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A little bit about TED Ed Clubs originally published on What and Why are Everything

There is a tabloid magazine called the National Inquirer, or is it Enquirer? 
Their tag line was, "Inquiring minds need to know." or was it enquiring?

Nevertheless, before I digress towards distress there are a couple of prevailing thoughts I'd like to address.

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I am privileged to be taking part in TEDActive 2014 as a representative of  the YRDSB and as a TED-Ed Clubs host teacher. This incredible opportunity to meet, share and learn with over 700 like minded souls from around the world is truly an event to behold. Since arriving on Day 1, I have met people representing bio-med, medicine, art, design, performance and of course education. What we all have in common is akin to the Russian version of, 'glasnost'. Moreover, a willing openness to new ideas, critical thinking questions and all the while accompanying a genuine commitment to exploring more intently an intellectual road less travelled.

After acclimating to Whistler's altitude, I was able to join the TED-Ed Team from New York, along with 7 other amazing educators from all levels of learning and instruction. I was particularly awed by the ease at which we all interacted. There were teachers and administrators from virtual schools, universities, high schools, private schools, junior middle schools and me. Together with the TED-Ed Clubs and http://willgourley.edublogs.org/Community team we discussed, shared and began to plot a course of how best to use its potential in classrooms around the world.

Guiding this journey for me are a plethora of access points to lessons and ideas that I can tailor to my students' learning needs. Even more inspiring are the opportunities for sharing our own ideas with a larger collective audience of potentially 2,000,000 students worldwide.

If that doesn't get you out of your seat. Brother...sister...lady...mister...you need to get involved with TED-Ed.

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TED Ed sign by Raoul Pallacios photo by author.

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Comment by VoiceThread (George) on May 8, 2014 at 10:20am

Hi, Will!

Thanks for sharing this. I've been to a few TED-Ed events and I like meeting all the people as well. To me, the best part was the pre-talk mingling and the lunch. I got to talk with some of the speakers and just as importantly I got to speak with the amazing educators in the audience as well.

I have to say though, that I see a big disconnect between the format (lecture) and the messages from many of the speakers (inquiry, learn-by-doing, hands-on education, etc.)

It seems a little ironic to hear a lecture about how we need to stop lectures in the classroom. I'd be interested to know your thoughts on this. Am I just being a curmudgeon? :)

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