Saturday, January 31, 2009

TED Talks

Back in December, one of my students recommended that I might start listening to a podcast called 'TED Talks'. I didn't think much of it at the time. There are Sooooo many podcasts out there to listen to.

But later while I was looking for something else I happened upon the TED Talks section on the iTunes store. Looking at a couple of the titles I found myself now interested. So I downloaded a couple to listen to on my iPhone is a moment of boredom.

I was VERY IMPRESSED with the breadth of speakers, each of the speakers with 'world-class' knowledge on a specific subject.

I know find that I've downloaded every single TED Talk available...and thats Gigabytes worth. Because the are a great fountain of knowledge. Knowledge and ideas I've never read or heard of before. Ideas that are interesting and broaden my view of the world.

I'm now trying to watch 2-3 of these per week... even so it will take years to enjoy them all.

You can check them out at Or just search for 'TED Talks' in iTunes (there is also an iPhone application that lets you watch them specifically and directly on your iPhone) but I tend to watch these all on my laptop instead.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 200 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

1 comment:

Jill Parsons said...

That sounds like something right up your alley. they sound interesting but probably to far above my head.