Anthony Adamczyk

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Can TED Talks be rated to indicate their appropriateness for use in schools?

I teach in a public technical high school in New Britain, CT, USA and often show TED videos to my students. The difficulty is that I must first carefully preview the entire video and screen it for acceptable language and themes for the classroom. I have used the current rating system (persuasive, courageous, ingenious, fascinating, etc) to find interesting videos, but alas, many would get me in trouble for exposing my students to crude language or risque topics. A reliable viewer-generated rating system (similar to movies or video games) would eliminate some of the hassle and worry interfering with sharing TED Talks with my students.

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    Jun 17 2012: Prior to showing anything to my family or student it is my responsibility to review it for approperiatness. Even if someone else said it is ok I am still responsible.

    Time to do your own homework.

    All the best. Bob.
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    Jun 17 2012: Why does the TED homepage tell me that I am logged in but the Conversations Page requires me to sign in? Why is it that when I sign in and click on My Conversations or My Comments - I am told I have none? Why does my Idea indicate four comments but when I click on my Idea it shows 0 comments? Something is not working here. I'll look for an Administrator to ask.
  • Jun 8 2012: try TED-Ed, it has class work related to the video too ;)
  • Jun 5 2012: First of all you cannot rate a TED talk. You getit and it makes you think or you don't I don't want a viewer-generated rating system. I have the ability to make up my own mind. The top (viewer-generated) rated movies and video games today deal with death and destruction. No I don't think so. IF as you say YOU carefully preview the entire video and screen it for acceptable language and themes, it must be ok because you didn't find a reason to stop watching.
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    Jun 3 2012: This same question was posed last month, so you might want to search for that discussion, in case people choose not to share their ideas on this question so soon again.
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    Jun 3 2012: This is a good idea.