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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

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Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Blended Learning

The Big Idea for Monday, February 10, 2014

A blended learning environment means students have access to teachers face-to-face but they also have opportunities to collaborate with their peers and their teachers both in school and out of school.

In today's lesson, the Gates Foundation's Vicki Phillips explains how schools need to be rearranged to use teacher’s time most effectively. Technology will be an enabler, but the kind of face-to-face opportunity between kids and teachers and kids and peers will still be there.

A blended learning environment, Philips says, represents "a lovely blend of both adult and student interactions.  And yet when the day ends kids don’t shut their learning down.  They actually take their tools with them and continue to learn wherever they are."



  1. 1 Blended Learning: Making Professional Development Relevant and Meaningful
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  2. 2 Clayton Christensen on the Dire State of American Innovation
    Clayton Christensen
  3. 3 The School of the Future
    Salman Khan
  4. 4 Kindergarten Coders and the New Toy Tablets
    Dominic Basulto Endless Innovation

Blended Learning

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