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What should future schools look like? How do brains learn? Some of the world's greatest educators, researchers, and community leaders share their stories and visions onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Episode Date
Massive-scale online collaboration | Luis von Ahn
00:16:39
After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. In this talk, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the web quickly and accurately -- all for free.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/wbLcUZHtRLI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 06, 2011
Feats of memory anyone can do | Joshua Foer
00:20:28
There are people who can quickly memorize lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique -- called the memory palace -- and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use it, including him.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/dF2O60YMZpY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 10, 2012
What's left to explore? | Nathan Wolfe
00:07:10
We've been to the moon, we've mapped the continents, we've even been to the deepest point in the ocean -- twice. What's left for the next generation to explore? Biologist and explorer Nathan Wolfe suggests this answer: Almost everything. And we can start, he says, with the world of the unseeably small.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/9Ty7FICoZwo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 21, 2012
Why is 'x' the unknown? | Terry Moore
00:03:57
Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/L_gWlPWnZdw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 06, 2012
Archaeology from space | Sarah Parcak
00:05:20
In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archaeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/12gcJx9U2XA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 14, 2012
The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla | Marco Tempest
00:06:05
Combining projection mapping and a pop-up book, Marco Tempest tells the visually arresting story of Nikola Tesla -- called "the greatest geek who ever lived" -- from his triumphant invention of alternating current to his penniless last days.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/fJ80J1V4rhs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 20, 2012
The 100,000-student classroom | Peter Norvig
00:06:11
In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/--K57TNTHXo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 21, 2012
Reinventing the encyclopedia game | Rives
00:10:46
Prompted by the Encyclopaedia Britannica ending its print publication, performance poet Rives resurrects a game from his childhood. Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Rives takes us on a charming tour through random (and less random) bits of human knowledge: from Chimborazo, the farthest point from the center of the Earth, to Ham the Astrochimp, the first chimpanzee in outer space.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/uEgdmL-OMxU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 26, 2012
Every city needs healthy honey bees | Noah Wilson-Rich
00:12:43
Bees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas, with grave implications for agriculture. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments -- and cities need their help, too. Noah Wilson-Rich suggests that urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/N5byIEwIbUU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 28, 2012
A teacher growing green in the South Bronx | Stephen Ritz
00:13:59
A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York's tough South Bronx, where he and his kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery -- and jobs. Just try to keep up with this New York treasure as he spins through the many, many ways there are to grow hope in a neighborhood many have written off, or in your own.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/AH-rPYb7G7E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 31, 2012
What we're learning from online education | Daphne Koller
00:20:40
Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/1r3SRCPbANQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 01, 2012
How we can eat our landscapes | Pam Warhurst
00:13:21
What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/PruPvDB0kGc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 09, 2012
The self-organizing computer course | Shimon Schocken
00:16:25
Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online -- giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks -- they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about grades and tap into the self-motivation to learn.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/betj3095W5E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 04, 2012
Talk nerdy to me | Melissa Marshall
00:04:34
Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We're fascinated by what you're doing. So tell us about it -- in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/HWOMB2_lcnQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 11, 2012
What I've learned from my autistic brothers | Faith Jegede Cole
00:05:20
Faith Jegede tells the moving and funny story of growing up with her two brothers, both autistic -- and both extraordinary. In this talk from the TED Talent Search, she reminds us to pursue a life beyond what is normal.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/9AuRfAe4APo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 02, 2012
The tragedy of orphanages | Georgette Mulheir
00:10:41
Orphanages are costly and can cause irreparable damage both mentally and physically for its charges -- so why are they still so ubiquitous? Georgette Mulheir gravely describes the tragedy of orphanages and urges us to end our reliance on them, by finding alternate ways of supporting children in need.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/yIb-KbdIW9w" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 08, 2012
Your brain on video games | Daphne Bavelier
00:17:57
How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help us learn, focus and, fascinatingly, multitask.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/HkTM_N0_FcM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 19, 2012
Kids need structure | Colin Powell
00:17:46
How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children, starting before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/AcdbqgDcBos" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 23, 2013
Hey science teachers -- make it fun | Tyler DeWitt
00:11:20
High school science teacher Tyler DeWitt was ecstatic about his new lesson plan on bacteria (how cool!) -- and devastated when his students hated it. The problem was the textbook: it was impossible to understand. He delivers a rousing call for science teachers to ditch the jargon and extreme precision, and instead make science sing through stories and demonstrations.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/2LlqNsHHEKk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 05, 2013
Let's teach kids to code | Mitch Resnick
00:16:48
Coding isn't just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it's for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just use new tech toys but also create them.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/2KsmSpC99dU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 29, 2013
Dare to educate Afghan girls | Shabana Basij-Rasikh
00:09:36
Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. 22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She celebrates the power of a family's decision to believe in their daughters -- and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/XbXoJi8Ise4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 11, 2013
A girl who demanded school | Kakenya Ntaiya
00:15:16
Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo a traditional Maasai rite of passage, female circumcision, if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community, changing the destiny of 125 young women.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/wDpodXKkAGA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 07, 2013
Build a School in the Cloud | Sugata Mitra
00:22:31
Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/MhkTeZrInMY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 27, 2013
4 pillars of college success in science | Freeman Hrabowski
00:15:10
At age 12, Freeman Hrabowski marched with Martin Luther King. Now he's president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he works to create an environment that helps under-represented students -- specifically African-American, Latino and low-income learners -- get degrees in math and science. He shares the four pillars of UMBC's approach.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/-oLt4vWejr4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 08, 2013
Every kid needs a champion | Rita F. Pierson
00:07:48
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/Gjxyts4-glU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 03, 2013
3 rules to spark learning | Ramsey Musallam
00:06:29
It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of "pseudo-teaching" to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/-5gDacgjVvo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 08, 2013
Our failing schools. Enough is enough! | Geoffrey Canada
00:17:07
Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now -- and it’s because we’re clinging to a business model that clearly doesn’t work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada dares the system to look at the data, think about the customers and make systematic shifts in order to help greater numbers of kids excel.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/ctB5rViRoU0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 08, 2013
Grit: The power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth
00:06:12
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/kT6Nd2K0AYY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 09, 2013
My story, from gangland daughter to star teacher | Pearl Arredondo
00:08:03
Pearl Arredondo grew up in East Los Angeles, the daughter of a high-ranking gang member who was in and out of jail. Many teachers wrote her off as having a problem with authority. Now a teacher herself, she's creating a different kind of school and telling students her story so that they know it's okay if sometimes homework isn't the first thing on their minds.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/jo54QjfgFqE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 08, 2013
Learn to read Chinese ... with ease! | ShaoLan Hsueh
00:06:10
For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning -- building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/kmrKVzPYdIg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 07, 2013
How to escape education's death valley | Ken Robinson
00:19:11
Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/Pn7w01OQgfY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 10, 2013
Teachers need real feedback | Bill Gates
00:10:24
Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: "satisfactory." And with no feedback, no coaching, there's just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback -- and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/5qVdGDHHZio" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 08, 2013
Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers | Adam Spencer
00:17:17
They're millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt them down -- what's not to love about monster primes? Adam Spencer, comedian and lifelong math geek, shares his passion for these odd numbers, and for the mysterious magic of math.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/B9OFwLU5u48" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 03, 2013
The pursuit of ignorance | Stuart Firestein
00:18:33
What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like "farting around ... in the dark." In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests that we should value what we don't know -- or "high-quality ignorance" -- just as much as what we know.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/-tIUhw6GpE0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 24, 2013
The magic of Fibonacci numbers | Arthur Benjamin
00:06:24
Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/ZxkzxtK_VDA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 08, 2013
Why massive open online courses (still) matter | Anant Agarwal
00:15:19
2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massive open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter -- as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) traditional classrooms. Agarwal shares his vision of blended learning, where teachers create the ideal learning experience for 21st century students.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/YBW_0tmwozM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 27, 2014
A new equation for intelligence | Alex Wissner-Gross
00:11:48
Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It's F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/VawweqaUn44" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 06, 2014
Teach teachers how to create magic | Christopher Emdin
00:06:54
What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it's a skill we often don't teach to educators. A longtime teacher himself, now a science advocate and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Emdin offers a vision to make the classroom come alive.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/82hVy-JK9_Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 08, 2014
A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think) | Hamish Jolly
00:12:32
Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/RK_lx5Jn6Vk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 23, 2014
Comics that ask "what if?" | Randall Munroe
00:09:29
Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions ("what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?") using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader's question about Google's data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/Lv9_U3tF90k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 08, 2014
What ants teach us about the brain, cancer and the Internet | Deborah Gordon
00:14:09
Ecologist Deborah Gordon studies ants wherever she can find them -- in the desert, in the tropics, in her kitchen ... In this fascinating talk, she explains her obsession with insects most of us would happily swat away without a second thought. She argues that ant life provides a useful model for learning about many other topics, including disease, technology and the human brain.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/6JQln1EXjzo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 13, 2014
What makes a word "real"? | Anne Curzan
00:17:13
One could argue that slang words like ‘hangry,’ ‘defriend’ and ‘adorkable’ fill crucial meaning gaps in the English language, even if they don't appear in the dictionary. After all, who actually decides which words make it into those pages? Language historian Anne Curzan gives a charming look at the humans behind dictionaries, and the choices they make.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/Hd1MPnjd47A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 17, 2014
An ultra-low-cost college degree | Shai Reshef
00:10:48
At the online University of the People, anyone with a high school diploma can take classes toward a degree in business administration or computer science — without standard tuition fees (though exams cost money). Founder Shai Reshef hopes that higher education is changing "from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/_yzfcBVD8N4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 04, 2014
Why I live in mortal dread of public speaking | Megan Washington
00:12:58
Megan Washington is one of Australia's premier singer/songwriters. And, since childhood, she has had a stutter. In this bold and personal talk, she reveals how she copes with this speech impediment—from avoiding the letter combination “st” to tricking her brain by changing her words at the last minute to, yes, singing the things she has to say rather than speaking them.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/5tVTAzMcMsA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 08, 2014
The danger of silence | Clint Smith
00:04:18
"We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/8qATB0MOUQs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 15, 2014
Please, please, people. Let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome' | Jill Shargaa
00:06:13
Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word "awesome" for things that truly inspire awe.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/GFo2AD_kDmc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 29, 2014
Why does the universe exist? | Jim Holt
00:17:17
Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/WjpNRhLPGHs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 02, 2014
The magic of the Amazon: A river that flows invisibly all around us | Antonio Donato Nobre
00:21:35
The Amazon River is like a heart, pumping water from the seas through it, and up into the atmosphere through 600 billion trees, which act like lungs. Clouds form, rain falls and the forest thrives. In a lyrical talk, Antonio Donato Nobre talks us through the interconnected systems of this region, and how they provide environmental services to the entire world. A parable for the extraordinary symphony that is nature. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/KPtp35GH_Os" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 19, 2014
How not to be ignorant about the world | Ola Rosling
00:19:05
How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/8edvZw_Xfyg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 11, 2014
What I learned from spending 31 days underwater | Fabien Cousteau
00:10:47
In 1963, Jacques Cousteau lived for 30 days in an underwater laboratory positioned on the floor of the Red Sea, and set a world record in the process. This summer, his grandson Fabien Cousteau broke that record. Cousteau the younger lived for 31 days aboard the Aquarius, an underwater research laboratory nine miles off the coast of Florida. In a charming talk he brings his wondrous adventure to life.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/RVyqYnOKCg4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 23, 2014
Photos that give voice to the animal kingdom | Frans Lanting
00:03:30
Nature photographer Frans Lanting uses vibrant images to take us deep into the animal world. In this short, visual talk he calls for us to reconnect with other earthly creatures, and to shed the metaphorical skins that separate us from each other.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/TYeFydsrjMQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 29, 2014
Why you should care about whale poo | Asha de Vos
00:05:45
Whales have a surprising and important job, says marine biologist Asha de Vos: these massive creatures are ecosystem engineers, keeping the oceans healthy and stable by ... well, by pooping, for a start. Learn from de Vos, a TED Fellow, about the undervalued work that whales do to help maintain the stability and health of our seas -- and our planet.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/zpIs_J3Qprs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 05, 2015
Math is forever | Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón
00:09:41
With humor and charm, mathematician Eduardo Sáenz de Cabezón answers a question that's wracked the brains of bored students the world over: What is math for? He shows the beauty of math as the backbone of science — and shows that theorems, not diamonds, are forever. In Spanish, with English subtitles.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/B_pSL4tLPXY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 07, 2015
A love poem for lonely prime numbers | Harry Baker
00:13:58
Performance poet (and math student) Harry Baker spins a love poem about his favorite kind of numbers -- the lonely, love-lorn prime. Stay on for two more lively, inspiring poems from this charming performer.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/nZ2sVtlI8mg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 04, 2015
How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard | Linda Cliatt-Wayman
00:17:07
On Linda Cliatt-Wayman's first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled "low-performing and persistently dangerous." Her fearless determination to lead -- and to love the students, no matter what -- is a model for leaders in all fields.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/7oR5DQLdGXA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 05, 2015
The nerd's guide to learning everything online | John Green
00:18:10
Some of us learn best in the classroom, and some of us ... well, we don't. But we still love to learn -- we just need to find the way that works for us. In this charming, personal talk, author John Green shares the community of learning that he found in online video.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/8y_reM0Aniw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 22, 2015
What explains the rise of humans? | Yuval Noah Harari
00:17:08
Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we've spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did we get from there to here? Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/JhTNJAP_si0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 24, 2015
How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger's | Alix Generous
00:10:26
Alix Generous is a young woman with a million and one ideas -- she's done award-winning science, helped develop new technology and tells a darn good joke (you'll see). She has Asperger's, a form of autistic spectrum disorder that can impair the basic social skills required for communication, and she's worked hard for years to learn how to share her thoughts with the world. In this funny, personal talk, she shares her story -- and her vision for tools to help more people communicate their big ideas.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/MVdrNvuLJU0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Aug 17, 2015
The story we tell about poverty isn't true | Mia Birdsong
00:15:16
As a global community, we all want to end poverty. Mia Birdsong suggests a great place to start: Let's honor the skills, drive and initiative that poor people bring to the struggle every day. She asks us to look again at people in poverty: They may be broke — but they're not broken.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/R70bGwhka-I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 15, 2015
How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school | Sakena Yacoobi
00:17:03
When the Taliban closed all the girls' schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching -- and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/dTCSGGnLsak" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 21, 2015
Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban
00:14:03
Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window -- and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/1bBxrOTrqNo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 15, 2016
The nit-picking glory of The New Yorker's Comma Queen | Mary Norris
00:09:49
"Copy editing for The New Yorker is like playing shortstop for a Major League Baseball team -- every little movement gets picked over by the critics," says Mary Norris, who has played the position for more than thirty years. In that time, she's gotten a reputation for sternness and for being a "comma maniac," but this is unfounded, she says. Above all, her work is aimed at one thing: making authors look good. Explore The New Yorker's distinctive style with the person who knows it best in this charming talk.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/16Qi8LLE-8A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Apr 15, 2016
This virtual lab will revolutionize science class | Michael Bodekaer
00:11:26
Virtual reality is no longer part of some distant future, and it's not just for gaming and entertainment anymore. Michael Bodekaer wants to use it to make quality education more accessible. In this refreshing talk, he demos an idea that could revolutionize the way we teach science in schools.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/C4w5SKSVLso" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 06, 2016
What's so sexy about math? | Cédric Villani
00:16:23
Hidden truths permeate our world; they're inaccessible to our senses, but math allows us to go beyond our intuition to uncover their mysteries. In this survey of mathematical breakthroughs, Fields Medal winner Cédric Villani speaks to the thrill of discovery and details the sometimes perplexing life of a mathematician. "Beautiful mathematical explanations are not only for our pleasure," he says. "They change our vision of the world."<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/UAEfqS7TdLE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 06, 2016
How to fix a broken education system ... without any more money | Seema Bansal
00:14:28
Seema Bansal forged a path to public education reform for 15,000 schools in Haryana, India, by setting an ambitious goal: by 2020, 80 percent of children should have grade-level knowledge. She's looking to meet this goal by seeking reforms that will work in every school without additional resources. Bansal and her team have found success using creative, straightforward techniques such as communicating with teachers using SMS group chats, and they have already measurably improved learning and engagement in Haryana's schools.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/a2ZqYnUEyXY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 22, 2016
Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores | Sal Khan
00:10:49
Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven't always grasped the basics? Yes, it's complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/1aCPAr6dSFU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 06, 2016
Why open a school? To close a prison | Nadia Lopez
00:07:10
Our kids are our future, and it's crucial they believe it themselves. That's why Nadia Lopez opened an academic oasis in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the most underserved and violent neighborhoods in New York -- because she believes in every child's brilliance and capabilities. In this short, energizing talk, the founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy (and a star of Humans of New York) shares how she helps her scholars envision a brighter future for themselves and their families.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/TvtsMz9ln0c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 21, 2016
4 reasons to learn a new language | John McWhorter
00:10:01
English is fast becoming the world's universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/sVFI2PDJC4Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Oct 07, 2016
Help for kids the education system ignores | Victor Rios
00:11:53
Define students by what they contribute, not what they lack -- especially those with difficult upbringings, says educator Victor Rios. Interweaved with his personal tale of perseverance as an inner-city youth, Rios identifies three straightforward strategies to shift attitudes in education and calls for fellow educators to see "at-risk" students as "at-promise" individuals brimming with resilience, character and grit.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/Q1lGax85VhI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 17, 2016
How America's public schools keep kids in poverty | Kandice Sumner
00:13:50
Why should a good education be exclusive to rich kids? Schools in low-income neighborhoods across the US, specifically in communities of color, lack resources that are standard at wealthier schools -- things like musical instruments, new books, healthy school lunches and soccer fields -- and this has a real impact on the potential of students. Kandice Sumner sees the disparity every day in her classroom in Boston. In this inspiring talk, she asks us to face facts -- and change them.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/PzUsdR6Fwmc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 01, 2016
Math is the hidden secret to understanding the world | Roger Antonsen
00:17:04
Unlock the mysteries and inner workings of the world through one of the most imaginative art forms ever -- mathematics -- with Roger Antonsen, as he explains how a slight change in perspective can reveal patterns, numbers and formulas as the gateways to empathy and understanding.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/uEhu7jan9Kw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 18, 2016
How students of color confront impostor syndrome | Dena Simmons
00:10:20
As a black woman from a tough part of the Bronx who grew up to attain all the markers of academic prestige, Dena Simmons knows that for students of color, success in school sometimes comes at the cost of living authentically. Now an educator herself, Simmons discusses how we might create a classroom that makes all students feel proud of who they are. "Every child deserves an education that guarantees the safety to learn in the comfort of one's own skin," she says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/sYLcQPaIs_M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Dec 15, 2016
Want kids to learn well? Feed them well | Sam Kass
00:12:08
What can we expect our kids to learn if they're hungry or eating diets full of sugar and empty of nutrients? Former White House Chef and food policymaker Sam Kass discusses the role schools can play in nourishing students' bodies in addition to their minds.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/INQW-VFoiWY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 05, 2017
To solve old problems, study new species | Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado
00:12:39
Nature is wonderfully abundant, diverse and mysterious -- but biological research today tends to focus on only seven species, including rats, chickens, fruit flies and us. We're studying an astonishingly narrow sliver of life, says biologist Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, and hoping it'll be enough to solve the oldest, most challenging problems in science, like cancer. In this visually captivating talk, Alvarado calls on us to interrogate the unknown and shows us the remarkable discoveries that surface when we do.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/nFiqpaUdnU8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 12, 2017
The boost students need to overcome obstacles | Anindya Kundu
00:07:05
How can disadvantaged students succeed in school? For sociologist Anindya Kundu, grit and stick-to-itiveness aren't enough; students also need to develop their agency, or their capacity to overcome obstacles and navigate the system. He shares hopeful stories of students who have defied expectations in the face of personal, social and institutional challenges.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/f8886aUuZcw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 25, 2017
Why Africa must become a center of knowledge again | Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò
00:13:30
How can Africa, the home to some of the largest bodies of water in the world, be said to have a water crisis? It doesn't, says Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò -- it has a knowledge crisis. Táíwò suggests that lack of knowledge on important topics like water and food is what stands between Africa's current state and a future of prosperity. In a powerful talk, he calls for Africa to make the production of knowledge within the continent rewarding and reclaim its position as a locus of learning on behalf of humanity.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/WwWAJC4X4w8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Sep 19, 2017
The global learning crisis -- and what to do about it | Amel Karboul
00:15:09
The most important infrastructure we have is educated minds, says former Tunisian government minister Amel Karboul. Yet too often large investments go to more visible initiatives such as bridges and roads, when it's the minds of our children that will really create a brighter future. In this sharp talk, she shares actionable ideas to ensure that every child is in school -- and learning -- within just one generation.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/2A-gvXroeho" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Nov 03, 2017
What we don't teach kids about sex | Sue Jaye Johnson
00:07:19
As parents, it's our job to teach our kids about sex. But beyond "the talk," which covers biology and reproduction, there's so much more we can say about the human experience of being in our bodies. Introducing "The Talk 2.0," Sue Jaye Johnson shows us how we can teach our children to tune in to their sensations and provide them with the language to communicate their desires and emotions -- without shutting down or numbing out.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/7Mr_AfPvNNY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jan 04, 2018
How we can help hungry kids, one text at a time | Su Kahumbu
00:07:35
Su Kahumbu raises badass cows -- healthy, well-fed animals whose protein is key to solving a growing crisis in Africa: childhood nutritional stunting. With iCow, a simple SMS service she developed to support small-scale livestock farmers, the TED Fellow is helping farmers across the continent by texting them tips on caring for and raising animals. Learn more about how this cheap innovation is helping feed hungry kids, one text at a time.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/cUhgYuZ9fFE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 06, 2018
This company pays kids to do their math homework | Mohamad Jebara
00:13:41
Mohamad Jebara loves mathematics -- but he's concerned that too many students grow up thinking that this beautiful, rewarding subject is difficult and boring. His company is experimenting with a bold idea: paying students for completing weekly math homework. He explores the ethics of this model and how it's helping students -- and why learning math is crucial in the era of fake news.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/6HyGz5F_OOg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Feb 08, 2018
To learn is to be free | Shameem Akhtar
00:12:35
Shameem Akhtar posed as a boy during her early childhood in Pakistan so she could enjoy the privileges Pakistani girls are rarely afforded: to play outside and attend school. In an eye-opening, personal talk, Akhtar recounts how the opportunity to get an education altered the course of her life -- and ultimately changed the culture of her village, where today every young girl goes to school.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/MXrSAP1CFew" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Mar 01, 2018
Comics belong in the classroom | Gene Luen Yang
00:10:36
Comic books and graphic novels belong in every teacher's toolkit, says cartoonist and educator Gene Luen Yang. Set against the backdrop of his own witty, colorful drawings, Yang explores the history of comics in American education -- and reveals some unexpected insights about their potential for helping kids learn.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/b4qjNgUKu_s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
May 25, 2018
A crash course in organic chemistry | Jakob Magolan
00:15:53
Jakob Magolan is here to change your perception of organic chemistry. In an accessible talk packed with striking graphics, he teaches us the basics while breaking the stereotype that organic chemistry is something to be afraid of.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/s9snMsBOKi4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 06, 2018
Why you should love gross science | Anna Rothschild
00:13:12
What can we learn from the slimy, smelly side of life? In this playful talk, science journalist Anna Rothschild shows us the hidden wisdom of "gross stuff" and explains why avoiding the creepy underbelly of nature, medicine and technology closes us off to important sources of knowledge about our health and the world. "When we explore the gross side of life, we find insights that we never would have thought we'd find, and we even often reveal beauty that we didn't think was there," Rothschild says.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/oqxiF3KIMqg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jun 21, 2018
How farming could employ Africa's young workforce -- and help build peace | Kola Masha
00:10:50
Africa's youth is coming of age rapidly, but job growth on the continent isn't keeping up. The result: financial insecurity and, in some cases, a turn towards insurgent groups. In a passionate talk, agricultural entrepreneur Kola Masha details his plan to bring leadership and investment to small farmers in Africa -- and employ a rising generation.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/iTunesPodcastTTEducation/~4/OJ_wsGePahQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
Jul 10, 2018