Gabriela Ybarra

Ms in Integrated Marketing, New York University

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Can you share any innovative education techniques that you have used or know about?

How are education systems adapting to the new times and technologies?
Which institutions and teachers are taking the lead?
How are you using new media to engage students in the learning?

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    Mar 7 2011: There is the Khan Academy, I use it very frequently and find it to be one of the best teaching tools on the internet.
    It is basically 10min videos of topics from 1+1 to the anatomy of a neuron. The best thing about it is that is completely free and really easy to use. You can watch videos online, practice (it has a game like feature which allows you to gain points and medals), you can become a coach and tutor others. In the past few months it has evolved to become a really helpful website for educational purposes.

    This form of education tries to give a sense of motivation through making education similar to a game. Also, most of the video's are under 10mins, this is within a student's attention span. Long lectures that are hours long are rarely watched online and students tend to tune out after a short period of time.
    I encourage you to check out their website,
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      Mar 7 2011: This is a great site! I love the game mechanics that they incorporate too!
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    Mar 20 2011: Sowing TED talks at schools :) !!!
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    Mar 10 2011: opps! it should be mindmap
  • Mar 7 2011: I’m worried that education systems aren’t adapting to the new time and technologies fast enough. At the moment the sheer amount of digital education tools is overwhelming and these are growing at an exponential rate. I doubt professional development is keeping up with this nor are universities which are very entrenched. I subrsribe to a ridiculous amount of blogs and I also blog myself which exposes me to a wide range of innovative education ideas and share them myself.

    How am I using new media to engage students in learning?
    I focus on using free web based media technologies to help me teach papers and support children’s learning. I’ve outlined a few below:
    Fakewall – this allows you to create fake facebook pages, great for character analysis
    Wordle – create word clouds
    Scratch – online gaming software, why not let students create games and use them to tell a story?
    Glogster – interactive media collages
    Podcasting – there are a lot of websites that let you do this for free, no software required. I usually get students to create radio shows or do newscasts.
    Virtual Corkboards – Sites like Wallwisher or Spaaze allow students to share and learn collaboratively.

    There are links to these on my website:
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    Mar 6 2011: The bicycle is one of the greatest learning tools for any community! (google YBEN)

    In the late 90’s as the founder of a youth bicycle education program I discovered many innovative education techniques, which aspired me to pursue a profession in education.

    Our program comprised of a many programs:

    Fat Tire 101 introduced kids & family members to a fun trail riding allowing them the experience to learn how to encounter nature and wild life with responsibility and respect.

    Our wintertime Cyclery Program allowed students to apply learned skills to the mechanics of a bike. One of the most fun series of physics classes they probably ever experienced.

    The trails program involved access, development, maintenance, and clean-up of community off-road trails.

    In addition our students learned about multi-modal transportation, bicycle/pedestrian safety, recycling (repaired donated bikes to give away), land ownership rights (had to acquire trail access through private properties), self confidence and comradery (breakdowns were not uncommon during our 10-20 mile rides
    through woodland trails).
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      Mar 7 2011: Thanks Paul! This is a great idea! Do you know if there are YBEN Projects all over the country? There is not much info on Google!
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    Mar 18 2011: Do less. We're inclined to do too much. Establish a simple form, cultivate curiosity, and promote divergent thinking within this structure. I think of this less as a technique and more as how we all truly learn in life.

    Check out Christopher Guest's interview with Charlie Rose. His approach to film making is an ideal model for effective learning.

    The sound is out of sync on this clip. But it's worth watching:
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    Mar 10 2011: i think the mainmap is a good one.
  • Mar 8 2011: Hi Gabriela. I have heard of High Tech High in San Diego and Chula Vista, CA. They appear to be innovative - you can check out their website Cheers.
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      Mar 8 2011: Thanks for the share Julie! I will check them out!
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    Mar 7 2011: Gabriela,

    Check out the following organizations:

    Trips for Kids (founded by Marylin Price)
    Bikes Not Bombs
    Transportation Alternatives (developer of the "Tools for Life" manual)