Top 10 Education TEDTalks
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Top 10 Education TEDTalks

Written by 22 September 2011

Do you have ideas that are worth spreading?  TED certainly does.   Get inspired by watching the following 10 Education TEDTalks that our Personal Learning Network recommended.

TEDTalks: "Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world".

  1. JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure
    At her Harvard commencement speech, "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling offers some powerful, heartening advice to dreamers and overachievers, including one hard-won lesson that she deems "worth more than any qualification I ever earned."
  2. Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education
    Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help.
  3. Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world
    Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
  4. Sugata Mitra: How kids teach themselves
    Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own -- and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?
  5. Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education
    Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.
  6. Elizabeth Gilbert: Nurturing creativity
    Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
  7. Bill Gates: Mosquitos, malaria and education
    Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world's biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them. (And see the Q&A on the TED Blog.)
  8. Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop per Child
    Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Laboratory, describes how the One Laptop Per Child project will build and distribute the "$100 laptop."
  9. Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!
    In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
  10. Ken Robinson: Says schools kill creativity
    Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

What do you think of these TEDTalks? Do you have an idea, question, or debate inspired by any of the above? 

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