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“We all need Yodas” – Marco Torres

The TEEN network invited Marco Torres to speak via Skype during its Mashup on Monday. His presentations are pretty similar to other educational gurus (i.e. schools need to change, kids are different, technology for good not evil, etc) but he’s always fun to listen to . . . if for nothing else than his great off-the-cuff comments.

So let ‘em begin.

He had teachers describe their curriculum and then asked:

If I can Google everything you just said, what value are you adding to the learning that takes place in your classroom?

He continued on that theme:

Never ask a question a kid can look up – simply knowing the answer is just not enough anymore.

Marco discussed the idea shared by Malcom Gladwell in Outliers that an expert is anyone who has 10,000 hours of practice and played a video during which he asked a grade school kid:

When did you become an expert?

Last week on Friday.

Marco used that clip to intro the idea of Personal Learning Networks:

We all need experts like that kid . . . we all need Yodas in our networks.

He finished the day by showing the Youtube video of FunTwo playing Pachebel’s Canon in D and discussing how many kids learned how to play guitar from that example.

Don’t let school get in the way of learning.

The good news? Great stuff that generated some great conversation in the room.

The bad news? Heard some guy behind me ask:

Does anyone know what the hell he’s talking about?

Sigh.

Oh, well. Baby steps.

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  1. Marco was the keynote speaker at our state tech conference this year and he shared many of the same thoughts. What impressed me about Marco’s presentations (I saw two of them) was the real-life examples he provided. Unlike some keynote speakers, Marco shows what is possible rather than just talking about what is possible.

    January 20, 2010
    • glennw #

      Richard,

      I agree! He’s working with kids and actually doing stuff. (What I didn’t know was he’s working with the Food Channel and the Mythbusters show. Sounds busy!)

      glennw

      January 20, 2010
  2. I wonder how Marco does it all.

    January 21, 2010

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