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.


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Elementary Educator
July 17, 2014

Use this to flip staff meetings and have open dialogue with staff members. True stories of things we all struggle with. It gets at the heart of our purpose.

Librarian and Educator
March 20, 2013

The TED talks application allows educators to access a wide variety of innovative ideas from the nonprofit organization TED. The application would not be useful to most younger students below middle school level but but it would be a great resource for teachers and other educators. It may help them gain ideas about reforms that they could try to implement in their classrooms and even throughout their entire school. Older students, especially at the high school level may enjoy the variety of lecture topics and the formal language may help prepare them for lectures if they pursue higher education. The entire application features videos that are very informative about many issues. One of the videos I viewed focused on possible reforms that need to be made in the area of mathematical education. Many of these suggestions include things like using computers and teaching different areas of mathematics earlier within the curriculum, such is calculus and presenting it to younger students. Overall I feel this is a great resource for educators themselves and presenting specific lecture topics to high school level or 9th-12th grade students.

Online English Tutor/ Health Care Provider
September 2, 2012

This is one of the most powerful tool that I discovered which really helps people find inspiration, motivation and empowerment in their lives. You can find a whole variety of talks from very successful speakers coming from different fields around the world who will give you the ultimate sense of hope, encouragement and wisdom that you need both in your career, love and life through their own personal experiences and learning. These speakers are meant to inspire you, teach you, guide you to become better individuals. It's worth taking your time watching and listening to the videos.I recommend this to all speakers and educators.

August 31, 2012

TED is a great source of thought provoking talks, speeches and presentations. A teacher should browse through the various talks and find one that relates to a topic that they want to discuss with their students. After the teacher listens to the talk, the teacher should decide how to best use the talk with his students. The teacher could use the talk as an attention getting device. The teacher could use the talk as a prompt to spur the thinking of his students and then ask the students to write their thoughts, views or perspectives about the talk.

August 30, 2012

I agree that this is a "high school and above" level tool. However, it is a good one.

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.

March 1, 2012

If you want to inspire your middle school, high school, or higher edu students (or yourself), look no further!

February 18, 2012

I have used this tool in every class I have taught. The videos have a consistent, and predicatble format. Each one is approximately 20 minutes long. They are all lectures in which the speaker introduces a novel idea or reviews the great work they are doing. Topics span the spectrum of humanity.

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.