The Creative Classroom: Joel Josephson at TEDxKibbutzimCollegeofEducation
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The Creative Classroom: Joel Josephson at TEDxKibbutzimCollegeofEducation


Translator: Carmen Costina
Reviewer: Elisabeth Buffard Good afternoon! My vision is that we educate our children for their futures, not our pasts. Now I’ve been involved
in over 20 European Union projects, most of these have been across
many many different subject areas. But many of them have very much looked at The Creative Classroom concept that we’re going to be looking at. Now I’ve also initiated
quite a few projects and I think these
have come as a direct result of the way that I was educated
in the UK in the 60s and 70s. And I’ll give you an example which sticks with me very strongly. That one day I came home
with a math problem, and my father helped me. I was only 8 eight years old. My father helped me and we got it right. But then I went to school the next day, and the teacher, poof, she hit me because I didn’t do it
the way that she said. Now how demotivating is that? Now, I’m not saying
that education today is the same as we had in the UK
when I was 8 years old, but we haven’t moved on that far. And I believe we have to move on, because, and I’ll use two examples: one of which is the smartphone, which was introduced only 7 years ago, and the other one is the tablet PC, which was only 3 years ago. But look how these two devices have changed how we compute, how we communicate, and how we access the digital world. And we know we’re only at the beginning, in the middle
of this particular revolution which is going to make
the industrial revolution look like nothing compared. So how do we educate our children
for this amazing future? And I think that what we’ve got to do
is make learning personal, to bring the passion of children
into their learning, things like music, and the arts and creativity and self expression, because we need autonomous learners, learners who can adapt to this new age, that we don’t even know
what it’s going to be. Now, I want to show a little video now,
from one of my projects, called PopuLLar. And I’m going to just say
what it is about. It was made by 14 and 15-year-old
students in Spain and so you understand, they wrote a song, they played the song, they acted and directed the video and they edited the video,
they did the whole thing. So let’s see what they did. (Video) (Music) (Singing) See that they were having
some serious fun there. And we’re going to look at the result
of this fun at the end. Now, what I want to show
is a new model for education. It was produced by one of the European
Union Research Institutes in Spain and they called it The Creative Classroom. I’m not going to go into detail on this,
we don’t have time, but it covers every aspect of education
as a complete model, it has 8 dimensions
and 28 building blocks, but it is an academic level. But I do have a colleague in Spain, who works with the Local Authority, who is beginning to implement
this model in his Authority. Now, two of the projects
I’m going to show you now very much fit within this model, one of which I initiated and the other one was brought to me by one
of the amazing entrepreneurial educators, as I call them, that I’m very lucky
to network with across Europe. So let’s have a look at the projects. And the first one I want to talk about
is called “Clohe”, which was for primary school children. And the idea of this project is to bring the passion for toys
into children’s education. And the pinnacle of that passion
is moving toys. And I have an example here,
it was actually made for the project by one young gentleman about 9 years old in Bremen, in Germany, and he’s lent it to me because
he’s very proud of this, he wants it back. And it’s a moving toy,
you can see what he’s done here: there’s a mechanical action
with straws and bits of wood inside. I’ll tell you how we did this project: the teacher told the children a story and their job
was to interpret the characters and the scenes from that story and make a moving automaton. The teacher showed them
a working automaton, but the box was closed. They were shown all the parts
they could use and they were told to put it together
and make a plan and do it themselves. I won’t go into the all the details,
they did have help, the teachers had workshops
to prepare them, in this project, every child produced
a working automaton, there was no failure, they all helped each other,
to actually construct. You can see, there is a wide range
of subjects going on in this one project: we’ve got interpreting a text, we’ve got an introduction to mechanics and maths and arts and handicrafts and other areas as well. And I want to show you
one or two other automata as well that habe been made. This was done in Italy
by a young child in Italy, and here we can see the inside
with the mechanism. This is a whole class in Germany, and you see everybody’s
got their automaton. And the last one is my favourite — look how proud this young lady is, showing us her wonderful work. Now I want to go on to the second project,
which is called “PopuLLar”. And I initiated this one because
I saw my teenage daughters and how much they loved their music. And don’t most teenagers? Aren’t they all passionate
about their music? And music is personal. And I wanted to bring this personal
passion into education. And we did it this way. The students, the class of students, had to take a song, any song they like, or, they could write their own song, and create their own video
in their native language. Then they had to translate it into the target language
they were learning and they made a video
of the target language version and put it up on the internet
to share with schools across Europe. In the second phase of the project, they took a video
from one of the other schools, translated that into their native language made a second video,
and put that up on the Internet. So we see, there’s a lot
of interplay going on here. In this project, the students pushed
the teachers out of the classroom totally. They took total control
of their own learning. And I want to show a video, another video, which is made by slightly older children,
secondary students in Brno, in the Czech Republic, and they made a song in Spanish
about learning Spanish. (Video) (Music) (Children singing) Now I want to get to the end now, and just show just a list of a few other
projects I’m involved in, I only want to mention one,
just the one at the bottom, called TC, because tomorrow afternoon,
this project is having synchronous concerts
in 5 different cities across Europe where primary school children
from the age of 7 will be singing children’s folksongs
in ten different languages to each of the other concerts
across Europe, and this is going to be
live streamed as well, so you can go and watch it. To finish, we saw
the Spanish video at the beginning and those students having fun: now when they got to
the second stage of the project, we went and asked them
if they needed some help. And this was the answer they gave to us. (Girl speaking Spanish) For those of you like me,
who don’t speak Spanish, I will translate, she said, “Thank you Susana,
but we don’t need your help, we’ve already learned
how to do it and it’s easy”. Ladies and gentlemen, they learned. Thank you. (Applause)

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5 thoughts on “The Creative Classroom: Joel Josephson at TEDxKibbutzimCollegeofEducation

  1. I am so sick about all this talk about 'Spacial' treatment to children in school.
    School is a place that you come to learn in so that you can succeed later in life, not a place to be a hippy and built toys that no one will want to use.

  2. It's a top down situation. The ministries of education will first need to reconsider how they expect schools to assess students before any of these projects can be implemented.

  3. as a studenti feel that i get nothing from school but depression and anxiety.
    what will i, an artistic person that can berly sot down for 5 minutes and listen, get from lerning how to find the X? i want to animat i want to play music i want to show the world my creativity yet i am held back by the school system where i get so depressed and anxious i cant even draw?
    i love reading but i cant even do that anymore and for lack of better words i gusse you can say i feel like my imagination is dying i dont get sucked into books anymore and all that is because the imagination is like a muscle and i havent traind it for 12 years
    how the hell am i seposed to creat new music or new art by reapiting a pattern? am i seposed to waste all those years of my life that i cant even remeber anymore? who the hell remembers math class and says "oh yes that was very important to me ive lernd so much and rember everything forever"? but i know i will never forget my art class where i could fainlly feel like more then just a piece of numbers on a file and actully do something im proud of that makes me happy and makes me feel alive.

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