Asking Yourself and your class about the Future of Education

We’re going to be watching a number of videos from the 2010 TEDxNYED conference which featured a wonderful set of thinkers on issues we are facing or will face in education. There are 14 speakers in total and you will be assigned one of the videos at random.

The resulting assignment will involve you creating two blog posts. One in which you describe the speaker and poll your classmates about their talk. And a second post in which you summarize the results of your poll.

In the first blog post you will need to embed the video of your speaker as you see I have with the talk by Andy Carvin.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-HxS2ThvKo&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Next you will summarize a few of the key points of the talk that are of interest to you. Be sure to quote the speaker as appropriate and attribute with a link based on the specific point in the video (this is possible in a Youtube link which includes a time stamp). Here is an example.

After the link to the video you must include #t=00m00s, where the minutes and seconds are changed to the point in the video you wish to link to. These links to quotes in the video will be important so that your peers can watch and listen to the quotes you are referring to.

Finally you will pose a question to the class using Google’s form tool and embed it into the post. Paste the embed code of the form in your post while in the HTML view. You will need to make a couple of minor edits to the embed code described below:

The question you ask should be one in which your peers are giving their opinion based on a point of interest in the talk. It’s possible that the question could be a rephrasing of a question that the speaker is trying to answer in the talk.

In the second blog post, you will need to summarize the data from your poll. Please include specific quotes from the poll to make your point. You can refer to the individual making the point by the number assigned to poller in the resulting spreadsheet. Finally give us some feedback on the results of the poll. Did it affect your original opinion in any way? Do you think your perspective on the talk was clear to your peers?

3 thoughts on “Asking Yourself and your class about the Future of Education

  1. Professor Smith, are we supposed to do the second part of the blog post at home? If yes, I see that no one including me made any comments as of yet. Also, I forgot how you showed us how to refer to another individuals comment…:(

    • Hey Nasrin! You cannot do the second part until people have answered your poll than you summarize what their idea and thoughts were and give your own opinion. Hoped this helped with your confusion 🙂

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