What can be accomplished in 18 minutes or less? The spreading of ideas, inspiration, motivation, and knowledge through TED Talks. TED speakers are thought provoking and inspiring speakers who are at the top of their respective fields. Here are 5 speakers who share ideas and motivations in the field of education.
First African American Woman in Space
When Dr. Mae Jemison launched into outer space in 1992, she made history as the first woman of color to achieve this notable feat. Jemison is a physician, teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, and the founder of two technology companies. A NASA astronaut and leader for civil and women’s rights, she is an inspiring speaker and celebrated individual. In this TED Talk, Jemison calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one.
Educator and Activist
Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo a traditional Maasai rite of passage, female circumcision, if he would let her go to high school. In this TED Talk, Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community, changing the destiny of 125 young women.
Innovation Expert and Author
Charles Leadbeater is one of the world leaders on innovation and creativity in organizations. He develops ideas about innovation, entrepreneurship, public policy, and the knowledge economy for large companies, small organizations, government departments, private sectors, and community groups. In this TED Talk, Leadbeater discusses how some of the world’s poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn- and how we should emulate them.
Founder/Director Khan Academy
In 2004, Sal Khan, a hedge fund analyst, began posting math tutorials on YouTube. Thirteen years later, Khan Academy has more than 42 million registered users from 190 countries, with tutorials on subjects from basic math through economics, art history, computer science, health, medicine and more. In this TED Talk, Khan shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script.
Inner-City Youth and Education Advocate
Geoffrey Canada has a radical new idea: if you really want to change the lives of inner-city kids, change everything all at once – their schools, families, and neighborhoods. As the former President and CEO of the revolutionary Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, Canada has dedicated the past twenty years of his life to helping the most impoverished, at-risk youth beat the odds. In this TED Talk, Canada looks at how our schools have been failing and the business model has not changed in order to make improvements.
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