Quotes From Ted Talks that Inspire the Education Revolution

December 21, 2016 by Lindsay Racen


Many teachers actually use TED Talks to support the lessons they deploy to students. In fact the nonprofit network offers an entire section of their site dedicated to providing free tools for teachers to utilize in the classroom. The organization began in 1984 and represents the conversion of Technology, Entertainment and Design, and now incorporates endless topics on “ideas worth spreading.” This article pulls some of the best blockquotes on the education revolution stated by true visionaries in the field.


Bring on the learning revolution!

Sir Ken Robinson is a world renowned “creativity expert.” In his presentation he calls for a radical shift from traditional curriculum to personalized learning. With over 4.67 million total views, his ideals are inspiring change throughout education systems around the globe.

What we're learning from online education

There has been a lot of discussion in higher education about the increased popularity of completing classes and even entire academic programs fully online. Dr. Daphne Koller encourages top universities to offer courses online and completely for free. She examines this act not as a service, but as a way to research and enhance how people learn. Simply put, each quiz, discussion and self-graded assignment builds provides an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.

Embrace messiness: the next role of higher education

Liz Coleman presented at the TED conference in 2009, sharing her hopes and concerns for the future of the American liberal arts education. Since then she has launched the Center for Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), which aims to place action and civic engagement at the center of learning. Author Elizabeth Jacobs followed up with Coleman in the time since her original presentation to explain her theories to enhance higher education and how adult learning can come into play when tackling complex, real-world problems.

Education revolution

In addition to the larger annual conferences that TED hosts, independently organized related events are also held on local levels. A recent event featured Ned R. Murray. As an educator dedicated to younger students, he sees the importance of analyzing higher education trends for the fundamental fact that teachers are preparing students to again their degree. He identifies four forces that are bringing down the university as we understand it.

Let's use video to reinvent education

Another highly recognized speech published on the TED platform comes from educator Salman Khan. Telling the story of why he created Khan Academy and the power of interactive exercises utilizing video content and data. He promotes a type of blended learning and assessment based teaching to optimize education systems.

Many of these concepts are already taking root in the education revolution at all levels of learning. As visually illustrated by Brandman University’s modern day classroom infographic, new learning technologies are changing the landscape of higher education. These innovative thought leaders point out many reasons for these changes.

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