Wednesday, June 12, 2013

TED Talks Education

You know the saying "Great minds discuss ideas.  Average minds discuss events.  Small minds discuss people. {Eleanor Roosevelt}"?  TED Talks falls into the "great minds" category. 

TED Talks is one of the coolest things that has happened [somewhat] recently as far as a platform for sharing and spreading ideas and thoughts.  Unlike other social media type websites, TED offers "Ideas worth spreading" in what they boast as "riveting talks by remarkable people".  It is seriously addicting, and unlike some other video based websites, I feel smarter after I'm done watching.  Smarter in an I-have-more-questions-than-when-this-began kind of way.  So now my "great mind" can go discuss these ideas with people and have meaningful conversations. 

The TED Talks Education PBS special in May (2013) was seriously fantastic.  I got accidently sucked in and missed the shows I had actually planned on watching.  Luckily,  I found a few other people who had done the same and we were able to talk it out the next day.

Needless to say, I love the TED talks, and the education "edition" on PBS was no exception.  The big name presenter was Bill Gates (I think, anyways), but my favorite presenter was Geoffrey Canada.  I loved the points he made about research and what/if we've done anything with results from studies to change the way our nation approaches education.  Of course, John Legend is never a let down either.  The entire TED special was just a "things that make you go hmm" kind of broadcast and I really enjoyed it!

If you missed it, check it out {here}. 

You can watch each clip individually in case you don't have an hour to sit down and watch them all... but it is certainly worth a peek! 

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoy TED Talks, some of my favorites are the ones with kids presenting. We've shown a few to students before, which they really seem to enjoy too.

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