Esther Wojcicki discusses the necessity to change the classroom culture into an environment where students have more control of their own learning. Wojcicki advocates for a classroom in which instruction is supported by technology and real world projects that students choose for themselves. Esther Wojcicki is an American journalist and educator who is a pioneer in exploring the interface between education and technology. She graduated from University of California Berkeley with a B.A. in English and Political Science. She received a secondary teaching credential from University of California, Berkeley, as well as a graduate degree from the Graduate School of Journalism in Berkeley. Currently, Wojcicki is a journalism and english teacher at Palo Alto High School. She began its journalism program, which has grown to become one of the largest in the nation. Wojcicki strongly believes in changing a classroom’s culture so that students are more in control of their learning. Wojcicki discusses this in her book Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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