TED Talks

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According to Bud Hunt’s blog post, Centering on Essential Lenses , making inspires learning because you get to use your own skills and knowledge to create something, hacking involves creating something new and better out of something that isn’t working for you, and playing gives the opportunity to mess with something so that it’s more suitable.

TED Talks fit these metaphors because students are able to make their own opinions over topics being discussed. Teachers can hack the school system by using TED Talks in their classrooms. In order to customize their own personalized learning, students can play with ideas that TED Talks may give them.

Not once in my entire education career before college did I watch a TED Talk in class. I don’t think I even heard of TED Talk until I got to college. Now I feel like I really missed out! There are hundreds of them that discuss numerous topics that could be useful in the classroom.

I believe that TED Talks are an excellent online resource for teachers to use in their classrooms. TED Talks can be used to inspire inquiry by asking students what their opinions are on the topic that’s being talked about by the spokesperson.

I really loved Logan LaPlante’s compassion he has for learning. You can tell that he views the new way of leaning he does through his education program as useful and fun. My favorite part of his education program is that he’s able to do actual work for a company that will help him improve his skills for his dream career. I believe this should be the way schools systems should run. Having students actually learn from experiences they find in the workforce would spark their interests and make learning fun for them.

One concept that I didn’t fully grasp was “play”. The way I understood it was giving students a chance to find fun ways to learn new things. It seems to tie into hacking and making, but I don’t really understand it’s exact definition when applied to learning.

I would really like to use TED Talks in my own classroom. I want to learn more strategies for smoothly implementing hack/make/play in my classroom while still following the state standards and preparing my students for state testing.  I would also like to find more ways to use TED Talks in my classroom for any subject, as well as lists of education-based ones fit for classroom use.




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