TEDx Melbourne talks now available

On the 19th of July the State Library of Victoria played host to the TEDx Melbourne event on Educational Leadership. The event explored the importance of collaboration in education and the way communication technology is changing the way we teach and learn. You can now watch the talks delivered on the night by Will Richardson and Toorak College’s Jenny Luca.

The event was documented in a drawing by Lynne Cazaly

In his talk Will Richardson explores the definition of learning and advocates for the importance of educators being involved in the conversation about assessment. Will also explains the changing role of the educator as a learner and a facilitator of learning, rather than the traditional pattern of teachers as content experts. You can read more of Will’s thought on his blog.

Many of you may be familiar with Jenny’s work through the Lucacept blog. In her talk Jenny touches on the value of the networked teacher and the opportunities afforded by new technologies in creating meaningful learning.

Congratulations to the organisers of the evening and to the presenters involved. You can find out more about this and other events at the TEDx Melbourne site.

Will we regret playing games?

At the recent Games for Change conference Jane McGonigal spoke about the importance of gaming. Her speech touches on the one of the standard criticisms levelled at games, that they are a waste of time.  In an interesting twist McGonigal explores the topic based on the top five regrets of the dying. You can watch Jane’s speech (5.20) at the Kotaku website.

Jane is certainly a passionate advocate for the value of gaming. You can find out more about Jane’s work or watch her TED talk ‘Gaming can make a better world’ below.

What do you think? Are games a valuable form of expression, exploration and communication or will gamers look back and regret the amount of time they have spent in virtual worlds?

TEDx Melbourne: Education Leadership

Exciting news this morning, with registrations now open for the TEDx Melbourne event which will run on the evening of Thursday the 19th of  July. The free event will be hosted at the State Library of Victoria and will explore the theme of Education Leadership.

The event certainly has a wonderful line-up of speakers with Will Richardson, Professor Stephen Dinham and Jenny Luca due to present. You can read about Jenny’s excitement about being asked to present in her recent post. Congratulations Jenny, this is a great reward for all of your work and we can’t wait to see your talk.

Places are limited so make sure you register as soon as possible and keep an eye on the #tedxmelb hashtag and TEDx Melbourne website for any updates about the event.

To get you in the mood, why not watch one of the most popular TED talks on education, the wonderful Sir Ken Robinson’s Bring on the learning revolution!