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Best of 2012: Visionaries, Organizations, and Innovations Changing the Way We Learn

Here are the best educational efforts of 2012 that bring us leaps closer to realizing our full human potential.


In 2006, Sir Ken Robinson took the TED stage and delivered what is now the most viewed TED talk of all times. With wit and humor, and in less than 20 minutes, he dissected the modern educational structure, and asked a question few have dared to ask: Are schools killing our dreams? He argued that creativity needs to be instilled in education, and with that, sparked a movement. The talk sent ripples through out the world, inspired millions of people, and started a new conversation around what education ought to be.

Four years later, he returned to the TED stage, this time with a new question around human potential. It’s become very clear that creativity, imagination, and the nurturing of dreams are what education is meant to be.

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For-profits and Open Education Make for Uneasy Bedfellows (Or Do They?)

Why Kaplan has the ability and the resources to be innovative in the realm of for-profit higher education. A case for first cleaning up their act.

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Why Kaplan has the ability and the resources to be innovative in the realm of for-profit higher education. A case for first cleaning up their act.

I was in Barcelona earlier this month for the Mozilla Drumbeat Festival on the Future of Learning, Freedom and the Web. (I'll be producing an ebook documenting the festival.) It was overlapping with the OpenEd Conference, the premiere gathering for the global open educational resources community, featuring such edtech luminaries as David Wiley, Brian Lamb, and Scott Leslie, which I attended last year in Vancouver when I was researching DIY U.

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