Quick Links: Art, Cooking, Music, Environment, and Literacy

Just posting some quick links related to schooling.  Some are resources, others are resources or commentary.  Follow and enjoy.  🙂

Kids Draw & Cook is a blog that displays recipes by kids along with their artwork to represent or present the meal. Its the youthful version of They Draw & Cook, which features recipes as presented by artists.  Children’s submissions always welcome.

Many researchers and educators have touted the link between music and mathematics and sciences, as well as they ways musical training influences developing minds.  Here is yet another well-written argument in support of music education and its funding.

The Story of Stuff is a project that shows videos that are engaging, easy to understand, and yet not condescending to viewers of all ages.  Presented by a non-threatening middle class “soccer mom” archetype along with simplistic black and white animation, they touch on topics related to capitalist/materialist culture, the broken systems that create environmental toxins and waste, and what we can do to change the ways in which we interact with our world and its resources.  Highly recommended; I suggest starting with the eWaste/Electronics piece.  It’ll make you wonder about the computer you’re using to watch the video.

An encounter with the college aged functionally illiterate, and the problems such youth represent for the state of our nation and its future.

More on Sugata Mitra

The TED Conference lectures weren’t enough for me.  I wanted to know what Sugata Mitra is up to, and I found two sources for him: his blog, which is updated when he has a spare moment (rare), and his Hole-in-the-Wall web site.

So, if you enjoyed his lectures, and want to learn more, I say start there.  I took the plunge and emailed him with a question that had been nibbling at my mind.   Whether he will ever have time to attend to it remains to be seen, but I can be happy in the knowledge that at least I had the courage to ask.  🙂

More TED Talks

As if the TEDxRedmond event hadn’t been amazing enough for our two eldest children, there is the opportunity to bring TED to more of our youth.  On November 20th, 2010, TED will be holding a 24 hour worldwide event called TEDxYouthDay.

Anyone is invited to set up a viewing location, organize educators, or even organize youth to gather, view videos from past conferences, and include live speakers to present.  Details are here, and while there are various ways you can get involved, you should also check to see what’s already being organized in or near your community.

We’re talking about getting together a modest group for a viewing party, and we’ve already begun discussing some of our favorite and most memorable TED talks we love.

Some of our favorites:

Richard Preston on Giant Trees

Paul Stamets on 6 Ways that Mushrooms Can Save the World

and of course, Sugata Mitra’s Research into Education

Research: TED Talks in Redmond, By Kids, For Kids

My household has been a fan of the TED conferences available online for many years, as is evidenced by our recent post about Sugata Mitra’s latest educational development, and a post some time ago I made about Paul Stamets the way mushrooms will save the world. (The latter is more academic and stems from a project in a climate change/linguistics course I was taking.)

So, it came as wonderful news this morning when I saw that a 12 year old has organized a TED conference in Redmond, WA, very close to where I live, this Saturday, the 18th!  It is being held for attendees under 18 years of age in the upper elementary through high school grades.  Adults who bring children to attend can watch the event in a separate theatre.  There is no doubt that this is for children by children.