Ted Talks

TED-Ed: TedTalks for Teachers

Amy Erin Borovoy, Edutopia’s video programming producer and curator, also provides some great resources to help teachers understand TedTalks. And now there’s a channel just for teachers! [EF]

This week’s announcement of a new initiative called TED-Ed caused a flurry of excitement about the new videos TED is creating to spread powerful lessons beyond the classroom walls. It’s not just a new home for education-related TED videos; it’s a call to action — anyone can nominate an outstanding teacher or suggest a fantastic lesson, and the TED team will work with the educators chosen to record and then animate those lessons. You can already see the first few of these gems on the TED-Ed YouTube Channel.

Though it can sometimes feel challenging to find twenty minutes to sit still in our multi-tasking lives, the videos below are worth it.

FULL ARTICLE: Five-Minute Film Festival: TED Talks for Teachers

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Neil Burgess: How your brain tells you where you are | Video on TED.com

This is a fun one you could share with students in a Science class or during an advisory period. [EF]

How do you remember where you parked your car? How do you know if you’re moving in the right direction? Neuroscientist Neil Burgess studies the neural mechanisms that map the space around us, and how they link to memory and imagination.

At University College in London, Neil Burgess researches how patterns of electrical activity in brain cells guide us through space.

LINK: Neil Burgess: How your brain tells you where you are

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Women entrepreneurs, example not exception?

While this video has generated 23,842 YouTube views and 93,118 TedTalks views in its first three days, it’s more interesting that the dislikes are outpacing the likes. The posts below the video may be more interesting and discussion-provoking.  Maybe the “lesson plan” would be to have students watch at home and then analyze the posts…

Women aren’t micro–so why do they only get micro-loans? At TEDxWomen reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that women running all types of firms– from home businesses to major factories– are the overlooked key to economic development.

LINK: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Women entrepreneurs, example not exception (YouTube)

LINK: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Women entrepreneurs, example not exception (TedTalks)

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Sebastian Wernicke: 1000 TEDTalks, 6 words

This video has only been up for a few days. It’s already crossed the 120,000 views mark AND it’s drawing strong positive and negative reaction.  At the very least, an interesting thought exercise laced with humor.

Sebastian Wernicke thinks every TEDTalk can be summarized in six words. At TEDxZurich, he shows how to do just that — and less.

LINK: Sebastian Wernicke: 1000 TEDTalks, 6 words

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What is “Practical Wisdom?”

This video is about to hit one million views…and it affirms our long-held emphasis on the power of education (preparation for unknown dilemmas) over training (preparation for repeatable solutions to known problems).   How can we intentionally put practical wisdom into our curricula?

Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for “practical wisdom” as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.

via Barry Schwartz on our loss of wisdom.

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