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TED. Technology. Entertainment. Design.

If you’re like me – you’re always looking for something to inspire you or entertain you while you are working out, or driving to work.  This website is perfect for that.  There are hundreds of inspiring talks about technology, entertainment, education, and design at your fingertips.  TED is a free website with easy-to-download talks.

I shared one of the talks in an earlier blog post about the Sixth Sense Technology.  I also shared a blog post on The Khan Academy.  If you didn’t get a chance to watch either of those films – I would take a look at them.  They are both incredibly intriguing.

That being said, there are numerous talks that apply to education.  I watched one today by a 4th grade teacher, John Hunter, who created a World Peace Game that encourages students to think creatively and problem solve real world conflicts and disasters.  Watch this if you get a chance.

Another excellent educational TED video was on Dan Meyer – a highschool math teacher.  In his talk he breaks apart math problems and shows the flaws in our textbooks.  He also highlights the skills students do need to learn to be successful – and how to make math class engaging to students.  This is a great video if you are looking for new inspiration and insight into preparing for math lessons.

In this talk Conrad Wolfram discusses the major components of math.  What is math?  What should be taught?  He talks about the dangers of emphasizing too much computation.  He believes that in our modern time computers can do the computation, therefore education should be focusing on other aspects of math curriculum.

To download a TED talk:

1. Go to the TED talk you want to download

2. Click on the download tab under the talk

3. Right click on the type of download you want (sometimes there are options audio/video – mp4

4. Click “Save Target AS” and save your download – VOILA – it’s done.

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