Posts Tagged ‘TED’

Even though this is not about exactly about web accessibility, I think this TEDx talk gives a good sense of the problems deaf people may have navigating the web. And, this video has great closed captions!

In this talk at TEDxStanford, Rhodes Scholar Rachel Kolb — who was born deaf — shows what is possible through family support and self-belief, and proves that what is assumed about you and what you can actually achieve don’t always match up.


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Ron McCallum was born blind. Regardless, he managed to fall in love with reading soon after. In this funny and heartfelt talk, he tours the history of reading gear for the blind and shows how each new design has impacted his life.

Professor Ron McCallum AO is one of Australia’s most respected industrial and discrimination lawyers and a prominent human rights advocate. With a long and successful career as a legal academic and teacher, in 1993 he became the first totally blind person appointed to a full professorship at any Australian university when he became Professor in Industrial Law at the University of Sydney.

He served as Dean of the University of Sydney Law School for 5 years and is now an Emeritus Professor. Ron is a leading light in the disabled community, working for equality among all Australians. He is also Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2011, Ron was named Senior Australian of the Year. His interests include reading, listening to music and meditation.

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In my previous post I indicated that the TEDx videos were not available. Since I needed to view them today I looked again and  I noticed they are ready.

2012 TEDxAmoskeagMillyard videos


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On Saturday, October 27, 2012, I attended the second annual  TEDx AmoskeagMillyard in Manchester, NH.  The emcee was Virginia Prescott from NHPR’s Word of Mouth. It’s always wonderful to see how many local speakers present their ideas in these short 18 minute talks. As of today (11/2/12) the TEDx website does not include the videos of these talks.

Paul LeBlanc – President of SNHUEducational Innovation (College for America)

Travis York – President of Griffin York and Krause (marketing company) – Collaboration vs. Competition

Lara McCormick –  Chair, Graphic Design, NHIA  – Let’s Get Together to Make Good Citizen Designer project 

Ed Eloise & Claudia Rippee –  Republic restaurant owners- Innovation through reinvention and cultural sustainability

Vicki Connell, professor, & Matt Martin, student SNHU – Molecular Gastronomy demo

Served “cookies and milk” created on an anti grill

Paul Schuepp – President,  Animetrics (based in Conway, NH) – Will Identity Resolution Keep us All Safe?

Michele Goldsmith – Professor SNHU – Gorilla Ecotourism: A successful but cautious tale about co-innovation

Angela ChangTinkerer, Artist, Designer, MIT Media Lab – Tinkering with Stories to Teach Emergent Literacy;

founder of TinkerStories

Yasmin Myers and Stacie Lin – violinists – Musical performance

Thomas Obrey – co-founder PixelMediaProgress is measured by small steps …

Dana DakinWomen’s Trust, founder and president- The Power of the Over Ground Railroad

 Dakin connected to the Ghanian village of Pokuase, a semi-urban community on the outskirts of Accra, to pilot and test an entrepreneurial approach to women’s empowerment.

John Herman -teacher, artist, social media guru – Arts Co-Innovation through Social Media

a “renaissance media-maker of many talents.” The Ford Motor Company named him a “top 100 Web influencer.” – http://www.johnherman.org/

TEDx AmoskeagMillyard – 10/15/2011:


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Yesterday I shared this TED talk with our CTO:

Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education (one of founders of Coursera).

And, today one of my colleagues sent me a link to  Why MOOCs won’t replace traditional instruction an essay called Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Disruption by Jonathan Marks from Inside Higher Ed

This got me thinking about MOOCs again.  The Koller video is in favor of MOOCs, of course, and she is certainly persuasive.  I have not taken a Coursera course, but I was impressed about how they were organized. Marks has taken a Coursera course, about which he had many positive things to say.

He is not worried that his job as a faculty member, will disappear because of MOOCs.  He points out that college needs to be a transformative experience for the students at his institution. These students need guidance. This is the same for many of our institutions, mine included. Coursera and other MOOCs do not offer this guidance.     Guidance is not scalable, at least not easily, and guidance is what many of our institutions can and do offer.

In his essay Marks points out:

Guide yourselves” could be Coursera’s motto, and there is nothing wrong with that.

while Coursera’s mission of open access is democratic, its education is elitist, designed for those who already possess the judgment, independence, and discipline to teach themselves well.

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JR’s TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out

JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. Learn more about his work and learn how you can join in at insideoutproject.net.

To read more about JR and his project, please see this New Yorker article.

Manchester, NH got a little bit of the insideoutproject in the fall of 2011. I took some pictures around town on Nov. 20, 2011.  I wanted to make sure I took the photos before the pasted faces disintegrated.

Here are some photos posted around Manchester.

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I attended TEDx AmoskeagMillyard, held in Manchester, NH, on October 15th. The theme was The Unexpected.

You can see the talks by our local NH citizens by going to this playlist. Speakers include:

  • Howard Brodsky
  • Gary Hirshberg
  • Dean Kamen
  • Catherine Rielly
  • and many more…

Yesterday, I discovered that Catherine Rielly’s talk was selected from thousands of talks as the TEDx Editor’s pick for this week. She gave a wonderful talk on “Empowerment by Stealth: Sewing Confidence, Literacy, and Unexpected Power

If you haven’t used TED talks lectures (20 minutes, max) in your classes, think about giving it a try.

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