TEDxNYED: You Should Watch This

My exciting Saturday morning plans: Clean the house. Do the laundry. Transcribe audio. Clean the bathtub.

What I did instead: watched the live stream of TEDxNYED!

(Shout out to Missy at Melibee Global for letting me know about the event.)

My house is a mess, I have nothing to wear, my audio is not transcribed, and I do not want to use my bathtub.

But who cares. TEDxNYED!!

It was fantastic. The first four talks focused on global education:

Alan November (novemberlearning.com & @globalearner)

Homa Tavangar (growingupglobal.net & @growingupglobal)

Lucy Gray (globaleducation.ning.com & @elemenous)

John Ellrodt & Maria Fico (www.globalwrites.org)

There were a bunch more speakers but I couldn’t watch them all. (I just couldn’t let the bathtub go another day without a good scrubbing.) You can check out the other speakers here.

One of the things I loved about the live streaming event is that while I listened to the speakers I was also tweeting, emailing, (largely with Missy at Melibee Global – we’ve got some BIG ideas), blogging, and making a ton of notes.

So I thought I’d share some of the key points of and reactions to the first few talks through tweets:

I tweeted during the first few talks and you can see my tweets here. But I thought you’d enjoy seeing what others said about the talks – maybe you’ll even find someone new to follow on Twitter!

@lizbdavis @GeorgeSwain I’m also struck by the difficulty I have just sitting and listening. Thankfully Twitter allows me some conversation. #tedxnyed
@lottascales @globalearner “This is a shift in relationships and roles. Not about technology. About contribution, purpose, leaving a legacy.” #tedxnyed
@TheJLV Yes! RT @arvind: ” we have to get a lot more kids into staff development” @nlearning #tedxnyed
@InnovativeEdu Are your students leaving a legacy? @globalearner That shd be our student/teacher/school assessment tool #tedxnyed
@sguditus Technology allows ownership of learning to shift to students. #tedxnyed
@lrei_lib At #TEDxNYED having a wonderful moment as I realize just how lucky I am to work in a progressive environment. We innovate every day.
@JaneWoods3 RT @sguditus: Teachers are not less important; they are more important than ever! #tedxnyed
@blehet AN: student remark re homework: “When I wake up I have to decide if I will do my work for my teachers or publish for the world.” #tedxnyed
@nlearning RT @kris10_: #TEDxNYED really enjoyed Alan’s talk: purpose, legacy, student empowerment. Students creating/publishing for peers and WORLD.
@AllisonBurley A global citizen is a good friend to the whole world #TEDxNYED #sschat
@sguditus Can we shift our mindset from competitor to collaborator? #tedxnyed
@lottascales @growingupglobal just gave me chills telling about her family history. Her grandparents were brave catalysts for change. #tedxnyed
@sarah_ludwig We need to stop focusing on competition. Children from other places, who look different, are our children’s future colleagues. #tedxnyed
@lottascales @elemenous “If you haven’t connected your classroom, it’s time. Connect now!” There are lots of easy ways… #tedxnyed
@VennLibrarian #TEDxNYED Also, why is idea of global connection so scary/difficult given all social networking tools?
@lottascales @elemenous “Educators need to start being more professionally generous. Extend our boundaries. Reach across the world.” #tedxnyed
@melhutch Lucy Gray- my kids don’t have time to wait for their school to go global- need to do it now #TEDxNYED
@KDSL07 There is no excuse for not going global. #TEDxNYED #TEDx

Want to see more? You can read the #TEDxNYED twitter stream here.

I’m still processing everything but there were a few things from the first few talks that struck a chord with me (I’m paraphrasing here):

1. A student’s dilemma: do I do my homework for my teacher or my fan fiction for the world? (Alan November)

2. We can’t solve the world’s problems through competition alone. We must collaborate with people around the world, and our kids need intercultural skills to do that. (Homa Tavangar)

3. Get kids into staff development workshops! (Alan November)

4. A global citizen is a friend to the world. (Homa Tavangar)

5. There’s no excuse not to go global in the classroom. (Lucy Gray)

Did you watch any of the #TEDxNYED talks? Which one(s) inspired you? What stood out to you? What sort of action do you now want to take?

P.S. The talks should be posted on the TEDxNYED website in a few weeks.

About the Author: Cate Brubaker

Dr. Cate Brubaker is a re-entry/repatriation coach, consultant, and author of the Re-Entry Roadmap creative workbook and the Study Abroad Re-entry Toolkit. Cate has lived in Germany, worked and traveled in 36 countries on four continents, and has helped all kinds of globetrotters successfully navigate global transitions for over 20 years.

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