I love TED Talks! Really smart people talking about inspiring things. The TED Talks website is a wealth of information. The front page of TED Talks shows the videos that are currently popular. But you can also search by subject or broad topic like inspiring or funny or beautiful. Or you can use the Surprise Me option and select an amount of time and broad topic and have TED find a video for you.
Here is one of my favorite TED Talks by a 12 year old app developer.
This TED Talk would be perfect to use in the classroom. Show the video and have the kids start thinking about an app they could develop. Have them blog about the app they would develop.
This video would be a good one to use in a Science class. This video features the three winners of the 2011 Google Science Fair. All three happen to be amazing young ladies. Also a great video to show girls to show them that a career in science is possible.
I would love to see teachers use TED Talks in class. Use the video as a blog starter. Or find a video that would be a good lead in for a project or unit you do in class. There are thousands of videos on TED Talks so you should be able to find something to work for your classroom!
TED Talks also has an excellent iPad app.