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There is not just one type of book or music or cuisine—we have a wealth of options for diverse tastes—but we expect diverse learners to succeed in one type of educational model. Neeru Khosla, Co-Founder & Executive Director of CK-12 Foundation, introduces a low-cost tool that lets teachers and students customize learning experience for different learners within a single classroom. Digital FlexBooks, videos, and interactive content provide students with both choice and immediate feedback to guide them while material is still fresh in their minds. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
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Speaker: Jade Trinh
Business major Jade Trinh speaks of stumbling into an entrepreneurship course that revealed an unexpected and exciting new path.
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Speaker: Martha Kanter
Martha Kanter. U.S. Dept. of Ed., emphasizes importance of accessible education, critical thinking to job success and democracy.
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Speaker: Nasser Paydar
Indiana University East uses new models, fewer resources to go from lowest state retention rates to highest in four years.
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Speaker: Gerald Richards
Gerald Richards, CEO of 826 National, describes unique storefronts where kids are stimulated to learn, create and share.
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Speaker: Adora Svitak
At age eight, Adora Svitak began to teach students twice her age. Now 14, she shares revelation that learning is not a weakness.
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Speaker: Lee LeFever
Lee LeFever and his wife make videos explaining complex things in minutes. Learn how they scale and spread a passion for learning.
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Speaker: Jody Lewen
Jody Lewen, ED of the Prison University Project, explains fear of vulnerability is often the primary challenge for her students.
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With higher ed. no longer the sole source of knowledge, and its traditions irrelevant, Greg Anderson says we must adapt or die.
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Speaker: Danny Hillis
Danny Hillis, Chairman/Co-Founder of Applied Minds, asks us to imagine a learning map that goes beyond existing search engines.
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Speaker: Brewster Kahle
Brewster Kahle’s mission to customize his son’s education led to scaling customized model beyond those who could afford it.
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Univ. of St. Thomas engineering professor describes using sense of play to find science, engineering lessons in almost anything.
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Speaker: William Ayers
Considering past inequities, Univ. of Illinois professor explores aspects of modern education we will one day find unimaginable.
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Speaker: Barbara Chow
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Ed. Program Director, Barbara Chow, makes case for policy as doorway to innovation and change.
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Speaker: Georgette Yakman
Georgette Yakman’s immigrant grandparents, family with Asperger syndrome, artistic stepfather led her to add Arts into STEM.
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Speaker: Mark Milliron
WGU Chancellor Mark Milliron’s radical proposal: Why not use data, technology to give learners real-time feedback on progress?
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Enrique Legaspi teaches at forefront of student interests, helping them create, curate and share work using video, social media.
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Speaker: Kaycee Eckhardt
Kaycee Eckardt, high school teacher, New Orleans' 9th Ward, advocates chancing innovation, prototyping and piloting new ideas.
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