TED Talks

When it comes to online sources, it is always hard to decide which ones to use. There are plenty websites with useful information on almost all topics. The website I find interesting and use it myself is TED talks.

TED which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design runs under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading” and is an online conference website. It was discovered by architect and graphic designer Richard Saul Wurman in 1984. He observed convergence in technology, entertainment and design therefore its name.

The talks address a wide range of topics from science, research, culture as well as on media. The speakers are given 18 minutes to deliver the speech in the most interesting way. Some of the speakers include Bill Gates, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and also many Nobel Prize winners.

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Bill Gates at TED2011. February 28 – March 4, Long Beach, CA. Credit: James Duncan Davidson / TED

No matter in what subject you are interested in there is something for everyone. Furthermore, the talks are free, you can watch them from home, on your flight or your daily commute to work. They are easy to access either from ted.com or on their YouTube channel. You can choose from the most popular ones or browse through different topics or type the subject you are interested in in the search bar. Moreover, they offer subtitles in many languages, which makes it convenient and appeals to a wider audience.

I personally highly recommend it and if you have not used it yet, give it a try!

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4 Comments

  1. I’m sold! That sounds like a brilliant resource and one that I’ll defiantly look into further. I think it’s great that it is also free for users. It opens it up to a massive audience and gives everyone the opportunity to take something from it.

    An interesting thought however is that isn’t it just a University lecture but for free from the comfort of your own home? Could this resource help drive down tuition fees?

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    • That is certainly an interesting thought! I personally believe that if there was an option of online steaming or posting the University lectures it could be a convenient option for students, especially those with tight schedules, part-time jobs and so on. That may help drive the tuition fees down as a result.

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  2. Having watched some of the TED Talks videos before, I really like the idea of using some of the videos in alignment with this module as I agree that they offer many different ideas and opinions of relevant topics.

    I also think that they could be very useful when it comes to our group presentations every week, as there also many videos on topics like ‘how to talk so people will want to listen’ which could make the presentations a bit more engaging for people who are not naturally great at giving presentations etc.

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  3. I’ve heard so much about TED talks and always seen them around but never actually listened to one/ watched one properly.

    I will now though, I think its worth pointing out that they have apps as well which makes it easier to use still. You can search through the app using categories and tags to make it easier to find worthwhile and helpful content.

    Great idea.

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