TED lectures are one of the most interesting formats for thinking about innovative and provocative topics. Conference speakers are charismatic and progressive people who have something to share. And if you watch TED talks in the original, you can still improve your English quite well!
We have compiled a selection of lectures that address the topic of education, opportunities (existing or potential) and self-belief. In our list, lectures are not just in English - they are with subtitles, and even with a text transcript of each lecture. You just have to follow the link and start watching. Go!
Lecture 1: How to avoid Death Valley in education
The topic is revealed by Sir Ken Robinson, author of books, speaker and international advisor on the development of creative thinking, education systems and innovation in these areas. It talks about three principles that are critical for the human mind to continue to develop and flourish. He talks about how the modern education system prevents this. But the speaker does not call for despondency, on the contrary, he tells with humor how to leave this “valley of death” and pass on the ability to see opportunities, not limitations, to the next generation.
Lecture 2: 3 ways to spark interest in learning
Chemistry teacher Ramzi Musallam shares his experience in this matter. He experienced a life-threatening situation, which helped him understand what the true purpose of a teacher is and what he did wrong all this time. His version: the main task of a teacher is to educate children in the process of learning. Simply put, curiosity. Communicating with the audience, Musallam leads the audience to three ways to develop important aspects of personality - imagination, love of learning and interest in the structure of the universe.
Lecture 3: The Four Pillars of Success in College and Science
Lecture is delivered by Freeman Grabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) . He has an interesting biography: at the age of 12 he happened to walk alongside Martin Luther King. Today, he leads people by himself, creating an environment that helps people from minority groups - African Americans, Hispanics, the poor, etc. - excel in science or mathematics. His methodology is based on 4 principles that he openly shares.
Lecture 4: The Economic Case for Early Childhood Education
On such an interesting and relevant topic, Timothy Bartik is giving a speech: he reasonably explains why investing in preschool education is profitable. Even if you have no children or they have already crossed this age! The speaker clearly demonstrates how the positive impact of quality preschool education is moving from the sphere of altruism and charity to the economy and numbers.
Lecture 5: Information for Better Education
Andreas Schleicher offers his own method for assessing the effectiveness of the education system. The speaker talks about the PISA test, which is an international analysis system. Testing analyzes countries in relation to each other, and then uses the obtained data to improve the educational system. During the lecture, you will see where our country is located and will be able to understand why some countries have a more efficient education system than others.
Lecture 6: What Online Education Teaches Us
A burning topic - and a radical proposal from the speaker Daphne Koller. She seriously suggests that universities make the best courses and programs open and free. For this, she has a compelling argument: all actions that are carried out in the Internet environment reflect the unique data on the processing and assimilation of information by a modern user.
Lecture 7: Tips for Young Scientists
For young minds who do not need to be motivated, because they themselves are eager to fight - a few recommendations from the famous biologist E.O. Wilson. He begins his speech with optimistic words of address to the future luminaries of science: "The world needs you very much." Actually, this is already motivating enough to stop watching and take on your unique project! However, we still recommend listening to the lecture - the most persistent are waiting for a review of Wilson's book and a number of valuable advice on the implementation of scientific activity from a person who at one time himself faced difficulties in conducting research. Imagination and interest are the main fuel for living in science.
Lecture 8: What We Learn Before Birth
The writer Annie Murphy Paul literally changes our understanding of the foundations of the universe, talking about the fact that the future child begins to shape his life and learn about the world already in the womb. The fetus hears the voices of parents and songs in a language that will become native to him. And ending with the formation of our food preferences. If you don't understand how this is possible, Annie's lecture is a must-see. Then maybe one less question about the world will be.
Lecture 9: The best way to learn? On mistakes
The hackneyed phrase of motivational coaches about the benefits of learning from their own mistakes is not taken from anywhere - Diana Laufenberg will tell you more about this. During her training, she suddenly realized 3 things that make the rake-stepping method so effective. Don't believe me? Take a look and think about this topic with the meeting participants.
Lecture 10: Who You Really Are
Our super-useful selection ends with a speech with a philosophical title. In the video, TED presenter John Legend performs an acoustic version of the song "Who Are You" in lyrical adaptation for children and teachers. “Don't be afraid to show who you really are. You are beautiful (of a dream), like a rainbow, ”- this is how the lines of the song sound, which can inspire hope in the hearts of people who are not very confident in themselves.