Ana Fabrega, Synthesis // The Future Of Education & Using Games To Educate Kids


🎓 Who is Ana Fabrega?

Ana Lorena Fabrega is an EDUpreneur and former teacher known by little ones as Ms. Fab.

She’s currently the Chief Evangelist of Synthesis School, an innovative online enrichment club started by the director of Elon Musk’s experimental school at Space X.

Synthesis helps students build decision making & problem solving skills through games.

Let us know what you think on Twitter: @bzaidi & @anafabrega11


🧠 What You’ll Learn From This Convo:

After listening to this conversation, you’ll understand:

– why the current education system needs an overhaul
– the skills we should be developing in kids
– unlearning & the future of education
– the role of technology in learning
– forest schools, microschools & alternatives for parents to consider
– how games can be good for your kids
– the lindy effect & ideas that will stick around in education
– remote vs online education
– recommended books for kids


⏳Time Stamps (YouTube)

00:00:00 Intro
00:03:16 Attending 10 Schools by Age 15
00:08:14 What Makes A Great Teacher
00:13:32 How to Prepare Kids For The Future
00:20:58 What Skills & Jobs Do We Need To Develop For?
00:24:23 The Lindy Effect: Things That Won’t Change
00:33:55 Evolving The Education System: Personalized Learning, Downtime + Failing
00:39:52 “A Marketplace For Education” – Forest School Example
00:41:33 Micro-Schools
00:44:52 Special Needs + Autism
00:49:02 Unlearning
00:52:42 The Role Of Teachers
00:56:22 Synthesis School + Using Games To Teach
01:08:07 Online vs Offline Learning
01:13:23 Universal Access to Education
01:16:27 The Finland Model – Global Perspective
01:20:19 Advice to Parents: How to Nurture Interests
01:23:18 Dealing with Kids Behaving Badly
01:25:34 Ms. Fab’s Book Recommendations



⏳Time Stamps (Podcast)

00:00:00 Intro
00:03:48 Attending 10 Schools by Age 15
00:08:46 What Makes A Great Teacher
00:14:04 How to Prepare Kids for the Future
00:21:30 What Skills & Jobs Do We Need To Develop For?
00:24:55 The Lindy Effect: Things That Won’t Change
00:33:27 Evolving The Education System: Personalized Learning, Downtime + Failing
00:40:24 “A Marketplace For Education” – Forest School Example
00:42:05 Micro-Schools
00:45:24 Special Needs + Autism
00:49:34 Unlearning
00:53:14 The Role Of Teachers
00:56:54 Synthesis School + Using Games To Teach
01:08:39 Online vs Offline Learning
01:13:55 Universal Access to Education
01:16:59 The Finland Model – Global Perspective
01:20:51 Advice to Parents: How to Nurture Interests
01:23:50 Dealing With Kids Behaving Badly
01:26:06 Ms. Fab’s Book Recommendations
01:31:30 Wrap Up


📚Book Recommendations & Links

Ana’s Fab Friday Newsletter

Book Recommendations:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The Man Who Walked Between The Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Fantastically Great Woman who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Keaty and David Roberts

What do you do with an idea? By Kobi Yamada

Zero and One by Kathryn Otoshi

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

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