How do we understand complex ideas? How can we explain complex ideas?
The standard answer is: Words, lots of them, often on Powerpoint.
The unconventional answer: Dance the ideas!
That’s the provocative answer offered by Johan Bohannon, in a TED Talk that is itself a vivid illustration of his point.
Bohannan is a Ph.D in molecular biology, so no stranger to the world of science and academic rigor. However, he makes an interesting case for dancing as a way for us to grasp complex ideas. [For more about him, check out his website www.johnbohannon.org. You may also want to check out the
dance your Ph.D competition videos]
I love to incorporate different media and art forms when designing learning experiences, so this really resonates for me. Maybe next time you start planning a Powerpoint presentation, consider whether you want to invite a few dancers instead!