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Which TED talks are a 'must watch' for inspiring our kids to explore their potential and follow their passion?

Seeking Opinion Child Development , Education , Video & Films 3 years ago
Francesco admin
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London, GB

7 experts and 5 parents have answered

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Jill Hodges expert
Jill Hodges Founder of Fire Tech Camp London, GB
Education expert

Here's a good list

One of my favourites for kids is the one about the Aquatic Ape - this one made a big impression on me and my son!

And if you are parent you really really need to see all of Ken Robinson's talks about education and creativity:

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Opinion 3 years ago
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Lorraine Allman expert
Lorraine Allman Author, Businesswoman, Mum GB
Careers expert

I love TED talks!

Some of the most inspirational for kids are ones that kids have done themselves. The Educational Technology and Mobile Learning site has hand picked 5 'must see' TED talks for kids by kids who talk about discovering their talent and doing something with it. As they say on the site, " can share these videos with your... kids to encourage them to learn, be curious, discover things and use the internet for other things than playing games".

Enjoy -

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Christine Carlson expert
Christine Carlson Designer, Children's eBooks US
Software/app development expert

"If your life were a book, and you were the author, how would you like your story to go?"

That's the opening of Amy Purdy's talk, which I found to be an incredibly inspiring talk about how you can use your imagination and power of visualization to craft how your life will go. Amy was just 20 when a blood infection led her to lose both legs, which she overcame to become a pro snowboarder.

It's a pretty short video - about 10 minutes - and a great lesson in where you can take yourself in life, using life's "borders" as jumping off points to become creative in how you define your life story.

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Tamsin Oxford writer
Tamsin Oxford Professional writer and editor Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK

This is the best question ever. Thank you all for these ideas, I guess I know what I'm doing tonight.

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Lynn Schreiber expert
Lynn Schreiber Social Media Trainer Dundee, GB
Social Media expert

I was going to suggest Sir Ken Robinson, but Jill beat me to it. His talks are absolute must-watch for all parents or educators, imo. This TED talk by Sarah Kay is very enjoyable and inspiring

Will be exploring the others. Thanks for the links.

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Cliff Jones writer
Cliff Jones Dad of two. Life 1st, tech 2nd. Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

I love this one. Imagining beyond your circumstances: Jarrett J. Krosoczka at TEDxHampshireCollege

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Experience 3 years ago
Chanda Gohrani admin
Chanda Gohrani Social media manager of London, GB

I know Tamsin! Such great videos there. My favourite is: Kid President: I think we all need a pep talk

This 9 year old delivers a very inspirational talk. His motto is to make grown-ups less boring, to make the world awesome, and to make people dance.

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Drew Buddie expert
Drew Buddie Head of ICT GB
Education expert

My favourite TED videos that relate to education are:

Dave Eggers:

William Kamkwamba:

Kiran Bir Sethi:


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Andrew Weekes expert
Andrew Weekes Techy engineer, father of two. Sevenoaks, GB
Technology expert

The first TED video I ever watched was David Gallo's 'Underwater Astonishments'

I still love it even after many viewings, and kids love it too, the incredible adaptability of nature, and especially the amazing camouflage of the octopus is something from a science fiction movie, save for the fact it's actually real!

I'd have to add my vote to the Ken Robinson videos too, maybe they aren't for kids, more for parents, but they fill me with emotion every time I view them, so much do I agree with everything he says within them.

Anothe one I loved, that is not really aimed at kids, but ultimately could have a massive impact on them is Dan Meyer's 'Math class needs a makeover'

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