## Using TED in the Classroom

There were a couple of points this semester when I could hardly talk and needed to fill a few extra minutes of class time to give my voice a little rest. I have heard about TED in the past, but hadn't really thought about how I could use it in the classroom. Well, I tried it and it worked very, very well. I showed Conrad Wolfram's talk "Teaching Kids Real Math with Computers" and then had students write a reaction to what they saw. I haven't finished reading all the student papers yet, but I can tell that I have opened the eyes of many of my students to see math in a new and positive way. And it's been a few weeks since I've shown the TED talk in class and I still have students talking about the video and how they see the points in the video as being a positive thing for the...