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Without mental maps, we’re lost

Without mental maps, we’re lost | Transformational Teaching and Technology |
Elwood was a senior geographer working on the ground-floor of the very global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS) he will throw up for discussion in his TEDx talk.

His question: Are we surrendering our innate mental map making abilities to technology and relying on and trusting it too much? And for TEDx audiences only, he’ll toss out ideas on ways to prevent that from happening.


Tags: mapping, GPS, cartography, TED, 201.

Via Seth Dixon
Chris Carter's insight:

I had the pleasure to participate in Dr. Judy Willis'
(neuroscientist/MS teacher) ( keynote address at 21st Century learning in Hong Kong last month, and was further blessed to interview her for my Ed Tech podcast. A point she made that has stuck with me is that graphic organizers/mental maps are like having a second brain. Why would we not take advantage of them?

Jeff Cherry's curator insight, January 12, 2015 9:08 AM

The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Wyatt Fratnz's curator insight, March 18, 2015 8:08 PM

This text tells about a geographer who exaggerates today's modern dependency of Global Positioning Systems and Mapping, and the importance of still developing a mental map. It is important because lack of reliance of our mental maps leads to a primal fear and increasing instances of the feeling of being lost. The challenge is presented of how we stimulate technology in our mental maps. 


This article describes technological and mental process of mapping and how we should use it in our everyday lives. This is important because it gives humans a sense of direction and tells us how to keep it.

Carlee Allen's curator insight, March 26, 2015 6:20 PM

This is an article that explains and adds on to the fact that we Americans have begun too reliant on technology. Keith explains how kids now a days don't have a geographical sense and how it is really going to hurt them in the future.


I thought that this article was interesting, because it is a pretty controversial topic and very relatable.

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Education Revolution: 7 TED-Ed Videos About Technology

Education Revolution: 7 TED-Ed Videos About Technology | Transformational Teaching and Technology |
Lessons Worth Sharing” blaze new trail for professors and students.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Teach teachers how to create magic

Teach teachers how to create magic | Transformational Teaching and Technology |
What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. The science advocate (and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) offers a vision to make the classroom come alive.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
Elizabeth Alfaro's curator insight, April 14, 2014 9:43 AM

MAgic can be Taught

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, April 15, 2014 6:52 PM

Great TED talk!

Maria Gonzalez's curator insight, December 8, 2014 8:02 PM

Very Interesting Ted talk.