“It’s not just learning that’s important. It’s learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learn things that matters,” quoted in the words of Norton Juster, an American academic, architect, and popular writer. Technology in today’s era has reached the level where education does not merely rely on books and teachers. There are infinite other ways to impart education in children. One such way is through TED talks.
The day a child is born, his parents start planning on what his career would be and when he would start learning. It has become a passion for parents to offer their children with as much knowledge as possible, in every field. Books, undoubtedly limit education to a certain level. There are obviously countable numbers of pages that a book can hold. But, man today has denied the acceptance of limitations. Technology has reached the level where books are no longer a necessity to gain education. All you need is to surf the internet and you will have all that you need.
Among many other ways of gaining knowledge these days, online videos have proved to be one of the most beneficial. Videos provide the similar amount of knowledge as books, and in a better way. Not every child develops to be a keen reader. However, every child loves entertainment. That’s where videos do their part; provide information in every aspect thereby making it all the more interesting.
One such non-profit organization is named as TED Talks. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The organization posts talks online for free distribution, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading.”
ALL ABOUT TED
TED was founded in February 1984 as a conference, which has been held annually since 1990. TED’s early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its Silicon Valley origins, but it has since broadened its focus to include talks on many scientific, cultural, and academic topics.
The main TED conference is held annually in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Prior to 2014, the conference was held in Long Beach. TED events are also held throughout North America and in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks. They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past speakers include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Billy Graham, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Bono, Google founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin and many Nobel Prize winners. TED’s current curator is the British former computer journalist and magazine publisher Chris Anderson.
Since June 2006, TED Talks have been offered for free viewing online. As of March 2016, over 2,400 TED Talks are freely available on the website. In June 2011, TED Talks’ combined viewing figure stood at more than 500 million, and by November 2012, TED Talks had been watched over one billion times worldwide. Not all TED Talks are equally popular, however. Those given by academics tend to be watched more online, while art and design videos tend to be watched less than average.
However, TED talks cover almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages. The non–profit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks follows an inspired format where they actively seek out to the most interesting people on Earth and let them communicate their passion in less than 18 minutes which has now become a global phenomenon.
Kinds of TED Talks
Broadly, there are 7 kinds of TED talks:
- The big idea – These are talks which make one or two very strong and important points.
- The tech demo – These are talks which focus on some clever new invention that the speaker was part of.
- The performance – An artistic performance which would captivate you.
- The artist’s statement – In these talks, artists showcase their art and explain the meaning and process behind what they create.
- The “dazzle with wonder” – These focus on the amazement of science and discovery.
- The small idea – Unlike the “The big idea” talks, these focus on a very engaging take on an interesting topic.
- The issue talk – These are talks which expose to an issue that one may not know much about otherwise.
Why watch TED talks?
Find below a few of the reasons that make TED talks stand among all the others of its genre.
- The organizers – The organizers of TED talks are truly the unsung heroes of the world. Their motive is to select themes which would attract interesting speakers to tell the world their story in a simple and authentic way.
- Visual learning – Your brain defaults to images for words, when it can. We remember images but forget words. When we first start to read, our brain tries to interpret letters as images. Put several letters together and our brain has to think through each individual letter as an image. At some point, it reads combined letters and thinks of the image, instead of the word.
- Social Learning – Humans learn best from other people. The robust conversations that TED talks provides can inspire people both online and offline. In discussions, debates, and arguments about the content we improve our own knowledge and understanding.
- Practitioners as teachers – Humans are hardwired to imbibe knowledge more readily when it’s embedded in a rich context of stories and experiences, that is precisely why TED’s speakers are effective teachers because most of the time, they don’t teach; they show!
Looking for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design plus science, business, global issues, arts and much more? TED talks is the answer.
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Happy Learning 🙂