11 of the funniest TED Talk spoofs, and what speakers can learn from them

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RejectTED Talks. Onion Talks. DED Talks. Here in the TED office, you often hear chuckles as someone watches one of the quickly growing crop of TED spoofs floating in the ether. And surprisingly, there are some pretty good lessons for speakers embedded in these spoofs. See what I mean below.

The spoof: Stephen Colbert’s RejecTED Talks
Created by: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The lesson: Pudding and summer vacation sound like crowd-pleasers. But if there isn’t an idea, it isn’t a TED Talk.

Never heard of TED Talks? “Congratulations on quitting Facebook in 2005,” says Stephen Colbert at the top of this new segment, in which he opens the vault — err, cardboard box — to share rejected talks. First, a kilt-clad Angus MacDougal speaks passionately about meat and pudding, then a young Cayden R. talks about his summer vacation. The problem with both of these talks…

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An interview with a part-time superhero who has Tourette’s syndrome

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Jess Thom wants you to know that it’s okay to laugh.

“You’re going to hear the words ‘biscuit’ and ‘hedgehog’ a lot in the next few minutes,” she says at the beginning of her talk from TEDxAlbertopolis. That’s because Thom has Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological condition that causes involuntary movements and noises commonly referred to as tics.

In the extraordinary talk below, Thom explains how she has turned her condition into a source of creativity and artistic expression, empowering herself to become a superhero instead of a sufferer.

We spoke with Thom, who founded the website Touretteshero, about learning to embrace Tourette’s. Below, an edited transcript of her really lovely responses:

You bring so much humor and joy to living with Tourette’s syndrome. How have people reacted to your message, and to your TEDx talk in particular?

When I first started Touretteshero, I had no idea how people…

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How is technology changing our experiences? Further reading on the effects of the “digital now”

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How long have you been staring at a screen? Chances are this is not the beginning of your day on your mobile device or computer — and it’s very unlikely to be the end of it. You reading this blog post is only a moment in your digital day, nestled among Facebook updates, Twitter posts, Tumblr reblogs, YouTube videos and, of course, more articles. [ted_talkteaser id=1856]You and I are operating in what today’s speaker Abha Dawesar calls the “digital now,” a stream of time that is parallel to the present, but also in competition with it.

It’s becoming increasingly harder to pay full attention to the present, says Dawesar, a novelist. In this poetic talk, she looks at the dangers of our time- and space- warping technologies and what exactly happens when we blur the lines between the past, present and future.

“Technology has altered our flow of time…

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Lezioni più belle e più “BES”!

Bellissimo e ricco di suggerimenti, lavori e tanto altro….


Da oggi SusyDiario permette di personalizzare le pagine, ma non è solo una questione estetica… Infatti pagine più coloratefanno studiare più volentieri, e questo vale per tutti i bambini e le bambine.

Ma ci sono bambini per i quali l’uso di un colore al posto di un altro, oppure di una certa font (o dimensione) di caratteri può fare la differenza tra vedere e non vedere, tra leggere e fare confusione, tra staccare il testo dallo sfondo oppure no.

Oggi per questi bambini c’è un motivo in più per usare SusyDiario: la possibilità di impostare per loro profili di visualizzazione personalizzati adatti ad ipovedenti(altissimo contrasto, scrittura molto grande, ecc.) ma anche ai dislessici: con l’uso di una font – Lexia *- che è stata studiata appositamente per loro e che, combinata con dimensioni adeguate, maiuscolo e spaziatura ampia tra caratteri (ed ancor più tra parole) riduce la…

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Immersion: A behind-the-scenes look at a tool that maps your life based on every email you’ve ever sent

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Your email inbox almost always looks the same. The content may change, but it’s still a chronological list — a narrow, time-based organization of correspondence, deeply set in the present. But a team from the MIT Media lab has created a new way for you to see your email, as an intimate and elegant visualization of your life organized around people.

Tracing the to, from, cc, and timestamp information on every email you’ve ever sent, a new tool called Immersion crafts a complex web of our lives and relationships. The program represents contacts as circles, and the sizes of the circles vary according to how many emails you’ve exchanged with each person. It charts your interactions with friends, family and coworkers for as far back as you’ve had your email address, and it automatically groups your contacts into social circles based on who is included on a thread. You can…

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Vajont, 50 anni dopo_I lavori dei ragazzi_IIA

Complimenti davvero agli allievi e alla loro insegnante


Qualcuno nel passato disse che insegnare è accendere un fuoco e non riempire un vaso, a dire che l’insegnamento è efficace quando innesca “combustioni” imprevedibili e spontanee.

La trattazione della tragedia del Vajont e la visione del film (qui il post di riferimento) ha coinvolto e commosso tanto i ragazzi ed alcuni di loro hannno deciso, in modo assolutamente autonomo e senza alcuna sollecitazione che non fosse la loro creatività e curiosità, di creare documenti, oggetti, manufatti ispirati al disastro. Questo mi ha profondamente commosso…

Il primo lavoro spontaneo è stato quello di Valerio Panci, di IIA, che ha creato in pongo il plastico della diga riproducendo bene il Toc, lo strato di argilla responsabile dello scivolamento dei 250 mln di metri cubi di montagna, il versante su cui si adagiavano Erto e Casso e la valle di Longarone, colta nell’attimo dell’arrivo dell’ondata fatale. Il lavoro…

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Part 1: Math and Project Based Learning… 22 Amazing Resources

21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning


Welcome this first of a  four part series intended to provide Math teachers with some outstanding PBL resources.  First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS.  As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Dates are going fast, with time up to and including…

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Esortazione #loptis

Ho già commentato

Blog di Andreas Formiconi

Avevo promesso di lasciarvi tranquilli per una settimana. L’ho detto lunedì scorso. Dunque niente di nuovo, per qualche giorno ancora. Ma due parole sul metodo può essere utile dirle.

Non vado avanti senza feedback: devo sapere cosa state facendo, altrimenti un percorso del genere non ha senso. Non ho un “programma da finire”. Sì, un piano generale ce l’ho, ma non m’interessa realizzarlo fino in fondo. Me lo sono fatto perché una direzione da seguire ci vuole. Ma l’obiettivo non è finire il mio programma, l’obiettivo è che accada qualcosa di utile nella mente del maggior numero possibile dei partecipanti. Se il prezzo da pagare è rinunciare a due terzi del mio programma, benissimo, rinunciamo, nella fiducia che quei due terzi verranno eventualmente completati dopo il corso, fuori dal corso, in un percorso che le persone sapranno ormai seguire da sole, e nella misura che servirà loro.

Ma io come…

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“Orange Is The New Black,” indeed: Piper Kerman gives a TEDx Talk on life in prison

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Many of us in the TED office have been in Orange Is the New Black withdrawal. We inhaled the first two seasons of the Netflix series, and have been waiting ever since for the new season to come out. If, like us, the mere mention of the show sends Regina Spektor’s “You’ve Got Time” blasting through your head, then you will want to watch this TEDx talk from Piper Kerman, the woman whose memoir inspired the show.

In the talk, Kerman tells the story of how, at age 34, she was sent to federal prison for delivering drug money a decade earlier. She shares the lessons she learned on the inside — lessons about prison survival, lessons about a broken justice system, and larger lessons about life.

This talk is especially powerful because it was given at TEDxMarionCorrectional, an event held inside a prison in Ohio  that features talks from inmates and employees…

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My City: Why Shanghai is the ultimate hackerspace

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In 2005, at the start of my first visit to Shanghai, the city clothed itself in a growling thunderstorm. When dusk fell and neon began to score the sky, the city was more Blade Runner-y than I thought a real place possible to be. I remember diving into a luxe spa for a post-train massage, slipping, mildly terrified, into an urgent slumber, if that’s not a contradiction, as rain clattered the roof.

Shanghai will do that to you: the intensity, the thrill, the—um—overwriting. It’s a sensation David Li knows well. He was born in Taiwan, studied computer science at USC, and worked as a programmer in Los Angeles during what he remembers as “the good old fun days” before the dotcom bubble burst. In 2003, after 13 years in the US, he headed to Shanghai. More than anywhere else he’d found, the city “captured the energy of the dotcom…

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Innovación Educativa


La Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, presenta el MOOC  Innovación Educativa Aplicada.  La característica principal de los MOOC es  que son cursos on-line en abierto (se puede apuntar cualquier persona que esté interesada, sea de la universidad o no),  son masivos (habitualmente hay más de 2000 personas) y on-line. El objetivo principal del MOOC es ofrecer una visión práctica y aplicable de la innovación educativa, de tal forma que el profesorado pueda realizar innovación educativa en sus asignaturas.

La duración del curso es de 5 semanas, comenzará (fecha estimada) el 18 de noviembre.

El curso está organizado en 5 temas (uno por semana).

Tema 1. Conceptos relacionados con la innovación educativa.  Es necesario conocer ciertas características de la innovación educativa para poder desarrollar una experiencia sólida y con garantías de éxito.

Tema 2. Indicadores de innovación educativa. Se conocerá la cadena de valor de una experiencia de innovación educativa, así…

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Why Africa is booming: Further watching and reading on the economic turnaround of the continent

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In today’s talk, economist Charles Robertson turns up the heat on an idea that’s been simmering for several years: that Africa is seeing rapid economic growth. [ted_talkteaser id=1851]Looking at statistics and at the precedents set by China and India, Robertson brings this idea to a full boil, saying that economists haven’t been nearly optimistic enough in their predictions for the continent. While Africa is currently a $2 trillion economy, by 2050 it will be a $29 trillion economy, he says — bigger than Europe and America combined. It’s a bold talk, full of inspiring graphs all pointing up, up, up.

Africa has, for a long time, conjured up images of famine, disease, poverty and war. But increasingly, entrepreneurship, technological innovation and investment in education are becoming part of the outsider’s mental picture.

Here, a selection of TED Talks fueling that shift:

[ted_talkteaser id=154]Euvin Naidoo: Why invest in…

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Una risposta dalla co-fondatrice di bSmart

amentia verna

Ho ricevuto questo commento di Michela Barbieri, socia fondatrice della piattaforma d’apprendimento bSmart, ad un mio post sulla nuova editoria digitale. Volentieri ripubblico nello spazio principale di questo blog, un po’ perché i caratteri dei commenti sono poco leggibili, ma anche perché mi pare interessante.

Ogni contributo che alimenti le riflessioni sui nuovi strumenti didattici è il benvenuto.

Buongiorno, sono Michela Barbieri. Per caso sono arrivata a questo blog e a questo articolo.
Mi presento: sono socia fondatrice di bSmart srl, la società che ha realizzato l’ambiente di apprendimento bSmart.it. 
Mi occupo di ricerca e sviluppo e sono responsabile per la progettazione delle funzioni didattiche di bSmart.it
Innanzitutto ringrazio l’autrice del blog per l’attenzione dedicata a bSmart e le faccio i complimenti per l’arduo compito di fare sintesi in un panorama molto frammentato come quello che contraddistingue la realtà italiana.
Spero che il mio intervento possa chiarire molti degli…

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Welcome to our issue4 of our european school Journal

Diving in the Oceans of Knowledge!

Our issue3 is published today! Hurray!!!

We wish you enjoy your travel to our ejournal and do a Journey with our Journal. For all our mates, members and readers of our hearts we give you the follow presentation as grateful gift for your assistance, help, cooperation, participation and warm working with us! Many articles are to be published till our next issue, so stay reading very ofter our ejournal!


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Is It Project-Based Learning, Maker Education or Just Projects?

User Generated Education


Zak Malamed of StuVoice.Org mentioned in a student voice panel that when given projects by teachers to complete, it was often just another “thing” to get done, just like a paper or worksheet.  I have seen lessons shared by teachers that they called Project-Based Learning, Inquiry Learning, or Maker Education, but upon close examination they appear to be another form of direct instruction with a hands-on activity thrown into the mix. These activities had no connections and very limited relevancy to the real lives of students.  Students using scissors, markers, drawings, or a Web 2.0 tool does not make a PBL or Maker Education curricular unit.

Just because it’s hands-on doesn’t mean it’s minds-on. Many projects, problems, situations, and field trips do not yield lasting and transferable learning because too little attention is given to the meta-cognitive and idea-building work that turns a single experience into insight and later…

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