TEDxAmsterdamED news
Personal Growth/Psychologie

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.

Catching up with award winner Nathalie Lecina

By Garrett Cleland - Jan 23rd, 2017

The winner of the 2016 TEDxAmsterdamED award, Studio Moio, a non-profit focused on developing the untapped resource of drop-outs, is setting a great example for future participants. We got the run down with founder Nathalie Lecina about what has happened since winning the award.

Always wanted to work for TEDxAmsterdamED?

By Robin Roosenstein - Dec 20th, 2016

TEDxAmsterdamED is looking for new team members!

As TEDxAmsterdamED we are contributing to the exciting movement around education in the Netherlands. We engage the entire community, both inside and out, and present knowledge and inspiration from inspired people with ideas worth spreading. We have presented four mainstage events in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Theater Amsterdam and are preparing the next one in may 2017. For a peek at some of our talks, check YouTube. As with all TED(x) events, TEDxAmsterdamED is a nonprofit organization and exists entirely on the generosity of volunteers, sponsors and partners.

At the moment we are looking to fill the following positions:

Letter from the Founder

By Jessika Lynch - Dec 12th, 2016

Dear TEDxAmsterdamED community,

Five years ago we launched this platform with a single idea: What if we could create an event to open up education to the outside world and provide inspiration to the inside? TED, as it turned out, was branching further into their TED-Ed platform and happy to give us a voice and a license. Through that one idea we launched TEDxAmsterdamED and have since brought more than sixty ideas from both inside and outside our community to our stage and to TEDx online.

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.’