Big Ideas Fest: It’s Time To Start Learning From Kids

Big ideas were tossed around and discussed by some of the biggest names at the aptly named Big Ideas Fest. It happened last week and there was one speaker in particular that you should definitely check out.

The annual Big Ideas Fest is an extraordinary immersion into collaboration and design that focuses on transformational change in K-20 education. Creative doers and thinkers from diverse levels of education gather to learn from and share with each other. Breaking down silos and empowering champions, Big Ideas Fest places learning at the front and center of all that we do. The participants are inspirational. The work is dynamic. And the results are revolutionary.

Adora Svitak at Big Ideas Fest

13-year-old Adora Svitak has written three books and spoken in more than 400 classrooms around the globe. Adora’s TED talk (embedded below) covers the rewards of role reversal. In other words, she wants you to take a moment to think about switching sides.

Switching Sides

What if you were a student today and your students were in the front of the classroom? What would they tell you? Some important pull-quotes include “students should be able to teach teachers” and “learning should be reciprocal.”

10 Reasons To Attend Big Ideas Fest

10. You’ve seen Common Craft’s fantastic videos and want to think about how to use them in the classroom.

9.  Meals are more than just great California cuisine, you might find yourself sitting next to a potential funder, a technology innovator, a smart-as-heck student, or the next game-changing eduprenuer.

8. You love OER Commons and want to collaborate with other OER champions.

7. You want to feel the fresh Pacific Ocean breeze on your face while walking the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Half Moon Bay, CA.

6. Nilaja Sun’s off-Broadway sensation “No Child” promises both laughter and poignancy.

5. You’re ready to become a Twitter sensation and with the help of our KQED MediaLab experts, you’ll be on your way in no time at all.

4. Our Rapid Fire Speakers are totally inspiring, not to mention a welcome relief from those boring talks you hear at most education convenings.

3. You’ll hear from Martha Kanter, Under Secretary of Education, on the US Dept. of Ed.’s ideas about how to better educate America.

2. Roadtrip Nation students want to interview you and learn how you decided what you wanted to be when you grew up.

1. You need to recharge your edu-passion and you’ve heard that Big Ideas Fest is the go-to place to get inspiration, form new partnerships, and acquire real-time tools that will directly impact your work.