Friday, February 01, 2008

Sir Ken Robinson at TED

Update and bump: Fascinating talk about creativity and education.
Creativity is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with that same status.

The first 3 minutes are interesting. I'll have to come back and watch the rest when I get a chance. The TED talks tend to run about a half hour or more twenty minutes. Some of his talk:
I heard a great story recently. I love telling it, of a little girl who was in a drawing lesson. She was six, she was at the back, drawing, and the teacher said this little girl hardly ever paid attention, and in this drawing lesson, she did. The teacher was fascinated, and she went over to her, and she said, "What are you drawing?"
And the girl said, "I'm drawing a picture of God."
The teacher said, "But nobody knows what God looks like."
And the girl said, "They will in a minute!"


If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.
He had a funny little riff about Shakespeare at seven. Nobody ever thinks of Shakespeare as a child, he says. "Go to bed! And put down that pencil. And stop talking like that!"

HT appleblossombeck at Street Prophets from the comments of a thread about ADD and Asperger's syndrome, this is said to be for everyone who was labelled in school. I agree.

Frozen crowd at Grand Central

I have always liked the wittiness of Imrov Everywhere:

On a cold Saturday in New York City, the world’s largest train station came to a sudden halt. Over 200 Improv Everywhere Agents froze in place at the exact same second for five minutes in the Main Concourse of Grand Central Station. Over 500,000 people rush through Grand Central every day, but today, things slowed down just a bit as commuters and tourists alike stopped to notice what was happening around them. Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.

I especially like the time-lapse moments in the video.

Better quality video at the Improv Everywhere site

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

LOL Video of the Day Month Year

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Obama's South Carolina victory speech

As good as any he's given.