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Craig Zimmer

History Teacher, St. Mary Catholic Secondary School

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TED creates partnerships with innovative schools.

I think it would be great to better intergrate TED in schools. I have started a TED-ED club, which has been wonderful, and think it would be great to form closer ties with TED. Perhaps TED speakers could be brought in to schools or have mini-TED talk days. I've done 2 TEDx events and want to somehow capture that feeling for our students and allow them to take that to everyday learning.

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    Jun 7 2014: My grandson goes to a small (~65 students this first year of operation) charter school. They are working with a project-based learning model. One of the resources the teachers have tapped into has been viewing some TED and TEDx talks.

    I think the openness, enthusiasm and excitement exhibited by many speakers is a good influence for students to experience, even if the details, specifics or even the general import of a topic may not be grasped by them.

    Somewhat connected to that thought, it seems to me that talks that include open questions to inspire further research and development of solutions might be most valuable for students - more so than presentations that tend more towards providing a solution that might leave students with a sense that it's all been taken care of already by someone.

    With very small schools, such as my grandson's charter school, the only practical and realistic way to bring TED talks to the students is through the videos. As valuable as these may be, though, the impact of a video presentation will never be the same as having a real live speaker present in the room. Still, it's a wonderful resource to draw from, and larger schools might be able to bring in TEDx quality presenters.

    And it would be wonderful to give students themselves a forum - inspired by the TED example - to present their questions and ideas in a safe environment where the ideas could be explored, revised, tossed out and replaced without threatening or attacking the students for not having a perfect idea. Open sharing and open questioning are scary things to try to do because so often the character and intelligence of the person is attacked instead of actually considering the question or idea and then growing and learning through that experience.
  • May 31 2014: Hi Dear Craig,Good idea,we think alike:).I downloaded many TED talks to share with my students.Just a little pity,most of my students' english level isn't good,it is a little bit hard for them to catch the meaning of talks.So I try to download someof short and more demonstrate instead of speaking talks to share with them.

    I do think Now TED is the best one of all over the world sharing website for people to learn ,to improve,to dicuss to each other...Good job.I learn a lot from TED.Sometimes I am eager to share with my students sth I learnt from TED.
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    May 31 2014: This is a fantastic idea! It would be very beneficial for students to be exposed to so many of the great ideas that TED presents. If TED were to be involved in higher needs schools, where students may not receive the best education, it could show them so many things that they may otherwise never become aware. This could open so many minds at younger ages --crucial ages-- that show them first hand where education can take them. TED talks in schools could open so many avenues for higher participation, greater inspiration, and can even create motivation in the previously unmotivated.
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    May 31 2014: I can tell you that since I started my TEDx event (TEDxStMaryCSSchool) and our TEDEd club I have students who have gotten involved come alive. It's been inspiring for me as a teacher to see them thinking in new ways and seeing the world outside of an old and tired curriculum. I highly recommend both TED related activities for your schools.