Ages of learners
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
The two annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Edinburgh, Scotland, bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).
On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 900 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.
Our mission: Spreading ideas.
The maturity level of the content is high because of the sophistication of the language. Showing these to any class in grades 6-12 will need scaffolding. Probably over the heads of any k-5 class.
I use TED Talks to inspire great discussions. There are not "curriculum" videos. These are great speeches by the best thought leaders of our time. One talk often spans several subjects, so it is a great way to bring book and classroom learning to real life application. I think its best to start discussion immediately following the video, as that is when the student's thoughts are still being stirred by all that he has just seen. The discussion becomes a way to think through and interpret the idea.
They are entertaining and engaging, not lecture-like. A student who watches TED Talks will have a great understanding of current issues and emerging technologies, even if he doesn't agree with the speaker's point of view.
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