Center for Ecoliteracy creative director Karen Brown will speak at TEDxSFED, an April 9, 2011 event focused on rethinking the world of education. The event, "mashEDup: re-imagine education," will take place at four locations in San Francisco. SOMArts will host the live presentations and discussion. The other venues will feature a simulcast of the talks, along with onsite presentations, panels, and discussion.
Karen was chosen to speak through a competition in which members of the public rated audition presentations delivered before a live audience. Her talk explores how educators can weigh the appropriateness of technologies for teaching and learning in the context of a living, finite planet. It raises questions about which technologies are relevant, positive, or destructive in the learning environment, as well as which might endure and which should be discarded or evolved. The talk suggests that a deeper exploration into understanding our relationship with nature – including how our activities and technologies affect it – may be the key to finding answers to these questions.
TEDx events are independently organized productions in the spirit of the annual TED (for "Technology, Entertainment, Design") conferences in California and Edinburgh. The goal of TEDxSFED, produced by CellMotion Laboratories, is to highlight new and different ways to approach learning in order to help improve today’s education system. The event will showcase a mosaic of new learning paradigms with speakers who are re-imagining education both in and out of the classroom.