AtoZ of TEL: TED

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Cost: Free

Availability: Accessed via a web browse, as well as being available on mobile devices via browser or the TED app.

What is it?

TED’s (Technology, Entertainment, Design) runs conferences with the aim to share innovative ideas under the slogan ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. TED offers various videos of conferences, podcasts, blog posts etc. in the hope to fulfill this aim.

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx (Look for a TEDx event local to you) events help share ideas in communities around the world.


What are the implications for teaching, learning and assessment?

TED offers fresh and original ideas that may be relevant to students and academics area of study, which can then be used in their work. TED is beginning to roll out a new initiative called TED-Ed which is specifically aimed at educators and students. TED talks make great supplemental learning material and can be included in the same way you would a physical reading list.

Good example of a good TED talk

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