Elementary and secondary teachers receive about 1500 hours of training. They are expected to train the next generations. Yet in higher education, which leads to the creation of elites (including teachers), there is virtually no training to transmit knowledge. At best, teachers in France are entitled to 120 hours. What's more, the role is completely misunderstood, according to Jean-François Parmentier, who specializes in evidence-based teaching methods.
In fact, many imagine the good teacher as a genius speaker capable of captivating his or her students. Yet research tends to prove the opposite. These have shown that the success rate of fully lectured solutions is only about 65%.
On the other hand, if small lecture phases are accompanied by many periods of students working and learning together on projects, assignments, or discussions, that rate rises to 90%. Thus, the good college professor would be more like an athletic coach: setting goals and making sure everyone achieves them.
Many serious games address the topic of sustainable development. Yet before such solutions were proposed, innovative people had to go against the social grain and fight to improve their environment. A humorous adventure game, hosted by the National Film Board, teaches children the attitudes they need to adopt to make a difference.
Food is a daily concern. A series of 6 games proposed by the Alimentarium museum reminds us of the importance of a balanced diet, to know the organs of the digestive tract in order to better understand the digestion of food and other food-related topics. An initiative all the more interesting because there are not many serious games related to food.
A small American urban music sub-genre in the 1980s, rap has become a global behemoth today. It dominates on streaming platforms, among others. How do we explain this ever-growing popularity in France and elsewhere? A documentary tells the story of this success.
The exciting thing about language is that it allows us to play with it à l'infinite. It is multiple, complex, rich and invariably a source of enrichment and exploration. In a series of creative vignettes, TED Ed explores language from every angle and invites us to play with it and make it our own.