Big Picture Learning is learning for the real world – Sara Leonard at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Sara Leonard is focused on Big Picture Learning and giving our youth a choice in education.

It’s time to rethink the educational platform on a wider scale and invite our communities to be an extension of the classroom outside of school. Big Picture model schools make learning more personal, meaningful, and provides kids a greater purpose, as they prepare for their future.

Learning and becoming real-world ready means that kids need to experiment beyond the classroom in order to have a well-rounded educational curriculum. Exploring their interests and being coached by professionals is a powerful and critical part of discovering their talents, skills, and appropriate choice for their professional life.

Early in her career, Sara made a personal commitment to be a change agent for students. Her experiences in the private sector, as a parent, and in all of her roles in schools gave her insights and a desire to help shape the future of educational practice.

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Redefining what is humanely possible with augmented reality – Brian Mullins at TEDx San Diego 2017

Brian Mullins begins this moving talk by revealing that human beings are programmed to accepting limiting beliefs. We hear things all the time such as, “you’re not smart enough,” or, “that’s not realistic,” or, “you need more experience for that.” He argues that these limiting beliefs are not real, and that they are motivated by fear. In fact, they are so deeply ingrained in us we don’t even know they are there preventing us from taking chances. He asks the question, “how do we overcome this?”

As a thought leader on the topic of augmented reality, Brian explains how it’s a human-centric concept that enables us to share ideas in a whole new way. It is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

He shared the story of his personal struggle with his son’s Cerebral Palsy, and how augmented reality can be a driving force behind sharing information about this debilitating disease. In his opinion, augmented reality can cause the flow of information to be fluid and save more lives.

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Rethinking America’s talent crisis – Mary Walshok at TEDxSanDiego 2017

During this noteworthy talk, Mary Walshok makes the important distinction that in the world today, we undervalue skilled labor and overvalue academia. She begins by sharing that when she was child, classes like wood shop were mandatory, so that students could learn actual skills that would apply to actual jobs.

She argues that we need to close this gap, so that we can fill more jobs, and disperse skill set across the board. Mary’s solution is what she refers to as HEART: Hands, Engaging, Applied, Relevant, Training, which is the combination of experience and education, and practice so that people are more prepared to meet all the challenges of their jobs.

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