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IDEAS-Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, Arts: Alex Eckert at TEDxLivermore

Posted by Vinoth Krishan
What if we asked our students "How were you an artist today?" Alex Eckert, Vice Principal at Livermore (CA) High School, suggests we get out of the way of our students, and allow them to have powerful ideas. Alex asks the question How can we adapt from the old model of teacher-driven instruction to a more appropriate model where our students are co-creators of their learning? What if teachers brainstormed on ways their students could be innovative? What if we challenged our students every day to be designers? Students already design all the time - they choreograph dance productions, produce newscasts, plan ways to serve the needy. They help their community and improve their schools. But in the classroom everything is designed for them. What if they had the chance to cultivate their own entrepreneurial spirit? As a math teacher in Oxnard, CA Alex sought to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences for his students. Inspired by Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind, Alex hopes to foster innovation and design in every classroom, and is committed to an educational community that captures the interest of our students through inquiry and appeal to their desire for stimulation. TEDxLivermore is organized by people from Livermore California who believe in the power of ideas to change the world. The mutual dependence of education and innovation means schools, industry and the broader community can join together to build an ecosystem where innovation + education can cross-fertilize and thrive. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
Posted October 26, 2013
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