21 – TED Talks & TED Ed

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TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading – annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events. TED Ed is a tool to create lessons around TED Talks and other videos.

Website Cost Availability
 www.ted.com and ed.ted.com Free Online
Past Overall Rankings
2015: 35 2014: 26 2013: 25 2012: 25 2011: 30 2010: – 2009: – 2008: – 2007: –
Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2016 Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning 2016
Top 100 Tools for
Education 2016
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Comments from some of those who selected TED as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2016

“Massive range of topics, and standards of speakers. Some really inspirational stuff.” Steve Adams, Instructional designer, UK

“loads of inspiring speeches which I sometimes revisit and use in my work” L&D Manager, UK

“The tool that triggers out-of-the-box thinking and gives me access to diverse views, thoughts and ideas from people around the world” Taruna Goel, L&D Manager, Canada

“always a great source of information” Francesco Pucci, Consultant, Italy

“I have utilized tedtalks as a student teacher to give students new ideas, but mostly I use it for myself to learn and gain new ideas for how I will conduct myself in the classroom and life.” Bethany Langley, Instructional Technology Student, USA

“Use frequently in presentations. Typically embedded in Powerpoint slides.” John Thompson, University/College teacher, Canada

“This parody of a TED talk is brilliant but there is still a lot of value to be had from the videos. I appreciate that the style is tired to some but TED talks are quick (18 minutes) and used as part of wider support can be excellent ways to headline or summarise additional content.” Andrew Jacobs, L&D Manager, UK

Previous comments

“influential videos used in personal life, in the classroom, and further learning in various areas of life. Who doesn’t love TED. I have learned so much from TED and find that many are applicable to the classroom and for those days that I just need a pick me up. One does have to be careful due to the fact that not all are based in fact and are opinion based. So, research has to be completed to make sure it just isn’t inspirational and that it has educational merit.” Virginia Goen, 2015

“Yes, I could have been more broad an voted for YouTube, but honestly I find TED Talks to be an extremely valuable subset of online videos. Not only are some of the talks exciting and thought-provoking and idea-inducing, but I also refer people to TED in order to study how to begin a presentation, how to grab the audience’s attention, how to hold the audience’s attention, and how to wrap up a presentation with punch.” Brian Washburn, 2015

“influential videos used in personal life, in the classroom, and further learning in various areas of life”  2015

“use the talks in classes all the time”  Debra Lee 2013
“TED Talks – these are useful for developing academic study skills such as note-taking, as well as for focussing on specific topics in class.”  Jayne Whistance 2013
“got a spare 10, 20, 30, 40 minutes – then quickly and easily get inspired” 2013