This September, TEDxOtemachiED will give people who care about learning an opportunity to spark discussion on the future of education, and share those ideas with the global community.

The event's theme is "Learning That Matters". TEDxOtemachiED features learners, educators, innovators from across disciplines who will speak to a variety of issues regarding Education - one of the most important, powerful systems of organized human life. We will explore ideas, ranging from personal strategies for lifelong pursuit of knowledge to curriculum and pedagogical innovation, from latest trends in Ed-tech to the next generations of learning space design, from Education for Sustainability to the question of envisioning graduates of the future. Faced with unforeseeable changes that the future brings, opportunities and crisis alike, it’s high time we ask: What are truly worth educating for?

HOW PEOPLE LEARN

When do infants begin to learn? How can adults sustain learning? How do experts learn and how is this different from non-experts? What about bilingual and multilingual individuals, are they better or worse in terms of learning capacity?

Exciting new research about the mind and the brain provides answers to these compelling questions, significantly adding to our understanding of what it means to know - from the neural processes that occur during learning to the influence of culture on what people see and absorb.

RETHINKING EDUCATION

If education is to help learners make sense of their surroundings and prepare them for the challenges of the technology-driven, interconnected world, then it must be based on what we know about learning from science and innovative, thoughtful organization of pedagogical methods. More than anything, education now needs to focus on learning that really matters.

GRADUATES OF THE FUTURE

Communities have always wrestled with the multiple purposes of education: for career development, for participatory citizenship; for nurturing ethical adults who can engage in reflective thinking; for the fulfillment of humanity’s potential or for the creation of a common experience in a pluralistic society, while meeting the needs of individuals.

As the world changes and grows more complex, returning to these important questions of purpose can help guide organizations and individuals alike in their growth and strategic change. To ensure our teaching & learning are effective at these purposes, we need to routinely re-imagine what the future requires us to know and be able to do.

LIVE SPEAKERS

Sae

Kitamura

Shakespearean, feminist, critic

Kensaku

Yoshida

Linguist, poet, grandfather

Jason

McEvoy

Environmentalist, psychologist

Kyoko

Kokusho

Talent coach, change maker

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.