Educational TED Talks Worth Watching

Of course, most TED talks are worth watching, but Lee Crockett and his team at the Global Digital Citizenship Foundation have selected “14 Amazing educational TED talks for all educators and parents” that live up to TED’s reputation to move, inspire, entertain and learn.

Of particular interest to me:

  • Sam Kass: Want students to learn well?  Feed them well – the title says it all.
  • Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games   – cognitive science highlights some surprises!

  • Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain
  • Fawn Qiu: Easy DIY projects for kid engineers

Gen Z and Creativity

This week, Adobe released a report on the results of a global study, Gen Z in the classroom; creating the future.  Data were collected from over 2000 students, aged 11 – 18 and over 1000 or their educators.  Participants came from US, UK, Germany and Australia.

The late-2016 survey asked wide-ranging  questions on perceptions of the GenZ creativity, differences between this and older generations, the challenges, how GenZs learn best, and preparedness for life after school.

Insights show that students and educators believe:

  • technology and creativity are defining characteristics of GenZ
  • students are excited about but feel unprepared for their future in the real world
  • there should be more focus on hands-on creativity, the optimum means of learning. The curriculum needs to catch up
  • being creative will play an integral role in the workplace
  • increased access to digital tools will be an advantage in the future workplace