Innovation, Inspiration, and Invention
Intrigued by the idea of online learning I decided to challenge myself in February to watch 100 TED Talks. This free site ted.com has always been fascinating to me; showcasing authors, people in the news, and inventors sharing their experiences and ideas.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in 18 minutes or less. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
Ten of my favorite talks include:
1. Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
2. Daniel Pink – The Puzzle of Motivation
3. Shawn Achor – The Happy Secret to Better Work
4. Ken Robinson- Do Schools Kill Creativity?
5. Brene Brown- The Power of Vulnerability
6. Ali-Carr- Chellman – Gaming to Re-Engage Boys in Learning
7. Arthur Benjamin – A Performance of “Mathemagic”
8. Simon Sinek – Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe
9. David Epstein – Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?
10. Hugh Herr – The New Bionics That Let Us Run, Climb, and Dance
I managed to finish my goal and finished the month having listened to 102 talks. Not all the talks I listened to were home runs. However they introduced me to experts in all different fields from all over the world. The speakers encourage you to find your dreams, goals, and make the impossible happen. This month-long experiment made me think of all the free online learning opportunities we have: Coursera, Alison, and EdX, to name a few that give us access to the thoughts and lessons of Ivy league professors. As Daphne Koller pointed out in her TED talk “What We’re Learning from Online Education” the classroom has become a global classroom and we can learn from each other and not just by traditional means of instruction.
My next goal is to complete 50 courses via the database Lynda.com. Keeping up your technology and leadership skills are so important to current and future employers. As you explore the video tutorials any instructor you click on – you’ll find is a nationally known expert in the field of study you have chosen. Go to www.greenburghlibrary.org and find eLibrary in the menu bar. Start a free account with your Westchester Library System card.
What a wonderful online classroom your library card gives you- learn new business, creative, & tech skills with expert-led online video tutorials– anytime, anywhere.