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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

TED Talks

I have been a fan of TED Talks for quite some time, and was introduced to Johnny Chung Lee's wiimote whiteboard project and Photosynth from TED Talks...but I have never used it in the classroom. Thanks to http://www.historyteachersattic.com/2009/06/ted-talks-demystified-for-teachers/ here is a brief list of TED Talks that can be used in the history classroom. (I am going to use the Nuclear presentation tomorrow as part of a Cold War Unit.) What I like most about TED Talks is that they usually cross disciplines, and they are downloadable to itunes. Which means traveling (non-classroom based) teachers can download a talk to an ipod and play the talk straight from their ipod to an LCD projector, no internet access required during class.

American History
Anna Deavere Smith
Four American characters
0:23:05

David Hoffman
Catch Sputnik mania!
0:03:50

Irwin Redlener
How to survive a nuclear attack
0:25:18



World History
Jared Diamond
Why societies collapse
0:18:21

Siegfried Woldhek
The true face of Leonardo Da Vinci?
0:04:24

Samantha Power
Shaking hands with the devil
0:23:09

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