TED Ideas worth spreading is a universal app that gives you mobile access to talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends. Find more than 900 TEDTalk videos (with more added each week). If you aren’t familiar with TED (Technology Entertainment Design), talk a look at it at http://www.ted.com/. Once you do, I suspect you’ll want the app.
Still not ready to meet TED and/or get the app. Hhhhmm….read this. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, educator Salman Khan, Google foundersLarry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners. Cool huh?
Need something inspiring to motivate your class? Need something inspiring to motivate yourself (LOL)? TED might just have what you’re looking for. In fact, the TED app has a button called Inspire Me. There you will find talks on courage, funny, persuasion, informative, and more. All this in less than 20 minutes of time. Go TED…go TED!
Another great way to use TED talks is as a part of your flipped classroom. You can read more about the flipped classroom at http://thetransitionteam.weebly.com/ponder-this.html.
TED also ties in nicely with the 21st Century skills. Read more about the Common Core and 21st Century Skills at http://thetransitionteam.weebly.com/for-teachers.html.
Other features on the app include, featured TED talks, Archives, Search and My Talks. Featured talks are organized by New and Popular topics. Archives talks are sorted by Themes (alphabetically), Tags (alphabetically), and Ratings (You guessed it-alphabetically, but with a twist). Ratings are Beautiful, Courageous, Fascinating …(links back to the topics on the Inspire Me feature).
The Search option operates just as you are used to in other applications. Just type in the topic you wish to search and voila. The search offers talks with your search term and speakers with the term as or part of their name.
Whether you choose a talk from featured, archived, or search-you have the option to share the talk on Twitter, Facebook or Email to friends. You can also bookmark it to be kept in My Talks. Last but not least, you can save a talk (with a Wi-Fi connection) by downloading the video or audio.
TED can be downloaded from iTunes on the app store.
Reviewed by Michelle Naymick