TED talks is one of the leading web-communities that deal with spreading ideas that show vivid experience, and are thought-provoking notions. The intersting thing is that you can use this website to foster discussion of ideas and to share thoughts over a topic; especially in the classroom. the following website from Edudemic blog has one of the examples of some of the best TED talks for the year 2011. Test it with your students; they are really intersting!
I especially like the talk about “the demise of guys”, don’t miss this one!
This Year’s 10 Best TED Talks To Share With Students | Edudemic.
As an educator, you are inevitably faced with the fact that your target students have to be evaluated, in a way or another, at the end of the day. Some would be evaluated daily, some weekly, monthly, or even per a semester. That is all important. Better yet, evaluating a language is, by all means, always full of wonders. The persistent need to evaluate speaking abilities is increasing now more than anytime in the past; most apparently evident in the divine practice of an “oral-presentation”!
Evaluating a presentation has always been intricate and seemingly challenging to me at times. That is because of the intervention of different skills within; skills that I think are not necessarily related to the evaluation target (i.e. evaluated items) in the first place. Take for instance, that for a presentation to be successful, a student has to be equipped with: public speaking skills, searching skills, outlining or organization skills (this includes powerpoint-related skills), and let’s not forget, confidence and rapport skills. Otherwise; the existence of a good level of accuracy would not necessarily qualify a student to achieve the highest grade when doing a presentation! Continue reading