Wednesday, May 27, 2009

TED Talks for Teachers

A person can find their way to and stay for hours and hours. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and it was started in 1984 as a conference that brought people in those fields together. In the years since, it has become a symposium for all kinds of great ideas. The site features hundreds of "talks," presentations by great thinkers and experts in all kinds of fields.

Take a look at three great examples, and let me know if you find other great ones (and you will).

Jay Walker on the world's English Mania
"Mathematics is the language of science, music is the language of emotion, and now English is becoming the language of problem solving."

David Merrill Demos Siftables
"One of the interesting things about this kind of application is that you don't have to give people instructions. All I have to say is, 'Make words' and they know exactly what to do."

Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity

"My contention is the creativity now in education is as important as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status."


  1. SO many interesting tidbits in this post. Seeing Jay Walker sent me on a bird walk. Years ago as part of a writing class I taught, we collected names that were intriguing and often disconcerting. For example, I personally had a dentist named Dr. Moan (probably spelled Moen) and a doctor (luckily not a surgeon) named Dr. Butcher.

  2. TED talks are so cool. Two thumbs up for posting em.