Monthly Archives: January 2014

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


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TED-ED-Clubs-mainThe 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 to celebrate the ideas of students around the globe. Through TED-Ed Clubs, students — with the help of an adult facilitator — identify and research the ideas that matter to them most. And while TED-Ed Clubs offer students the opportunity to connect with others who, like them, are unabashedly curious about the world, TED-Ed Clubs are also about presentation literacy. TED-Ed Clubs offer students a hands-on opportunity to work on the storytelling and communication skills that will be vital, no matter what career path they end up strolling down.

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9 brilliant ideas from TED-Ed Club members, from infinity to a mood app



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TED-Ed Clubs give students the opportunity to research, write and present a TED-style talk about an idea they just can’t get out of their head. Over the course of a flexible 13-meeting program, students narrow in on an idea and learn how to communicate it in the most effective way possible. For some students, inspiration for their talk will come from the classroom — for some, their idea will be pulled from their everyday experiences. All are thoroughly fascinating.

Below, see how nine TED-Ed Club members outlined their idea, in the guidebooks provided for club facilitators by TED-Ed.


Idea body


Idea mood app 2

Idea privilege

Idea fuel

Idea mood app

Idea laughterIdea design

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A fantastical interpretation of the earth’s formation: Science and surreality meet in Miwa Matreyek’s new performance


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SinceTheTalk-MiwaMatreyekIn the opening of Miwa Matreyek’s TED performance, a pair of shadowy hands wave over a plate, and an apple halves itself. From there, goldfish swirl around the plate, before morphing into birds and flying away. For the first minute, you think you are watching video — an intricate blend of real-life footage and animation. [ted_talkteaser id=995]But soon you realize that what you are watching is more complex than that. The shadow hands controlling the surreal montage aren’t a part of the video itself — they’re created by Matreyek, who is on the stage and casting shadows through the projection. Soon, Matreyek begins crawling slowly across the stage, a beautiful landscape unfurling around her onscreen. It gives way to a city of skyscrapers that appear to grow around her like plants. As her shadow weaves a complex path through the buildings, hot air balloons swirl around her.

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TEDActive, in Instagrams


TED and TEDed are amazing resources. They just keep adding more.

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Take the TED Conference and add a generous helping of play, a sprinkling of colorful creativity, a lot of red beanbags, an endless supply of coffee, and a plethora of riveting conversations around fire pits with a tribe of smart, quirky people from all over the world and — voila! — you have the recipe for TEDActive.

TEDActive is a live simulcast of the TED conference, but it’s so much more than that. It is a full-on immersive experience where the people you meet, the connections you make and the conversations you have pack as much inspirational punch as the ideas you hear from the TED stage. This year, 600+ passionate doers, thinkers, dreamers and makers will converge on the slopes of beautiful Whistler B.C., Canada, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of TED and usher in “The Next Chapter.” Register to be one of them »

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