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What Drives You?

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One of a few audio books I’m currently working my way through is Carmine Gallo’s Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds. I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak at an event or conference now and again. I’m also a big fan of TED talks, big enough to recognize how much room for growth I have in terms of speaking abilities. The author viewed hundreds of TED presentations and identified the traits that made them so powerful. I’m barely started with the book, but I’ve already been challenged.

The first key component Gallo discusses involves knowing what you are passionate about and being able to share that passion with an audience. It involves communicating the idea that “makes your heart sing.” As I listened, I found myself trying to put my passion into words. What gets me going? Why is what I might have to say, particularly about technology, worth hearing? It’s not at easy a task to define this as it sounds, at least for me. Here is what I have come up with so far:

Unlocking possibilities. 

That’s it. I passionately believe if we as educators can teach and can use technology in ways that expose students to new possibilities for their lives and equip them to achieve these possibilities, we’ve hit the mark.

What do you think? What is your passion? Why is what you’re selling worth buying?

2-Minute Tech Challenge #2: TED Ed

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Thank you to every teacher who gave the first 2-Minute Tech Challenge a shot. If you did not complete that one yet, have no fear–you are welcome to complete it at any time between now and the end of the challenge, March 31st.

This challenge focuses on TED Ed. Many folks are familiar with TED (technology, entertainment, and design), the series of talks that have brought some of the world best innovators and creators into the spotlight. TED Ed is spinoff of the original, and it adds some great features that make it useful as a teaching and learning tool. Watch the video for a (very) quick introduction and to learn about the challenge.

That’s it. When you’ve completed the challenge, be sure and post the link in the comments below. You’re comments or questions regarding the TED Ed resource and your thoughts on it as a teaching tool are very welcome, too.

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