Sometimes, in a group it can be hard to get a conversation started. You need that one focal point for everyone to rally around to get things moving. Videos and images are a great way to get your message out there and get folks talking. The same is true in the classroom. I can be helpful to start a unit or a topic off with some kind of visual stimulant that gets those creative thoughts moving.
That is why I love the TED videos. Especially the Talks In Under 6 Minutes series. These are great, snapshots of what could be longer conversations in short bursts. They come in loads of topics that could start a class discussion or kick off a meeting.
Below are some of my favorite videos to spark a conversation. There are tons of these be sure to head over to the TED website to discover more of them.
Derek Sievers: How To Start A Movement-This is hands-down my favorite one. I use this video to talk about leadership, obviously, but also the perils of the movement as well.
Rob Reid: The $8 Billion Dollar iPod-Understanding data and how it can be manipulated is important.
Renny Gleeson: 404, The Story Of A Page Not Found-How the 404 Page can build relationships.
Thomas Suarez: A 12 Year Old App Developer-If you give kids a chance, they can do some pretty cool things.
And lastly Mark Bezos: A Life Lesson From A Volunteer Firefighter-Why you shouldn't wait to be a hero.
Those are my 5. What are some of yours?
Oh, and in case you didn't know. There is a great wiki on Teaching With TED. Definitely worth a look if you want to use these or other TED videos in your classroom.