Research Assignment



Complete ONE of the following

Option A

Create a 30 minute or longer presentation to be given at a professional development workshop. It should relate to the themes discussed in this course. Upload your presentation below.


Option B

A communications revolution has come to the entire world.

Even teachers.

As educational practices shift, the ability to communicate with virtually anyone on the planet will surely influence our abilities to reach out to a much wider group of people to help us collaborate and learn.

It also influences how we relate to people and how we can now operate in a virtual world where we never see each other in person, but trust each other with our thoughts, ideas and even money!

Check out the videos in the resource section (or find some of your own) and write a 750 word paper where you  discuss the communication revolution, both current and future.

Suggested ideas:

  • What is its impact on education?

  • Where will the revolution lead humanity?

  • What are the upsides and downsides of the communication revolution?

  • What impact will our behavior today (adult and student) impact our digital reputation in the future?   What, other than going off the grid and the Internet, can we/should we do about it?

  • Any other thoughts you would like to discuss.


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Education, Technology and Our World TED Videos

Jan 10, 2015 - - 68
The tribes we lead

Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.

Jan 10, 2015 - - 77
Institutions vs. collaboration

In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

Jan 10, 2015 - - 55
The birth of Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled 'a ragtag band of volunteers,' gave them tools for collaborating and created Wikipedia, the self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.

Jan 11, 2015 - - 80
How to make a splash in social media

In a funny, rapid-fire 4 minutes, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit tells the real-life fable of one humpback whale's rise to Web stardom. The lesson of Mister Splashy Pants is a shoo-in classic for meme-makers and marketers in the Facebook age.

Jan 11, 2015 - - 68
How social media can make history

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

Jan 11, 2015 - - 67
Four principles for the open world

The recent generations have been bathed in connecting technology from birth, says futurist Don Tapscott, and as a result the world is transforming into one that is far more open and transparent. In this inspiring talk, he lists the four core principles that show how this open world can be a far better place.

Jan 11, 2015 - - 72
The voices of Twitter users

In the year leading up to this talk, the web tool Twitter exploded in size (up 10x during 2008 alone). Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves.

Jan 11, 2015 - - 77
The power and the danger of online crowds

James Surowiecki pinpoints the moment when social media became an equal player in the world of news-gathering: the 2005 tsunami, when YouTube video, blogs, IMs and txts carried the news -- and preserved moving personal stories from the tragedy.

Jan 11, 2015 - - 71
Crowdsourcing the news

When every cellphone can record video and take pictures, everyone is a potential news source. Reporter Paul Lewis tells two stories that show us the future of investigative journalism.
(Filmed at TEDxThessaloniki.)

Jan 16, 2015 - - 74
Teaching design for change
Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She's teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers' minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state.
Jan 16, 2015 - - 64
Bring on the learning revolution!
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
Jan 16, 2015 - - 58
Mosquitos, malaria and education
Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them. (And see the Q&A on the TED Blog.)
Jan 16, 2015 - - 66
Navigating our global future
As globalization and technological advances bring us hurtling towards a new integrated future, Ian Goldin warns that not all people may benefit equally. But, he says, if we can recognize this danger, we might yet realize the possibility of improved life for everyone.
May 30, 2015 - - 68
Kids These Days: Technology and Culture in American Life

What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? Youth culture and technology expert Danah Boy

Jan 13, 2016 - - 52
Math class needs a makeover

Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect -- and excel at -- paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.

Jan 13, 2016 - - 61
The puzzle of motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

Jan 13, 2016 - - 71
How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational 'death valley' we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

Mar 03, 2016 - - 65
Monica Lewinsky | Speaker |

Monica Lewinsky advocates for a safer and more compassionate social media environment, drawing from her unique experiences at the epicenter of a media maelstrom in 1998.

Mar 03, 2016 - - 69
Let's talk parenting taboos publishers Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, in a lively tag-team, expose 4 facts that parents never, ever admit -- and why they should. Funny and honest, for parents and nonparents alike.

Mar 03, 2016 - - 61
Changing education paradigms

In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools' dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.

Mar 03, 2016 - - 76
The child-driven education

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

May 05, 2016 - - 56
Design at the intersection of technology and biology

Designer and architect Neri Oxman is leading the search for ways in which digital fabrication technologies can interact with the biological world. Working at the intersection of computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering and synthetic biology, her lab is pioneering a new age of symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, our products and even our buildings.

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