Monthly Archives: August 2013

Links for your perusal…

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  • A couple of cool TED talks which are worth watching:
  • Whites must make sacrifices to uplift SAs poor – Thought-provoking and sobering interview with Stellenbosch Emeritus Professor Sampie Terreblanche on the state of South Africa’s unequal society, the dodgy dealings between the ANC and white-business around the time of the transition and what needs to be done to fix the situation. The status quo is not OK.
  • Damning CHE report into university performance‘ – M&G article
  • Some cool new technology/education links:
    • BioDigital Human – an interactive free web app that visualizes the human body in all its complexity. The future of biology education and medical training 🙂
    • Google Make – Think of this as Google meets Mythbusters meets STEM education. Videos about how to make moulds, build circuits and do all the cool things that kids (and adults) love to do.
    • NewsCorp’s Amplify Tablet – 3 minute video showing what the future of digitized education might look like. How exciting 🙂
  • “Understanding comes with the mixture of knowledge and experience…start to handle the world as you handle your country and your community” – Great 5 minute video with Hans Rosling.
  • Pictures tell stories that words can only hint at…inequality as seen through children’s bedrooms: Where children sleep
  • Super useful matrix of SABER reports by the World Bank showing in one table all the education reports for all the countries. Brief reports on EMIS, Accountability, Teachers etc
  • Report on Teacher Quality from the 2013 International Summit on the Teaching Profession
  •  Quote of the week: “The increasing tendency towards seeing people in terms of one dominant ‘identity’ (‘this is your duty as an American’, ‘you must commit these acts as a Muslim’, or ‘as a Chinese you should give priority to this national engagement’) is not only an imposition of an external and arbitrary priority, but also the denial of an important liberty of a person who can decide on their respective loyalties to different groups (to all of which he or she belongs).” ― Amartya SenThe Idea Of Justice

Teachers cannot teach what they do not know

Welcome to the future…

big history project

  • 21st century education has arrived. The Big History Project (above). Bill Gates throws his weight behind a brilliant history professor and creates an interactive website which has lesson plans, assessments, videos, links, worksheets, and everything you might want when teaching high school history about the big questions in life. So very happy to see this!! Now we just need this for 25 other topics/subjects and we will have a world-class education available to anyone with an internet connection! How exciting.
  • Two photos of the Shanghai skyline taken 26 years apart. Definitely the most incredible image I’ve seen this year. Pictures speak a thousand words.
  • The history of the world since 2000 BC distilled into a single graph – wow. WOW!
  • 40 maps that will help you make sense of the world – incredible!
  • Great 2 minute video animation about the Pale Blue Dot 
  • Great OECD case study on the success of education reform in Brazil: “Brazil: Encouraging lessons from a large federal system
  • Teaching teachers technology – M&G article summarizing the recent EdTech conference in SA.
  • “You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with” This awesome group photo from the Solvay International Conference on Electrons and Protons has 29 people in it, 17 had already won or would go on to win the Nobel Prize. Go Marie Curie!

We read, we lead…


Some great course outlines for those of you eager to find comprehensive reading lists on curriculum, education in developing countries and the economics of education:


Sunday reading…