Month

February 2012
Using a word like curriculum sounds rather formal, as we really intend for this to be a guide to inspire and adapt for your own TEDx kids/youth situation. This is a six week model with the sixth “class” being the TEDxKids event itself. We recommend keeping your student logistics to a minimum. Don’t try to...
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At TEDActive 2012 in Palm Beach in a few days  (the sister simulcast of TED in Long Beach) I’ll be presenting on our TEDxKids@NBCC experience to the TEDx workshop.  It reminded me of my last national TEDx presentation in Roanoke, Virginia late last year to the CityWorks Xpoconference and that it was finally time to ‘out’ it!    I...
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It can be summed in one word:  awesome. By the time 5pm on Feb 17th rolled around, the 15 kids who were participating in the TEDxKids@NBCC were bursting at the seams for it to begin. The momentum of the week, which included many rehearsals and cheering each other on, had hit a fever pitch. One...
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While we practiced ideas during class #5, we rehearsed the talks this week!  The big event was on a Friday so on the Wednesday prior, we stopped by school to make sure we had all of our technical needs covered (camera angles, power point feed, sound for video) so that on Thursday, we could do...
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In our TEDxKids@NBCC class, the age differences, enthusiasm, preparedness levels and interest have varied greatly.  This has made it a bit challenging to be equally tough on everyone about getting to their best “why” of their idea, despite many conversations formally and informally. So… we didn’t worry about it.  Instead for class #5, we just...
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We had two goals for this week:  to get them to understand (in their left and right brains) what it means to deliver a talk in front of people, standing up and secondly, to articulate the basic idea of their TEDx talk. Each student reviewed this handout –  5 Basics of Speaking –  to raise basic awareness about the best...
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Session #3 with the kids was a dynamic one! Building on our second class where we explored illustrative language, each student brought in their photo (they choose from a stack we supplied) to share a story they created about it. The goal for this session was to: – Start to build a sense of preparation: ...
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