TED Talks for Adult Education

adult learning 6If you haven’t ever heard a TED talk, you are missing out and it’s time to join in the fun. As an adult learner, this is a location where you can learn about almost any subject from a dynamic, highly qualified speaker.

TED (http://www.ted.com/pages/about) is a nonprofit that started in 1984 and that is devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. They are called TED because they started out by bringing together people from three specific areas – Technology, Entertainment and Design. They have two annual conferences that are called the TED Conference and TEDGlobal and they have award-winning Ted Talks video locations a TED Fellows program and more.

The idea is that each person who gives a TED talk is given 18 minutes or less and is challenged to give “the talk of their lives.” These talks enhance the learner’s understanding of a subject matter and are also incredibly inspiring. Many of the TED talks can be found on itunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tedtalks-education/id470623037?mt=2) and can be heard and enjoyed completely for free.

Among other things, one of the beauties of the TED talks is that they are short. Pull up some folding tables and listen for a few minutes on school chairs. You can commit to listening to one TED talk a day as an adult learner and to enhancing your understanding of all sorts of topics in this brief amount of time. TED is definitely worth a visit.

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