Thursday, January 29, 2009

Carolyn Stanley writes some good edtech tips on her blog: The Evolving Classroom. Her post begins after the ~~~~~~ and is in RED below.
I wanted to see the TED Talk she mentioned, so I used my Firefox add-on "Video DownloadHelper" to suck the 20 minute video from YouTube onto my computer, and then I watched it and played some of it at school (where YouTube is blocked). Good stuff!

A very inspirational video - Benjamin Zander speaking at TED
There were two videos from YouTube of Benjamin Zander, an orchestra conductor, speaking at the TED conference where the finest, most creative minds from all over the world gather to share their insights. The first selection runs 10 minutes and is worth watching, but it is the 2nd selection which runs 20 minutes that is a must. It was already 1:00am when I clicked on the video. I figured I'd look at it for a couple of minutes and then give up and go to bed. Well, I was so captivated that I watched the whole thing and have since watched it again. When it ended at 1:30am or so, I had tears running down my cheeks, and I was applauding loudly with the rest of the audience. It's a good thing my husband was sound asleep in the bedroom, for he surely would have wondered what was going on.

Please take the time to watch this video.
Here it the direct link to it on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LCwI5iErE
Enjoy! Please leave me a comment on my blog.
Carolyn

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