24 – TED Talks

UP 6 places in 2019

TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading – annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.  TED Ed is a tool to create lessons around TED Talks and other videos.

Website: ted.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 17
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 41
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 21

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 30.   2017: 31     2016: 21    2015: 35    2014: 26    2013: 25
2012: 25    2011: 30     2010: –       2009: –      2008: –       2007:-


Comments from some of those who selected TED as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

  • “Still the best place to find jewels of interesting content. Its diverse range of topics is a good place to start research. The keyword there is start – don’t use it as a singular source and it will add to your other information streams.” Andrew Jacobs, UK https://lostanddesperate.com/2019/09/04/top-10-tools-for-learning-2019/
  • “To get inspiration from out-of-the box thinkers” Wilma Hartenfels, Digital Learning Expert, Germany, https://www.linkedin.com/posts/wilmahartenfels-inspiredlearninginadigitalworld_janes-top-10-tools-for-learning-2019-activity-6570580971278610433-IU3p 
  • “I absolutely love Ted Talks. I began using them for my own professional learning but soon realised the value in sharing these across the organisation. Wherever possible (and appropriate), I also include Ted Talks in the content design for our staff CPD hub. My first ever Ted Talk was by Amy Cuddy, and I’m still trying to ‘fake it til I make it’. Inspirational stuff!” Learning & Development Coordinator, UK
  • “Easy to listen to identify and watch diverse range of talks with easy steps to implement learnings from.” Head of Learning, Australia
  • “I like watching these VERY interesting and mostly short videos, because I can get new input, a different type of information and another (personal, professional) perspective towards a subject.” Student/HR Intern, Germany
  • “Although I should be making my own videos, why would I not use a 15-20 minute, professionally done video performed by a well-known expert? TEDTalks opens up worlds for people.” Assistant Professor, USA
  • “Excellent video and audio quality of clips, wide variety of topics, fun to use to spice up content that students might find dry, great diversity of presenters!” Instructor, USA
  • “Love a good TED talk presentation. Able to share with colleagues some positive messages.” L&D Manager, UK
  • “short sharp, great to watch presenters who do it well, good variety of topics, free” Senior HR Advisor, Australia
  • “TED is an amazing source of expert content.” Lecturer, UK


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