About the Event
During our journey through education, we often hear that it is a task that never ends. But what information will actually stay with us ? How can be formal and non-formal education combined ? Why does digitalisation not work as some politicians have dreamed of ? This year's theme opens a wide range of possibilities and leads to many thoughts that will interest you. Come to think and talk with us about how education could look like.
Don’t forget that education guides us through our whole life. It enables to learn about ourselves and the world we live in. Everyone is going by his own path, interesting ideas are actually some kind of crossroads on these paths. Every new thought affects us and can bring a little more perspective on where we are going. So add a few more crossroads to your journey by coming to TEDxPragueED.
The conference will be simultaneously translated to English. We look forward to seeing you on September 12th at 5:00 PM.
110 00, Praha 1
Take your seat
Fouder of Techambitiondetail
When Jakub was twenty, he set himself a goal to fully utilize the computer in education. In 2012, he founded Techambition, a company that developed a visual app for high school math designed to make students think and ask. Another example of Techambition’s work is thermodynamic visualization which was used for doctoral studies classes at the famous Stanford University. If you ask him whether a computer can transform student motivation, passion, and student results, he would probably answer, “No, this must be done by the teacher”. The product of seven years of work is artificial intelligence, which helps teachers prepare more efficient teaching procedures.close
“I like personal, uncut and raw messages. I am glad that thanks to TEDx I can share my thoughts that are important to me.” - Jakub Stránský
Through Techambition's digital products, Jakub proves that classroom and teacher feedback remains the most important pillar of school education, even in the modern technology age. They use the data obtained from student’s work to create detailed materials for teachers to implement teaching practices. The techniques are aimed at student collaboration and discussion with the teacher. Thanks to these procedures, students have done twice more assignments by themselves over the past school year.
Documentary filmmaker and founder of the Cyril Mooney School in the Czech Republicdetail
Being 20 years old, Linda moved to New York where she studied art and documentary film. One of those films led her to Calcutta in India, where she met Sister Cyril Mooney, a visionary educator with charisma. Cyril and her radical thinking combined with a human approach to education inspired Linda deeply.close
She founded the Cyril Mooney School, here in the Czech Republic, as an organization that provides adaptation of this method in Czech schools, offers tools and inspiration to the community of educators and anyone else who strives to use this method. She also has part in the origin of an international institute in Canada, which should further mediate and develop the method. She also continues to work as a documentary filmmaker.
“"TEDx is the melting pot of different cultures and realities. It inspires me to attend these unique worlds and experience them through the wonderful stories told by many different speakers. They show us how big is the human will and the desire for inner happiness.” – Linda Jandeskova
Teacher, chemist, and scoutdetail
95-year-old Jindra Hojer became the pattern for the character of Jindra Hojera from “Rychlé šípy”, a famous Czech comic. As a child, he was a member of scout troop led by Jaroslav Foglar and he remembers the five years that he spent with the troop as among his favorites. He stayed with the group until scouting was banned by the Germans during the war. After Foglar's death, Hojer participated in the book, “Jestřábe, díky”.close
He filled his life with love for chemistry, puzzles and traveling. For most of his life, Hojer worked at the Research Institute of Organic Synthesis in Rybitví near Pardubice. After receiving his candidacy, he lectured at the University of Pardubice. Hojer currently lives in a retirement home in Pardubice, where he never allows himself to get bored. In addition to reading fairy tales to children in kindergarten, he gives lectures to pensioners about his travels through Europe and also he just finished his second book.
“I am now in a state for every prankishness. If it is fun, that's something for me. I have nothing to do here.” - Jindřich Hojer. Záhadné hlavolamy pro chytré hlavičky: řešení hlavolamů jako cesta k logickému myšlení pro všechny generace.
Break, great food and side activities
18:30 - 19:30
Irena Kašparová has never felt like an alternative person. She went to primary and secondary schools during the Communist Era and to university after the Velvet Revolution. Her dream had always been to explore unknown indigenous tribes of Amazonia. However, she lived in a Roma settlement in Slovakia for a year and then in Scotland for three years before seizing an awesome opportunity to establish a new field of study, Social Anthropology, at Masaryk University in Brno, which she is still chairing. Then she had children and so had to face a new dilemma of how to combine her professional goals with the family life. In the end she chose to home school her four children, of which she wrote a book TOGETHER. A Guide to Home-schooling in the Czech Republic (SPOLU. Průvodce domácím vzděláváním v ČR), published this year.close
Irena deeply appreciates the value of freedom of choice: she believes we are not victims of circumstance but free to choose which paths to follow in life and what the paths will look like. However, she is well aware of the responsibilities coming from the freedom choice as well as the need to face the consequences our decisions have for ourselves and others as well.
Home-schooling represents a family pattern completely different from the one most of us grew up in – not better or worse, just different. It is about different ways and opportunities and it transforms our values and expectations. In addition, it teaches us to have an open mind and cooperate both with our peers and cross-generationally. All this contributes to building a society based on mutuality and togetherness, since one does not live in isolation, with one’s successes and failures; on the contrary, one is there through interconnection with others.
“I love to listen to TEDx talks. They inspire me through the variety of people’s stories in which chance, hard work, belief and togetherness play an important role and emphasize the diversity of life. Moreover, the talks are living proof that there are lots of people out there who care for their lives as well as those of others, and who are willing to sacrifice their time and comfort to make the change.” - Irena Kašparová
Blind software engineerdetail
Vojta's story is an example of the fact that while life can be difficult, with the support of the environment, and your determination, perseverance and diligence, you can travel on the path to success. Vojta was a very active and clever boy, who successfully graduated from the J. M. Hurban Grammar School in Čadca, Masaryk University in Brno, and also completed a semester at the University of Ca´Foscari in Venice. Vojta simply did not give up. His story is strong and inspiring for all of us. But what was his journey through the education system like, and how does a person who went through it deal with inclusion?close
“I like TEDx because it allows for the expression of an idea, which then reaches a large number of people, and thanks to that, even a thought can change the world.” - Vojtěch Polášek
Student activist in Finlanddetail
Terhi is a student activist, coming straight out of the Finnish school system. For the past four years she has been involved in local and national student organizations, which were working with the development of their high schools and develop more vibrant student life. She also spent a few months in a Slovakia High school where she was exposed to different system of education.close
“I'm a huge fan of TED conferences and I'm really glad I recently rediscovered my all-time favourite TEDx talk: How great leaders inspire action.” - Terhi Nurminen
Founder of Rozjízdný.cz and Education.czdetail
Tomáš founded the Rozjízdný.cz platform as part of his investments in projects aimed at moving forward education in the Czech Republic. Within the platform, he founded his own project, Education.cz. This project makes studying abroad more accessible, not only in America, but also in Great Britain, Poland, Austria, and Germany. The main aim is to initiate changes in the education system, and link projects that are trying to make positive change but by themselves do not have the strength to do it.close
He is also the owner of the Futurum Secondary School of Education in Prague. In this school he and his strategic partners are gradually creating an environment for successful digitization and modernization of education. He managed to establish cooperation with the regions, which he considers as key for success. As part of the xFlow project, he is also involved in connecting students with companies.
“TEDx gives the space to create sensible ideas and topics that can excellently inspire others. I also appreciate the TEDx format itself. I focus mainly on topics related to education and, therefore, I am glad that I have the opportunity to speak at TEDxPragueED.” - Tomáš Jízdný
Afterparty in the theater cafe
21:00 - 0:00
Here’s what’s on
TEDxPragueED 2019 is going to be the third TEDxPrague event focused on education. What can you expect this year?
- Inspiring speakers full of thoughts on education
- A rich programme of workshops and activities
- Great catering
- Afterparty where you can have a chance to connect and share your ideas with the speakers
- A hobby for the whole life [Wikipedia] - Writing Wikipedia can become the love of one’s life. How is it possible? Let's try what it means to contribute to the free encyclopedia of all human knowledge and its sister projects.
Money Alphabet [Česká Spořitelna] - an interactive, entertaining and educational tour of a bank through virtual reality. Children can learn how to handle money, detect fake banknotes and use ATMs.
- Elixir for schools [Česká Spořitelna] - Gravity, resistance force or friction have always been there. Do you know where you can see them? Physics and games in everyday life.
- Your future is coming [Jobs2030] - In this zone you can try out some interactive tasks and techniques focused on the employment of the future, like working with uncertainty and searching for such jobs that you would like in the long term.
- Have fun with programming [MakeITtoday] - Come and try to programme your own robot or M boots. Try out ozoboots and other novelties from the world of programming which can open up this field to you.
- Psychohygienic stand [Nevypusť duši] - You can draw a psychohygienic resolution for yourself here and think about what you would say to a relative who is burning out. You can also get the 7 principles of healthy mental hygiene or the Manual for Loved Ones, which talks about how to treat a relative who has mental health problems.