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Lee Frankel-Goldwater

Educator, Writer, and Media Designer, New York University Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development

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A college level course using TED as the driver for discussion, research, and learning.

For some time I've had the though of creating a college level class based on TED Talks. The essence would be to look at different realms of innovation around the globe, the impact of open social media, and the role good story telling plays in communicating ideas.

Final projects could include creating your own TED talk and having a small TEDxEvent in the university. This could likely get a lot of support from local media and truly highlight some of the amazing work going on by students in universities around the world.

1. Is there anything like this going on already?
2. What could it entail and how could it be used to create more collaboration between departments?
3. Is there anybody interested in developing such a course for their university?

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    Jul 26 2012: Suggestion: Think outside the box of Academia...whether US/elsewhere

    Consider: The massive global event...of folks eager to learn English,.
    But...many-many study strenuously with text-books/grammar-books/dictionaries, but they do not learn well.
    They do not actually ACQUIRE the language (Krashen)...as in the difference between taking a written test on swimming/bicycle riding...and...doing the actual process. Krashen emphasizes that what learners need is...COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT..."real messages of real interest."

    TED Talks can help...especially via the development of a global WIKI-nomics network of Mass Collaboration/Peer Production...learners doing user-friendly Audio Editing (such as with audacity.com), for their OWN training for their OWN listening comprehension levels (Krashen's i+1 Process). Globally, there can be millions of learners for whom such individualized PBL (Project-based Learning) will be well-suited to their OWN particular levels..for bringing them to the next level of Listening Comprehension (I+1) Perhaps these value-added audio materials could become micro-enterprise peer-collaboration projects...with TED's consent/support.

    There's significant research demonstrating that, for the vast majority of folks, Oral Fluency can only come via Audio Input...Not Printed Word, but the Spoken Word, with its subtle energetics/harmonics et. Ascher's Total Physical Response emphasizes that "brain-switching" is essential for Oral Fluency...switching from the left-brain dominated approaches, to right-brain dominance...which is in harmony with Jill Bolte Taylor's TED Talk.

    Chris Anderson emphasized the ORAL-ity of TED Talks.

    Consider the difference between (1) actor/politician memorizing speech written by writer, and
    (2) TED speaker-with-a-cause, presenting with sincerity/passion/hope, with voice resonating with energy/power...SATYAGRAHA.

    Consider:China's nation-wide not-yet-networked grassroots English Corners, at public parks and on campuses
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      Jul 27 2012: These points are quite significant. The initial idea came from a distaste for the current state of education. I do just wish everyone would use these amazing tools and collaborate more, but one step at a time, yes? You point about China is amazing. I do wonder what the "feel" is of the digital commons in China given a very different gov structure from what I'm used to.

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