TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences are stunningly original and penetrating resources. The website is the jumping-off point for hundreds, perhaps thousands of individual talks on every topic under the sun, and some that are not. Just click on any of the tabs at the top of the home page, and start exploring.
For starters, I warmly invite you to spend 15 minutes watching and listening to Beau Lotto as he captivates his audience in Science Is For Everyone, Kids Included. He is animated, funny, and brimming with insights into how we learn science. Play is a key component of the best science learning, because the two share certain traits. They ~
- celebrate uncertainty
- adapt to change
- are open to possibility
- are cooperative
- are propelled by intrinsic motivation (the behavior is its own reward)
I dare you to watch his presentation without smiling, and without a light bulb of recognition illuminating over your own head. Enjoy.