Cameron Russell’s “Looks aren’t everything. Believe me I’m a model” by Soleil Huck

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May 282015
 

The TED talk I watched today by Cameron Russell is called “Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model” was inspirational to me. Russell’s main message is telling people that your shape and size doesn’t have anything to do with who they are. She also criticizes the commonly held belief that if you’re skinny, your pretty. And, if you’re fat, you’re ugly. In 2007, out of the 677 models that were hired, less than 4% were non white. Image is powerful because women are beginning judged by how they look. Image is superficial because the person’s looks don’t represent their personality. 53% of 13-year-old American girls are unhappy with their body and this number grows to 78% by the time they are 17. I choose this TED talk because when I was in grade 3 and 4 I was bullied because people thought I was fat and I wasn’t pretty so I was really insecure about myself. Now I’m in grade 7 and I’m still getting bullied about my size, but when I watched this video I realized I don’t have to be insecure and I can be myself.

Dennis Hong’s “Making a car for blind drivers” by Jaxson Rogers

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May 282015
 

I viewed Dennis Hong’s TED talk “Making a car for blind drivers” and I liked it because it’s really cool on what we can do with technology. There was a clip in it that had a blind guy driving a car. He was wearing these special gloves that tell him what way to turn and this platform with holes in it that blows air to tell the blind drive what is in the way. If you don’t believe me go watch this talk! It will amaze you!

Greg Stone’s “Saving the ocean one island at a time” by Matt Hopkins

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May 282015
 

Today I viewed the TED Talk by Greg Stone called “Saving the ocean one island at a time”. This talk appealed to me because I want to take up diving as a hobby and if there is no coral or fish all I will see is water and sand and that is not very interesting. In the talk Stone mentioned that Phoenix Islands has two major problems. Firstly, the the water levels are rising and the counter is expected to be under water because there are only two meters above the sea level. Secondly is that the Phoenix Islands have one of the best and healthy environments in the world. The Phoenix Islands are very poor so they let fishing taking place. When the license was released Phoenix Islands were over fished. So the country made up a reversed fishing license so that the fishing boats get paid to not fish in the area. I found this TED talk because the ocean is the least explored place in the world.

Asha de Vos’ TED-Ed Lesson “Why are whales so enourmous?” by Andreas Marinakos

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May 272015
 

I viewed Asha de Vos’s “Why are blue whales so enormous” ted lesson and I liked it because it was informative and the animation was well done . The most interesting thing I learned in this talk is that a blue whale’s esophagus is so small it could choke on a loaf of bread, or maybe that it’s heart is the size of a small car that a child can crawl through. The animation is sort of like something out of the Muppets, and it is used in many creative ways. I loved this talk and I highly urge you to watch it. I hope you like it just as much as I did.

Randall Munroe’s “Comics that ask what if?” by Zander Clay

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May 272015
 

Have you ever wanted to know what would happen if you hit a baseball at the speed of light? Well in this TED talk Randall Munroe answers that question. But he doesn’t only tell you what would happen if you hit a baseball at the speed of light, he also has a website where people ask him questions and he answers them through comics. People have asked him questions from how to hide a body to homework question people are just trying to get him to answer. Why I really like this talk is because he takes scientific question and turns them into something easy for everyone to understand.

Sir Ken Robinson’s “Schools kill creativity” by Jack Conquergood

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May 212015
 

If you really think about it, school does kill creativity. In a way school limits what you want to learn and how you want to discover stuff. School does this by having a curriculum and deciding what you learn in certain grades and how you learn it. If you think about it you must complete projects the way the teacher wants you to do it to pass. This just takes away the creativity; it’s just not involved anymore. You as a student are just learning the flat out curriculum at the most. This has affected me as a learner by not being able to express the way I learn or put a little fun into working for an education. It takes away the factor of trying to make getting an education interesting.