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TED Talks for Social Studies Teachers

I love TED talks. They’re like the perfect educational appetizer. All of them are quick and easy to digest, they look great and they make you hungry to learn more.

I’ve posted about TED talks before. I’ve embedded actual TED talks into posts. But I’ve never made time to really put together a nice collection of TED videos that focus on social studies.

But Angela has.

Angela has a sweet blog over at changED that you need to spend some browsing through. And a couple, three weeks ago she posted an equally sweet GoogleDoc that highlights almost 30 TED talks that social studies teachers should view and use with students. You can also find a handy Pinterest board from the HistoryLab people with even more links.

Use the list to grow professionally. Show the videos to your kids. Or do what they did over at the TEDxClassroomProject.

What happens when 80 10th grade students watch, analyze and reflect upon 640+ TED Talks in pursuit of the answer to the question, “What Matters (To Us)”?

The TEDxClassroomProject happens. A very cool way to hook kids into viewing and thinking about a wide range of topics while encouraging them to create some of their own.

I’m thinking semester-end student-created TED talks instead of a final. Group TED talks that take opposing views of similar topics. Seems to me that you could do all sorts of things with the TED talk theme.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thank you for sharing my TedTalks post with your readers. Amazing what you can get done on Snow Days!

    January 11, 2011
  2. Or even host a TEDxYouth event, as 60 hosts did this year including some of the students from the TEDxClassroom project at The Oakridge School in Arlington, TX. You can check out and leave some comments for some of the TEDxYouth presentations done by Independent School students at

    It was very cool to see the TEDxClassroom project on one of the blogs I subscribe to.

    January 12, 2011
  3. Hi Glenn: Thank you for your wonderful comments about TED. I too love TED’s innovative and inspiring talks and I’m always excited when educators steer students that way. You’ll probably enjoy my website I created the site after realizing that a simple Google search is not enough to bring up the dozens of good video talks and lectures sites that most of us don’t even know exist. It is always a work in progress so I ask that you or anyone submit new sites. Please keep posting about TED! Thank you Glenn. Jim Melfi

    February 1, 2011

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