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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 18 2012: Hello Lee,

    Great strand you've started! I love that you're thinking in terms of a class and that you've elegantly tied together existing initiatives that so many people are involved in.

    Some info....
    TED-Ed, in concert with the other TED initiatives, is actively positioning itself to implement some of the ideas that you've brought up. Though TED-Ed is in BETA now, and focused on building and aggregating content, you will see quite a few features added over the coming year that will hopefully be helpful should you decide to implement your idea.

    So, keep the great ideas coming, and watch the TED-Ed space ( http://ed.ted.com/ ) for tools that might prove useful as you continue to build on this one!

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