School & District Management

TEDx Talk: Make Schools Relevant

By Liana Loewus — March 29, 2011 1 min read
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Will Richardson, the teacher-turned-tech-expert who was featured in our previous Teacher PD Sourcebook, recently gave a presentation for TEDxNYEd, a spinoff of the renowned yearly TED Talk conferences.

Richardson says kids today, in the era of smartphones and constant connectivity, learn differently, and that schools need to adapt to stay relevant. He discusses the ills of test prep, saying “this system is killing our kids. It’s taking all the imagination, all the creativity, all the initiative, all the engagement right out of them.”

Check out the video for yourself (it’s 14 minutes well spent).

A rising-star math teacher who is also a TEDxer will be featured in our upcoming Teacher PD Sourcebook. Any guesses who it is? Lucky for you, the new Sourcebook will be online in the next week or so.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.