“The only way to do great work is to love what you do,” as Steve Jobs once said to a graduating class at Stanford. How might we help more students around the world to find and share what they love to do? One educator in Indonesia designed a solution to this challenge.
For his TED-Ed Innovation Project, teacher Steven Sutantro created a new way to put student ideas, hopes and dreams in the spotlight at more community events by combining a digital gallery with an event booth run by students. Here are his step-by-step instructions on how you can replicate this innovation at your school:
Innovation in education is about more than just technology. It’s about how you can empower students — they are the ones who hold the future. TED-Ed Clubs empower students to develop their ideas and share them with confidence. For example, check out these student ideas. To start a club at your school today, go here.
You can use whatever tools you like to create a digital gallery of student ideas. For example, I used Wix to create an online space for TED-Ed Club members at my school to share what they love to do and what they’re passionate about. Check it out.
When you contact the organizer, tell them that your school’s TED-Ed Club wants to present an exhibit booth at the event. This will be a space that gives students an opportunity to showcase their ideas. In the booth, TED-Ed Club members will:
For example, my to-do list looked like this:
5. Form a team to help with the event booth. Distribute the ‘to-do’s.
The TED-Ed Club at Dian Harapan School hosted our event booth. That’s me on the left.
6. Collaborate with your TEDx organizer and team.
Stephanie — the TEDx Youth SPH organizer — and I maintained strong communication via emails and video calls to make sure our collaboration met our goals.
7. Invite your school community (TED-Ed Club members, students, teachers, parents and friends) to be part of the TEDx event.
We had a great time at the event, and the TED-Ed Clubs station was a big success! You can read more about our experiences here.
This article is part of the TED-Ed Innovation Project series, which highlights 25+ TED-Ed Innovation Projects designed by educators, for educators, with the support and guidance of the TED-Ed Innovative Educator program. You are welcome to share, duplicate and modify projects under this Creative Commons license to meet the needs of students and teachers. To get started, click here.