Deploy or die: you have to get the stuff into the real world for it to really count.



The New Yorker just had their Five Key Ted Talks article and watched Sir Ken Robinson again. What a great Ted Talk. Great to hear him again in this Ted Radio Hour. 

… if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original — if you’re not prepared to be wrong.

Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!


What a great and brilliant idea! Nominate an educator and animator now.  This is also one of the reasons why I started a new Tumblr blog called “Dream Lectures.” Stay curious everyone! Maybe they should also collaborate with the Khan Academy.


TED just launched a very promising education initiative, TED-Ed, pairing great teachers with top animators to transform the best lessons in dynamic visual presentation accessible to everyone on TED education channel on YouTube.

TED-Ed Catalyst Logan Smalley added: ”TED-Ed has the potential to take a lesson that might normally reach just 20 students and extend it to the world. The topics we can cover are endless, and the more teachers and animators who contribute their lessons and talents, the more impactful this resource becomes. This is an exciting first step for TED-Ed, with more ideas, tools, and announcements to come in the months ahead.” (news.yahoo.com)

It’s not about the box. It’s about changing the culture of instruction — preparing students for their future, not our past.

That’s Mark Edwards, superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District. It’s an excellent debate. One that we have even in our household. There has to be a balance.

The juxtaposition of this photo (Jeremy M. Lange for The New York Times) and quote isn’t lost.

And those concerned about corporate encroachment on public schools would blanch at the number of Apple logos in the hallways, and at the district’s unofficial slogan: “iBelieve, iCan, iWill.”

Totally like whatever, you know? (by n0m3rcy)

… speak with conviction… it is not enough these days to simply question authority, you gotta speak with it, too.

Thanks to my wife, Laura, for pointing me to this brilliant poet, Taylor Mali, “a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom.”

Check out this other fantastic on-stage performance: What Teachers Make: