TED Video Report

Choose a TED Talk that you like, and prepare a report to deliver to the class about it.

You can choose from the list below, or find a video that you like yourself (at ted.com).

List of TED Talks

Video Notes Student
Keith Chen: Could your language affect your ability to save money? Relates linguistics and economics. Not too difficult, but a few big words.
Jack Andraka: 15 year-old develops a cancer test A teenager finds a new, extremely cheap, extremely reliable test for a common type of deadly cancer. Simple idea, but many medical terms.
Cesar Kuriyama: One second every day An artist discusses his daily life video project. Interesting and easy to follow. Zee
Wade Davis: Gorgeous photos of a backyard wilderness worth saving An anthropologist talks about an area of Canadian wilderness and protecting it and its native inhabitants from serious environmental threats. Some big words relating to environment and culture. Ali
Amand Palmer: The art of asking A well-known singer and performance artist discusses music piracy and how musicians can still make money. Easy to follow, a little colloquial.
Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling The effects on your health and well-being of smiling. Easy to follow, but slight accent. Mimi
Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model. Life as a supermodel. Interesting, easy to follow, covers some social issues. Miko
5 dangerous things you should let your kids do Children are overprotected, some things they should be allowed to do.

Keith Chen: Could your language affect your ability to save money?
Jack Andraka: 15 year-old develops a cancer test
Cesar Kuriyama: One second every day
Wade Davis: Gorgeous photos of a backyard wilderness worth saving
Amanda Palmer: The art of asking (@youtube) | Amanda Palmer: The art of asking (@TED)
Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model.
Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling
Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

Your report

  • You should make notes about your TED Talk, and use these to make a short spoken report to give to the class.
  • You won't have time to show your whole TED Talk, so you may choose 2 or 3 short excerpts to show the class.
  • Your report can include-
    • an introduction about the speaker
    • a summary of their main points
    • some of the funny, interesting or important highlights of their talk
    • what you thought was good about it
    • what things you wanted to hear or could've been explained better
    • what opinions you have about the topic, or any other thoughts
  • Your report should be about 10 minutes long, with no more than 5 minutes shown from the video, and no less than 5 minutes of your own speaking.
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