We need to redefine the role of the teacher. We don’t need information transferrers or deficit detectives, we need treasure hunters who direct children along their paths.

Visual journalist Janna Ulrich speaks on the importance of connecting and relating disparate subject within education. In “Education = Fun” from PKN Breda Vol. 7, she suggests that education currently lacks core elements of fun, analysis, and empathy.

The PechaKucha format goes beyond regular PechaKucha Nights, and we are often contacted about having one-off PechaKucha sessions as part of conferences or festivals, which we call "Powered by PechaKucha" events. Here's one planned for the Werklund School of Education's IDEAS: Rising to the Challenge conference in Calgary.

This spring, a conference focusing on education innovation will be held on campus, and PechaKucha will figure prominently in the program. The conference, called IDEAS: Rising to the Challenge, will focus on creating opportunities for participants to inform each other’s work, to build on ideas and to challenge the ideas of learning and teaching.

According to Brenda Gladstone, co-chair of the conference and Chief Operating Officer of the Galileo Educational Network, the two-day event is for innovators, designers, educators, academics, researchers and students (hence the acronym IDEAS).

“Participants will build new knowledge networks,” says Gladstone. “These networks will focus on scholarship for teaching, in which research informs teaching and leading practices, and leading edge practices from the field inform research.”

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Do social situations recharge you? Or do they drain you? If it's the latter, you're likely an introvert.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Introversion" from PKN Des Moines Vol. 14, Caleb Keller goes over common misconceptions about introversion and how we can make better use of introverts' strengths. Caleb also discusses the realities of our extrovert-dominated society and how it came to be that extroverts are championed, whereas introverts are often marginalized.

Is a degree in philosophy really so useless?

In today's Presentation of the Day, "The Value of Philosophy" from PKN Des Moines Vol. 3, philosophy graduate Caleb Keller argues for the love of knowledge, and discusses the importance of utilizing logic in our everyday lives.

He makes the case that without the proper values necessary to think for oneself, society becomes an echo-chamber. 

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Edo Era Ecology" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 72, author and historical researcher Azby Brown shows us what it's like to live in a sustainable city during the Japanese Edo Era.

According to Azby, Japan started to experience environmental degradation after deforesting the majority of their country, but reversed it in just over a generation. Check out his book on the topic, "Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan".



During and after the Liberian Civil War, countless photos were burned and with them bits of history were lost.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Restoring Liberia's History" from PKN Vancouver Vol. 28, Jeff Topham and his brother set out to retake old pictures of their childhood home of Liberia.

Along the way, they ended up restoring the history of their old country, exposing a new generation to photos of a near unrecognizable Liberia, before rebels and war tore the country apart. Their project (Liberia '77) collected photographs of Liberia from expats and those who maintained photographic remants of the region, and eventually culminated in a gallery exhibition. 

What do Jimi Hendrix and wailing babies have in common? They're both "feedback machines."

In today's Presentation of the Day, "The Most Valuable Skill" from Table XI's June Table Talks, DevBootcamp instructor Mike Busch talks about why feedback is the most valuable skill to teach to learners and how it has impacted his life and enriched his relationships. He tells us that all good feedback has to be actionable, specific, and most of all kind. 

Vincent Cabansag knows all too well that learning as a beginner in web development and design can be overwhelming. In today's Presentation of the Day, "Learn Like a Beginner" from Table XI's June Table Talks, he speaks of cultivating a culture that is welcoming, engaging, and one that makes learning easier. Check out some of the techniques that The Starter League uses to teach raw beginners.

Most of us can say that, at one point or another, we've had to look for a job -- it's such a drag, right?

Looking for inspiration is much more fulfilling, and that's exactly what Sarah Michaelson encourages us to do in her presentation from PKN Winnipeg Vol. 14. After losing her job, Sarah watched a whole lot of Golden Girls and got to thinking about how to adjust to the lack of outside forces pushing her to be productive. Hear how she recalibrated, and developed her theories on "De-working". 

Is education working for those who are focused in fields related to art and technology?

In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN London Vol. 2) principal Richard Adams believes he has the answer to this question. He discusses the School of Communication Arts, a trail-blazing school for advertising in London, was shuttered for a decade. Richard talks us through the reasons for its rebirth, and its unique approach to learning through creativity.