The first School in the Cloud learning lab in the United States opens in Harlem

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On Wednesday morning at John B. Russwurm Elementary School in Harlem, students pointed excitedly at cat photos on the Internet. No, they weren’t goofing off. They were participating in a “self organized learning environment,” or SOLE, a teaching method where kids are given an open-ended, curiosity-stroking question and asked to research it in small groups. []

TED Talks Live: War and Peace, Nov. 3 and 4

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TED Talks Live: War and Peace, Nov. 3 and 4

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Can we build a future without war? What does it take to bring peace? Join those who have experienced every aspect of war — fighters, journalists, psychologists, and more — for a look at the impact of war in the world. TED Talks Live: War and Peace brings a night of thought-provoking talks and performances to New []

Reframes, rethinks and bold calls: 16 speakers share ideas at TEDGlobal>London

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Reframes, rethinks and bold calls: 16 speakers share ideas at TEDGlobal>London

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In 1831, Michael Faraday stood in a lecture hall and demoed an idea that changed everything: electromagnetic induction. This work paved the way for widespread use of electricity. On September 29, 2015, in the same lecture hall, attendees gathered for TEDGlobal>London to hear more ideas with the potential to shift reality. Sixteen TED speakers shared []

2015 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winners include two TED Fellows: Patrick Awuah and LaToya Ruby Frazier

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2015 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winners include two TED Fellows: Patrick Awuah and LaToya Ruby Frazier

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The MacArthur Foundation revealed its list of 2015 Fellows this morning. Twenty-four people received the “genius grant,” a $625,000 no-strings-attached stipend — and two of them are TED Fellows: Patrick Awuah and LaToya Ruby Frazier. Patrick Awuah founded Ashesi University, a college in his home country of Ghana dedicated to educating Africa’s next generation of leaders by []

How telling stories can transform a classroom

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How telling stories can transform a classroom

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Caitlyn, a quiet seventh grader, was bullied by the other kids in her class at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, California. She wore the same cowboy boots every day. “The other kids were awful about it,” said English teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki, remembering this student who has stayed lodged in her memory for 10 years []

What does innovation in education look like? A new program asks educators to imagine it

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What does innovation in education look like? A new program asks educators to imagine it

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“Innovation in education involves constant collaboration with colleagues — a total last-minute redo of a teacher’s lesson plan because there was something else out there that he or she just had to try, a change in the direction of a class because the students are driving the instruction.” “Innovation in education happens when educators ask, ‘How []

Inside the design of the colorful, campy TED Fellows Retreat

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Inside the design of the colorful, campy TED Fellows Retreat

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Camp: a home under the stars and sun. A space to dream, commune with friends, create — and play. That’s the atmosphere TED Fellows director Tom Rielly wanted to create for this year’s TED Fellows Retreat, which took place at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, August 25-28. To create the look and []