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NL: Over het tienerbrein, onderwijs en ontplooiing

By Jelle Jolles & Brigitte Bloem - Feb 20th, 2017

Context shapes the brain, daarvan is universiteitshoogleraar Neuropsychologie aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam en directeur van het Centrum Brein & Leren Jelle Jolles overtuigd. ‘De omgeving stimuleert – binnen genetisch bepaalde randvoorwaarden – de ontwikkeling van complexe hersennetwerken’, legt Jolles uit. ‘Wat iemand kan bereiken, ligt niet al voor een groot deel vast. Oefening en ervaring, alsmede zintuiglijke prikkels, zijn bepalend. Opvoeders, leraren en samenleving scheppen samen de voorwaarden voor de ontplooiing door het geven van steun, sturing en inspiratie, én door het wijzen van routes en het verschaffen van kennis. Nieuwe inzichten over de rijping van de adolescent en diens hersenen leveren nieuwe inzichten die ons onderwijs zullen veranderen’.

ENG: The adolescent brain is a work in progress. On education and personal growth

By Jelle Jolles & Brigitte Bloem - Feb 20th, 2017

Context shapes the brain. That is the conviction of Jelle Jolles, professor of neuropsychology at the Free University of Amsterdam and director of the Brain & Learning Centre. "The environment stimulates the development of complex brain networks within the boundaries of certain genetic conditions" explains Jolles. "What a person can achieve is not predetermined at birth. Practice and life-experiences throughout childhood and adolescence, as well as a continuous sensory stimulation are essential to further talent-development. Educators, teachers and society together create the conditions for this development. This is accomplished by providing support, guidance and inspiration. So, they provide important knowledge and help the child or teenager to reflect on options and routes-to-travel. And new insights about the maturation of the adolescent and his or her brain have great potency for educational innovations”.

Interview with Jurrïen Mentink

By Kimberly Friesen - Feb 3rd, 2017

As a student of urban design that lives in the care institution Humanitas, he has managed to inspire many people with his story of how young and old can learn from each other. We are speaking about Jurrïen Mentink. It has been a year since he was a speaker at TedxAmsterdamEducation and we looked back at his year since then with him, and also hear about his future plans.

Previous Talks

Act: Iris Penning

Verder dan vandaag

Iris Penning is a young Dutch singer and songwriter. She was a finalist of the music contest De Grote Prijs van Nederland, performed in the music temple Paradiso Amsterdam and participated in the travelling music festival De Popronde. Often cheerful, sometimes obscure, and above all with a focus on the lyrics - she is perhaps even more of a poet than a musician. For the TEDxAmsterdamED audience, she performed a soulful acoustic rendition of 'Verder dan vandaag'.

Act: CUT_ & Co

Improvisation on Bam Bam

For the closing act of the TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 event, the audience are first treated to a live rendition of 'Honey and Pearls' from the Amsterdam electronic music duo, CUT_. Then, to inspire the audience to keep innovating, CUT_ are joined onstage by Mark Dodsworth and classical percussionist Fabio Galeazzi for a improvised, rhythmic piece that easily gets the audience dancing and clapping along!

Jacquelien de Savornin Lohman

‘Faalkracht' (The Power of Failure)

Jacquelien is 82 years old. She has been a lawyer, a professor and a senator, but at a high age she embarked on a completely new career path: she became a performer. In this piece (in Dutch) she shares her story through song and dance and even gets the audience to sing along! What an inspiration!