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Videos from TEDxYouth@TheSchool on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/p/48EC2B4B7E7232DA?hl=en_US&fs=1

Scroll left and right in the embedded video player to watch the 16 videos of our TEDxYouth@School speakers. Or just click a specific talk from the list below:

Adam Seidel

Allegra Califano

Carson Chodos

Cecelia Nealon-Shapiro

Christina Gelsone

Hunter Johansson

Juan Villar-Ojito

Leave it Better

Maura Milles

Michelle Cheung

Neal Taparia and Darshan Somashekar

Stacey Murphy

Steve Bergen

The Columbia Clefhangers

The Flying Karamazov Brothers

The Manhattan Country School students

 

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Incomplete notes after visiting Quest To Learn today…

Quest To Learn (http://q2l.org) is a joint venture between the Department of Education, The Gates Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation Institute of Play.

150 kids, 1:1 laptops stored in 6 laptop carts (combination Macbook and netbooks). Mostly cloud based usage via servers and Google Apps. Machines are numbered, so more often than not, kids use the same computer.

The NYC Board of Ed requires filtering, so there are two networks in use; There are only two points of access to the unfiltered network though.

There are 5 curricular Domains at Q2L that integrate multiple disciplines:
The Way Things Work
Being, Space, and Place
Sports for the Mind
Wellness
Codeworlds

Quest To Learn Core Values:
1. All ideas are improvable
2. Diversity creates balance
3. Win and lose with grace
4. Respect all things
5. Collaboration matters
6. Get in the game: Play fair, play fully
7. Experiment and imagine possibilities
8. Nobody walks by
9. Be tenacious
10. Lead by example

Down the hallway is a working Game Design Studio staffed with 4.5 designers. They have an open door policy, so students can walk by, pop in, and see the process unfold. Those games are then used in the classrooms to solve quests or missions. All topics of study are treated as a mission or game.

Q2L is in its second year. Last year they were just 6th grade on East 23rd Street. This year is 6th and 7th grades on the 4th floor of an existing public school on West 18th Street. They share a cafeteria, a boys gym, and a girls gym with the older/bigger/tougher kids on te 6th floor of the building. The 7th floor is a vast, gorgeously lit space that will eventually be Q2L’s high school. Today, I saw a couple of kids playing soccer in one alcove, and as per every floor, there was a hall monitor present.

More information in the Village Voice article here: http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-04-06/news/game-theory/

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I am so amazed and proud about TEDxYouth@TheSchool today!

I am so honored and lucky to work at The School at Columbia University, especially on days like today. I planned with a small, dedicated group of faculty to organize TEDxYouth@TheSchool, and now that it is over, I am sitting in awe over what we accomplished. TEDxYouth@TheSchool was one of 60 events happening worldwide as part of TEDxYouthDay on November 20th, 2010 (also known as Universal Children’s Day). It was a day dedicated to inspiring and empowering youth all over the world to know that they can be The One, they can make a difference, and they can change the world, both locally and globally.

My committee gathered speakers from all over the city:

The Flying Karamazov Brothers performed and spoke of their interest in community service (Twitter: @fkbjugglers)

Leave it Better spoke of their efforts to transform public spaces for the next generation, working with children to create urban gardens in abandoned lots. Graham Meriwether is also a producer of the documentary “American Meat” (Twitter: @leaveitbetter)

Hunter Johansson spoke of his work as a campaign president for Barack Obama in Jefferson County, Colorado

Stacey Murphy of BK Farmyards spoke of her amazing mission to create, sustain, and nourish through urban farming and community agriculture initiatives (Twitter: @bkfarmyards)

Juan Villar-Ojito, a junior in high school, spoke of his passion for acting and his experience being in a production of The Laramie Project

Christina Gelsone, clown/actress/acrobat/performer/traveler/peacemaker, spoke of bringing laughter and performance art to people all over the world with The Bond Street Theatre (Twitter: @Bond_St_Theatre)

Steve Bergen wowed the audience with his props, musical sylings, and dedication to helping other. I volunteer with him at Tech Saturdays. (Twitter: @SteveBergen)

Neal Taparia and Darshan Somashekar shared their experience creating EasyBib as high schoolers! (Twitter: @EasyBib)

7th and 8th graders from  The Manhattan Country School, Vaughn, Isaiah, and Mayo talked about their impressive activism projects that took them to Washington D.C. to represent a variety of causes.

Adam Seidel of Common Cents spoke of his uncommon work bridging schools and community organizations and supervising the Penny Harvest. (Twitter: @commoncentsNY)

The Columbia Clefhangers gave an amazing performance! Their diverse group literally demonstrated how people can come together in harmony.

Carson Chodos is a social studies teacher at The School and spoke about education versus schooling and how “lliteracy should be redefined to include what you’re doing with it.”

Michelle Cheung, an advocate at iMentor and ESL teacher talked about how volunteering is a lifestyle. I love that!

Maura Milles of Hand in Hand talked about bilingual schools where Israeli and Arab children live and learn peacefully (Twitter: @hand_in_hand)

Ceceia Nealon-Shapiro is a high school junior and spoke of her service work in Africa, Israel, and here in New York City.

Allegra Califano is a sophomore and is an active member of her school’s Red Cross Club. She thrives on opportunities to contribute and learn.

As per TEDx guidelines, we also watched two TED Talk videos:

Josh Silver’s TED Talk demos adjustable liquid-filled eyeglasses

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

Josh Klein’s TED Talk of the amazing intelligence of crows
http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

The hard work was all worth it. The day went swimmingly and would not have been possible without:

The School at Columbia University and our head of school, Annette Raphel – for hosting, providing security, funding what was needed, ensuring our space was safe and clean, and being a place where I am inspired every day

Flik Independent School Dining – for nourishing our bodies at breakfast and lunch between sessions where our speakers fed our minds

Gina Marcel – she (wo)manned the assortment of cameras for the livestream and the archival footage and assisted as needed for weeks (Twitter: @fpgina)

Andrew Gardner – who rallied to gather speakers (including his brother-in-law, Hunter), helped design the program, generously gave his time for setup/cleanup, and asked many a question to keep me on track and focused so I didn’t have to wallow in anxiety (Twitter: @agardnahh)

Zoe Paraskevopoulos – who brought in The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Christina Gelsone of Bond Street Theatre, and Michelle Cheung, chose our TED Talks for the day, live tweeted the entire day from our @TEDxYouthTSCU Twitter account after 2 minutes of instruction on how to use Twitter, set up our livestream lab where students could watch other TEDxYouthDay events happening around the world, and made me want to learn how to spell her last name out of respect for how awesome she is (Twitter: @zparaske)

Kathryn Kaiser – who probably could have managed to put on TEDxYouth@TheSchool singlehandedly, but luckily had lots of other responsibilities as a parent and principal at The School, thus allowing the rest of us to work equally hard

Kate Berten – she designed our program, liaised with speakers, and managed our stage design (Twitter: @k8berten)

Julia Alexander – created the lovely signage throughout the building and managed speaker prep for many of our talks

Sabrina Goldberg – who brought in two of our our alumni speakers and helped communicate with parents

Cristina Martinez – who set up and taught me how to manage our website created with DrupalGardens (Twitter: @finlaycm)

Don Buckley – my boss and mentor who inspired me to build a day that would impress him 🙂 (Twitter: @donbuckley)

The Parents Association who advertised TEDxYouth@TheSchool every week in our school newsletter, “The Lion’s Share,” and communicated with the parent body to reinforce the value of our event

Kiersten Chou – for photographing the event and for hooking me up with Graham Meriwether of Leave It Better and Stacey Murphy of BK Farmyards (Twitter: @choutofu)

Please enjoy the photos below and in the TEDxYouth@TheSchool Flickr group pool:

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