Here’s a review of the cool things I looked at this week.
While continuing to fit curtains for the house, I caught up on many podcasts.
TED Talks Education — though I’ve found that my android podcaster is sorely out of date for these:
- Geoffrey Canada: Our Failing Schools, Enough is Enough! I thought his talk was very insightful
- Pearl Arredondo: My Story, From Gangland Daughter to Star Teacher She advocates personalized learning
- Ramsey Musallam: 3 Rules to Spark Learning
- Angela Lee Duckworth: The Key to Success? Grit
- Ken Robinson: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley Adding this one to my sidebar.
- Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion I just love her. And I wish that for every child, that champion could be a parent.
I discovered that The Guardian has a monthly family podcast. I see myself digging through archives in upcoming months. I gave a listen to:
- Better Call Saul (Feb 6 2015) – I wonder if we’ll get to see the Breaking Bad spin-off here in England?
- Bradley Cooper (Feb 2 2015) – Cooper talks about filming American Sniper and his role in the broadway version of The Elephant Man.
- Benedict Cumberbatch (Jan 21 2015) – because… yanno… deep down, we’re all cumberbitches.
- How Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ Led A Radical Muslim To Moderation (Jan 15 2015) – what an amazing journey for Maajid Nawaz, who will be running for MP for the Liberal Democrats this year.
TED Radio Hour on NPR
- Keeping Secrets – I found Frank Warren’s story to be so very touching and human and I also enjoyed Ash Beckham’s portion of the show.
- Brand Over Brain – I especially enjoyed Rory Sutherland’s contributions to this topic.
And of course… Rachel Maddow.
Cool Things off of Facebook…
- C14 – First Lego League 2015 UK Champions, composed of all Home Educated Children, were presented their prize by the Secretary for Education Nicky Morgan. Here’s their interview on YouTube. They’re off to St. Louis later this year to compete at the Lego World Festival.
- MindShift: How Do Unschoolers Turn Out? I had actually read this one a while back, but it was making the rounds again, so well worth mentioning.
I hadn’t been spending very much time on Facebook, admittedly.
Things that found their way into my Email Inbox:
- Nature Works Everywhere had a virtual African Safari this past week.
- Education.com offered some free Valentine’s theme worksheets.
- Stanford Online will be doing an Introduction to Mathematical Thinking. What sparked my interest about this class is that I’ve heard about children debating about mathematical concepts. However, the way that I learned math, things were much more black and white without much room for debate– either I got the math problem right or I got it wrong. So this has my interest as I’d like my children to have a more holistic and intuitive sense of maths rather than the numbers-on-paper experience I had. I’ve been intending on taking a MOOC… currently enrolled in Minecraft for Educators, but have been completely absent from that.
And finally, things I dropped into my Pocket– I tend to drop things in my Pocket for later review
- Article from Psychology Today about Kids Teaching Themselves How to Read
- Sent off for Grow Your Own Potatoes
- Free eBooks at Forgotten Books
- CommonLit [dot] Org, a resource for preparing reading lists by theme
- Mathematics World Cup information, Maths Olympiad
- Another Free Kids eBooks website
- Natural History Museum Kids Site
- List of 40 Free Educational Websites; I had seen this before and already have several of the sites from this list either in my Pocket or Evernote, but it was making the rounds again.
- Barclay’s Code Playground; apparently Barclay’s is hosting a programming sandbox for kids
- 11 Free Reading Websites for Kids; first couple, I hadn’t seen before so hopefully some new quality resources.