Missed TEDxRundleAcademy 2016? Check out the livestream.

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Mar 282016

If you didn’t have an opportunity to catch the magic that happened in the Rundle Academy Fine Arts Centre on Saturday, March 12, 2016, don’t worry!

Below is our livestream! As of today, 522 people have viewed our event. That viewership, combined with our live audience of 150 on the day, has made this event a resounding success!

Once again, thank you so much to not only our speakers, but to all of the people (parents, admin, students and teachers) who made this event possible.

What Interests a Teenager? Part I

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Mar 082016


So what interests teens in 2016? Their cred on social media? Their friends? Sports? Each other? Of course all of those things, but today’s teens are also richly engaged in their world, care deeply about each other, and crave meaningful, real-world  experiences. What did this year’s Rundle Academy TED-Ed Club focus their time and energies upon? The depth and breathe of their explorations are wonderful to behold.

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Juliana Van Oosterwyk Bruyn believes “The coloring book is something that satisfies a primitive need to be creative. A primitive need that has slowly started to resurface. Originally when people had to do everything themselves, they were always crafting, building, and creating to survive. As time progressed, technology made people’s lives easier, and the need to make, build and create for survival was slowly lost. People slowed, and then stop crafting, and creating, altogether, causing this primitive need to resurface, demanding to be notice.”

Andreas BlogAndreas Marinakos wants us to recognize that one of the amazing effect of this burst of happiness, i.e. a hug, “is mental ease from things such as fear, stress and anxiety. Be gone, horrid negative feelings!” He wants us to learn to embrace the awkward embrace for all it’s worth. 

Charlotte BlogCharlotte Warme’s 
idea worth sharing is  “Kids have big dreams. But, as they progress through school, often they bury these big dreams. Getting lots of choices in school might not necessarily keep these big dreams alive. But, the exploration of these choices might help a student find their passion. And, isn’t that an idea and an ideal worth spreading?”

These teenagers clearly are engaged in some pretty deep thinking about topics that matter to them and, most importantly, to everyone regardless of one’s age. Stay tuned for three more ideas worth spreading!



10 Reasons Why Students Love TED-Ed Clubs

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Mar 072016

This post is inspired and co-authored by two members of the Rundle Academy TED-Ed Club. Charlotte and Cameron both have made the committment to pursue and support ideas worth sharing in two ways: Charlotte, as a student working on a talk, and Cameron, as a member of the TED-Ed Club leadership cohort. TED-Ed Clubs logo

I found their ideas to be a touching and enlightening look into why the Rundle Academy TED-Ed Club has become a popular extracurricular activity that attracts a wide range of students with a wide range of interests. In fact, it seems that the TED-Ed Club program has a little something for everyone.  So, what are Charlotte and Cameron’s top reasons for being in a TED-Ed Club?  Here they are:


  1. People can share their voice and they don’t need to filter their ideas through other people.
  2. It’s a great way for kids to express their ideas.
  3. It’s a calm, nurturing environment.
  4. It can give you the motive to do things that change the world.
  5. There are no rules regarding what you can or can’t write.
  6. It gives you the opportunity to be in the spotlight.
  7. You get to meet a lot of people just like you.
  8. It dosen’t consume very much time and if you don’t want to make a talk you can just help out.
  9. You get to inspire people you don’t even know.
  10. It gives you a bulldozer (figuratively) so you can move mountains.  

Of course #10 makes my day.  Here at Rundle Academy our motto is that “We move mountains.” I feel that it reflects greatly on the learning environment  a TED-Ed Club helps me, as a teacher, create. Every child finds a role that suits them in this club and every child find a passion or interest that they can pursue. This year’s TEDYouth Conference was all about being future ready .  It seems to me, that participating in a TED-Ed Club is just one more way to help students become ready to take on the world and pursue their dreams by helping students develop the kinds of skills that will enable them to navigate the future. When I step back and just listen and watch as my students hone their research, writing, critical thinking, presentation and speaking skills, it amazes me. How can an educational program that is so simple and uncomplicated at it’s heart, be so powerful? TEDYouth_2015_banner_lined

Well, mostly, the program is simply a framework that enables students to pursue and learn about anything they are interested in. It promotes curiousity, and in a world where highly scripted and prescribed curricula seems to sap the creativity right out of children, this program gives them the complete freedom to simply learn for the sake of learning.

And, as 12 speakers and 15 leadership cohort members attest, it seems to be the place to be!

What to learn more about TED-Ed Club program? Check out the following links and be prepared to be amazed!

Why TED-Ed Clubs? 

What is TED-Ed? 


Life is Energy; Energy is Life

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Mar 072016

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When you suggest to a group of children ranging in age from 11-18 that life is energy and energy is life, one should expect to be amazed, beguiled, and impressed with their responses. After all, such a statement elicits conversation, debate, and queries that lead to profound inquiry. Now, after six months of work, TEDxRundleAcademy is pleased to present the ideas worth spreading of 12 young Rundle Academy TED-Ed Club members regarding the theme “ENERGIES: Creation. Innovation. Invention. Compassion”.

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But if you are expecting that a TEDx event is simply a collection of people talking about the passions and interests that drive their lives, you would only be partially correct. A TEDx event is so much more. It is more like an academic fair, an arts performance, a conference, a twitter chat, and a community potluck and games night all rolled up into a fast-paced, high-octane, optimistic, and joyful party. It is also made possible only through a great deal of commitment to volunteerism and collaboration. In fact, this year, TEDxRundleAcademy and the speakers are supported by 15 student volunteers, at least 15 teacher’s and a large number of kind parents working behind the scenes to make sure the entire event goes off without a hitch.

So, what can you expect to see this year? How about a talk on how music is an energy we cannot survive without? How about a talk that forces us to confront the ugly truth about the impact our negative posts have on social media? How about a talk that celebrates the energy we get when we embrace. And how about a talk on how innovation is still truly possible within the oil and gas industry?

celebrateThis year, on the eve of our sophomore event, TEDxRundleAcademy invites you to join with them in celebration. For those attending our celebration in person on Saturday, March 12 at the Rundle Academy Fine Arts Centre, doors open at 9:30am. For those unable to attend, we will be livestreaming our event so stayed tuned!