TED Talks – Technology in Education

The video below is TED Talk is by Don TapScott entitled “The Four Principles for the Open World” . It discusses the future possibilities that can occur because of progression of technology. His stance is that children are the future engineers of the future because of their contribution to technology. He claims they do not fear technology and the current generation are “digital natives” because they have always been with it. TapScott says that because of the openness of technology and the internet that the world will become a better place. He states that the follow core principles (collaboration, transparency, sharing, and empowerment) will inevitably create this better world.

This relates to current educators because rather than utilizing technology to tools to purely educate, we should strive to educate, create, and innovate. And the means to transform our to this goal is through these four core principles.

This relates to the ISTE Standard I – Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity. This standards sets the goal that educators using technology will “facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.”

How can future educators utilize technology to enhance knowledge of the future rather than replicate the present?


Author: Cindy Fowles

I am currently a middle school math teacher who is going back to school to further my own education.

5 thoughts on “TED Talks – Technology in Education”

  1. Hi Cindy!

    I found this TED Talk about communication and openness regarding technology to be incredibly inspiring. In response to your question about how technology can enhance education, I wanted to share about the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is a tutorial platform that allows curious learners (of any age) to access free tutorials on all matter of subjects. I believe that resources like this are important because not only do they supplement education, but it is also free and accessible to anyone who needs to use it. I do believe that there needs to be improvement in helping students understand how to use this tool because it is very valuable. I’ve attached a link to the Khan Academy website below.



  2. Hi Cindy,
    This is a very good question to ask. It seems as if now days we rely on technology for use in our day to day lives. In order to use technology to enhance knowledge of the future, we must know how to use it properly. We must be able to search for new ways of teaching and finding what works best in the classroom. If we don’t know how and where to properly look then how can we properly enhance our knowledge of the future?


    This site above had a few good key topics that stood out and I believe really helped answer your question.


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