Thursday, November 13, 2014

TED Talks Listen/Read Homework, from Mike

Here is a link to the TED presentation we watched in class:

Here is a link to the list of TED talks so you can find one that you are interested in to watch/read this weekend.

Here's the prompt from your assignmetns for Tuesday:

Watch and actively listen to a Ted Talk presentation of your choice.  See links above.  In the Comments section, write a response:
First, summarize the main ideas and purpose in this talk so we know what it was about. 
Then analyze: how does the speaker use PowerPoint or other media?  What does this speaker do well to convince you?  What might have been better?


  1. Frans Lanting: Photos that give voice to the animal kingdom

    This talk was about a story that told of the animals secret cave where every kind of animal would come and gather. At the cave the animals would take off their fur, feathers, scales, and into their skin where they would dance and laugh and get along. One day a human made his way into the cave scaring the animals to the point where they never again would visit the cave. Frans Lanting as a photographer wants to learn to look past the animals disguise and to try and show the similarities between the animals and us. When he uses his camera to take a picture, Frans is dropping his skin in hopes to find a way to join the dance. Moral of the story is that Frans wants to prove to the world that some of these animals that we consider frightening or vicious, really aren't like that, for the animals are the same as we are living in fear from one another.

    Frans uses many pictures in his powerpoint of various animals. As he describes these loving animals, he uses a very soft voice and hand gestures to really grab ahold of the audience. I believe that Frans should've used more pictures of animals united as one, instead of individual pictures of different species of animals.

  2. Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems…palsy is just one

    This talk was about a woman who has Cerebral Palsy and he struggles she had to face throughout her lifetime. She talked about the challenges she faced as a child and how she learned to go through it. For example, she learned to walk at the age of 5 by her father, who made sure she could go through everything a normal kid went through. She uses her disability as a positive thing and to have people see the disability in a new light. She never wants people to feel bad for her.

    Maysoon uses comedic relief to make serious topics sound better and easier to understand. She also uses personal examples to explain what she went through and what she has done since then. She wants people to understand without feeling bad for her.

  3. Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 Problems...Palsy is just one

    This Ted talk was about Zayid telling her life story and how being disabled, and how It has effected her throughout her life. And how she has never used it as a crutch to effect how she lives her life. She was doing everything her three older sisters were doing. Her parents were strong believers in the "you can do it" mentality, so she has never let it stop her, and she goes on to emphasis that you should not feel sorry for her, but just understand her.

    She does not use powerpoint or any other visual presentations to help her talk, but what she does use are her own personal stories, and she especially uses comedy to sort of downplay, and give relief for her disease. I really enjoyed the presentation, and think she could of used some kind of visual aid, but she really does a good job of getting the audiences attention, and keeping it.

  4. Myriam Sidibe: The simple power of hand-washing

    This Ted talk was about a woman who simply wanted to spread the word about how important it is to wash your hands. She expresses how this is one of the most cost-effective way to prevent many different types of sickness. For instance, it can cut down the risk of pneumonia, diarrhea, cholera and much worse. Myriam is a public-health expert who simply wants to spread the word about hand-washing and it's importance.

    Myriam Sidibe used a few PowerPoint slides during her presentation. The slides usually were just a number and she would explain what exactly that number was and the statistic that went along with it, or the slide was just a picture/graph. During her presentation, she does a really good job of giving multiple statistics about sickness and gave this information based on many different countries and places. She even talked about how she visited another country and that shows how serious she is about this topic and how she really wanted to get our attention. Something I think that she could have done better would be to add some sort of movement during her presentation, because she just stood in the same spot the entire time. But other than that, she did give a really good and well thought out presentation and I really enjoyed it!

  5. Jeff Lliff: One more reason to get a good night's sleep

    "One more reason to get a good night’s sleep" is about how sleep can be a solution to the brains basic needs. The problem with any and all organs, is the ability to fuel itself with nutrients, but the brain uses up a quarter of the bodies energy supply in a given day. Once the organ has used up all of its nutrients, all organs create waste that needs to be taken out, but unlike other organs the brain does this with the use of cerebral spinal fluids that move along the blood vessels to remove all waste from every cell inside the brain. This is where sleep becomes part of the solution, while awake the movement of cerebral spinal fluid clearing out waste is almost zero to none, only while you are asleep does the brain use the cerebral spinal fluid to clear all the waste the brain has produced. Sleep can be thought of the "housekeeping function" of the brain.

    Jeff Lliff, uses videos and images of what the brain is actually doing in comparison to what he is trying to explain happens. He uses side by side comparisons of a sleeping brain, and an awake brain to show us the difference of the two. This does a great job to help the listener understand exactly what Jeff Lliff is talking about. Also to help understand the ideas the listener might not have any knowledge about in the first place. Having all these facts laid out in front of you with the proof of the videos and pictures, really do its purpose of convincing the listener on everything that is said within Jeff's speech. Which leaves me to believe that nothing could have been done to make the speech better, and that the information was weld executed.

  6. Meaghan Ramsey: Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you

    This Ted Talk discusses the impact of when people, specifically girls and women, think they are ugly and the effects it has on them and their life. One point in the talk was when the speaker shared how one 13 year old girl posted on youtube a video asking people to comment if she was ugly or pretty. She had over 130,000 comments--most saying she was ugly or she should kill herself. This is a obviously cyber bullying and just one of the ways that peoples comments on appearances can cloud their judgement on a person and what they can actually do versus what they look like. The speaker also mentioned numerous stats about how women and girls won't leave their homes unless they look and feel like they are pretty enough to be in public. Another astonishing fact Ramsey said was that people who feel ugly compared to people who don't care about their appearance do significantly worse on tests, exams, interviews, etc... because they think they aren't pretty enough. The main idea of this Ted Talk was to bring about the problem of self images and how we shouldn't focus on our looks but what we can physically do in this world.

    The speaker used a white screen and a projector as her source of other media. She used pictures on this projector and briefly explained how the picture made sense with what she was discussing. She also had a couple pie charts and stats to help back her up. That was really convincing to actually see facts as to what she was talking about, also like I said the video of the youtube girl was also very eye opening.

  7. Ramanan Laxminarayan: The coming crisis in antibiotics

    This TED talk was about how we overuse antibiotics and eventually they won't be able to work. We use antibiotics for unnecessary risks like the flu and conventional. I chose this video specifically because it related to the film Fresh and how they talked about using antibiotics to just keep the animals alive. Also, in this TED video they talk about how the resistance of these antibiotics work.

    Throughout the video, the talker uses no notes and speaks freely to the crowd. When he brings up statistics, they show a visual on the screen to make it easier to comprehend. He did not have any power point or material to refer to.

  8. Ueli Gegenschatz: Extreme wingsuit flying

    This TED Talk, Gegenschatz describes his journey and steps to become one of the best jumpers in the world. He was the first to base jump off the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and the first to complete many other dangerous feats. To conquer something like this it takes work and dedication to get better. Being Swiss, he even remarks that his video speaks better for him than even his English. Being able to see first person pictures and videos captured while doing something this crazy, puts it into perspective so much more. Although most of us will probably never get this close to feeling what it's like to fly. His PowerPoint was really good but maybe he should still be more of the main focus as the pictures and videos are more intriguing to the audience.

  9. Ramanan Laxminarayan: The Coming Crisis in Antibiotics

    This Ted Talk is about the growing problem the world is facing with antibiotics. With the massive use of antibiotics currently used resistant disease has become a global issue effecting both developed and developing countries. Ramanan Talks about how within the last 100 years we as humans have squandered our ability to control nature because we didn't consider natures ability to adapt. The solution is brought up that we treat antibiotic problems similar to those of the fuel crisis. Ramanan suggests that we have similar concepts in the world of antibiotics as emissions taxes good use substitutes and consumer education to allow for an aid to the antibiotic crisis.

    In the presentation the speaker does a good job of using his power point to highlight key ideas he then goes into more verbal detail about. He is convincing to the audience because he is able to provide some statistics to back up his claim as well as stories of antibiotics. However the one thing i think he could have done better is provide more statistics on the high use of antibiotics.

  10. Aj Jacobs: The world's largest reunion

    This TED talk was about how large are family tree really is globally. Aj received an email from a guy in Israel saying that he had read his books and that he was his 12th cousin. Aj was reluctant of the intention of the email and waiting for the other shoe to drop. But as he continued reading and saw that he was invited to a family reunion with 80,000 relatives. Intrigued by this idea he this idea he decided to look more into genelogy and learned that the industry as a whole is undergoing a huge revelation. There is a claim that in a matter of year all 7 billion of earths inhabitants will be apart of one family tree. Aj then goes on to speak about 5 main points on how that claim is realistic and advertises the "Global Reunion" that is being held in the future.

    In the presentation I think it was effective because he had a nice mixture of slides but also knew the facts well of the top of his head which made it feel interactive. I think it was effective.

  11. The TED talk was talking about a women with Cerebral Palsy. During this talk she tried to use her disability so that it would have a positive impact on peoples lives. She really shows her perseverance through such a hard time. Never once does she let her disease get in the way of things that she wants to do. She doesn't use Cerebral Palsy as an excuse either when she does things. I saw a really optimistic and can-do personality from her.

    During her talk she doesn't use a power point. She talks mainly off of her personal experiences. Many times she makes the crowd be active, which is key when trying to keep the interest of the viewer. Maysoon relates this to peoples lives very well.

  12. Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity

    This presentation was about how schools now don't really think about creativity at all, but rather just throw information at you. They force you to take courses you don't care about taking, and this leads to kids not caring. This is bad, because kids should be passionate about what they do, rather then just doing something they hate because they have to.
    In this presentation, he didn't really use a PowerPoint, but rather just confronted the audience and talked directly to them. He used humor to keep them interested, but also had some very good facts.

  13. Fred Swaniker: The Leaders who ruined Africa and the Generation who can Fix it

    This Ted talk was about the generations of leaders in Africa's past who have effected the country in a very negative way and the new generation of Africans who can make a difference. Fred talked about a young African Woman named Latisha from Kenya who's family could not afford to send her to school, so she started her on business of catching and selling rabbits. Within a month she had hired a work force of 15 people and had funded enough money for herself and 65 other students to have the privilege of an education. After a year she had built a school and she educates over 400 children from her area and she just turned 18. His ultimate point was that although Africa's future is uncertain for what it holds, it doesn't take much for a new generation to step up and become the healers of a torn past.

    Fred used powerpoint very well by illustrating his stories into a roadmap across Africa to show the leaders of the past who have been beneficial and those who have not like Robert Mugabe. But even with the powerpoint I could still tell that he didn't need it to be convincing because he stood strong with confidence while speaking.


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