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Juliette LaMontagne

Founder & Managing Director, Breaker


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What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?

With the growing number of alternative learning pathways and opportunities to better serve the needs of individual students, what's working best? And what can we learn from the failures and tensions? Where and how have the models in the margins effectively disrupted the status quo?

I'll add to the conversation my current initiative, Breaker - driving alternative learning and social innovation by mobilizing interdisciplinary teams of young creative collaborators to design product solutions to global challenges.

This Live Conversation will start on Feb. 15, 2012, 1:00pm EST/ 10:00am PST


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  • Feb 15 2012: TED talks educate me, im dylexic 17, and learn more from an 18 minuite talk than i can all day at college taking notes.
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      Feb 15 2012: Completely agree with this!

      Would you agree that we learn a lot more from respectable people than those who teach us how to get degrees so we can teach?

      nice one sophie.
    • Feb 15 2012: Hi Sophie:

      My son is dyslexic, dysgraphic, and other dys's. We just moved to Vancouver BC to attend the Eaton Arrowsmith school which uses cognitive exercises to create processing capabilities. Check out their web site. The program goes through high school, and there is an adult program, too.

      And to your point about the extraordinary educational value of TED, absolutely! It sounds like you are a strong auditory and narrative learner, which are great assets. Best of luck to you.
    • Feb 15 2012: The very format of TED nearly demands this to be true.
      The presenters are experts in their field and they have a very limited time to project their idea's on to their audience.

      I think the TED format could structure a school all on it's own
      (similar and complementary to something like the khan academy)

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