This first video is about the saturation of media in young children and how that impacts their later life. Dimitri Christakis shares the hypotheses and findings of his research in this very interesting TED talk. He asks questions like:
- Is it possible to over stimulate the developing brain?
- Is there a problem with having too much stimulation?
- Does the amount of media stimulation in early life have a lasting impact on an individual’s life, and in particular, their attention?
A study of the brain in early childhood shows that it is developing at its fastest rate. Therefore it is particularly important (of course this is always important) how we look after our children during the first 2 years of their lives. The brain literally triples in size according to Dimitri – I assume he has his facts correct.
Through his study, he concludes that children who have been exposed to too much stimulation and hyperactivity (particularly in media such as the TV etc.) have troubles with attention as they grow up (and I guess throughout their entire lives as well). This has many implications for education as increasingly children will have less and less attention spans and find it difficult to concentrate.
It’s pretty interesting, I recommend you spend a bit of time watching it as my little rant on it doesn’t do it justice
The next TED Talk is by Sugata Mitra. I actually found his talk to be quite fascinating, provocative and inspiring. I’m not sure what it is about TED talks but they always seem to address large, interesting questions and ideas. I don’t have much to say on Mitra’s talk, but it’s definitely worth a watch (to the end!). He conducts his own experiments, giving less resourced people a computer and discovers what and how they learn. And the results are really, really cool.
Here’s a statement of his to ponder on: “Schools as we know them now are obsolete”
He asks, how is present day schooling going to help kids in our world?
Big ideas and big questions..
Anyways, if you have any thoughts or ideas, shoot me a reply, I’d be interested hear.