Positive words can make positive change, but sometimes it’s hard to find the right words. Yesterday, TED launched a new page, TED Quotes, on their website dedicated to quotes taken from some of the 1,100 plus talks they host on the site. What I like about the page is that these are the best quotes from the some of the most influential people alive today. I can display a quote for students to read, and also point them to the talk where the quote was first spoken. The words are real and tangible for students, not something someone said 150 years ago.
The page is easy to navigate giving several different means for discovering quotes. Users can simply search for a quote using key words. If a little more guidance is needed, users can search through quotes by category. The educations tab alone has 66 quotes listed. Another page has quotes listed according to popularity. There is no indication of how these are chosen, but each shows how many times the quote has been shared, so maybe that is the criteria.
Sharing is another interesting option in the page. With a simple click, users can post the quotes to a Facebook wall or Twitter feed.
After a few minutes looking at the site, I was pretty impressed. Some of this may be due to my fascination with TED. In a short time, I read several quotes that I remember being spoken as I watched the actual talk. Reading the quotes helped me to remember what I once learned. I can definitely see potential for using this in the classroom.
In the past, I have posted an inspirational quote on the board for student to read at the beginning of class. Sometimes students wrote a short response and sometimes we just had a short discussion. I always felt that this activity was successful, but it gets hard to find good relevant quotes. Problem solved!