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March 4, 2014
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“TED Talks” Unveils Redesigned Website With New Useful Tools

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TED Talks has just unveiled a new design for their website, and it now includes some additional useful tools.

You can see their list of the new tools here.

They include enhanced videos, the ability to save a list of the talks you’ve watched or want to watch, and the addition to many of the videos of speaker-suggested additional resources.

I’m adding this info to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

January 14, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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TED Talks Unveils TED-Ed Clubs For Students

'TED Talk' photo (c) 2013, urban_data - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

TED Talks has just unveiled a new program called TED-Ed Clubs.

I’ve embedded a video below about it but, basically, it’s designed to encourage young people to create their own versions of a TED Talk through starting a school club.

Helping students develop better speaking skills is great but, I don’t know about you, but I get tired just thinking of helping start and teach an after-school TED-Ed Club.

Fortunately, though, they seem to be open to teachers using their materials in class (some of which look decent). They published this teacher’s question:

I’m a teacher and want to use some of the TED-Ed Club curriculum to guide student classroom projects. How do I do that?

And here was their answer:

Apply to start a TED-Ed Club and we’ll work with you to figure out how you can incorporate some of the materials into your own curriculum.

So, if you’re interested, you can apply here.

I’m adding this info to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

May 10, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More On “TED Talks On Education”

Here are some new additions to The Best Of “TED Talks On Education”:

Bill Gates’s $5 billion plan to videotape America’s teachers is by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post. She highlights a piece I wrote for her column that I still think is the best thing I’ve ever written, Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way).

TED Talks Education speakers make playlists for you is from TED.

May 10, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Of “TED Talks On Education”

I’ve published several posts on the recent TED Talks On Education extravaganza on PBS, and others have done the same.

I thought it would be useful for readers here for me to put them all together, and to continue to add to them.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations)

The “Best” TED Talks (Well, Really, The Ones I Use With My Classes)

Here are my choices for The Best Of “TED Talks On Education”:

TED just posted Sir Ken Robinson’s talk. I’ve embedded it below, and you can read the transcript here:

You Can Now Watch Entire PBS TED Talks On Education Online

Complete Unedited Versions Of Last Night’s TED Talks On Education (Including Bill Gates & His $5 Billion Boondoggle)

Video: Angela Lee Duckworth On “The key to success? Grit”

Bill Gates’ TED Talk: Are Video Cameras the Missing Link? is by Anthony Cody.

Bill Gates’s $5 billion plan to videotape America’s teachers is by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post. She highlights a piece I wrote for her column that I still think is the best thing I’ve ever written, Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way).

TED Talks Education speakers make playlists for you is from TED.

Bill Gates’s Ridiculous TED Talk, Part III: Shanghai Surprise is from Jersey Jazzman.

What Bill Gates Didn’t Say About Videotaping Teachers In His TED Talk On Education

Feel free to share your thoughts on the videos, and links to pieces you’ve written, in the comments.

May 8, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Complete Unedited Versions Of Last Night’s TED Talks On Education (Including Bill Gates & His $5 Billion Boondoggle)

You can see last night’s PBS Ted Talk On Education here. However, those talks were edited down from their originals.

Here is where you can see the full unedited versions (including a written transcript) of the talks by these speakers:

Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning

Malcolm London: “High School Training Ground”

Pearl Arredondo: My story, from gangland daughter to star teacher

Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

John Legend: “True Colors”

And I’ve embedded Bill Gates’ full talk (You can get the transcript here) on his plan to videotape every teacher in the United States — at a cost of $5 billion:

Here’s my Washington Post piece on what I think of his idea:

Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way)

May 8, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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You Can Now Watch Entire PBS TED Talks On Education Online

'Bill Gates. TED2011' photo (c) 2011, Gisela Giardino - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

PBS has just put last night’s TED Talks On Education Online. I’ve embedded it below:

Watch TED Talks Education on PBS. See more from TED Talks Education.

Here are the names of some of the presenters and links to some supplemental materials:

Bill Gates spoke about, among other things, his big new $5 billion initiative to videotape teachers. You might find these posts useful:

Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way)

The Best Posts & Articles About Videotaping Teachers In The Classroom

Many of my previous posts
about Gates, along with his MET Project.

Gates Foundation Minimizing Great Tools For Helping Teachers Improve Their Craft


Professor Angela Duckworth
spoke about “grit.” Check out her work at The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit.”

Geoffrey Canada from the Harlem Children’s Zone. You can find a link to my many posts — both positive and critical — here.

Sir Ken Robinson. Check out a previous post and video titled “You Cannot Make A Plant Grow — You Can Provide The Conditions For Growth.”

You might also be interested in The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

April 23, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PBS Special “TED Talks Education” On May 7th (Along With Supplemental Resources)

PBS is airing a special TED Talks Education program on May 7th. It’s an interesting line-up of speakers, and I thought I’d list a few of them along with previous posts in this blog that readers might find helpful:

Bill Gates will be speaking about, among other things, his big new $5 billion initiative to videotape teachers. You might find these posts useful:

Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way)

The Best Posts & Articles About Videotaping Teachers In The Classroom

Many of my previous posts
about Gates, along with his MET Project.

Professor Angela Duckworth
will be speaking about “grit.” Check out her work at The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit.”

Geoffrey Canada from the Harlem Children’s Zone. You can find a link to my many posts — both positive and critical — here.

Sir Ken Robinson. Check out a previous post and video titled “You Cannot Make A Plant Grow — You Can Provide The Conditions For Growth.”

You might also be interested in The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

November 13, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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TED Talks Launches “Playlists”

TED Talks launched Playlists today. They are collections of various TED Talks, primarily based on topic — “Natural wonder,” “The creative spark.” It also includes list of favorites put together by different celebrities but, I’m sorry, I don’t really care what Glenn Close likes (though she’s a great actress).

I’m adding this info to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

April 25, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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TED Talks Unveils New Interactive Education Website Tonight

TED has just unveiled a new education website tonight, TED Ed, different from the YouTube channel with the same name that they launched last month (actually, the domain name of today’s new site is ed.ted).

This new site, using the videos from that new education initiative and perhaps other TED videos, is supposed to let teachers create interactive quizzes that can be tracked. TED appears to have been seduced by the fashionable word of the day — “flipped classroom” — and is framing these teacher-created interactives as tools that can be used in that venue. But for the majority of us who have serious reservations about the feasibility of this strategy, this kind of site can be useful in the classroom.

Unfortunately, the creating tool wasn’t working for me tonight — I’m assuming that it just has a few bugs in the system that I’m sure that TED will work out quickly.

Where the creation tool could really be a valuable learning asset, though, would be by having students take the videos and create the quizzes that, in turn, could be used by their classmates and other students. Nothing on the TED site gives even a hint that they’ve considered such an idea, but once they have fixed the creation tool I wouldn’t think there would be anything to stop a teacher from having their students register and go at it. Of course, since I can’t access that tool, I can’t be sure.

You can read more about this new site at Tech Crunch. The Atlantic also has a good article.

Chris Anderson from TED has written more about it here, as has Karl Fisch.

I’m adding this info to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

December 1, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Best Of TED Talks — 2011

TED has announced 18 ideas that will shape 2012: Counting down TEDTalks on Huffington Post.

This is how they describe it:

TED and The Huffington Post are launching a year-end collaboration around 18 groundbreaking ideas that premiered on TED.com in 2011 and may very well reshape the world in 2012. For 18 days, The Huffington Post will count down these big ideas from TED in a list curated by Chris Anderson, with essays from each speaker exploring the idea they came to TED (or a TEDx) to share with the world.

Check it out at The Huffington Post special TED page. It looks interesting.

I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

August 31, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Most Popular TED Talks

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010.

Today, I’d like to share a list of the 20 Most-Watched TED Talks.

I’m also adding it to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

April 4, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PostRank Creates A Nice TED Talks Analytics Page

PostRank, the web analytics site (many bloggers, including me, use their widget. You can see mine on the sidebar of this blog charting my most “engaged” posts) has just created a nice-looking and useful site where you can see all the TED Talks analyzed by their level of “engagement” by the public.

They had previously-created a spreadsheet that had somewhat similar information, but their new page is much more accessible.

I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

March 21, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Harvard Thinks Big” Is Like “TED Talks”

Harvard Thinks Big is an annual event (started last year) where invited faculty members present ten minute talks. They just posted this year’s presentations on YouTube.

And, speaking of TED Talks, I just discovered that there is a YouTube channel devoted to TEDxTalks, which are local TED-like events that take place around the world.

I’m adding both resources to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

March 7, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Cambridge Ideas” Is Like “TED Talks”

The University of Cambridge organizes an on-going series of short presentations called “Cambridge Ideas,” which seem to be very similar to TED Talks.

They have their collection both on YouTube and on their own University website.

I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

Here’s one of the talks — it’s on vanishing languages in the world:

March 1, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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TED Talks Launches “TED-ED”

TED Talks has just announced the launching of “TED-ED.” They are planning to collect videos — shorter than the typical TED Talks ones — that “anyone” can create.

They are taking applications from people who want to participate in the planning of this initiative, and you can see a short video about their plans here.

It could have a lot of potential.

I’m adding this information to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).