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Great Summer Viewing for Educators

While on vacation I saw on my Twitter feed links to a blog post about 25 Incredible TED talks for Educators. TED, which stands for
"(Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an invitation-only event where the world's leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration."
I have viewed several of these talks, and have often found applications to education, even if the original intent was some other topic. The top one suggested for educators right now is a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson on the need for schools to nurture rather than kill student creativity.
I invite you to take 20 minutes to view it, and once a week this summer pick another to view. It could be on education, or a topic of interest.

July 21-24, the next TED Global conference will be held. Topics for discussion include:
  • What is an accomplished life?
  • Which universe do we live in?
  • Is life a mathematical equation?
  • Where does motivation come from?
  • Who's defining the new geopolitical map?
  • How can we observe what we can't see?
  • Can we design the air we breathe?
  • What's the economic impact of terrorism?
  • Should we fear faith?
  • What makes big cities function?
  • What do top-secret places look like?
  • What's the true nature of modern crime?
  • Can a solar-powered plane fly?
  • What's the power of music?
  • Can we put biodiversity in a bank?
  • How does the brain create the mind?

Video of the conference is usually posted soon after. I bet you'll learn something!


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