TED Talks

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.


  1. TED Talks have great possibilities. I was looking at the longer ones to start with and had second thoughts until I remembered you saying search for 3 to 5 minute ones. Much better and more usable for student with short attention spans! I am thinking too about these would make great conversation starters or intros. Also in a flip sort of way to be viewed as homework and then have the discussion the next day since they can take their iPads home next year.

    1. Love that you point out the time factor--important with JH!

  2. LOVE the 12 year old app developer! How cute! My students would love creating their own app.

    I also like the idea of using 3 to 5 minute videos. Anything longer and my fourth graders start to lose interest.

    Excited to dig into more TED Talks.

    1. Yep. Leann made an excellent point about the attention span. Looking for shorter videos will be better for younger students. But remember, you could show just a part of a longer video, too!

  3. I was going to say the same about the videos. I wanted one by Greg Stone on Saving the Ocean one Island at a Time. One section talked about marine careers, another about the idea of trial and error in the technology of exploring the oceans, and another talked about the political/economic side of it all. Some of these talks could work into multiple lessons.


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