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TEDxEdmonton - Universal Learning

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October 13, 2012

TEDxEdmonton - Universal Learning

A TEDx talk on how we can support and validate all the different ways our students learn


David Bill

October 13, 2012


  1. School just didn’t fit.

  2. “I have a secret special skill that no one knows

    about, and if they knew, they’d be amazed.” And eventually we meet someone who’s like, ‘You have a secret special skill!’ And you’re like, I know!” - Mike Birbiglia
  3. None
  4. Picture from Universal Principles of Design “Design is what links

    creativity and innovation. It shapes ideas to become practical and attractive propositions for users or customers. Design may be described as creativity deployed to a specific end.” - The Cox Report
  5. Picture from Universal Principles of Design

  6. Learning Process

  7. Acquire Knowledge

  8. Acquire Knowledge Develop Understanding

  9. Acquire Knowledge Develop Understanding Demonstrate Understanding

  10. School grade 1 grade 8 grade 12

  11. School grade 1 grade 8 grade 12

  12. School grade 1 grade 8 grade 12

  13. The Way We Learn is No Different

  14. Sympathy

  15. Sympathy

  16. Empathy

  17. None
  18. "I love learning but I don't want to feel like

    the dumb person..." - Sarah, a high school senior
  19. Acquire Knowledge Reading overwhelming

  20. "busy work gets me hyped up and irritated and I

    don’t want to do it.” - Ricki, a high school junior
  21. Develop Understanding Learning Activities monotonous

  22. "I am successful when I see what I am doing

    is serving a higher purpose." - Kyle, a high school senior
  23. Demonstrating Understanding Outcomes feels constrained

  24. None
  25. Acquire Knowledge Who & What

  26. Acquire Knowledge How

  27. Acquire Knowledge 8:00 to 3:00 When

  28. Acquire Knowledge 8:00 to 3:00 When

  29. Acquire Knowledge flex time When

  30. Develop Understanding Where

  31. Develop Understanding Collaboration

  32. // // Project Based Learning Skills Teamwork Goal Oriented

    Demonstrate Understanding &
  33. Relevance Demonstrate Understanding

  34. is all around us. Innovation

  35. is all around us. Disruption

  36. is all around us. Mindset Disruption

  37. None
  38. Reed Finlay “Big R” 1940 - 2012