TED Conversations

Nina Tandon

Research Scientist, cooper union


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Live conversation with Nina Tandon: How can we use TED Conversations in the classroom?

As we've launched the TEDinClass project, many in the TED community have asked: how can we use platforms like TED Conversations in the classroom?



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Thanks so much to everyone for all of your thoughtful, encouraging comments, interesting suggestions, and insightful questions! Please stay tuned to hear as this project develops.


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    Apr 5 2012: Recently, different members from various departments of our company received training in working with one to many. We practiced our presentation skills and talked about how we use power in presenting including credibility, knowledge, and emotion. We viewed three different Ted Talks and discussed them. I found this FASCINATING to hear opinions and discuss these amazing topics presented by amazing individuals.

    Although this was for my work, if I were an educator in a classroom I imagine this could be a great way to facilitate discussion and debate among students.
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      Apr 5 2012: hi Agatha, thanks for sharing this with us! In my class, we've also experimented with both showing TED videos in the classroom, as well as assigning them as homework.

      One thing that I've noticed is that we've gotten much faster to that cohesive classroom attitude that (if you're lucky) happens at some point (usually late in the semester). Students seem to be sparking more and more fascinating discussions and debates much faster this year than in past years by using TED in the classroom.

      I've also noticed that in addition to students getting to know each other faster by utilizing TED conversations in the classroom, that I've also gotten to know them faster than in past years as well -- there's something about seeing their photos, profiles, and postings that helped me see that WOW I have a ukelele player in my class? and a basketball player? etc...

      Would love to hear more about how using TED talks at your office might also facilitate this type of cohesiveness!
    • Apr 5 2012: Agatha, could I ask which 3 talks you used? We're thinking about how to encourage the use of TEDx talks in my organisation, so I'd be interested to hear more about your story.

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