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2016: Born to Learn

TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 – Overall impressions of an inspiring day

By Alvaro de Salvo - Apr 29th, 2016

What do 600 people in the audience, 75+ volunteers, twelve keynote speakers, several performing artists and workshop hosts have in common? They were all present at the fourth edition of the TEDxAmsterdamED event, with the unique opportunity to create a full day environment to rethink education. The main topic of this year’s edition was #BorntoLearn and lifelong learning.

TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 - Interactive Program

By the TEDxAmsED Content Creators - Apr 29th, 2016

A new and exciting addition to the TEDxAmsterdamED event this year was the highly interactive learning program for the audience. While past editions of the event have also included a large dose of interactive aspects during the breaks, this year, the #BorntoLearn theme was supercharged with learning opportunities for all participants.

Workshop - Solving the big challenges in education

By Maylis Buonomo - Apr 28th, 2016

What could be more exciting than brainstorming solutions to the hottest education challenges in the Netherlands on board a boat, cruising the Amsterdam canals in the beautiful sunshine?

Interview with Dylan Hyman – One year on from her TEDxAmsterdamED 2015 talk

By Jutka Colson - Apr 6th, 2016

Dylan Hyman, a teacher and education developer, has had a very busy year indeed! Her initiative 'Spring High, Education in Motion' will open in Amsterdam in August 2016. Based in the Nieuw West, the school incorporates values she spoke about in her TEDxAmsterdamED talk last year.

In short, Spring High focuses on developing the curriculum along with the teachers, but also intends to develop ideas and projects that will get the whole neighbourhood involved. This way, the neighbourhood and the school will learn together and help each other grow.

Spring High is aimed at 10 to 16 year olds, who will learn through discovery, cooperation, watching each other and practice – all to help them acquire knowledge themselves. They will be actively encouraged to try thing out, make mistakes and learn from them.

As Dylan talked about this initiative in her 2015 talk, we are proud and happy that she has made this idea come to life!

Yolanda Eijgenstein: Small steps towards big dreams

By Mariette Reineke - Mar 2nd, 2016

Mariette Reineke, PR manager for TEDxAmsterdamED 2016, recently spoke to Yolanda Eijgenstein. Yolanda has recently joined the board of TEDxAmsterdamED and this year's event will be her first.

Mariette set out to find out what motivated Yolanda to become a board member, what her view is on Life Long Learning based on her own experience in the corporate world and her ideas about the future of TEDxAmsterdamEducation.

Lainie Liberti & Miro Siegel

Unschooling: making the world our classroom

This mother and son duo show what learning and education can be outside of the classroom. When Lainie and Miro started their journey in 2009, it was initially to be a year-long trip. But soon they discovered that the world could be an incredibly stimulating classroom and in the process became ‘worldschoolers’. Embracing their inner spontaneity and a ‘yes’ approach to life, they’ve both had a very educational journey till now, learning through their experiences and digging deeper when their interests were sparked. In the process, they cofounded Project World School, creating a supportive community of self-directed learners and offering immersive-learning opportunities all over the world.

Isabella Biney

Give teachers the chance to help me discover my talents

Isabella is a high school student with a powerful message about the state of the education system. She started her learning journey at the bright age of 4, excited and motivated by what school and her teachers had to offer. But as the years progressed, her joy in learning diminished, with true learning and discovery being taken over by a focus on numbers, grades, results. In her inspiring talk, Isabella points out what the true purpose of education is and how she would like her future daughter to experience it.

Birte ten Hoopen

How to Bring Learning to Life

Beginning her talk with an engaging personal story, of emergency response training at the Rijksmuseum, Birte makes a case for bringing learning to life by using enriched environments. Making use of elements of theatre, this type of training educated her ‘physically, intellectually and emotionally.’ And the same can happen when enriched environments are used to teach school students. Allowing some chaos, freedom and creativity into the system can help them experience a topic much more deeply, and their minds to flourish.

Chris Sigaloff

Crowdsourcing education creating room for the unusual suspects

Chris is director at Kennisland. She talks about her journey in guiding people to start new schools. Innovation is at the heart of her story, and her life. Along with the city of Amsterdam, Kennisland facilitated the Amsterdam Education Challenge, aimed at finding and founding innovative school projects. The response was overwhelming and the 175 ideas on the website, the 124 people responding to submit a plan and the 30.000 people who cast their votes on the website show that education is in her words: “hot”. Four new schools have now started on the basis of this process.

Jelmer Evers

Changing education from the ground up

Education is all about trust - trust in the teacher. According to Jemer Evers a true change in education can only happen by ‘flipping the system’ - giving teachers the power and responsibility to build it. After all, they are the ones that can have the real impact by focusing on what they can do for a child, and not on what a child can do for a school. It boils down to government ministers asking, ‘what do my teachers need?’ and the teachers in turn asking, ‘what do my students need?’ All this can be driven by answering the question: ‘what is the purpose of education?’

Intermezzo: Children's Press Bureau

Three children of the Children’s Press Bureau told the audience what they discovered their peers in Amsterdam want out of their education. Their ideas ranged from more nature and animals in and around the school, to access for underprivileged kids and more influence on the program. These three brave young ladies described all these wishes for a theatre full of adults, and they even spoke some English! (In Dutch).