The value of keeping it simple.

In Tyler Dewitt’s TED talk from November 2012, he explains why he believes teachers need to make science interesting and more importantly, accessible for students.

He discusses the importance of leaving out the seriousness and heavy details when explaining science to teenagers.  He believes it’s better that students understand and are interested in the basics, than that they feel overwhelmed and lost in the details.  He sees it as the job of anyone involved in science to produce resources that are easy to access and interesting for the learner.

But why stop at secondary school students?  Science can be interesting, but adults and children alike are put off when they are given information that is overly complex and unnecessarily detailed.

From now onwards I will try to tell the story first and keep the details for later.

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