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What effective usage of video have you experienced in your workplace? or in other organizations? Tell us the story...

The "crowd-accelarated innovation" concept presented in Chris Anderson's Talks referenced above definitely is a global phenomenon. And not only for Dancers by the way...

Think about the waves of change that have hit the international political scene over the past few years, and the role videos - through social media in particular - have played. Video-enabled handheld devices in the hands of billions completely change the game, even for global media giants. Even THEY can't keep up. How did they react? They offer platforms for "witnesses" around the world to post their videos so they can bring those to your living room...

Think about the potential impact of video for education around the world. Salman Khan is on a fascinating journey, and he is not alone... There are many many examples on the web of major hubs of learning opportunities... iTunesU (Universities) on the iTunes Store is a good example and again far from the only one of its kind.

Think about the changes TED Talks have brought into your personal life...

Video is truly a very powerful technology (nothing new there...). What's new is that the technology required to make and distribute video on a global scale is cheaper than ever!

So the question is...

How does video transform the way we operate at work?

Whether you work for a large multinational corporation, a school, a governmental office, an NGO, we all need to collaborate to be effective... Think about learining, knowledge sharing, team building, innovation, etc.

What effective usage of video have you experienced in your workplace? or in other organizations? Tell us the story...

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    Jul 26 2011: As a French and Spanish teacher, my students LOVE learning via engaging videos which I usually find on YouTube. Their love for fun videos has inspired me to provide means for students to make their own language learning videos. I am just starting this adventure and have also been encouraged by the TED talks which you mentioned above. My hope is to eventually be able to attract global participation and provide a hub for language learning resources on my future website. The language learning possibilities are endless....so many engaging videos to be made...so much fun learning to be had!
    • Jul 26 2011: Audrey, I can't wait to hear more on your project. It relates beautifully to other Educational projects (such as the Khan Academy), and more... I have one such project myself, but that will be the subject of a separate Conversation. Keep it up, keep us posted, share the idea, do launch the website, invite volunteers to join and help you... Thank you for sharing!
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        Jul 27 2011: Oob, Thank you so much for your encouragement! My project is slow in the making, as I'm learning as I go (there's so much I don't know....but thanks to good help and YouTube, learning is readily available! Another benefit to videos...the pros to video are endless!)

        I look very forward to your separate conversation! I hope I don't miss it...I don't always have time for TED, especially during the school year...I'll definitely keep my eye out!
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      Aug 22 2011: This sounds very interesting! Isn't amazing what ideas we can come up with! I am not sure if you will read what I do as an English teacher or even if you have done this as well, but I use a live city webcam when we are discussing the setting of novel or short story, and it really helps them to better understand the city or the country. I think it would be great fun for students of a foreign language to actually see LIVE what that country/cirty looks like as the people go about their daily business. Just an idea I wanted to share.!
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    Aug 22 2011: Hi, I have been wondering about a relatively simple idea, nothing essential, nothing special, not strictly necessary, but something feasible and that might contribute to an approximation of countries and peoples...
    That would encompass problems also, but let´s go to the point(s):
    1) some company could install 2 video pannels (each one on a public square in different cities) with the dimensions, say, of 1.50 x 1 meter. this video pannel should be placed 50cm above the ground level and could have a built-in camera installed at the height of, say, 1.70 m above the ground level;
    2) An example: someone in Athens, let us say, close to the Acropolis, should come closer to the pannel and see the image and sounds broadcast from the same equipment installed in Belo Horizonte (my town in Brazil)... People could spontaneusly get closer to these devices and say what they want to the others at the other side.
    3) This is possible in the ambient of PCs (webcams etc). My point was to take the thing to the public sphere. People should schedule appointments before these pannels...
    4) From this idea many unfoldings could derive... And many alternative solutions could be thought of... For instance: in the most important touristic city of a country, 5 pannels could be installed, each one representing a continent...

    Well, who knows if the trends of technology would take us to this kind of interaction between peoples of different countries?
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    Aug 22 2011: Linda, that sounds like an awesome idea! I'm also planning to video-conference with other countries this year so my students can "meet" students from other countries.
    I've been thinking more and more about video and the use of video in my efforts to expand our World Language program at my school. Chris Anderson's TED talk about the innovation of video has really inspired me to try to incorporate more video-creation opportunities for my students. I'm thinking that knowing how to create a video lesson in French or Spanish for the younger learners in our school will be a good learning experience for not only the video-creators, but for the younger students who get to learn languages from their older peers. Video packs a punch of learning...I'm looking forward to tapping into its power!
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    Aug 22 2011: Well, for me as a teacher, I think YouTube is the GREATEST invention EVER, and I am continually amazed at what people find to put on the net... I mean in some instances, esp. where history is concerned, where the heck did they find this stuff???? I am BLESSED this year as our school FINALLY unblocked it. But besides this, I do use TED a lot, especially when I have 5 minutes or so as I have a lineup of talks under 5 minutes ready to go!

    BUT what REALLY adds to my class is not a video, but a LIVE web cam. When my students were writing their first pen-pal letters to Stockholm, I put the live web cam up from that city and it really added to the atmosphere. With many novels/short stories that we read, I do the same thing along with Google Earth. When we read Girl in Hyacinth Blue, I had the cam of Amsterdam going on as my kids were working in groups, and I was rolling aroung to help them; and wouldn't you know it, but my principal came in to observe me, and she was definitely impressed! Later on she told me that she had a hard time observing me as she kept looking at the action.

    This part of technology really has nelped to bring teaching alive and I totally agree wth Martin when he wrote about his students: "They also seem to believe the guy/girl on Youtube more than me, but hey, as long as they get the point."
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    Aug 21 2011: Hi,

    I totally agree with your comments about video in education. I lecture in marketing -related subjects and the 'added value' that a video can give is huge. By using the likes of YouTube to underpin a lecture with a vid/clip of a third party backing up the keypoints or an up to date example, the students can place the lesson in a context as it seems automatically 'real'. Either as a case study piece to pivot around or a relevant example, video (and its easy access) is a superb learning resource.

    They also seem to believe the guy/girl on Youtube more than me, but hey, as long as they get the point.

    Thanks,
    Martin
  • Aug 4 2011: In some ways it's a little scary like in a 1984 kind of way with Big Brother watching except Big Brother is made of up of everyone with different persepectives so its all brought together like a giant puzzle to connect millions of brothers to make one big brother or something along those lines.