… and it was an awesome experience!
The event was TEDxUFM at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City. The theme was to explore education and the new culture of learning, especially as it involves play, questioning, and imagination. I am over-the-moon thrilled that I had the opportunity to participate in a TEDx event, especially this one, as the topic is close to my heart. The organizers and staff who put on TEDxUFM 2012 did a fantastic job — just look at this year’s lineup of speakers!
It was an honor to be speaking alongside USC’s Douglas Thomas (co-author of A New Culture of Learning) and Khan Academy developer David Hu, as well as the spectacular group of speakers and performers from Guatemala.
My visual notes of Doug Thomas’ TED talk, TEDxUFM, August 19 2012
More of my visual notes are coming soon to Flickr… I have to finish them! Following my own advice, I got the key points down and left spaces for embellishments to be added later. TED talks go by fast, and almost all the points are key!
My talk, Drawing in Class, explored visual note taking — particularly the role of personal visual note taking for students. The video will be up in four to six weeks, but here is the full slide set (with notes), posted on Slideshare:
Related Materials and Links:
- UFM Website (be sure to take a look at the New Media website, which houses thousands of recorded lectures and talks)
- The TEDxUFM website
- A New Culture of Learning by Doug Thomas and John Seely Brown – I highly recommend it
- Drawing in Class, my presentation, on Slideshare
- A curated collection of tweets during my talk (thanks to TEDxUFM staff) — no longer available
- TEDxUFM 2012 on Flickr
- TEDxUFM 2012 At a Glance (video)
- Event Preparation & Setup (video)
- TEDxUFM blog — no longer available
While I was preparing for the talk, I found Nancy Duarte’s 10 Ways to Prepare for a TED-Format Talk to be a wonderful resource. I started with the sticky note tip and wrote each example or point on a note. Then I moved them around until I was happy with them, trimming and re-ordering until I liked the story.
Preparing for my talk using Nancy Duarte’s advice
Her suggestions helped me to focus on the “why,” and the advice about rehearsing with the clock first running up and then running down was invaluable.
I found this page after I had already given the talk, but if a TED-format talk is in your future, you might want to take a look: How to “Do” a TED Talk from Teaching with TED.
The whole experience was incredibly cool, but I think my favorite part was being called a conferencista. How fantastic is that?
UPDATED 24 August — added more related links.
UPDATED 29 February 2020 — added notes to links that are no longer available.
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