24 – TED Talks

UP 6 places in 2019

TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. There is an annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.

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

How to use TED Talks for Learning

Here you will find some links to external resources on how to use TED Talks for teaching, training, learning and development.

At the bottom of each of the Tools pages there is a section How to use [the tool] for Learning. It provides basic guidance and links to resources on how to use the tool for teaching, training, learning and development.

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