How I Use It
I use Ted Talks in all of my classes from a Speech elective to U.S. History to AP Literature and Composition. All students find the videos fascinating and we always have great discussions. To make the experience flow smoothly, the teacher does need to do some planning and preparation. I watch the videos ahead of time and prepare a vocabulary list that will help students understand the content. I also decide ahead of time where I need to pause the video so we can discuss or practice annotation skills (I always give students copies of the transcript of the video so they call follow along and annotate).
Great for English and Social Studies teachers.
I love using Ted talks in my classes! After the first one, students always ask, "When can we watch another?" And it's not because they just want to watch a video and "veg out." They do a lot of work based on the videos we watch. They like them because the topics are interesting and students like to hear what their classmates say about the videos. We get into some lively debates!
There are videos on a variety of topics, but it can take awhile to find one that relates to what you are studying. You can search for videos on a variety of topics and by duration, but Ted could use a better 'tagging' system to make it easier to find videos. As an English teacher, I can always find a talk that I can use. I start with the standards we are working on and the I find a talk that I think is interesting to my students. Teachers in other subjects may find it more time consuming to find a talk that relates to what they are studying.