I have become a super fan of TED Talks. I have watched hours and hours of talks from Brené Brown’s: The power of vulnerability to Mary Roach’s: 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm. These videos are not only entertaining but informative. They are witty, smart, intriguing, and emotional. They make you think about things that you don’t necessarily consider on a daily basis, or ever for that matter. I have never thought about what it means to be an introvert (Susan Cain) or how my body language affects how I see myself (Amy Cuddy).
I had never even heard of a TED Talk until this semester! And, after reading
I wish that I would have had more instructors use these videos as a tool for my learning sooner. I’ve read Madame Bovary and I don’t know if my study of the novel was as enriched as this bloggers was. Could you imagine the discussion that would come up if the novel was paired with a video such as Mary Roach’s? Maybe that’s a stretch, but I believe that adding a variety of forms of instruction and tools only adds to the students learning.
TED Talks are also another way for students to witness someone else’s perspective besides their instructors, which provides credibility to the lesson being taught.
I also appreciate that the TED organization has made their site extremely accessible and easy to use. The videos are organized by topic, playlists, and even a TED-Ed section to help instructors form lessons with their videos.
I don’t not think that instructors should replace their curriculum with TED Talks. TED Talks cannot stand alone to teach someone about vulnerability for example. However, a TED Talk can get students to ask questions, to explore more avenues of study, to make connections with other forms of literature and more.