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TED Playlists: a librarian’s friend

In searching for great examples of presentations for our seniors, I happened upon the TED Playlists.

They’re not really new, but they’re new to me. And these curated collections of TED Talks are a treasure!

Some are curated by TED, others are guest curated by thought and cultural leaders like Dan Pink, Sir Ken Robinson, and Bono.

Whether you scan the full archive, the featured playlists, the most viewed, the guest curated, the newest stuff, or surprise me (for talks that are jaw-dropping, persuasivecourageousingeniousfascinatinginspiringbeautiful, and funny), be warned. You’re about to be drawn down a whole bunch of rabbit holes.

Note: TED Surprise Me offers the option of choosing a talk by how much time you have available.

As a librarian, this is a serious time saver for when that subject area teacher runs in looking for the perfect short introduction to, or inspiration for . . .

For that senior speech project, our solution was TED Under 20, talks by inspiring teens.

Somehow, seeing their peers present, made our backchannel conversation about presentation strategies even more powerful and relevant.

You may also consider checking out:

If you are logged into your TED account and run out of time before the end of a playlist, you may resume where you left off next time you visit.  You’re gonna need more time.


Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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