TED talks on Autism and other child & family topics

maxresdefault copyDo you want to listen to ideas worth spreading?

TED.com is a website devoted to global conferences where experienced and respected people share their thoughts and ideas with the world. The TED annual conference series began in 1990, and since June 2006 the talks have been offered for free online viewing through the TED.com website, which now has over 2,400 talks. Altogether, the talks have been watched over one billion times worldwide.

A great talk to start with is ‘How autism freed me to be myself‘ by 16 year old Rosie King, who challenges stereotypes of people with autism and contextualizes the issue by asking us, “Why be normal?” Rosie’s talk is only 6 minutes long, but has been viewed well over one million times and has both a transcript and multi-lingual subtitles. There are currently seven other TED talks on autism at http://www.ted.com/topics/autism+spectrum+disorder.

Other child & family areas to browse within the TED.com video library include:

Play (14 talks)  http://www.ted.com/topics/play

Family (19 talks) http://www.ted.com/topics/family

Parenting (26 talks) http://www.ted.com/topics/parenting

Children (92 talks) http://www.ted.com/topics/children

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. TED’s speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. You can download most TED Talks in MP4 or MP3 format either directly from the website or through the TED app, which allows you to watch talks offline from your mobile device, although you will need to first download the TED app via iTunes or Google Play. This is great if you have a slow internet connection or you want to watch Talks when you’re travelling.80x15

The Online Waldorf Library

Online Waldorf Library logoDid you know the Online Waldorf Library has hundreds of free ebooks available to download?

The Online Waldorf Library is a project of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education and provides access to publications on Waldorf education and related subjects. The Library includes an ever increasing number of eBooks in pdf format that can be downloaded to your computer, tablet or e-reader. Three titles that I particularly like in the collection are:

* An Overview of the Waldorf Kindergarten, edited by Joan Almon
* Completing the Circle by Thomas Poplawski
* Childhood Under Threat by Christian Rittelmeyer

These and many more can be freely downloaded from the Library – no log-in is required, just visit:

The Online Waldorf Library

The Library also contains links to journals, articles and other resources about Waldorf education, and a selection of titles are available in Spanish. The Library is a valuable resource to Waldorf teachers, parents, home schoolers, and anyone interested in Waldorf education.

If you want to know more about the Research Institute, they have a Facebook page that is worth following: www.facebook.com/WaldorfEducation

Free e-textbook: The Well-Being of Children

Well-Being of Children coverThis new book explores the questions related to the theory, practice, and policy of the well-being and well-becoming of children.

Studying and promoting the well-being of children is an interdisciplinary task. Furthermore, it has a strong ethical component, since it is connected to the questions of good life and just society. In this book, philosophers and social scientists approach the issue in close dialogue and shed light on some of the most challenging matters involved.

The 176-pages book is divided into two sections:

* Section I: Theories and Concepts of Children’s Well-Being (5 chapters)
* Section II: Children’s Well-Being and Well-Becoming (4 chapters)

The first section consists of papers that deal with conceptual issues and discuss how the well-being of children can and should be grasped in a meaningful sense. The second part of the book deals with practical issues, specific cases and social environments in which the well-being and well-becoming of children is secured or endangered.

This book is published by De Gruyter Open – one of the world’s leading open access publishers. It is available from the Google Play store for mobiles and tablets, and individual chapters can be freely downloaded as PDFs from: http://www.degruyteropen.com/book/wbcpssa/