What Are TED Conferences And What Is Their Educational Use?
TED is a non-profit organization whose sole objective is the dissemination of ideas through conversations with a specific format, short but powerful and with an average duration of 18 minutes. It is a global community, made up of people from all disciplines and cultures, who believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.
It started in 1984 as a conference that brought together topics on Technology, Entertainment, and Design; Today it is recognized for its annual TED Conference and its TED Talks that cover a broad spectrum of topics including science, art, politics, education, business, global issues, technology, and entertainment, in over 100 languages. Meanwhile, TEDx events run independently to share ideas around the world.
Speakers who have participated include former President of the United States Bill Clinton, Murray Gell-Mann and Al Gore, Nobel Laureates James D. Watson, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
TED conferences as a teaching method
Times change, generations change and therefore teaching methods must also evolve. Although technology has allowed the development of new teaching models such as online education, it has also allowed traditional education to benefit from and complement new academic resources.
One of these resources is the TED talks and conferences, which address various disciplines of knowledge and different social environments, voiced by passionate experts in their fields, who simply discuss their experiences and situations they have faced.
The relevance of innovating in the teaching-learning process lies in the need for educational institutions to prepare students for the demands of society while training and adapting them to technological innovations; but mainly that students have a real vision of the context in which they will apply their knowledge and obtain practical information, in addition to their study plan, that the teacher does not necessarily have to have.
Another advantage is access to general topics that may or may not be transcendental for the professional work, but for the personal interests of the student.
In search of continuing to share “Ideas worth spreading”, TED-Ed is a platform that intends to support teachers and arouses the curiosity of students from all over the world. It is a library of animated videos, on various subjects and degrees of study, grouped into categories such as arts, economics, design, engineering and technology, health, literature, and mathematics, among others. It also includes series and clubs to connect and collaborate with other students.
Some of the best Ted Talks on educations are as follows:
- Do Schools Kill Creativity? by Sir Ken Robinson
- How To Fix a Broken School? Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard by Linda Ciatt-Wayman
- Teaching the World Peace Game by John Hunter
- Our Failing Schools. Enough is Enough by Geoffrey Canada
- The Nerd’s Guide To Learning Everything Online by John Green
In this way, these resources enhance student development, in a model in which the student not only takes charge of their learning but also becomes the center of the entire process, with the accompaniment and guidance of their teachers.