How I Use It
I use TED to start a unit or inspire a class discussion . They are generally under 25 minutes and can viewed for free on YouTube. Sometimes we watch them in class and sometimes I assign them to be viewed as homework along with a written summary. Students bring in the homework summary and we begin our less with some sharing.
TED is a lecture series of some of the greatest minds in a wide variety of different fields. The TED talks cover subjects from Physics to Third World Poverty. However, they are not too lofty to be out of touch with the average student.