4. Ron McCallum: How technology allowed me to read:
Months after he was born, in 1948, Ron McCallum became blind. In this charming, moving talk, he shows how he is able to read — and celebrates the progression of clever tools and adaptive computer technologies that make it possible. With their help, and that of generous volunteers, he’s become a lawyer, an academic, and, most of all, a voracious reader. Welcome to the blind reading revolution. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)
5. Shimon Schocken: The self-organizing computer course:
Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online—giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks—they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about grades and tap into the self-motivation to learn.
Other TED talks worth a watch:
Claire Potter: Classrooms of the future: http://youtu.be/dwqQycztc0E
Michael Horn: Disrupting class: http://youtu.be/i3Xzz2T59eU
Salman Kahn: Let’s use video to reinvent education: http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education