch of TEDTalks. Some talks may shake your worldview: Sir Ken Robinson questions the very basis of our education system, while Erin McKean does the same for our most sacr…
Behind the TEDTalk
…the talk of their lives. One, the artist Raghava KK, had never spoken at TED before. The other, Sir Ken Robinson, in 2006 gave one of the most emailed TEDTalks of all time; this was his first time speaking at TED…