Do 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.
Did 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
Creating environments for healthy human development and a healthy biosphere for generations to come.
Increasing numbers of children are losing contact with the natural world. To address this, The Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) aims to help communities create stimulating places for play, learning, and environmental education. The NLI is based at NC State University, North Carolina, USA, but make many of their resources freely available to anyone around the world.
Here are some great resources to start with:
- NLI InfoSheets. There are nine NLI InfoSheets in English, and most are also available in Spanish. I particularly liked the Top Ten Activity Settings InfoSheet, which is in full colour and five pages long.
- NLI have an excellent weblinks page including many Nature, Outdoor Play and Environmental websites.
One small improvement it would be good to see at NLI is clarity about copyright and licensing – for example, the Nature Play At Home book states that it can be shared or reproduced with attribution to NLI and NWF, a position that would be expressed more clearly in a Creative Commons CC-BY licence.
Visit The Natural Learning Initiative at: http://naturalearning.org/
You can also follow NLI on Twitter at twitter.com/naturalearningi and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/naturalearning