Thursday, December 7, 2017

TED Talk #12: A Story of Mixed Emoticons

Storytelling has been around for thousands of years! 

Each generation puts their own personal spin on the stories we tell to reflect the culture and time. Check out this storyteller/ poet as he tells a bittersweet story with emoticons! 



Find his talk here.  

Rives has been called the world's first 2.0 poet.  He uses images, video, and technology to bring his words to life! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

TED Talk #11: The Thrilling Potential of 6th Sense Technology

In my Stories and Film class, we've been talking a lot about imagined technological advances that are becoming more and more of a reality.  Our TED Talk today shows just how close the future is.  What was once only seen as sci-fi is not becoming possible.

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Check out Pattie Maes's TED Talk as she introduces us to the 6th sense and a very Minority Report way of using technology! 

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Friday, November 17, 2017

TED Talk #10: What Adults Can Learn From Kids

When was the last time someone said you were childish?

Where you doing something silly?  Something fun?  Something imaginative?

Is it always a bad thing to be like a child? Think about it, what are some things that kids can actually teach adults?  To take risks, to bounce back, to be creative, get excited, to ask questions, to leap, to let it go.

Our Ted Talk speaker today is our youngest speaker yet.  Adora Svitak gave this talk when she was only 12-years-old.  Once you see it, I think you will all agree that we can learn a lot from children.

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Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

TED Talk #9: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful

Today's TED talk comes from an amazing spoken word poet named Shane Koyczan.  His talk is a powerful poem about bullying and feeling different.  His words have affected so many and caused his talk to go viral.  Since we've been addressing the issue of bullying in English class, I felt that this poem deserved a spotlight.  Enjoy his performance, complete with backstory, animation, and even violin accompaniment.  I hope that we walk away today thinking about what we can do to make a difference and ensure that everyone feels important, beautiful, and an integral part of the 8 White Family.


Here is the link to check out his talk.  

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

TED Talk #8: The secrets of nature's grossest creatures, channeled into robots

There has been a lot of talk of engineering on 8 White lately.  Recruitment of architects, builders, designers.  When scientists, engineers, and designers are looking for inspiration, where do they look? Sometimes inspiration is right in front of you.
So tiny.
So common.
It may go unnoticed.

Inspiration can be found in nature.
As simple as
the cockroach.



I know what you're thinking. Gross.  Just looking at that picture makes me shiver.  But cockroaches are one of the longest living creatures ever.  There must be a reason for their success. 

Maybe that success can be attributed to design.

Biologist Robert Full explains in his interesting (and slightly yucky) TED talk about the aspects of a cockroach's body that helps them adapt to their environment, stay safe, and live a long life grossing us out.  Robotic engineers have been studying the cockroach to see what they can learn and then use in their designs. 


How can robots learn to stabilize on rough terrain, walk upside down, do gymnastic maneuvers in air and run into walls without harming themselves? Robert Full takes a look at the incredible body of the cockroach to show what it can teach robotics engineers.

Check out his talk here.  

So, the next time you're building a structure, designing a game, or creating at all, look to nature and you may see inspiration crawling across the floor. Try not to squish it.