Daily Archives: March 11, 2015

Celebrating with TED

We are in the planning phases of the TED Talk Celebration for our Biography UoS.  A TED talk is like a motivational speech that seeks to inform and inspire audiences.  For more information click: https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization.

Mentor Text for Ted Talk that we plan to use:

“Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames — Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like “Bustin Jeiber,” a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers. (Filmed at TEDxManhattanBeach.)”TED


As we view the video we will do a critique:

  • Notice how he shares information –
  • Prepared & planned using notes
  • Humor infused with information (lending his voice to his talk)
  • Purposeful pauses allows the audience to process information
  • He used graphics to augment his talk

Upon reflection for the Informational UoS when we produced a video as part of the celebration – we decided students need more structure, but on the other hand we want it to be authentic.  This is how we envision their talks going:

  • How did what you learned about your author’s life impact your life? Provide evidence & explain.
  • Why are you passionate about your author? Why should others care?
  • Name your favorite stories written by your author  and explain why they are your favorites.
  • Select an image that represents who your author is and select a quote to go with the image.

We all need a little inspiration.  With that in mind, here is a favorite example of a TED Talk.  Meet Simon Sinek as he talks about how great leaders motivate action: