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More TED Talks…(and video INSPIRATION)

In Uncategorized on 25/02/2011 at 4:07 am

It turns out that all the posts I do seem to “sell” better when I give away a “gift” or two!

Duh! That’s just Marketing 101, Tony…

However, some “learning tools” are more than just “marketing techniques” – they just have to be shared – or “spread”!

I mentioned the TED talks in a recent post and a few friends have also been sharing a few of their favourites with me – here we go:



  • Interested in the brain or happiness? Take a look at this one from Dan Gilbert.
  • You know I am “in love” these days – so check out this one from my “father-in-law”.
  • And, you might like this one – from my father-in-law’s “best friend”.
  • And, who could say “no” to Jamie Oliver (have you tried one of his “curry dishes” lately) – he actually won the 2010 TED Prize with this one. So, OK, you might not hire him as a language teacher (comes from Essex in the UK – no, I was born in Exeter, UK) – but all your “kids” need to see this (their parents, too)!

Let us know…..if you find a favourite from your virtual tour of the TED Talks.

Take care – have a great weekend!

Learning from the “TED Talks” (Be INSPIRED – for “free”)!

In Technology on 23/02/2011 at 3:17 pm

Over the years, one of my favourite sources of inspiration has been the “talks” I find at the TED website – Ideas Worth Spreading!


And they certainly are!

TED is a small non-profit organisation devoted to “learning”. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Guess where they got the name from?

You can find so many things at the site – but I love a few more than others:

  • One of my favourites is “Adora” – just goes to show what kids can learn us!
  • Another one is “Dave and his bricks” – if you love IT, engineering or learning, you’ll love this!
  • Of course, I could not mention the TED Talks without a nod to “Ken Robinson” – the one-man-learning-army!

Basically, just have a virtual wander…………… will NOT be disappointed. Neither will your students, if you use them in class!


My thanks to Aybike for inspiring this post – and for being so inspired herself (by John Hardy and his Green School) that she jumped a plane and went to Bali…..