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93 Great Tech Talks for Educators

If you’re an educator, surely you know that technology has and will continue to have an incredible impact on learning. Whether it’s the Internet, innovative learning tools, or teaching technology itself, these two subjects are intertwined. In these talks, you will find essential information for educators concerned with technology.


Learn about making technology work in education and more in these talks.

  1. Rethinking the Student Experience in the 21st Century Public Research University: See how a diverse student body and technology can make a difference in the student experience today. [UCTV]
  2. How to Learn (Almost) Anything: This lecture explores learning that the digital revolution brings. [MIT]
  3. Education for the 21st Century: Linda Darling-Hammond’s lecture is all about today’s school challenges. [Boston College]
  4. Gender Issues in Academics and Academia: This seminar takes a look at gender in academics. [MIT]
  5. Michelle Obama’s Plea for Education: Michelle Obama talks about her hope for each student. [TED]

Sharing Education

These talks explore the idea of open, shared education.

  1. Hector Ruiz on Connecting the World: Hector Ruiz lectures on Internet access for everyone. [TED]
  2. Clay Shirky on Institutions vs. Collaboration: Watch this lecture to see how looser networks will become more prominent in the future. [TED]
  3. The Open Mind: The Global Network University with John Sexton: You’ll learn about the globalization of higher education in this lecture. [UCTV]
  4. Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop Per Child: In this talk, you’ll learn about Nicholas Negroponte’s OLPC project. [TED]
  5. Knowledge Based Economy and Education: Charles Vest discusses the university’s role in the new knowledge based economy. [MIT]
  6. Negroponte Takes OLPC to Columbia: Watch Nicholas Negroponte deliver laptops for education in Columbia. [TED]
  7. Openness and Globalization in higher Education: You’ll learn about education in the age of the Internet, terrorism, and technology in this lecture. [UCTV]
  8. The Role of Distance Education: Patricio Lopez del Puerto discusses the opportunities made available by distance education. [MIT]
  9. Bill Gates on Mosquitoes, Malaria and Education: See how Bill Gates plans to solve large problems with philanthropy. [TED]
  10. Community Discussion on Open Sharing and Open CourseWare: Listen to this discussion to learn more about Open CourseWare and sharing in education. [MIT]
  11. Brewster Kahle Builds a Free Digital Library: Check out this lecture about Brewster Kahle’s huge digital library. [TED]
  12. Globalization and Higher Education: Charles Vest believes in knowledge sharing for competitive times. [MIT]
  13. The OpenCourseWare Initiative: In this lecture, Anne H. Marguiles explains the OpenCourseWare Initiative. [MIT]
  14. Education Across Borders: The India Perspective: Kapil Sibal’s lecture is all about using technology and education for better lives. [MIT]
  15. Ensuring Educational Access: Jamira Cotton’s lecture discusses the challenge and opportunity of educational access. [MIT]
  16. OLPC: Revolutionizing How the World’s Children Engage in Learning: Walter Bender lectures on the One Laptop Per Child venture. [MIT]
  17. Richard Baraniuk on Open-Source Learning: Richard Baraniuk explains the open source education system. [TED]
  18. Learning Through Remixing: This panel discusses how remixing can be used as a learning tool. [MIT]

Creativity & Innovation

Watch these talks to see how you can foster innovation and the creative spirit.

  1. Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity: Ken Robinson’s lecture makes a case for a more creative education system. [TED]
  2. Sowing the Seeds for a More Creative Society: Mitch Resnick explains how you we can build a more creative society. [MIT]
  3. Dean Kamen on Inventing and Giving: Dean Kamen’s lecture offers insight into big ideas. [TED]
  4. Focus on Educational Innovation: These panelists take a look at innovation in education. [MIT]
  5. Woody Norris Invents Amazing Things: This lecture from Woody Norris takes a different approach to inventing and education. [TED]
  6. Alan Kay Shares a Powerful Idea About Ideas: Alan Kay’s talk is all about better techniques for teaching kids. [TED]
  7. Jay Walker’s Library of Human Imagination: Jay Walker highlights human imagination in this talk. [TED]
  8. Saul Griffith on Everyday Inventions: Saul Griffith offers a few innovative ideas in this lecture. [TED]
  9. Bringing Education into the 21st Century: You’ll learn about innovative education from Joseph Berney’s lecture. [UCTV]
  10. Dean Kamen: The Emotion Behind Invention: Dean Kamen’s lecture explores what drives invention. [TED]
  11. Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity: Elizabeth Gilbert explains why everyone can be a genius. [TED]

Internet & New Media

These talks are concerned with how the Internet and new media has an impact on teaching and learning.

  1. New Media Literacies: New Media Literacies explores literacy theory in media contexts. [MIT]
  2. Website Development: Website Development explains how you can create educational websites. [Harvard]
  3. Evan Williams on Listening to Twitter Users: Twitter Cofounder Evan Williams discusses what they’ve learned from users. [TED]
  4. Do Schoolchildren and Students Know How to Research?: This lecture considers whether students understand the wisdom of crowds or not. [RSA]
  5. The Internet: This lecture serves as a guide for what’s happening when you’re online. [Harvard]
  6. The Role of Distance Education: Check out this talk about opening opportunities with distance education. [MIT]
  7. National Educators’ Summit on Media & Technology: For a look into media and technology in education, check out this talk. [Boston College]
  8. Learning From Students: This lecture explains how to use Facebook for learning management. [UCTV]
  9. Use of the Internet and Higher Education: In this talk, you’ll see how the Internet can be used in higher education. [UCTV]
  10. Students and Electronic Media: Check out this lecture about electronic media for teaching. [Princeton]


These talks will help you better foster leadership.

  1. Building and Leading Effective Teams: This course offers an introduction to leadership. [MIT]
  2. Leadership in a Complex, Technology-Driven World: Check out this lecture about leadership in technology. [MIT]
  3. Patrick Awuah on Educating Leaders: Patrick Awuah’s lecture focuses on education for leaders. [TED]
  4. Developing Future Leaders: Watch this lecture about creating the leaders of the future. [MIT]

Educational Technology

Check out these talks to explore technology made for education.

  1. Technologies for Creative Learning: Check out this course to see how new technologies can help people learn new things. [MIT]
  2. Multimedia: Understand how multimedia works with the help of this lecture. [Harvard]
  3. Effective Examples of Educational Technology and Priorities for Future Investment: James Duderstadt considers examples of good educational technology. [MIT]
  4. Computer Games and Simulations for Investigational Learning: Explore learning from interactive computer environments in this talk. [MIT]
  5. George Dyson at the Birth of the Computer: You’ll learn about the origins of the computer from this talk. [TED]
  6. Educational Technology Exemplars for US Schools of Engineering: Irene Georgakoudi explains how to make science and engineering education more fun. [MIT]
  7. Security: This lecture explains computer security for the Internet and more. [Harvard]
  8. Engage Me or Enrage ME: Take a look at video games as educational tools in this talk. [Boston College]
  9. The Future of Media in Children’s Education: See how educational media works in children’s education in this talk. [Princeton]
  10. Will Wright Makes Toys That Make Worlds: Will Write lectures on new games. [TED]
  11. Games and Civic Engagement: Mario Armstrong explains how video games can transform the world. [MIT]
  12. David Perry on Videogames: David Perry’s lecture discusses making videogames more fun. [TED]
  13. Brenda Laurel on Games for Girls: Research the world of games for girls through this talk. [TED]
  14. Caleb Chung Plays with Pleo: In this lecture, you’ll learn about the robot Pleo. [TED]

Brain & Psychology

You can study how the brain works in learning through these talks.

  1. Neural Plasticity in Learning and Development: Watch this lecture to learn about neural plasticity in learning and memory. [MIT]
  2. Christopher deCharms Looks Inside the Brain: Look into thoughts, emotions, and pain through this talk. [TED]
  3. Martin Seligman on Positive Psychology: Learn how positive psychology can make a difference in education. [TED]
  4. Neural Basis of Learning and Memory: Check out this lecture about learning and memory. [MIT]
  5. Sculpting Behavior: Sculpting Behavior will help you develop a language for hands-on learning. [Stanford]
  6. Managerial Psychology: Managerial Psychology discusses applying behavioral science theories. [MIT]
  7. Human Memory and Learning: Human Memory and Learning looks into cognition and neural organization in memory and learning. [MIT]
  8. Tom Wujec on 3 Ways the Brain Creates Meaning: See how you can engage brains to understand big ideas. [TED]

Technology Education

These talks are all about the state of technology education.

  1. Engineering and Earth Systems: Philip M. Gschwend shares this lecture on educating a new breed of engineers. [MIT]
  2. Geeks and Chiefs: Yossi Sheffi’s lecture covers engineering education. [MIT]
  3. Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering: Here you can learn about teaching science and engineering. [MIT]
  4. Gender, Race, and the Complexities of Science and Technology: Watch this lecture about problem-based learning in science and technology. [MIT]
  5. Introduction to Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science: Check out this lecture to learn about teaching math and science in a variety of settings. [MIT]
  6. Inspiring and Educating the Next Generation: Daniel Roos discusses challenges in engineering education. [MIT]
  7. Science Education in the 21st Century: Dr. Carl Wieman lectures on using scientific tools to teach science. [Cornell]
  8. Teaching the Second Law: See how to handle the challenge of teaching the Second Law in this lecture. [MIT]
  9. Technology, Policy, and Education: This lecture explains how to educate future engineers for leadership. [MIT]

Teaching Methods

Study innovative teaching methods with these talks.

  1. Blended Learning Revisited: See how you can keep curiosity alive with blended learning. [MIT]
  2. Gever Tulley Teaches Life Lessons Through Tinkering: Gever Tully explains how tinkering can teach. [TED]
  3. Statistical Learning Theory: You will learn about statistical learning from this talk. [MIT]
  4. The Torch or the Firehose: The Torch or the Firehose advocates section teaching. [MIT]
  5. Mae Jemison on Teaching Arts and Sciences Together: Mae Jemison explores the idea of teaching art and science at the same time. [TED]
  6. The Nature of Constructionist Learning: This lecture takes a look at using constructionism in learning. [MIT]
  7. Bring on the Learning Revolution: Sir Ken Robinson advocates personalized learning. [TED]
  8. Educational Theory and Practice: See educational theory in this talk. [MIT]
  9. Statistical Learning Theory and Applications: This lecture takes a multidisciplinary approach to learning. [MIT]
  10. Concept-Centered Teaching: This lecture will develop your ability to foster student understanding. [MIT]
  11. The Power of Cultural Learning: Maggie Atkinson explains why learning through culture is so effective. [RSA]
  12. Networks for Learning: Take a look at different learning techniques in this lecture. [MIT]


In these talks, you’ll see how technology impacts the institution of education.

  1. Higher Education Internationalization and Globalization-Then and Now: Check out this lecture for a look into the way globalization influences higher education institutions. [UCTV]
  2. The Environment for Higher Education in the Future: This lecture takes a look at the future of higher education systems. [UCTV]