TED talks for use in class

In the “history teacher’s attic” I found a great list of Ted talks where the material has been sorted out making it easier for educators to discover something appropriate for the sifferent  disciplines. This is a great list to use when preparing for class. Click here to find the full list. I found this site via Larry Ferlazzo’s great website about storytelling. I have only added some of the topics that are of most interest to me! Enjoy!

Technology/Computers in Education  
Evan Williams How Twitter’s spectacular growth is being driven by unexpected uses 0:08:00
Erik Hersman Erik Hersman on reporting crisis via texting 0:03:56
Tim Berners-Lee The next Web of open, linked data 0:16:23
Brenda Laurel Why didn’t girls play videogames? 0:13:08
Juan Enriquez Beyond the crisis, mindboggling science and the arrival of Homo evolutis 0:18:50
David Merrill Siftables, the toy blocks that think 0:07:09
James Surowiecki The moment when social media became the news 0:16:59
Earth Science/Environment  
Al Gore 15 ways to avert a climate crisis 0:16:17
Juan Enriquez Why can’t we grow new energy? 0:18:10
Sir Ken Robinson Do schools kill creativity? 0:19:24
Richard Baraniuk Goodbye, textbooks; hello, open-source learning 0:18:34
Alan Kay A powerful idea about teaching ideas 0:20:37
Stuart Brown Why play is vital — no matter your age 0:26:42
Mae Jemison Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together 0:14:48
Sugata Mitra Can kids teach themselves? 0:20:59


  1. […] Web 2.0 is a relatively newer term, Peters and Hopkins (2013) defined this as “technologies to make the World Wide Web a more interactive environment” (p. 1297). The Collins English Dictionary adds to the definition by describing web 2.0 as resource for networking and collaboration, with a large amount of the content as user-generated with a “combination of concepts, trends, and technologies” (web 2.0, n.d. p. 1). Web 2.0 is called this due to the fact that most of the social media available was in the second generation wave of the World Wide Web, the phrase Web 2.0 was coined during a conference (Oreilly, 2005). Overall, the Web 2.0 is the second step in internet access and use, by adding a social collaboration layer to the information acquisition that had already been available. Web 2.0 is the natural evolution for connecting people via an online media system. […]

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