Sunday, April 27, 2014

Dave Eggers Ted Talk

In the Ted Talk "Once Upon a School" by Dave Eggers the point that helping kids achieve their goals is important was presented. I took away how important it was to help kids with school, because they are our future and the world will depend on them soon enough. Kids who struggle with school need help so they can have successful lives in their future. It's important to give everybody the same opportunity to succeed, whether it comes easier or hard for them than others.  Eggers effectively uses his past experiences in order to prove his point. He tells one long story in which he conveys how important it is to give kids the chance to learn and succeed. He uses his hands and pictures in order to visually represent what he is trying to say. The pictures help keep the audience visually engrossed throughout the whole presentation. If every child is given the opportunity to succeed in their life, than the world will be continually made a better place for all. It all starts with us. Without us, we can't teach future generations to succeed and make the world a wonderful place.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kirk Citron Ted Talk

In the Ted Talk "And Now the Real News" by Kirk Citron, the point that not all news is important is examined. News that won't be important to us in the future should simply be filtered out. Humans are receiving too much news, and it's overwhelming. Things that won't mean anything to us in the future should simply not be considered important news. This includes things such as the economy, Afghanistan etc. Things that should be in the news that will affect us in the future are things such as scientific advancements. Those things will affect us later on in life and are therefore deemed important. Citron asks questions in his presentation to get the audience thinking. He then answers these questions leading the audience to the point he is trying to make. It's an effective usage of cause and effect that helps him easily prove his point. Citron uses his hands in order to explain his points and visually connect with the audience. He also uses slides in order to visually engage his audience and prove his point. If news sources stopped producing news that was irrelevant to us in the future, it may be beneficial to every one. That way we can focus on the future and work torwards that, instead of sabotaging our future with the issues we have now.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dan Pink Ted Talk

In the Ted Talk "The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us"  by Dan Pink the idea that being rewarded for physical success has a better outcome than when being rewarded for mental success.  I took away a new interesting mindset on the way people are motivated. Like Pink said multiple times throughout his talk, most people thinks rewarding for success will increase productivity. It's interesting to me that when doing cognitive thinking rewards actually stop the success that people have. It seems to me that people do this because they are internally motivated to the point where an external motivation has no affect on that person. Pink also brings up an interesting point, that if people are motivated in this way, do people need to be payed as much. If internal motivation can be brought to the point where the motivation of money has no affect on the person, than people could stop being payed. Pink uses a fast paced talk in which he uses many facts to prove his point. It's a very well researched talk in which he is able to effectively captivate the audience with various different factual points. Throughout the whole presentation a person is drawing on a whiteboard which makes it easy to follow the presentation. It visually represents what Pink is trying to get across because at times it is a little difficult to understand. The visual representations keep the mind captivated throughout the whole talk. This whole new philosophy could affect the whole world. If people start channeling external motivations to be more internal, a whole new system would be created. No longer would people be motivated by things such as money, but now by personal achievement.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sir Ken Robinson Ted Talk

In the Ted Talk "How School Kill Creativity" Sir Ken Robinson talks about how schools are limiting students creativity to the point where it disappears when they are an adult. Robinson made a good point when he said "Schools are focusing on mathematics and science more than arts and music." This seems to be true for nearly all schools. It's made me aware that I need to excersize my creative side in order to keep it there. If schools can't do that for me, I'll have to do it for myself, and I think that's important for others to do as well. Schools are preparing us to become engineers and mathematicians, but like Robinson said, it's important to stay creative and use both sides of your brain.  Robinson spoke with humor. He interjected jokes throughout his speech, which proved his point in the end. He also spoke with sincerity, which had an emotional effect on the audience. He combines personal experiences, along with others experiences to help prove his point. Robinson uses his hand in order to get his point across, but he isn't dramatic in his expressions. He will also walk up and down stage talking to different parts of his audience, while still keeping each audience member engaged. He maintains good eye contact, and it also looks as if he stares each attender in the eye. Throughout the whole presentation, Robinson referred back to his original point, which was that schools kill creativity. While I believe this to be true, I think it's for an important reason. A school's duty is to prepare their students for the world. Right now, the world is in a technological revolution with new gadgets being created everyday. That means the job market is going to be in high demand for engineers and mathematicians who can create this new technology. So, schools are killing creativity, only because they are trying to do their job by preparing each student for the job market ahead of them.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I took away that being yourself is more important than anything else. It doesn't matter what others think of you, you need to find yourself. It's imperative to reflect on what matters to you, and what you want out of life. Life is about you, so you should make it good for yourself. I took away confidence in myself and what I do. The speaker was very emotional in the way she spoke. She spoke with emphasis on certain words, and let other words slip in. It led to a power speech. She also used slam poetry to talk about herself and explain her story. It was emotional, yet powerful. She emphasized words that made her story important. She selected words that meant a lot to her, and easily painted a vivid image of the point she wanted to get across. She would pace across the stage in a powerful way. When she spoke poetry she used her hands to create motions that told her story. She performed actions that described the words she told. When she spoke to the crowd however, she stood still and told her story. Hand motions weren't used when she just spoke to the audience. Personally, I feel like I need to be more confident in what I do. I took away how important confidence was in life. It makes a large impact in what you do and say. If I'm not confident in myself, I'm not going to take risks, and life is about the risks you take. Whether they you fail or succeed, you're going to look back at the risks you took, not the ones you didn't take. This makes me feel like I need to take risks in the real world. Do things I haven't done. That means stepping out of my comfort zone. It's hard to ever be great without taking a risk, or stepping out of the place you feel comfortable. This speaker taught me the importance of confidence in myself.