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Christopher B

Downers Grove North High School

I love words, telling stories, and helping others learn. I am the English Department Chair at Downers Grove North High School in Illinois. When I’m not in the classroom, I oversee our literacy coaching program, plan and implement professional development and have helped my district integrate and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I also like to network with other educators, and have made presentations about our CCSS work and using social media in the classroom. My work has appeared in The Atlantic, on EduTalk Radio and on the social media platform Celebrate Teaching. One of the biggest things I’ve learned in 10 years of teaching is the importance of lifting up teachers’ voices. That is why I co-founded the National Blog Collaborative, which helps other teachers blog. It’s also why I am so excited to be a Redesign Challenge Guide.

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APPs and Dessert...it's in the surprise

This is based on Lisa H's idea that education can use the idea of the TED app and its "surprise me" idea for getting viewers the video they wanted but didn't know they needed. I LOVE this and think it could be so powerful for educators. However, what if we could do more with it, make this idea even more powerful. I am thinking about an app for educator videos that does exactly what Lisa explains in her post (letting teacher decide what mood they are in and how much time they have with a video delivered based on that) but adds the ability to comment on that video. Then, these comments help further develop the refinement feature of the app.

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Teach like TED

Fortune 500 CEOs and economic big-wigs spend countless hours refining their presentation skills. They study themselves on film, refine their presentations, focusing on so much more than just their verbal fillers or eye contact. And yet...how often do teachers, who by default are presenters, think about their presentation skills? What could education could if teachers thought of themselves as presenters, as TED talkers?

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