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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Shimon Schocken - the Self-Organizing Computer Course

TED Conferences LLC
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online - giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications, and other building blocks - they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first massive open online course (MOOC). In this TEDTalk, Schocken and Nisan issue a call to forget about grades and tap into the self-motivation to learn.
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16 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on March 22, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Self-Organizing Computer Course
Shimon Schocken
  • The Power of Self-Study (1:42)
  • Learning From First Principles (2:26)
  • Students Build a Computer (1:34)
  • Nand2Tetris (1:54)
  • Different Applications (2:10)
  • Obsession with Grades (0:58)
  • K12 Math Education Project (3:03)
  • Scientific Strategies (0:38)
  • Opening the Math Education Project to Individuation (1:29)
  • Credits: TEDTalks: Shimon Schocken - The Self-Organizing Computer Course (0:11)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2012.
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53040 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (16 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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