3251451369_f81b3e5745_zOver the course of the next week we will be starting a project that focuses on researching and highlighting  innovation in education and technology. We will use the TED format to present our findings in front of the class. This project will require you to become familiar with the TED presentation format and incorporate a unique style of presentation. This is not your typical powerpoint talk. Students should become very familiar with your subject and understand it inside and out. Research will be a big part of this project and you will be required to formulate a thesis to drive your talk along examples and evidence to support it. In short, think of this as a research paper without the page requirement.

Objective: Develop a talk no more than five minutes long that focuses on innovation in education technology. The flexible term in this objective is “education”. You may explore how technology is affecting medicine, the environment, science, globalization, health and the economy.

1. Analyze the TED Talk format
– What is it?
– Why is it different?
– Is it effective?
– What do you like about it? What do you not like about it?

2. Select three TED Talks of your choice to watch and analyze. As a class we will periodically watch one talk you select and discuss the format and the content. We will share our discussion using the #tedxbhs hashtag via Twitter.

3. For each of your three talks, I’d like you to write a reaction post on your blog that analyzes the following items…
– The speaker has a clear thesis followed up by pertinent assertions and examples.
– The speaker’s overall delivery and presentation
– The speaker’s conclusion and challenge to the audience
– Your opinion of the delivery and content
– What did you like or dislike about the talk?
This doc will be your portfolio for this entire project and is required.

Here is an example of what the Talk reviews should look like

4. Research:

  • Each student will research a subject in the context of innovations in educational technology.
  • Each student will start with an essential question to be answered and develop a thesis to drive the talk
  • Each student will collect examples from various sources to support the thesis and further answer the essential question.

5. Presentation

  • Presentation should be no longer than five minutes.
  • Presentation can include media to accompany the presentation, but should not guide the talk
  • Presentation should directly include references to sources or a bibliography at the end of the talk.
  • NOTE: A powerpoint presentation, filled with text, that you simply read will not yield a high mark


Thursday 5/30: 

  • Watch first TED Talk
  • Post Analysis

Friday 5/31 :

  • Propose TED Talk to watch and analyze in class
  • Watch Second TED Talk
  • Post Analysis

Monday 6/3:

  • Watch third TED Talk
  • Post Analysis

Tuesday 6/4:

  • TEDxStudent Project Proposals are due (This is the overview, abstract or summary of what you are researching)
    • Proposal should include:
      1. Guiding Question – What are you seeking to answer?
      2. Thesis – This is your assertion, the driving force of your research.
      3. Methodology summary – How will you conduct your research? Qualitative/Quantitative data collection?

Wednesday 6/5: 

  • Begin Research 

Thursday 6/6: 

  • Research Day

Friday 6/7 :

  • Research Day

Monday 6/10: 

  • Research day

Tuesday 6/11:

  • Research Day

Wednesday 6/12: 

  • Research Day
  • Conference with Marcinek about research progress

Thursday 6/13: 

  • Research day

Friday 6/14: 

  • Research day

Tuesday 6/18: 

  • Begin presentations


25% – Analysis of TED Talk format
-Student thoroughly analyzes five TED Talks .
-Analysis is clear and shows evidence of critical thinking by highlighting authors guiding question, thesis, evidence, etc.
-Student displays strong analytical writing skills

25% – Research and organization
-Research is organized and consistent with the guiding or essential question
-Research includes a well constructed thesis statement and presents evidence and examples of topic
-Primary and secondary sources are integrated to support thesis and initial assertions.

25% – Understanding and Clarity
-Thesis, assertions, and examples are clear and focused
-Examples and evidence are from credible sources or in the form of data collected
-Ideas and information presented are consistent with the author’s essential question and thesis

25% – Presentation
-The author speaks clearly and is focused on the subject.
-The author use media effectively to convey, highlight, and support thesis
-The author speaks confidently and engages his or her audience


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