TED Talks are inspirational, educational and free!


TED stands for “technology, entertainment and design,” and the TED talks started in 1984 as a one-time event.  Since 1990, the annual TED talks have been an amazing array of talented, inspirational and educational people sharing their ideas and talents with the world.  There are more than 1,000 TED talks available online for FREE, and there is a TED iPad app which accesses the same content.  Since November of 2012, TED talks have been watched one billion times worldwide.

To start, I recommend Sir Ken Robinson (pictured left).  An English author and favorite TED speaker, Sir Ken talks about how new technologies will provide opportunities to revolutionize education “when combined with the extraordinary talents of teachers.”  Both his 2006 (“Schools Kill Creativity”) and 2010 (“Bring on the Learning Revolution”) talks are perfect to start your TED experience, especially since his 2006 talk has gotten more than 14 million hits world wide.  With each “talk” lasting about 15-20 minutes, you can take a quick moment to let TED (and Sir Ken) inspire you today!


Check Out “Teacher Geek is Common Core Chic” in Monterey this February!

CSMPConferenceThe next opportunity to hear about “Teacher Geek is Chic” in person will be Saturday, February 9, 2013, at CSU Monterey Bay.  The California Subject Matters Project (CSMP) will be hosting their Third Annual Education Conference.  The theme for the day is “Crossing to the Common Core: Tools for Success,” and I will be presenting at one of the workshops.  Go to the csmp.ucop.edu website to register for this educational and exciting event!

Teacher Geek is Common Core Chic!

Common Core Standards are more exciting than their name implies. They call for higher level thinking from students through rigorous, relevant and creative content provided by teachers, and integrating technology in your lessons will be a vital component. We’ll showcase websites, software and apps that you can use immediately in your class to excite, engage and elevate your students to uncommon levels. Teacher Geek IS Common Core Chic!