12 Education TED Talks Not To Miss This Year

Nick Grantham is an Australian educator living and working in Ireland. With a background in education, engineering and e-learning, he founded Fractus Learning to connect people with a shared passion for technology and how it can bring education to life.

Education TED TalksWith TED announcing the lineup for 2012 last week, we now get a glimpse into what ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ are in store this year. With some of the brilliant education TED talks last year such as “Gaming to re-engage boys in learning” and “A next-generation digital book“, it is very exciting to see how many talks are focused on our childrens future.

As much as I recommend watching every TED talk (I guarantee you will take something from any talk you watch), here is our education short-list for the innovative teacher.

Education TED Talks For 2012

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Jonathan Haidt - Social psychologist

Session 3: The Dinner Party
Tues Feb 28, 2012
5:00 – 6:45

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Jonathan Haidt studies how — and why — we evolved to be moral. By understanding more about our moral roots, his hope is that we can learn to be civil and open-minded toward those whose morals don’t match ours, but who are equally good and moral people on their own terms.

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JonathanHaidt.com

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Marco Tempest - Techno-illusionist

Session 4: The Lab
Wed Feb 29, 2012
8:30 – 10:15

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A magician and illusionist for the 21st century, Marco Tempest blends cutting-edge technology with the flair and showmanship of Houdini.

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marcotempest.com

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Tali Sharot - Cognitive neuroscientist

Session 8: The Courtroom
Thurs Mar 1, 2012
11:00 – 12:45

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Tali Sharot studies why our brains are biased toward optimism.

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fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/~tsharot

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Bill Nye - Science guy

Session 11: The Classroom
Fri Mar 2, 2012
8:30 – 10:15

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Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to help people understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work.

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billnye.com

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Ainissa Ramirez - Science evangelist

Session 11: The Classroom
Fri Mar 2, 2012
8:30 – 10:15

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Ainissa Ramirez is a science evangelist and science lecturer, passionate about getting kids of all ages excited about science.

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ainissa.com

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Aaron Reedy - Teacher

Session 11: The Classroom
Fri Mar 2, 2012
8:30 – 10:15

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Aaron Reedy teaches at Thomas Kelly High School in Chicago, where he uses innovative projects to connect his classroom to the wider world of science.

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wideworldscience.blogspot.com

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John Bohannon + Black Label Movement - Science writer + Dance troupe

Session 11: The Classroom
Fri Mar 2, 2012
8:30 – 10:15

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John Bohannon is a scientist and writer who runs the annual “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest. Black Label Movement is an explosively physical Minneapolis dance company.

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johnbohannon.org

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Al Vernacchio - Sexuality educator, teacher

Session 11: The Classroom
Fri Mar 2, 2012
8:30 – 10:15

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In his 12th-grade Sexuality and Society class, Al Vernacchio speaks honestly and positively about human sexuality.

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friendscentral.org

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Kate Messner - Author, educator, speaker

Session 11: The Classroom
Fri Mar 2, 2012
8:30 – 10:15

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Kate Messner believes in nature, art, magic, lake monsters, science, and the power of literacy to change the world. She writes books for people who believe in those things, too.

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katemessner.com

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Angie Miller - Language arts teacher

Session 11: The Classroom
Fri Mar 2, 2012
8:30 – 10:15

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Angie Miller is the 2011 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year. She has spent the past year traveling the nation, speaking and collaborating with K-12 teachers and other educational stakeholders.

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boundlessangie.blogspot.com

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Awele Makeba - Storyteller, teaching artist

Session 11: The Classroom
Fri Mar 2, 2012
8:30 – 10:15

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Awele (ah WAY lay) Makeba is a storyteller and teaching artist who sparks “aha!” moments about life and U.S. history.

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awele.com

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Rafe Esquith - Educator

Session 11: The Classroom
Fri Mar 2, 2012
8:30 – 10:15

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Rafe Esquith teaches fifth-graders at a public school in Los Angeles.

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hobartshakespeareans.org

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Share your favorite TED talk of 2011 by linking to it in the comments?

 

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