Showing posts with label TED. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TED. Show all posts

Monday, January 1, 2018

Don't Tell People About Your New Year's Resolution

Happy New Year! I hope that 2018 is a great year for you and that you accomplish all of the goals that you set for yourself in 2018. Just don't tell me or anyone else what those goals are unless you're asking for an accountability partner. It's not that I don't care about your goals, in fact, I do care and that's why I don't want you to tell people about them. Years ago I learned that if you tell someone your goal, you're less likely to accomplish it. Don't take my word for it, watch this three minute TED Talk in which Derek Sivers explains the research on the psychology of keeping goals to yourself until you have reached them.

Applications for Education
If part of your plan when school starts again tomorrow is to have students talk about New Year's resolutions, take a few minutes to watch this video with your students. I did that with my homeroom students seven years ago and one of those students recently mentioned it to me when I ran into her at a local ski resort where she now runs one of the guest services departments at the resort.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

TED Playlists - A Little Organization for Your TED Talks Viewing

TED Talks have provided the spark for a lot of interesting conversations in my current events classes and in my homeroom meetings over the years. Sometimes I would simply show them in the classroom as discussion fodder and other times I would post them on a classroom blog to have students watch and respond with written comments. I found talks either through searching the TED website or by having them appear in the TED Blog feed. Now there is an easier way to find good talks, that is by looking at TED Playlists.

TED Playlists are sets of talks organized around a topic or theme. You can search for playlists and videos by selecting a topic from the playlist homepage then entering a keyword search within a chosen topic. It's a quick and easy way to find interesting talks to share with your students.
If you would like to a see a list of more than 1700 TED Talks, take a look at this spreadsheet that contains speakers' names, talk titles, talk summaries, and links to the talks.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

TED Introduces TED-Ed Clubs to Get Kids Talking About Big Ideas

TED recently introduced a new initiative called TED-Ed Clubs. TED-Ed Clubs provide a framework for getting students together on a regular basis to talk about their big ideas. As it is a TED initiative, TED-Ed Clubs have a component for students to deliver TED-style presentations to fellow club members. TED provides club facilitators with a framework and materials for leading students in a collaborative process of developing, sharing, and presenting ideas. In reading through the FAQs about TED-Ed Clubs you might notice some similarities to the Toastmasters concept.

Applications for Education
TED-Ed Clubs can be formed by students, teachers, and school administrators. There is an application that must be completed in order to become an official TED-Ed Club and gain access to the facilitator materials. Of course, you could certainly organize your own "big ideas club" without getting the TED seal of approval. The club environment could provide a comfortable setting for students to practice and develop presentation skills. The club environment could also be a good place for students who tend to prefer to work alone to get practice in collaborating with others on the development of ideas.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

TED-Ed Lesson - How Big Is the Ocean?

Anyone who has stood on a beach looking out on the ocean has probably wondered, how big is the ocean? The TED-Ed lesson How Big Is the Ocean explains some of the answers to that question by putting the size of the ocean into perspective compared with well-know landforms. The lesson is suitable for students in grades three through eight.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

TED on the Radio

Watching and listening to TED Talks is one of my favorite ways to discover new ideas and challenge my current thinking about various topics. This week I learned that TED is coming the radio in the form of the TED Radio Hour on National Public Radio. The announcement from TED says that the new show will start on April 27, but it did not specify the time. Hopefully, that news will be available soon.

Here is one of my favorite TED Talks from Sir Ken Robinson.

And here are 15 other good TED Talks for educators.