TEDxAmsterdamED Award 2017

The quest for ideas with impact on education continues! After a successful first edition with over 100 entries, the TEDxAmsterdamED Award is back!

These are the 10 nominees for the TEDxAmsterdamED Award 2017:

Frederick Rustler, Restart Network

Restart network recognised two societal and economic problems and found a way to connect them: how to facilitate the integration of refugees coming into Europe, and what to do about the lack of qualified IT professionals throughout the EU. Through crowdfunding Restart Network organized a three-month bootcamp for selected refugees, involving tech companies and building a network fort he partcipants, resulting in them becoming web developers ready for the job market.

Bart Giethoorn, Expeditie Europa: Role play and gamification in secondary education

Through the multi-disciplinary project Expedition Europe, students at the Revius Lyceum are challenged to take on roles of different people involved in receiving and housing refugees, as well as choosing missions and mastering a set of skills laid out for them. The aim of the project is to further facilitate the internationalisation of our education system, as well as building on the students’ empathy and communication skills.

Nicole van Rijsbergen, Onderwijs Avonturen (Adventures in Education)

Adventures in Education was set up last year to “create and inspire meaningful, challenging, future-oriented, socially concerned and adventurous education” by connecting primary school students and their teachers to real-life adventurers, athletes, rescue workers, politicians, etc. They become actively involved with the adventure, from planning to realisation and evaluation. The aim of the project is to teach the children skills and attitudes they would not obtain through regular education.

Anke van Donkersgoed, Stichting Breekjaar (Break Year Foundation)

The Break Year Foundation provides one and two semester gap year experiences for teens and young adults coming out of the Dutch secondary education system. In the program, participants learn to face the modern world by learning how to connect to others and themselves, to celebrate mistakes as teachable moments, and to be active and responsible fort heir actions. Connecting to nature and practicing patience are also vital parts of this program, aimed at empowering our young people.

Joep Luycks, Language learning through playing with words

Joep had devised a program to help teach primary school aged children the joy of language and writing. Through his ‘Yoopie programs’ he enables parents and teachers to teach children to ‘play with language’. This empowers the students, who discover that writing is a great way to express yourself, and that your story – however long it is – is unique.

Beerend Hierck, Mixed reality in higher education

A team of experts from the University of Leiden and the Leiden UMC has added a new feature to the Microsoft HoloLens, which enables the medical holograms in the app to move with the human body. This enables a real-time, three-dimensional model for students to learn from, using their own bodies as learning tools. This immersive way of learning through Mixed Reality is a gamechanger in higher education, and has many more possible applications which are still being developed daily.

Minka Bos, Meeting is the new type of learning

‘War in my neighbourhood’ organises meetings between primary school pupils and local older people, to give the students a taste of the living history of their area. Students are taught how to interview their ‘neighbour’, go tot heir home to have a meeting and finally present their findings. This program has so far educated over 2000 children, giving them a local, personal look into often too-big-to-comprehend historical events.

Wim Pelgrim, Gamificiation as a means to personalising education

BlockChange is aimed at the gamification of education – through a profile in which the talents and skills of a student become visible, and by using a block chain to ensure the transfer of value is stored for life. The program is committed to changing education from a cohort based structure to a flexible way of teachers helping students develop.

Jasper Rijpma, Networking to facilitate raising global citizens

Jasper’s idea is to create an innovative platform for teachers, where they can collaborate, inspire and share ideas on how to educate our children in such a way that they become global citizens. Networks of many kinds are responsible for fascilitating change, and by organizing such a network for teachers, he wants to ensure we raise our children to global citizens for tomorrow’s worls needs.

Rudayna Abdo, “Education is the only thing you can take with you” – Educating refugee children using e-learning

A daughter of refugees herself, Rudayne has founded the Thaki (Arabic for smart) Foundation with the aim of helping the many displaced children continue their education. The foundation does so by providing “gently used computers”, loading them with links to self-paced educational content, and getting them to young refugees with limited educational resouces. So far, the foundation has reached over 4000 children.

Jasmijn Hamakers-Kester, School of school leaders: enabling educational leaders to lead the change

Jasmijn believes that education should not (just) be focused on what society needs now, but rather on what it will require from its people in the future. In order to achieve this, she builds a ‘School of School leaders’ which supports educational leaders to transform their schools into impactful accelerators of change, peace and sustainable development to serve the true purpose of education: unleashing the infinite potential of mankind. It will be an academy for and a learning community of school leaders who feel the urge to make the shift and to take responsibility for the future of our children.