I’ve always enjoyed TED talks and have literally spent hours watching them. There is so much there. While doing a search today for some specific TED talks, I ran across a site that looks interesting.
The History Teacher’s Attic, by Jeff Mummert, has some amazing stuff for history and social studies teachers. I’ll need to dig into it a bit more and mine the goodies.
But the connection to the TED talks alone was worth the quick visit. Jeff has taken data created on a Google Doc that lists hundreds of TED talks and broken it down by content area. Very cool!
By “demystifying” the list, Jeff has given us a wonderful gift as we plan our instructional units. Some sample lists:
|American History||Title and Link||Run Time|
|Anna Deavere Smith||Four American characters||0:23:05|
|David Hoffman||Catch Sputnik mania!||0:03:50|
|Irwin Redlener||How to survive a nuclear attack||0:25:18|
|Doris Kearns Goodwin||Learning from past presidents in moments of crisis||0:18:48|
|Jennifer 8. Lee||Who was General Tso? and other mysteries of American Chinese food||0:16:38|
|Laurie Garrett||Laurie Garrett on lessons from the 1918 flu||0:21:05|
|Jared Diamond||Why societies collapse||0:18:21|
|Siegfried Woldhek||The true face of Leonardo Da Vinci?||0:04:24|
|Samantha Power||Shaking hands with the devil||0:23:09|
You’ll need to head over to Jeff’s site to get the rest of the list.