TEDx Flipboard: Powering Student Talks with Magazines

Inside Flipboard / December 20, 2016

Photo by Marlon Fuentes

A guest post by Mark Weidman, a high school teacher in Los Osos, CA.

TEDx events are independently organized TED events featuring TED talks like the ones you can watch on TED.com. For the last several years, my sophomores have given TED talks as part of a Talk Project held each year in my high school classroom. The process I use to prepare students for their talk can be found here. You can visit my Talk Project 2016 Flipboard Magazine to watch a sampling of these student-delivered talks.

I recently attended TEDxLA at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood—the same place that each year hosts the Academy Awards. The venue provided a lovely frame for some deeply interesting and inspiring TED talks delivered by an array of great minds working at the top of their fields. To prepare for, and to document, the event, I created TEDxLA 2016 magazine filled with pictures of the event, speakers’ websites, videos, podcasts, and more. I can now share this magazine as a ready resource with students and teachers—anyone interested in learning more about the event, the speakers, and the topics presented in their TED talks.

Photo by Kristie Holmes

The two speakers featured in this magazine of greatest interest to my high schoolers are astronaut Anousheh Ansari and environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl (Shu-tez-cot) Martinez.  As the first female Iranian-American astronaut, and the first Muslim woman ever in space, Ansari is an inspiration for students seeking diverse models of achievement in science, engineering, and technology. At 16 years of age, Xiuhtezcatl is an environmental activist and hip-hop artist who has already addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations on the topic of climate change.  Xiuhtexcatl is the same age as my students, and shows them that passionate, constructive activism can start now.

I use Flipboard as a teaching app for many different purposes, but sharing resources like this is one of the most important. Flipboard Magazines can conveniently and easily display information for students, parents, fellow teachers, and other interested readers.

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