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Why we love Ted talks - infographic

Posted by Fraser Jones

No one can deny that TED.com is one of the most successful and iconic idea-sharing platforms online. Since 2006, TED Talk videos have racked up over 800 million views. One of our favourite speakers, Sir Ken Robinson, has amassed a huge number of views. Take a look at his "Bring on the learning revolution!" or one of his most successful talks "Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity".

It’s no surprise that Ted videos went viral; with names like Steve Jobs, Jane Goodall, Sergey Brin and Bill Clinton, the roster of TED speakers reads like a best-in-class review of today’s living scientists, educators and humanitarians. And now, six years after uploading its first video, TED.com is innovating online education again.

A new site, ed.ted.com now provides a platform for teachers and students to share video lessons. Teachers can modify, or “flip”, the videos to make them more relevant to their own lessons and use the site’s test and project writing tools to measure comprehension.

The site continues to build its video lesson library by bringing user-nominated educators and animators together to create multimedia videos on everything from the mathematical genius of Archimedes to the significance of the Higgs-Boson particle discovery.

Check out the graphic below to understand how we all became TED heads and why TED.com is still one of the greatest places to learn online. Infograph courtesy of OnlineClasses.org


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