Friday, June 13, 2008

Today's TED Talk

I took a moment this morning to start my day off with a TED talk (Based on Ewan McIntosh's recommendation). I watched this presentation by Seyi Oyesola that talks about solving problems with high level healthcare and surgery in Africa. He is using inovative technologies to create solutions to impact change in a difficult setting.

This isn't so different from what is going on in education right now.

The quote the Ewan focused on in his blog was:

We the willing have been doing so much with so little for so long that we are now qualified to do anything with nothing
This may have been the case (and still is - in some places) when it comes to educational technology. It has been for many years in the district I am in now. My question is - if you could do anything with nothing, what are your responsibilities to your students once you have everything you need? I believe that your responsibilities change. That my responsibilities change.

My favorite quote by Dr. Oyesola was this one:

There are no prizes offered to those that point out the problems.

So I will take his advice and follow his lead, by continuing to solve difficult problems with passion.