Explore RSA 21st Century and RSA Animate

We're enjoying the RSA 21st Century Enlightenment site.  It highlights contemporary issues and promotes social engagement through collaboration.  Plus, it has top notch webcasts.  You can subscribe to their audio and video webcasts or you can listen live.  The upcoming talk is entitled "The Haves and Have-Nots" with Branko Milanovic on Feb 1, 2011.  If you miss it, wait a few days and it will be available with many others on this link. Of course, there's an app for that too.

A fresh aspect of the site is the RSA animate videos.  We first introduced them with the Sir Ken Robinson animate. They prompt interesting discussion. After viewing, you can join the online discussion.  Here's another animate with Daniel Pink entitled "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us."

Meets Ed... Professional Development
Here are a few questions Pink's talk prompted: Do we agree or disagree? What motivates us as teachers to stay in the profession beyond the big, fat pay check at the end of the month?  Do his ideas apply to our purpose within When Tech Met Ed?   How might his ideas apply to educating our students?  Although intrinsic motivation is not new, Pink explores some ideas worth considering as we look for the motivation within and seek to draw it out in our students.

Integration of Visual with Audio
The visual dimension is another advantage of using RSA with advanced ELLs since it integrates the text with visuals and audio!  It can be stopped at anytime to discuss, summarize, paraphrase, work on vocabulary, etc.  Share any good fits you find in your teaching.

Happy Exploring!
Co-post by CA and KK

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