The idea of bringing together a group of TEDsters to think and design the first baby steps in a student led revolution of the classroom, the teaching environment full stop is exciting. Yet, the whole idea is all a bit daunting as well. The question that I keep returning to is:
Where to start? And, how do I get into the frame of mind to start thinking about an education revolution?
One of the first things I did was take a look at redu, the group that is behind the video on the Education Project page. This is a great start but it sent me back to the TED Talk about Tinker School and then that great talk by Clifford Stoll.
We need to get the kids tinkering! An approach to this project should not only consider the challenge in terms of our collective knowledge, but it should also ignite the passion for participation of the students we are seeking to empower. It is fine that we talk but we need begin with some radical ideas that get the student, the kid excited. FastCompany has a great piece in this months edition called 13 Radical Ideas for “How to spend $100 million to really save education.”
For this TEDActive Education project, maybe we need to begin thinking like kids?
I am going to poll the kids in my son’s classes and ask them, in Twitter format, to tell me what they would change/add/eliminate/do different in their school if they were going to make it the ultimate place to get the tools to do amazing things! What if we all find a handful of students K through 12 and ask them what would make them love school and see what we get? Maybe that will help to get us all thinking.
How do you start? Kids are all around us, start talking to them.
You can begin the process by talking with your children, the children of your friends, the kids on a sports team, that teacher you know and maybe even a bowling team.
Start with one kid, ask them to ask their friends and listen to what they are saying.
Write the ideas down, no matter how far fetched, and bring them to TEDActive.
Is this scientific research? No.
But in 60 seconds you can learn a whole lot about how our children might change education to make it work, listen hard.
Our job is to create that tool to follow the roadmap.