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Where the Hell is Matt?: Community Through Bad Dance
Matt Harding, charts the growth of an of his big idea: dancing in the style of local communities to illustrate a world without fear.
Green Bronx Machine: Education as an Opportunity to Grow
Stephen Ritz talks about seeding change by teaching his students how to grow, feed, build sustainably, and transform mindsets and...
Cracking the Code: Bringing Technology to Girls of Color
Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code, explains how her organization is changing the face of education by teaching computer...
Caine's Arcade: Transforming a Moment into a Movement
Nirvan Mullick discusses his short film "Caine's Arcade" and how one boy's imagination transformed a moment of...
MoveOn.org Founder on Movement Building
Founder of MoveOn.org, talks about the lessons talk includes lessons in movement building, such as staying persistent and listening in...
Occupy EdTech: A Design Challenge
Khalid Smith, Education Leader at Startup Weekend, talks about the process of uniting educators with designers and entrepreneurs and --...
What Studying the Brain Tells Us About Arts Education
George Lakoff, Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at U.C. Berkeley, emphasizes that the bridge between existing...
At the Nexus of Art History & Education Reform
Co-founders of Smarthistory, demystify traditional representations of images, widen access to art, and use technology to reform art history...
Creating the Conditions for Participatory Learning
Karen Cator stresses the importance of creating the conditions for participatory learning, including the adoption of evolved digital-age...
Scaling Education: A Movement Improving Schools Citywide
Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey
Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, President of Say Yes to Education, Inc., talks about creating structures that allow for educational innovations to...
MusicianCorps: Making a Civic Music Movement
Kiff Gallagher explains how his organization MusicianCorps works as an "operating system" for a field of fragmented artists, and...
THE 99: Comics at the Crossroads of Interfaith Dialogue
Naif Al-Mutawa, CEO of THE 99, fosters interfaith dialogue through a comic series that features Muslim characters and culture.
As We Test Education Models, We Test Ourselves
William Brown, Director of the Eli Whitney Museum, explains how teachers can use innovation, non-tradtional education models to bring out...
Does Your Robot Play Well with Others?
David Calkins’ robot competitions changed contestants’ lives. He believes competition and collaboration can enhance education.
Immune Attack: A User-Centric Approach to Game Design
After a decade of making Star Wars games, Garry Gaber, President/CEO Escape Hatch Entertainment, turned his talents to education.
Matching Design to Outcomes: Teaching Global Competencies in a Changing World
Inspired to make American students more globally competitive, Tony Jackson redesigned his schools using four innovative techniques.
Can Our Institutions Accommodate to People Who Don't Believe In Them
Sandy Shugart, of Valencia Community College, is a published poet and songwriter. He brings “music with a point” to BIF.
Trusting You Have the Knowledge-Base to Create Something New
Coming from China at age 17, Yvonne Chan had a dream: changing our educational system. Find out how she did just that.
From the Back of the Class: What We See From Here
High School students Ashly Nand, Cesar Gomez explain how AVID and Roadtrip Nation have helped, empowered and guided them.
Interdisciplinarity: The Four-Wheel Drive Approach to Complex Problems
Dr. Myra Strober
Dr. Strober, Stanford Univ., explains how less specialization will inspire innovation and creativity, driving educational reform.
Transforming Big Ideas into Bold Action
Former-NBA-star-turned-mayor Kevin Johnson helped transform Sacramento’s lowest performing schools into the city’s top five.
A Double Espresso for Education
Co-founder of NeXtAdvisors, Deborah Quazzo, tells the story of Mr. Sun who changed the dynamic of public education of South Korea.
Learning From Music: Abundance As a Platform For Innovation
Dr. Erik Duval
Dr. Duval believes that if we are able to create in abundance and fail, we can learn why we fail, opening a door to innovation.
All Children Left Thinking: What Everyone Needs to Know in a Democratic Society
Dr. Joel Westheimer
Dr. Joel Westheimer, Univ. of Ottawa professor, believes policies like No Child Left Behind basically outlaw critical thinking.
I Want to Race My Bicycle: Trailblazing Into the Mainstream of High School Culture
Matt Fritzinger, founder, NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League, explains its benefits to students, teachers, education.
Hacking the Social and Structural Elements of a Free Education
Neeru Paharia and her colleagues posed the question: What if every person in the world could get a free online college education?
Big Ideas Are Sometimes Powerful Ideas
President of Viewpoints Research Institute, Alan Kay, articulates the differences between big ideas and powerful ideas.
Turning Curriculum Design On Its Head: Engage First Then Look for Learning Within
Understanding that kids are not "recipe learners," but instead like to make things, Gever Tulley decided to let them do just that.
Universal Access to All Knowledge
Setting out to make all knowledge accessible to everyone via the internet, Brewster Kahle founded Internet Archive.
The Other 115,632 Hours: What If Informal Learning Counted Too?
Dr. Dennis M. Bartels
Dr. Bartels formed Exploratorium, where kids spend half the day in informal settings, exploring their own interests and passions.
Homeric Hip-Hop: The Ancient is Fresh
Dr. Erin O'Connell
University of Utah Associate Professor Dr. Erin O'Connell uses gangsta rap to help her students engage with Homer's The Iliad.
On the Road to Making Education Relevant to the Real World
A post-high school road trip to find his passion led Mike Marriner to scale his experience to help American high school students.
A New Model for Higher Ed: Can We Meet the Demand Before They Vote with Their Feet
Hal Plotkin, Office of the Under Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Ed., explains President Obama's plans for the future of education.
A Transformative College Experience For Disconnected Young Adults
After his own traumatic life experience, Navarro founded a program empowering high-risk students to succeed in school and life.
Designed to Open Doors: Transitioning STEM Professionals to the K-12
Anastasoff had the idea to create a "domestic peace corps," recruiting STEM professionals to become full-time teachers.
Making the Digital Physical: The Siftables Design Story
Evolving the way we interact with technology, David Merrill designed Siftables: cookie-sized computers used for creative learning.
Building Capacity for Innovation: When the Status Quo Is No Longer Relevant
Stephen Breslin, explains how letting kids play a key role in designing an interactive fountain freed their untapped potential.
Democracy 2.0: Mobilizing Opportunity and Responsibility
Maya Enista of Mobilize.org argues that – if inspired and empowered – Millennials (born from 1976-1996) can start leading today.
If the World Belongs to Our Children Then Why Don't We Just Give It to Them
In 1999, Dr. Sugatra Mitra placed an unattended computer in a city slum. Hear how his project proved curiosity can cause learning.
How Accessing Capital Can Help Get to More Learners More Quickly
Paul Freedman claims the real trick to accessing capital is to not worry. Learn how he funded online Ivy Bridge Community College.
The Third Teacher: The Entanglement Between Learning and Design
Trung Le sought to redesign schools with an aesthetic combining learning and design to stimulate discovery, growth, imagination.
Building the Universe: One Story at a Time
Curtis Wong outlines a tool allowing students to explore the full sky, or beneath Earth’s crust, and create tutorials/tests.
Setting the Default to Open: Using Research to Advance the Public Good
Heather Joseph speaks on “SPARC,” a global alliance of librarians that works with many stakeholders to lift barriers to learning.
Teacherpreneurs: Innovating From Classrooms to Communities
Arial Sacks explains Teacherpreneurship, the idea that teachers can help plan solutions to student problems with time, resources.
If the Word is the Answer Then What is the Question
Erin McKean pioneered Wordnik.com, an interactive dictionary that has transformed the dictionary into a social gathering place.
When Success Means Not Having All the Answers
Hear how Christopher Rush co-developed a learning algorithm to test what students need, how they need it, and when they need it.
Answer to the Teenage Literacy Crisis: Keep Them Engaged
Sharyn Gabriel initiated a digital art program utilizing games to capture students' attention, merging technology and education.
Creating Powerful Learning Environments Thru Games: Don't Colonize My Play Space
Constance Steinkuehler started an after-school program for high school boys who do well in gaming, but struggle in school.
Open Everything: Improving the Education Experience for All
Mark Horner describes the process of creating free, open licensed, digital textbooks and an open press.
When Scaling Back Means Scaling Up
Khan Academy founder describes how a free online learning platform exemplifies the power of self-paced, web-based learning.
The Interactive Effect: When the Tool and User Go Hand in Hand
Neeru Khosla, of CK-12 Foundation, introduces a low-cost tool that lets teachers and students customize the learning experience.
From Student to Student: Risk, Aversion and the Role of Integration
Business major Jade Trinh speaks of stumbling into an entrepreneurship course that revealed an unexpected and exciting new path.
Education and Innovation for Democracy's Future
Martha Kanter. U.S. Dept. of Ed., emphasizes importance of accessible education, critical thinking to job success and democracy.
For Hire: Entrepreneurs at the Precipice of Higher Education
Indiana University East uses new models, fewer resources to go from lowest state retention rates to highest in four years.
Writing by Design, Social Entrepreneurship by Circumstance
Gerald Richards, CEO of 826 National, describes unique storefronts where kids are stimulated to learn, create and share.
Little House on the Prairie Redux
At age eight, Adora Svitak began to teach students twice her age. Now 14, she shares revelation that learning is not a weakness.
Viral to Valuable: How Common Craft is Making Video Explanations a Product
Lee LeFever and his wife make videos explaining complex things in minutes. Learn how they scale and spread a passion for learning.
Learning and Trust on the Road to College Readiness at San Quentin
Jody Lewen, ED of the Prison University Project, explains fear of vulnerability is often the primary challenge for her students.
Higher Education: Adapt or Die
Gregory M. Anderson
With higher ed. no longer the sole source of knowledge, and its traditions irrelevant, Greg Anderson says we must adapt or die.
Personalized Learning: What is Most Interesting and What Do you Know?
Danny Hillis, Chairman/Co-Founder of Applied Minds, asks us to imagine a learning map that goes beyond existing search engines.
Custom Schooling: Affordable One-to-One Education
Brewster Kahle’s mission to customize his son’s education led to scaling customized model beyond those who could afford it.
Serious Play-Dough: Inspiring Young Circuit Designers
AnnMarie Polsenberg Thomas
Univ. of St. Thomas engineering professor describes using sense of play to find science, engineering lessons in almost anything.
Diving Into the Wreckage - Big Ideas in Baby Steps
Considering past inequities, Univ. of Illinois professor explores aspects of modern education we will one day find unimaginable.
Policy as Opportunity - Your Best and Worst Friend
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Ed. Program Director, Barbara Chow, makes case for policy as doorway to innovation and change.
STEAM - Learning That is Representative of the Whole World
Georgette Yakman’s immigrant grandparents, family with Asperger syndrome, artistic stepfather led her to add Arts into STEM.
Students' Right to Know: The Case for Radical Immediate Feedback
WGU Chancellor Mark Milliron’s radical proposal: Why not use data, technology to give learners real-time feedback on progress?
Create and Curate: Mindful Learning for the 21st Century
Enrique Gabriel Legaspi
Enrique Legaspi teaches at forefront of student interests, helping them create, curate and share work using video, social media.
The Path to College - Literacy in a FEMA Trailer
Kaycee Eckardt, high school teacher, New Orleans' 9th Ward, advocates chancing innovation, prototyping and piloting new ideas.
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