5th Grade ASPIRE TED Talks
Information about TED, Talks, and ASPIRE GT students
What is TED?
TED was created in 1984 by an architect, Richard Saul Wurman with the idea of inviting people to a dream dinner party. He wanted diverse and brillant minds with passionate and fresh ideas getting together for shared inspiration and insight. Thus TED was born as a conference bringing together people from three diverse worlds-Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Since then TED has spread...their ideas worth sharing have been shared worldwide, by young and old alike.
Last fall our 5th grade ASPIRE GT students participated in a similar experience - only they voted to call it SPARKx (Speaking Passionately About Real Knowledge) since the name TED was already taken. The students last year did a great job, not only on their talks but also in planning all aspects for the presentation days.
Our TED Talks Wiki
Feel free to visit other pages on the wiki as well. The kids all love the video "I am Part of the Lost Generation" on the Challenge page. Many of them have told us that they looked it up at home and shared it with their parents. Scroll further down the Challenge page and you will be able to see the Challenge Tellagami by one of last year's students. She is passing on the challenge to this year's 5th grade ASPIRE students.
The kids have also started watching some talks given by other students at an official TED event, as well as some all time great TED Talks. Looking to see what makes an "Idea worth sharing" and how the speaker hooks their audience at the beginning of the talk and keeps them engaged for the duration.