Ted Talks

The Divided Brain

You may already know that the theory about the right half of your brain being the imaginative, emotional half, while the left brain is the rational, detached half has largely been debunked. It persists because it is such a handy metaphor for describing the human condition. However there are differences between the two halves of our brain, which is described brilliantly by Iain McGilchrist, and superbly animated by RSAnimate. It is eleven minutes that both halves of my brain truly enjoyed – Jason Ohler on the 21st Century Fluency Project

LINK: RSA Animate – The Divided Brain – YouTube.

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Ken Robinson – Changing Education Paradigms

Is ADHD a myth? Why does it occur more on the east coast?  And how can animation spice up a lecture? Check this out…

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 the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.

Link to video: RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms

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Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations

-The age old question: what will I use math for?

“Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city’s population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.” [Note: PG-13 language]

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Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

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.

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Ben Cameron: The true power of the performing arts

TedTalks: Arts administrator and live-theater fan Ben Cameron looks at the state of the live arts — asking: How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet? At TEDxYYC, he offers a bold look forward.

Ben Cameron: The true power of the performing arts | Video on TED.com.

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