Ideatrotter: Disruptive 2.0 Intelligence

The Most Literate Generation: Wattpad & The Power of Social Reading

The next time you hear someone say “no one reads anymore,” show them Wattpad. With more than 20 million users, Wattpad is the world’s largest community for readers and writers, and to the consternation of traditional publishing - entirely free.

To those naysayers who claim reading is the pastime of a bygone era, the numbers don’t lie - in 2013 alone, users spent 41 billion minutes on Wattpad with a new chapter uploaded every second. The platform lets users contribute cover art for their favorite stories, and become collaborators alongside their favorite authors.

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Want to Read Twice as Fast?

Buzzy tech startup Spritz is developing software that “streams” written content one word at a time, rather than displaying text in traditional paragraphs and pages. Test subjects have reported more than doubling their reading speed. Could “spritzing” actually displace traditional reading in certain arenas?

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A-rhythm-etic. The math behind the beats 

Ready to dance in your seat? Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down different genres of music—from R&B to Latin to pop—by their beats. A talk that proves hip hop and jazz aren’t cooler than math—they simply rely on it.

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How 20 Million Minds Uses Tech to Disrupt Education

From the excessive cost of textbooks, limited seat availability, dwindling graduation rates, and the alarming rate of defaults on student loans, it’s blindingly clear that our higher education system is broken and only getting worse.

The status quo is rife with needless barriers that prevent students from becoming masters of their own futures. In California alone, we have a backlog of over 500,000 students waiting for English 1 or Algebra 1, the very courses necessary for them to move forward with their education.

In addition, one in four students fails to complete post-secondary education, and among those students, 60 percent cite the cost of “textbooks and fees beyond tuition” as a factor in their decision to withdraw. Meanwhile, five conglomerates control 80% of textbook production, which is a $20 billion dollar a year industry.

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Global Technology & Connectivity with Bill Gates & Bill Clinton

From medical vaccines to financial services to educational resources, connectivity is key. Bill Gates and President Bill Clinton explain the positive impact of being plugged in on a global scale. 

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Educational Flux: Raising the status of teachers

If we want to get serious about improving the quality of education globally, we need to improve the quality of teachers in the classroom. In order to do this we need to answer the following question: Why do people become teachers and how do we attract the best teachers to the profession? While we study and test just about everything in education these days, it turns out that a comprehensive global study has never been conducted to understand global teacher capacity and how to improve the quality of teachers in the classroom. That’s where Vikas Pota and The Varkey GEMS Foundation have stepped in, compiling the world’s first comprehensive attempt to compare the status of teachers across the world.

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Flirtey Develops Unmanned Drones to Deliver College Textbooks

Ahmed Haider is the founder and director of Zookal, an Australian textbook rental company, who recently started Flirtey, an e-commerce delivery service using unmanned ariel vehicles. The two companies are planning to work in tandem — with the collective goal of markedly shaving Zookal’s shipping costs. If successful, Flirtey might be one of the first companies to prove the value behind privately owned drones.

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Guatemala builds eco-friendly school

A unique project is helping to clean up the local environment in western Guatemala.It is also educating people and creating much-needed jobs.

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The Origins of the American Public Education System

The American Public Education System was directly imported from Prussia (modern day Germany). This model of “free and compulsory” education was designed by the Prussian Emperor, in order to generate obedient workers and soldiers who would not question his authority. 

In the 1830’s, American Lawmaker Horace Mann visited Prussia and researched its education methodology. He was infatuated with the emperor’s method of eliminating free thought from his subjects and designed an education system for Massachusetts directly based on these concepts. The movement then quickly spread nationally. 

Horace Mann said, “The State is the father of children. Do you want your children growing up in total submission to the State?”

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The magic of QR codes in the classroom

Teaching is both a science and an art, and many teachers around the world spend endless hours perfecting their professional practice. At TEDActive 2013, a few teachers from the United States offer some tricks of the trade they’ve learned (and continue to hone) along the way.

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