Archives For TED Talks

ESLnewscast.com produces a news podcast that discusses three stories that are in the news. But how important are those stories? How important are any of the stories in our news?

That’s what this week’s TED Talk is about. The speaker, Kirk Citron, argues that “we are drowning in news”, and most of it won’t matter decades from now.

So, he created www.longnews.org, a project that tries to focus on the news stories that will still matter many years from now.

Over 300,000 people have viewed this TED Talk since it was posted in April 2010. It’s been translated into 39 languages, so if you don’t understand everything Citron is saying in English, then you can add subtitles in your native language.

Do you agree with this TED Talk? How much of the news in your country won’t matter 100 years from now? Let us know in the comments section below!

Remember, if you want to add subtitles in your native language, you can follow these instructions. Also, you can watch past TED Talks by clicking on this link.

Anyone who has ever gone to school knows that a class of 50 students is large, and a class of 100 is huge!

But what about a class of 100,000 students?

This week’s TED Talk is by a teacher who taught over 100,000 students in an interactive online class.

(Interactive means that students can communicate with each other and with the teacher, even though it is all done over the internet.)

The TED Talk is from earlier this year and is titled, “Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom”.

Peter Norvig taught a “global classroom”, and because of technology, it doesn’t really matter where you live in the world. We’re all students, and we can all learn new things from different people and from different places!

Remember, if you want to add subtitles in your native language, you can follow these instructions. Also, you can watch past TED Talks by clicking on this link.

This week’s TED Talk is a special one, because it’s the most-watched TED Talk ever!

It’s from 2006 and is titled, “Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity”.

Ken Robinson is an English author and expert in creativity, and his 19-minute talk has been watched over 13 million times! That’s partly because he’s funny, and partly because he has a really serious and important message: our schools are hurting children by making them less creative.

This talk has been translated into 55 languages, so if you don’t understand all of his words or jokes, you can add your own language’s subtitles!

Remember, if you want to add subtitles in your native language, you can follow these instructions. Also, you can watch past TED Talks by clicking on this link.

ESLnewscast.com is on vacation until August 14! You can still read a new Phrase of the Day each day, and we’re reposting articles from our archives, like this one:  

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If you live in a city, you know that it’s almost impossible to have your own garden, which is an area where you can grow fruits or vegetables.

Maybe this week’s TED Talk will change how you feel about growing a garden in your apartment. It’s from a woman named Britta Riley, and she discusses working with people from all around the world to create new ways to grow food inside your city apartment.

She takes the idea of R&D, which means research & development, and turns it into R&D-I-Y: research & develop it yourself.

After watching this TED Talk, do you want to create your own garden? I do!

Remember, if you want to add subtitles in your native language, you can follow these instructions.

You might not know who the speaker in this week’s TED Talk is, but his name is Mike Matas, and he is creating the future of books!

Matas works for a company called Push Pop Press, which was bought by Facebook last year. The company is creating what it calls “the next generation of digital books”, which can be read on smartphones like the iPhone, and on tablets like the iPad.

This talk has been translated into 45 different languages, and it might not be long before people are reading these digital books in 45 different languages, too!

Remember, if you want to add subtitles in your native language, you can follow these instructions. Also, you can watch past TED Talks by clicking on this link.

This week’s TED Talk ended in a standing ovation, which means the audience stood and clapped for the speaker.

They – and many of the nearly 3 million people who have viewed this talk – were amazed by what Johnny Lee was showing them.

Lee is a researcher who currently works for Google. His talk is about finding simple ways to make big changes with technology. In this video from 2008, he shows some incredible things you can do with a simple Nintendo Wii remote, which is the controller you hold in your hand when you play Nintendo Wii games.

His innovative, or new and creative, ideas can be used at work, school, or in your own home.

This TED Talk has been translated into 32 languages, and perhaps it will inspire you to think of new ways to use old things.

Who knows, maybe you could become the next Johnny Lee!

Remember, if you want to add subtitles in your native language, you can follow these instructions. Also, you can watch past TED Talks by clicking on this link.