Learn Beyond the Classroom

posted Jan 13, 2013, 12:09 PM by Omar Longus   [ updated May 20, 2013, 12:58 PM ]
One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to not limit my learning to school. We are fortunate to live in a time when so much information is accessible at our fingertips through technology. Two places I like to go to watch videos and refresh my mind are the TED website and the RSA channel on YouTube. For me they are a great starting point to learn about current research and innovations being done in education.

Daphne Koller's presentation What we're learning from online education explores something I am interested in, the intersection between education and technology.

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a window into human nature

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a window into human nature is my favorite Pinker speech. The video is an animated highlight of a longer speech  that adds clarity to some common but difficult to explain language rules and concepts. Pinker has a knack for breaking down complicated ideas into understandable chunks. If you enjoy the video, check out the full version.

The things I study in addition to my coursework have always strengthened my comprehension and developed my passion for what I am learning. What are some ways you like to learn outside of school? What about your students?