Ted Talks on Asia

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” — Ken Robinson

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TED TALKS are a series of 15-20 minute lectures by a wide range of inspiring people ( including people like Bill Gates) on an amazing range of topics.
The website is
http://www.ted.com/talks

Here are some interesting TED talks on Asia inc India & China. Take a look at one of them and then report back on what you learned from it- you might be surprised. You decide what format your report back will be – only rule – it has to be readable and it has to include a graphic of some kind.

(Note – all of the talks allow you to read the transcript of the talk)

How Asia will catch up to the West

http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_asia_s_rise_how_and_when.html
– looks at how India, Japan and China have competed and will outperform the west.

Learning from a Barefoot Environment

http://www.ted.com/talks/bunker_roy.html
-discusses how a the Barefoot School teaches people to be engineers, scientists

Let’s talk Crap..seriously!

http://www.ted.com/talks/rose_george_let_s_talk_crap_seriously.html
– discusses the value of sanitation.

The real danger lurking in the water

http://www.ted.com/talks/romulus_whitaker_the_real_danger_lurking_in_the_water.html
– discusses threats to reptiles such as the cobra due to water pollution

Turning trash into toys for learning.

http://www.ted.com/talks/arvind_gupta_turning_trash_into_toys_for_learning.html
– how trash can be used to create toys that will show kids principles of science and engineering.

How kids teach themselves

http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_shows_how_kids_teach_themselves.html
– describes how kids figured out how to use a PC without any instruction or education.