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I am at the Colorado Advanced Life Suport ConferenceMike Taigman was speaking yesterday, and he mentioned TED!  I was so excited that someone else had heard about it I laughed out loud.  Then I realized I should share this gem here.

TED stands for Technolgy, Entertainment, Design.  It is an annual conference held in Monerey, CA that “brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).”  The best part is that they make the best talks available online for free.

I’ve watched several of these through the years, and I have never been dissapointed.  The talks range from serious to hilarious.

I relate this here because I believe very strongly that ideas from anywhere can be incorporated into your practice.  The example used yesterday was this TED talk from author Malcom Gladwell about the history of Spaghetti Sauce.  The point of the video was that the food industry discovered about 25 years ago that there is no one perfect Spaghetti Sauce, there are hundreds; everyone has slightly different preferences and tases.  The point for our purposes: no one learns the same, and no group of people are is looking for exactly the same information.  By injecting variety into your teaching practice, you can reach more people more effectively.

Browse through the available videos and watch one that piques your interest.  I don’t think you’ll be dissapointed.

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Written by ben

October 17th, 2008 at 6:57 am

Posted in ideas,leadership,links

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