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 future of math education. I'm truly amazed by the response from my students.
But that's not where it stopped for me. Now I want to watch more TED talks so that I can find more relevant TED talks to share with my students. Then it came to my attention that one of my favorite mathematicians, Arthur Benjamin, has given a few TED talks. I first heard Benjamin earlier this year when I ordered his course "The Joy of Mathematics" from The Great Courses. He is a delight to watch on the screen and truly does make math come alive. I am looking forward to sharing his TED talks with my students in future semesters.
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