The Best TED & TEDx Talks for Teachers & Students


The Best TED, TEDx & TED-Ed Talks for Teachers & Students

In no particular order:

Do Schools Kill Creativity? (Ken Robinson)

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Gaming Can Make a Better World. (Jane McGonigal)

Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how


The Myth of Average (Todd Rose)

L. Todd Rose is co-founder and president of Project Variability, an organization dedicated to providing leadership around the emerging new science of the individual and its implications for education, the workforce, and society. In addition, he is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches Educational Neuroscience. Todd is also the author of Square Peg: My story and what it means for raising visionaries, innovators, and out-of-the-box thinkers.

Education Innovation in the Slums (Charles Leadbeater)

Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education — and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world’s poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn. And this informal, disruptive new kind of school, he says, is what all schools need to become.

How to Start a Movement (Derek Sivers)

With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)


Turning Trash Into Toys for Learning (Arvind Gupta)

Arvind Gupta shares simple yet stunning plans for turning trash into seriously entertaining, well-designed toys that kids can build themselves — while learning basic principles of science and design.


Gaming to Re-Engage Boys in Learning (Ali Carr-Chellman)

Ali Carr-Chellman spells out three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain.

Teach Teachers to Create Magic (Christopher Emdin)

What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don’t teach to educators. The science advocate (and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) offers a vision to make the classrooms come alive


3 Rules to Spark Learning (Ramsey Musallam)

It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.

Questions No-one Knows the Answers To (Chris Anderson)

In the first of a new TED-Ed series designed to catalyze curiosity, TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his boyhood obsession with quirky questions that seem to have no answers.

Gamification (Gabe Zichermann)

Gabe Zichermann is co-author of the book “Game-Based Marketing, where he makes a compelling case for the use of games and game mechanics in everyday life, the web and business. Gabe is also a board member of StartOut.org and facilitator for the NYC chapter of the Founder Institute

What Adults Can Learn From Kids (Adora Svitak)

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

 

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One Response to The Best TED & TEDx Talks for Teachers & Students

  1. I’d certainly add Sugata Mitra’s School in the Cloud talk, as well as Sir Ken’s second talk about leading education out of Death Valley. There’s also a talk about body language and liars but I can’t remember who it’s by just now.

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