December 18

TED Talks

In our classroom we have started watching TED Talks.  They are educational, entertaining, and inspiring.  TED is a non-profit organization that is focused on spreading great ideas.  Their moto is “ideas worth spreading”.  Check out the TED Talks below and let us know what you think.


TED Talks we have watched in class

Ted Talk Response – David Kwong – Wired to Solve

Posted on December 10, 2014 by 

Today we watched a Ted Talk with David Kwong (writing of the New York Times crosswords who shared how we are “wired to solve” by explaining and demonstrating how we decode our world.

david kwong

Students are assigned to write a response to this Ted Talk.  They can choose one of the options below or create their own response question.

Options brainstormed in class:

  • How are we “wired to solve”
  • How did he do that trick and why did it work?
  • How do we decode our world?
  • How is your mind solving problems?
  • Why do you think our minds work to solve problems?

Watch the Ted Talk below to see his interesting tricks.

Check our more Ted Talks that interest you (maybe you will find one to share with the class)


Teducation – Ted Talk with Mac Barnett

Posted on December 15, 2014 by 

ted talk mac barnettToday we watched a great TED Talk with Mac Barnett about the wonder that is found within the space between the truth and lies of art.  He tells about his craft as a children’s book writer and how he shares wonder through his art.

Watch the Ted talk by clicking on this link.

Students are to create a response based on the talk either by using one of the prompts provided below or by creating a new one of their own.

Suggested prompts:

How is art both lies and truth?

How is wonder the space between truth and lies?

How does Mac Benett create wonder in the world around him?

What creates wonder for you?



More great Ted talks to watch


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