TED Talks are very commonly referred to and blogged about these days, so I won’ t bore anyone by simply reiterating what my colleagues have already posted.
What I would like to say about the TED videos is that I am finding them to be my number one go-to resource with students and adults, inside and outside of the classroom. I cannot think of another resource that has proven to be as versatile as the TED videos.
However, just like all everything else in this world, not all TEDs are created equal. With that in mind I would like to highlight just a few of my top picks. BTW, these are pretty much hands down the top picks amongst my students, teachers and friends.
John Francis: didn’t speak for 18 years because he knew he needed to learn something. After showing this TED the first time in one of my classes a student looked at me and said “I am so inspired I want to try it. I want to stop talking and just listen to what everyone is saying.” Yes, those words from the mouth of a teenage boy!
I have seen this TED multiple times now and get something different from Mr. Francis upon each viewing. Perhaps the most important thing however was the realization that I, like most educators, haven’t been truly listening to my students. How many times do you have a student who is talking and you immediately jump to the end, knowing full well what he/she is going to say?
I cannot recommend this one enough.