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Sugata Mitra TED Prize update: Preview the School in the Cloud documentary — and a new web platform for learningSugata Mitra TED Prize update: Preview the School in the Cloud documentary — and a new web platform for learning

Posted By Natasha Scripture

By Natasha Scripture Sugata Mitra thinks big. At last year’s TED, he unveiled his dream to transform primary education. Instead of a teacher, a chalkboard and a generic curriculum, the recipient of the 2013 TED Prize asked us to imagine an environment that empowered children to learn on their own, with the guidance of virtual […]

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A School in the Cloud among the mangrove trees: Sugata Mitra opens his first independent learning lab in IndiaA School in the Cloud among the mangrove trees: Sugata Mitra opens his first independent learning lab in India

Posted By Natasha Scripture

“Early one morning last February, a man turned up on my doorstep who had travelled through the night to get there,” said Sugata Mitra, the education reformer who received the 2013 TED Prize. “This schoolteacher wanted to do something positive for his village, which had no electricity, health care or primary education … It was […]

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Antibiotic resistance and particle physics: Burlington High School’s TED-Ed Club blinds us with scienceAntibiotic resistance and particle physics: Burlington High School’s TED-Ed Club blinds us with science

Posted By Emilie Soffe

“Using a powerful particle gun, we would shoot small pieces of matter through the force field and into the antimatter to make small, controlled bursts of energy –which we could then harness and put into batteries.” This quote reads like a line of dialogue from a science fiction movie. But the (exponentially more exciting) truth […]

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MOOCs by the numbers: Where are we now?MOOCs by the numbers: Where are we now?

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Whatever your opinion of them, you can’t deny that MOOCs have come a long way in the last few years. To help put the massive online courses into some perspective, Alex Cusack, a contributing writer at Moocs.com, a blog that covers news about MOOCs (edited by Zachary Davis, a producer for HarvardX, a spin-off of […]

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TED-Ed Clubs: What people are saying in the TwitterverseTED-Ed Clubs: What people are saying in the Twitterverse

Posted By Emilie Soffe

In the nearly two weeks since the launch of TED-Ed Clubs, almost 700 educators in 50+ countries have completed applications in the hopes of bringing the program into their classrooms. Meanwhile, TED-Ed’s Twitter feed saw a flurry of excitement as educators and students took to their keyboards to share their thoughts. Here, a look at what […]

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We need to change everything on campus: Anant Agarwal of edX on MOOCs, MIT and new models of higher educationWe need to change everything on campus: Anant Agarwal of edX on MOOCs, MIT and new models of higher education

Posted By Helen Walters

Whenever something is declared the subject of “the year of,” you know said subject is ripe for a big fat backlash. So, when The New York Times declared 2012 “the year of the MOOC,” it thus came to pass that massive open online courses should next become the subject of massive, open, often online criticism, as critics gathered to […]

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What’s next for MOOCs?What’s next for MOOCs?

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

“Questions Worth Asking” is a new editorial series from TED in which we’ll pose thorny questions to those with a thoughtful, relevant (or irrelevant but still interesting) take. This week: “What’s next for MOOCs?”, those online courses that have thrown a techno-bomb at traditional higher education. Here, a primer to catch you up if you’ve somehow managed […]

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9 brilliant ideas from TED-Ed Club members, from infinity to a mood app9 brilliant ideas from TED-Ed Club members, from infinity to a mood app

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

TED-Ed Clubs give students the opportunity to research, write and present a TED-style talk about an idea they just can’t get out of their head. Over the course of a flexible 13-meeting program, students narrow in on an idea and learn how to communicate it in the most effective way possible. For some students, inspiration for their talk will come […]

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The first School in the Cloud opens in the UKThe first School in the Cloud opens in the UK

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Sarah Schoengold Sugata Mitra has opened the doors of the world’s first School in the Cloud. Located inside George Stephenson High School in Killingworth, England, this one-room learning lab is a space where students can embark on their own learning adventures, exploring whatever questions most intrigue them. Students even designed the interior of the […]

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Daring kids to ask big questions: 3 teachers who entered our SOLE Challenge win a trip to TEDYouthDaring kids to ask big questions: 3 teachers who entered our SOLE Challenge win a trip to TEDYouth

Posted By Jamia Wilson

In a classroom in Ontario, a class of 9th graders learned the book Siddhartha, not by listening to lectures from their teacher, but by asking questions like, “How do you know when you’ve reached enlightenment?” Meanwhile, a group of 3rd through 5th graders in rural Georgia was posed a question in Spanish, even though they […]

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What I’d tell my teenage self: Life and career advice from the TED staffWhat I’d tell my teenage self: Life and career advice from the TED staff

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Four hundred middle and high school students will fill the TEDYouth auditorium this Saturday – and many of them will be put straight to work. Students who’ve expressed interest in cinematography will shadow our video production team, students who want to be event planners will hang out with our producers, and those interested in journalism will […]