TED Talks in the Classroom

For the 3240 Media Enhanced Learning PIDP course, the students have an online forum to discuss ideas in regards to technology in the classroom. I contributed to a discussion thread about TED talks, one of my favourite free online learning tools. There are so many fascinating topics covered by talented and inspiring speakers, here is a link to the site:  http://www.ted.com

I didn’t realize that there is an associated site geared specifically for education, it is called TED Ed. Teachers can plug in criteria such as subject and student level of learning to bring up applicable videos. Here is a link to the TED Ed site, lessons worth learning: http://ed.ted.com

It doesn’t matter how fantastic a media resource is, how it is implemented is important. There is an article written on the TED blog linked below that outlines implementing TED talks in the classroom from a student perspective. I feel it is a great reminder that videos are best used to spark a conversation, getting students to think critically and analyze the information. I am excited to try and strategically implement a TED talk into my teaching, hopefully enhancing the student learning experience!

Cucinotta, O.  (2014, August 26t). How Teachers Can Best Use TED Talks in the Class, From the Perspective of a Student. TED Blog. Retrieved Oct 17, 2014 from: http://blog.ted.com/2014/08/26/how-teachers-can-best-use-ted-talks-in-class-from-the-perspective-of-a-student/

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