PostRank, which uses an “engagement index” to measure the popularity of web content, has done an interesting analysis of all TED Talks.
In their post, titled “And the most engaging TED talk is…”, they explain what they did and list some of the “most-engaged” Talks.
More importantly, they provide a spreadsheet ranking all of the Ted Talks.
PostRanks says they were inspired by a TED Talk titled “Lies, damned lies and statistics (about TEDTalks).” That’s a short and entertaining presentation on TED Talks statistics that has some helpful ideas on making any kind of presentation.
In addition, Sebastian Wernicke, the speaker in that talk, has created a fun online application called tedPAD. Using the data he has compiled, you have the option of creating your own tongue-in-cheek “phenomenal” or “really bad” TED Talks.
I’m adding these links to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks.”
Thanks for those TED leads!
This year, for the first time, I had students watch TED videos, write short reviews, and present their summaries to the class. The exercise engaged students, allowed them to watch excellent materials, share ideas, and develop their presentation skills. It also seemed quite popular among both undergraduate and graduate students.