TED Talks Education show

TED Talks Education

Summary: What should future schools look like? How do brains learn? Some of the world's greatest educators, researchers, and community leaders share their stories and visions onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

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 Rebecca Saxe: How we read each other's minds | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:16:51

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Here, Rebecca Saxe shares fascinating lab work that uncovers how the brain thinks about other peoples' thoughts -- and judges their actions.

 Gever Tulley: Life lessons through tinkering | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:04:05

Gever Tulley uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a roller coaster!

 Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus! | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:02:58

Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.

 Liz Coleman: A call to reinvent liberal arts education | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:18:38

Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education -- one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.

 Michelle Obama: A plea for education | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:12:29

Speaking at a London girls' school, Michelle Obama makes a passionate, personal case for each student to take education seriously. It is this new, brilliant generation, she says, that will close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

 Joachim de Posada: Don't eat the marshmallow! | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:05:58

In this short talk from TED U, Joachim de Posada shares a landmark experiment on delayed gratification -- and how it can predict future success. With priceless video of kids trying their hardest not to eat the marshmallow.

 Mae Jemison: Teach arts and sciences together | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:14:48

Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.

 Stuart Brown: Play is more than just fun | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:26:42

A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

 Jonathan Drori: What we think we know | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:12:28

Starting with four basic questions (that you may be surprised to find you can't answer), Jonathan Drori looks at the gaps in our knowledge -- and specifically, what we don't about science that we might think we do.

 Sugata Mitra: Kids can teach themselves | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:20:59

Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own -- and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?

 Patricia Burchat: Shedding light on dark matter | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:16:09

Physicist Patricia Burchat sheds light on two basic ingredients of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. Comprising 96% of the universe between them, they can't be directly measured, but their influence is immense.

 Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:23:42

Martin Seligman talks about psychology -- as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?

 George Dyson: The birth of the computer | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:17:18

Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer -- from its 17th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers.

 Amy Tan: Where does creativity hide? | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:22:52

Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.

 David Hoffman: Sputnik mania | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 00:03:50

Filmmaker David Hoffman shares footage from his feature-length documentary Sputnik Mania, which shows how the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik in 1957 led to both the space race and the arms race -- and jump-started science and math education around the world.

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