Summer vacation has already begun for many educators in the United States. For some of us we have a few more weeks of school left. Summer is a time when many educators relax and recharge and allow themselves to learn something new. As life-long learners we sometimes look at increasing our knowledge and experience specifically in what we teach or it can be taking on the challenge of learning something new outside of normal, everyday comfort zone. In any event, learning is what we do.
One of the tools teachers might consider to spur their teaching and learning is TEDTalks. TEDTalks are presentations given around the world at TED events by leaders, artists, scientists, and more including educators. The talks can teach, inspire and spread ideas. They can make you laugh, cry, and totally change the way you think about the world we live in.
What makes these great for teacher learning is the talks last from a few minutes to 20 minutes. They are available in so many different ways that it is hard to find an excuse that you wouldn’t be able to watch them. You can watch them on the web at http://ted.com and Youtube. You can get the TED app on practically every mobile device and also subscribe using any podcast app too. TEDTalks are also available on your TV using a web-enabled TV, GoogleTV, AppleTV, and Roku box using Netflix, Youtube app or even the TEDTalk channel that some of those devices provide.
Each of the playlists we have selected contain TEDTalks that range from a few minutes to 20 minutes.
TEDTalks are translated into many languages.
The playlists may not necessarily be education focused, but may be inspiring and amazing so that you can bring that amazement back to your students.
We did not include any playlist that has Sir Ken Robinson’s talk about schools killing creativity primarily because you have probably already seen it since it is one of the most viewed and shared TEDTalks out there.
We attempted to select playlists that were unique in the talks they included. We failed. There may be some overlap.
“As Wittgenstein famously wrote, “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” Watch talks by linguists, data analysts and word nerds who explore the all-encompassing power of language.”
If you think kids aren’t learning proper writing your skills because of texting, you’re thinking about it incorrectly. Pay attention to “John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!!” in this playlist about language and words.
This list was handpicked by Sir Ken Robinson. It includes other people talking about the big ideas on how to change education. Highlights include:
Arvind Gupta: Turning trash into toys for learning
Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school
Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together
“How does the metaphorical light bulb go off? Is it a flash of genius? The power of crowds? These heady talks explore the nature of ideas themselves: Where they come from, how they evolve, and how each of us can nurture them.”
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex
“Fun, informative talks for curious kids.”
Arthur Benjamin does “Mathemagic”
The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves …
Beau Lotto + Amy O’Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included
This curated list is by Ben Affleck. What amazed him will probably amaze you and get you thinking differently.
Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music
Hans Rosling: Let my dataset change your mindset (especially if your school using data to inform decisions)
Rives: The 4 a.m. mystery
Words, words, words (10 talks) http://www.ted.com/playlists/117/words_words_words.html
Ken Robinson: 10 talks on education http://www.ted.com/playlists/124/ken_robinson_10_talks_on_educ.html
Where do ideas come from? (5 talks) http://www.ted.com/playlists/20/where_do_ideas_come_from.html
For kids (10 talks) http://www.ted.com/playlists/86/for_kids.html
Ben Affleck: 8 talks that amazed me http://www.ted.com/playlists/32/ben_affleck_8_talks_that_amaz.html
And because it was just too hard to limit it to 5, here are some more to check out.
Did you know? (7 talks)http://www.ted.com/playlists/19/did_you_know.html
Our brains: predictably irrational (11 talks) http://www.ted.com/playlists/74/our_brains_predictably_irrati.html
How does my brain work? (8 talks) http://www.ted.com/playlists/1/how_does_my_brain_work.html
Do you have a favorite TEDTalk that isn’t Ken Robinson’s Schools Kill Creativity? Let us know in the comments.
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