389: Mark Barnes: Teaching The Kids That Failure Is Ok!

Welcome to the Steve Jobs based Join Up Dots Free Podcast Interview with Mr Mark Barnes

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Mark Barnes PodcastTodays guest on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who unlike so many of us, was not ready to leave school behind as quickly as he could.

With an experience gained by over twenty years standing in front of students, he is a man on a mission.

A mission that takes him from his own classroom, into every other classroom on earth.

He believes that the world should connect in order to discuss, create, and encourage new and improved ways of learning into our children’s lives.

And unusually, or at least it seemed to me, instead of saying “And one of the things we need to do is stop the fascination with social media and Facebook” he actually encourages these tools.

He wants the educators of the world to connect, or join up their own dots, to create a powerful force of classroom improvement.

And now with six best selling books, a keynote speaker, TED veteran, and leading advocate for the no-grades classroom he is connecting to make a huge difference.

So why does he feel that instead of saying, keep social out of the classroom, we should be saying “Lets use its power for connecting?”

And of course, in true Join Up Dots style, does he remember his own passage through the education system as inspiring, or just get me out of here?

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs on todays free podcast, with the one and only Mr Mark Barnes

Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Mark Barnes such as:

Why he didn’t enjoy school and the education system, so is surprised (as much as his friends are) that he ended up becoming a teacher.

Why he embraces the power of social media, to use it as the perfect way to find the right people across the world to fix problems.

How he worries about the money that his “Hack Learning” app costs in development, but feels that money should never be the reason to “Not do!”

Why he realises that he is a person that gets bored really easily in life, so he has to find the passion that ignites his own personal drive.

And lastly….

How after so many failures in his life, he has come to the realisation that there is a true gift from failures, and we need to teach that to our children.

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