Top 20 TED Talks podcasts for busy school administrators

Here are my top 20 TED Talks podcasts for busy principals and superintendents (in no particular order). These are the TED presentations that I think are most likely to interest, educate, and entertain administrators as well as make them think!

  1. Kevin Kelly on the next 5,000 days of the web
  2. Barry Schwartz on our loss of wisdom
  3. Brewster Kahle builds a free digital library
  4. Jonathan Drori on what we think we know
  5. Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together
  6. Patti Maes demos the Sixth Sense
  7. Clay Shirky on institutions vs. collaboration
  8. Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
  9. David Perry on videogames
  10. Stuart Brown says play is more than fun
  11. Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves
  12. Charles Leadbeater on innovation
  13. Michael Merzenich on re-wiring the brain
  14. Dave Eggers’ wish: Once upon a school
  15. Ray Kurzweil on how technology will transform us
  16. Alan Kay shares a powerful idea about ideas
  17. Howard Rheingold on collaboration
  18. Erin McKean redefines the dictionary
  19. Richard Baraniuk on open-source learning
  20. Ann Cooper talks school lunches

Load these onto an iPod, hand it to a busy school administrator, and say, “Here are some presentations that I think you’ll enjoy while you’re exercising or driving around. After you’ve listened to a few, let me know what you think!”

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9 Responses to “Top 20 TED Talks podcasts for busy school administrators”

  1. Oh these are great!

  2. I’m surprised Seth Godin isn’t on your list. If I’m not mistaken, you showed a clip from his first TED talk when I saw you speak last year. Now he’s got a new one – all about leadership:

  3. @Mike: Yes, I’m a HUGE fan of Seth Godin! I’ve read every book he has, subscribe to his blog, and try to track down every video of his also. I noted that video earlier this month.

    The reason I left Godin’s TED videos off, as well as some other of my favorite TED videos (e.g., Jeff Han, Hans Rosling), is because I didn’t think K-12 administrators would find them as relevant to their jobs, teaching and learning, and/or the overall changes we’re seeing that are impacting schools as the ones I noted in the post.

    Now, if administrators catch the TED bug and want to watch more…!

  4. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring list of resources for educators committed to 21st Century innovation.

  5. Jude Richardson Reply May 28, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I’ve used this one

    Rives storytelling with emoticons with teachers to begin a discussion around writing and communication and change.

  6. It is funny how this blog post is from 2009, yet still is a great resource in 2011! (And somehow I found this post through Larry Ferlazzo’s post from 2010). I am a huge fan of the TED talks and these are still relevant for educators to watch now!

    Thanks again!



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