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:


3 thoughts on “Celebrating with TED

  1. LOVE your use of TED Talks as mentors! Our kids need to see that writing and reading take many forms–including jumping off the page into speaking and listening! Am looking forward to seeing what your kids do with their Talks!

    THANK YOU too for sharing your reflecting and learning via this blog. You grow possibilities for us all!

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