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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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    Aug 2 2012: I teach a course to undergrads using TED as a weekly discussion video. Specifically TED talks on technology and sociology. The course is a Technological Trends class and it is a great tool to supplement a textbook that can't be updated as often. I think building a course completely off of TED content would be a good writing course for first year students that can reflect on what was presented.
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      Aug 2 2012: I agree TED talks can serve as good writing prompts.

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