What it is: iTunes U
is a true gem that doesn’t get talked about nearly enough. iTunes U
is a collection of learning from around the world, available for free at your finger tips. It just doesn’t get better than that! Recently I found a new iTunes U course that I had to share with all of my edu friends. Creative Problem Solving is a course by TED
(you know that really super, great conference “talks”) that collects great TED talks about creative problem solving in one convenient place. “These speakers from TED assess the prevailing model of education reform by answering the critical question: How do we create educational environments that maximize how students harness their creative and problem-solving potential? Relevant areas of interest, study and coursework include: Education Policy, Curriculum Development, Assessment, Pedagogy, Career and Technical Education, Project-Based Learning, Whole Child Education, 21st Century Skills, and Multiple Intelligences.”
These TED talks have had a significant impact on me and have guided many of my thoughts and “hunches” about education. The collection includes Tim Brown, Emily Pilloton, Gever Tulley, Dan Meyer, Kathryn Schultz, and not one but two from Sir Ken Robinson. 7 episodes in one place for a free course on education that will blow your mind and fire up your passion for education reform.
How to integrate iTunes U Creative Problem Solving into the classroom: iTunes U
is a great place to learn for both you and your students! This particular collection is a great place to feed your educator soul and boost your own professional development. If you have the ability to shape PD at your school, this is an AWESOME addition to your time together as a staff. In the past, I have done TED Talk Tuesdays and Webspiration Wednesdays over the lunch break with other teachers. We gathered in the library where there was plenty of room to sit, relax, eat and learn together. The discussion that ensued after watching the TED talk was always rich. This is a GREAT way to build culture and community among your staff.
Over the summer, I started every morning with a TED talk to start my day off with a healthy dose of inspiration. I think I will re-instate this habit while I get ready for school.
At Anastasis, we often share videos as a staff. They aren’t always this inspirational, sometimes we share clips from SNL (HVR, HVR! “Write that down.”)
or YouTube. Videos have a wonderful way of connecting us and giving us shared language and inside jokes. Gotta love that!
Tips: TED has other great iTunes U courses including Understanding Happiness and Mastering Tech-Artistry. Next on my list!
Please leave a comment and share how you are using iTunes U Creative Problem Solving in your classroom!