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2013 TED Prize Winner: Sugata Mitra

TED gave educator Sugata Mitra $1 million to build the School in the Cloud to promote self-directed learning.

School in the Cloud
"My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together." View Project »

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Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists

By Ainissa Ramirez

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Things Don't Have to Be Complicated Things Don't Have to Be Complicated: Illustrated Six-Word Memoirs by Students Making Sense of the World

By Larry Smith

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Why School?: How Education Must Change When Information and Learning Are Everywhere Why School?: How Education Must Change When Information and Learning Are Everywhere

By Will Richardson

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Explore the spirit and wisdom of youth -- through TED Talks, playlists, photo contests and stories that celebrate young voices.

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Doga Makiura,

20-year-old Doga Makiura is a Japanese university student with a big vision for the world: He wants to encourage a new approach to global aid where all are treated as equals. He talked with us about his recent book and the extraordinary work he’s doing in Rwanda.
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Maya Penn,

Maya Penn is a tiny, vibrant force of nature. She’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist, fashion designer, animator, blogger, writer and illustrator -- and she’s only 13. She talks about staying true to her values, saving the environment, and coming up with fresh ideas. Read more »

Peyton Robertson,

Peyton Robertson, named America’s Top Young Scientist, has three patents pending at the tender age of 12. His inventions come from his insatiable curiosity and he is, in a word, brilliant. He talks about where he seeks inspiration and what he’s working on next. Read more »

My Life in Pictures: #sheinspiresmeto

We are running TED Photo Challenges to collect pictures that capture the spirit and wisdom of youth. Participate via Instagram. And check out updates on Pinterest.

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    Talks from scientists, musicians, innovators -- all in their teens. Watch these amazing wunderkinds.

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    All over the world, there's a growing consensus that our education systems are broken. These educators offer lessons in how we might re-imagine school.

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    Fun, informative talks for curious kids.


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The afterlife of ideas: A TED-ED Club at Middletown High School South takes action

January 15, 2014

A pillar stands in the main hallway of Middletown High School South in New Jersey, with a whiteboard on either side of it. In front of these boards, students line up and excitedly uncap markers to write, of all things, thank-yous. Some only write one or two words; others pen sprawling paragraphs. While so much […]

Announcing TED-Ed Clubs, for any student interested in learning to give a TED talk

January 14, 2014

The effect of laughter on someone who’s sad. The danger and excitement of dirt biking. The reason human beings need so much sleep. The thought of infinity. These are just a few of the topics that students are exploring through TED-Ed Clubs. This new program, announced today by our educational initiative TED-Ed, is a way […]

The first School in the Cloud opens in the UK

December 16, 2013

By Sarah Schoengold Sugata Mitra has opened the doors of the world’s first School in the Cloud. Located inside George Stephenson High School in Killingworth, England, this one-room learning lab is a space where students can embark on their own learning adventures, exploring whatever questions most intrigue them. Students even designed the interior of the […]

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