TED Videos and Ideas Worth Spreading

TED is a global set conferences which started in 1984 dedicated to disseminate  “ideas worth spreading.” TED which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design is owned by Sapling Foundation, a private non-profit organization.

Now, what might interest you about TED are the free videos, many of which are  lectures about mathematics and technology. The video above is the lecture of famous mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot about the beauty and complexity of fractals. Most of these TED videos have transcripts that are also available for download.  

As of this writing, there are more than 900 TED videos or TedTalks in science, technology, entertainment, design, business, and global issues. These videos are under Creative Commons License, so you are allowed to repost and share them.

Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers

This is a brilliant talk by Conrad Wolfram on using computers in teaching mathematics.  This talk describes the problems in mathematics education nowadays: the wide gap between math taught in schools and math in the real world, misconceptions about the use of computers in teaching math, the wrong emphasis on the teaching calculations, and many more. Wolfram also has several suggestions on how school mathematics should be taught nowadays.

A must-see for math teachers and math educators.