The Future of Education

Talks from TEDxSydney are now up. Two of the most exciting ones for me and anyone interested in education thinking are the talk by Evan Kidd. And the talk by Chris Anderson which starts out “Teachers are heroes..”

“Evan (Kidd_ argues that we need to start taking play more seriously. He explains how children with imaginary friends are more creative and socially competent, and demonstrates that schools with play-based learning can improve the creativity of children.”


In the pic – Frida Kahlos imaginary friend.

Evans talk refers to some great research that will help policy makers to understand better what type of learning outcomes and directions we should be exploring – especially for younger children.

“After a long career in journalism and publishing (Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine, and creator of the popular games website IGN), Chris Anderson became the curator of the TED Conference in 2002 and has developed it as a platform for identifying and disseminating ideas worth spreading.”

Chris (Anderson) is the curator of (big) TED and the new project TED Education which aims to create a learning platform to match techers, technology and professional communicators is an exciting one for educators around the world.

As always – use your twitter or fb logins to let me know what you think after watching the 2 clips. TEDxSydney 2012 was brilliant and there are many other talks up already.

I’m dashing out the door to do some teaching 🙂

I am so looking forward to TEDxAuckland on Oct 6th at Aotea Centre in Auckland. Hope you can join me there.