I’ve long been a big fan of TED talks, and stumbled on a blog post with the idea to “Give TED” for the holidays (#GiveTED). I previously posted about TED Ed, but this post is focused on the TED Talks as both an inspiration and teaching tool.
TED Talks started out as a distraction to me while on the treadmill, but have since spurred some of the most creative projects and fundamental changes to my classroom. I even use some as content in my flipped classroom approach. So this holiday season, I’m sharing five TED Talks that have made positive impacts in my classroom.
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Candy Chang: Before I die I want to…
This talk led to the building of a “Before I Die…” wall in my classroom.
From TED: “In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors’ answers — surprising, poignant, funny — became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What’s your answer?)”
Cesar Kuriyama: One second every day
Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education
From TED: “Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.”
Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA
From TED: “Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where ‘the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.’ ”
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