Who’s TED and what’s all the Talk about?

January 19, 2017 | Author: Jule Barta, LPVROP Coordinator of Career Technical Education


Have youTED heard of TED Talks? TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It is my opinion that their slogan says it all:  “TED: Ideas Worth Spreading”.   If you have not heard of TED Talks, don’t walk, run! Go immediately to their site and take a look: http://www.ted.com/

TED Talks hosts over 1600 videos from around the world produced by the most famous and influential people in their fields of expertise. The talks are interesting, engaging, informative, and best of all thought provoking. The videos are all under 20 minutes and are perfect to share with students, teachers, coworkers, and friends. But how can I use these in the classroom, you ask? Never fear, TED Ed is here!  TED has developed a series of talks that include over 80,000 lesson plans called TED ED – Lessons Worth Sharing.

Instead of writing more about TED Talks I thought I would let it speak for itself. Below are links to the some of the most popular TED Talks:

  1. Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 23,510,221 views
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 14,343,197
  3. Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 14,228,854
  4. Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010): 12,703,623
  5. Amy Cuddy on how your body language shapes who you are (2012): 12,682,694
  6. Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 12,068,105
  7. Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do (2006): 10,425,014
  8. David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 10,266,221
  9. Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 9.176,053
  10. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 8, 363,339
  11. Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 7,788,151
  12. Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 7,685,726
  13. Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your creative genius (2009): 7,593,076
  14. Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005): 7,223,258
  15. Susan Cain shares the power of introverts (2012): 6,807,240
  16. Keith Barry does brain magic (2004): 6,371,778
  17. David Blaine reveals how he held his breath for 17 minutes (2010): 6,359,084
  18. Pamela Meyer on how to spot a liar (2010): 6,256,589
  19. Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 4,951,918
  20. Barry Schwartz explores the paradox of choice (2005): 3,836,350

Here are also some of my personal favorites in no particular order:

  1. Mike Rowe  Learning from dirty jobs  (Why we need CTE)
  2. Temple Grandin The world needs all kinds of minds (Autism and the need for CTE)
  3. Tyler DeWitt Hey Science Teachers Make it fun (Great ideas for all teachers)
  4. Shane Koyczan To This Day…for the bullied and beautiful
  5. Drew Dudley Everyday Leadership  (We can all change someone’s life)
  6. Rita Pierson – Every kid needs a champion (Perfect for asking, why do we teach?)
  7. Jane McGonigal – Massively Multi-player…thumb-wrestling? (Try it, you just might enjoy it)
  8. Cameron Russel Looks aren’t everything (Image is powerful and superficial)
  9. Michael Stevens How much does a video weigh? (Silly questions can make effective lessons)
  10. Ed Yong Suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasite tales  (Do we have free will or can microscopic bacteria hijack our brain?).

Do you have a favorite TED Talk you would like to share?  Send me a link and I will post it to my Pinterest Board of Favorite TED Talks.