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

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Brilliant!!

TED Blog

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.

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Idea body

Idea-Infinity

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

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

TED Blog

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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Once Upon a Time

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Wish I thought of it!

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Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night.

A tall, dark, and handsome knight was bored out of his mind.

Far, far away, a damsel was in distress.

The knight woke up and smelled the coffee.

The time had come to cut to the chase.

So he put the pedal to the metal.

He went the whole nine yards.

Then he went the extra mile.

He was careful not to burn any bridges along the way.

But he did break a leg.

It was nothing to sneeze at.

He took two cookies and saw the doctor in the morning.

Then he felt snug as a bug in a rug.

He turned nutty as a fruitcake and barked like a dog.

Unfortunately, he was barking up the wrong tree.

Fortunately, he had an ace up his sleeve.

Until he lost his shirt.

So he followed his nose.

He…

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WEB 2.0 Tools for the Classroom

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Mindomo.com – http://www.mindomo.com/edu/index.htm
According to the Mindomo website, this is a great tool that can move our students into 21st Century Learning. “21st century educators and learners need to be properly equipped to face the challenges of information overload with mind mapping. This powerful educational tool helps students to develop into an effective critical thinker, a creative problem solver and a collaborative learner.” Ideally this is what we would like to accomplish with the move to Common Core State Standards.

Students can access the site for free to create mind maps, complete tasks assigned by the teacher and respond to others. This is a great tool for kinesthetic, tactile, and visual learners to understand and learn new concepts, identify key concepts easily, evaluate concepts and ideas, and improve problem solving.

The only cons I see are the mind-mapping part can be a bit frustrating at first. The students will need this modeled by the teacher.

This web 2.0 tool could be used in the ELA block to combine reading and writing. It could also be used to support close-reading modules.

Below is a link to a sample project I created.

View entire project: http://www.mindomo.com/projects-4772/tasks

Things Every New Teacher Should Know

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Mentoring new teachers is a rewarding task.

marvelous teacher musings

Looking back at my first day of teaching, I have to think, oh, little naïve one, so full of ideas and hopes. How dashed you will be when you realize that teaching isn’t always the makings of a movie script. I pat my own head in my mind.

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If I were to offer new teacher any advice, it would be as follows:

1) Running your own classroom is nothing like what you see in the movies.Students are not going to file in your room, stand upon their desks and utter ‘Oh Captain, My Captain!’ ala ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ style.  After a month, they are not going to play your Opus, Mr. Holland. You might be lucky if you get a ‘To Sir, With Love’ mug at the end of the year. These movies and all those about teaching such as ‘Dangerous Minds’ and ‘Stand and Deliver’ are fantastic and uplifting. They…

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A NEW SCHOOL YEAR…starts with a smile

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Smile 12 a (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Each and every year begins with me smiling. I am ready to share and be innovative. I want to incorporate technology and inspire teachers. But then it happens, same as every year, the nay-sayers, the negativity and the inability for some to embrace change crush my aspirations. It really just sucks. Why are there not a world full of teachers like me?

This year will be different. Our school Media Specialist can be a partner in change. I secretly enlisted a few others. I will do it I swear! Watch out my fellow teachers.