Paul Higgins: I am doing the keynote at the Campfire Film Festival in a couple of weeks. Richard’s words here about his dream are why I am doing it.
It IS huge - TED extending its arms into educational videos. But already we’re learning things about how it works, and it already has its detractors. This, from Hack Education:
There are currently 60+ videos available, and while the animation is pretty snazzy, the content cannot be remixed or mashed-up as nothing isn’t openly licensed. Just what education needs – more proprietary content, another defensive brand. Shelly Blake-Plock argues there are other problems with the site: the emphasis on consuming rather than making.
Certainly an area to watch and discuss. I’m not as “depressed” about where TED Ed is going as Shelly. There’s some exciting things ahead here.
My prediction: with big players like TED, Khan & YouTube in the same space now working together, there’s going to be lots of fireworks to watch in educational innovation in the months ahead.
My only negativity about it all comes from the dream I have, that education is something greater than a knowledge-imparting exercise. Something greater than a lesson with a summary.
Something much greater.
It’s why I love doing what we do at Campfire.