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Medikidz: Medical information for kids

I’ve recently come across Medikidz, a fantastic initiative with a mission to help children understand medical information, especially diseases. I cannot imagine a better way to promote such important messages to children.

Millions of children worldwide are diagnosed every day with conditions that even their parents may find difficult to comprehend. Most children don’t understand their medical conditions, or associated investigations, procedures and treatments, and are often scared by what is going on around them.

That is where the Medikidz come into action!

The Medikidz are five energetic, larger-than-life superheroes on a mission to help young people understand illness and medical concepts. Chi, Pump, Skinderella, Axon and Gastro take children on a journey through Mediland – an outerspace planet shaped just like the human body – to explain the diagnosis, investigation, treatment and prevention of different medical conditions.

The Future of Education: Online and Quantified

Khan Academy seems to be very promising regarding the future of education. A recent TED video describes it all.

Khan spoke at the most recent TED conference about his project to create a series of free online videos and detailed self-assessments to educate anyone in the world. The audience gave him a long standing ovation, and I got chills watching it at home. Here’s the video, and my own Khan Academy experience below it.

Computerized tiles revolutionize education

I know this TED talk is from 2009 but I still admire the work done by David Merrill, an MIT graduate student.

MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables — cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?

Ken Robison’s Changing Education Paradigms – Animated Version

Do you remember the fantastic TED talk of Sir Ken Robinson about changing education?

Now here is the animated version with a detailed message:

(Hat tip: The virtual GP)

Education Crisis on Video

A fantastic infrographics-based video about the crisis surrounding the US education system:

Sexual Health Video Game

This is how teenagers could be educated about sexual and reproductive health in a colorful way.

Privates is a platform twin-stick shooter in which you lead a teeny-tiny gang of condom-hatted marines as they delve into peoples’ vaginas and bottoms and blast away at all manner of oozy, shouty monsters. It’s rude, funny, bitingly satirical and technically pretty accurate if you don’t count the tiny people or the germs with teeth.

Cool Tools for Social Learning

Jane Hart, a Learning & Performance Consultant, and founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies published another great slideshow featuring many examples about social learning:

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