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Useful Study Skills Tool

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I teach study skills and, as part of a unit on test-taking strategies (oral presentation skills), I use TED speakers as models for good speaking skills. I ask students to observe, for example, how good speakers use their hands to emphasize important points, how they speak without reading from notes, make eye contact, use voice inflection, volume, pace their presentation, etc. Students can also observe how a good speaker introduces a topic, presents information, and concludes a speech. It's a great study skills tool.

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Too often, we fail to give kids the instruction needed to use a communication tool well. There are many mediocre to dreadful podcasts out there, so teach them to speak well first. Analyze the speaking skills of the TED talk, read http://www.stenhouse.com/shop/pc/viewprd.asp?idProduct=9335&r=&REFERER= and http://www.stenhouse.com/shop/pc/viewprd.asp?idProduct=9661&r= and make sure the product is worthy of the project.

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This is fantastic! I love using TED talks with my students: http://classtechtips.com/2012/05/17/ted-talks/
As you stated, I think it's a great way to introduce the idea of advocacy to your class.

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Application of the e-learning techniques makes a learning process real time and easy. The TED talks inclusion would not only benefit in enhancing the knowledge base but also it would give a sense of motivation for the outgrowth of new ideas. It would inculcate the habit of thinking from out of the box as well. Brainstorming sessions would benefit a lot in generating novel ideas. Problem statement creation would help in better coverage of the topics and hence better understanding of the core concepts as well.

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