The Best TED Talks for Students

Taking a break is always a good idea! But why not learn something new while taking a breather from the books. TED Talks are a fun and engaging way to expand your mind. Plus, there are so many topics to choose from we know you’ll find one that interests you! Here’s some great TED Talks to start with:  

Putting Yourself First

Stressed out from school? Dealing with anxiety? Having difficulty sleeping? Questioning your heart? Here are some TED Talks related to all of the above to ease your troubles.

make stress your friend

How to make stress your friend

Kelly McGonigal teaches you to take charge of all your stress and turn it into something great.

 

confessions of a depressed comedian

Confessions of a depressed comic

Kevin Breel shares his story of depression, and how it can hit anyone, despite how great their life may seem.

 

emotional first aid

Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

Guy Winch makes a case for practicing regular emotional self care to the same degree as care for our physical body.

 

Why we sleep

Why do we sleep

Russell Foster talks about the mysteries of sleep.

 

Falling in love

Falling in love is the easy part

Mandy Len Catron analyzes how falling in love and staying in love differ.

Making the World a Better Place

From understanding others to saying thank you, here are some TED Talks to show how you can make an impact.

everyday leadership

Everyday Leadership

Great leadership comes in the simple everyday acts. Drew Dudley shares an anecdote of how one seemingly small action can change someone’s life.

 

a rad experiment in empathy

A radical experiment in empathy

Sam Richards walks through empathy, helping us understand how people can form beliefs and follow them.

 

say thank you

Remember to say thank you

Laura Trice helps us see the importance of showing appreciation.

 

better world

How we can make the world a better place by 2030

Michael Green lays out the concluding thoughts from a UN meeting in September 2015.

 

Think Outside Of The Box

Whether it’s what you read, how you speak, or how you learn, enriching your mind and changing your perspective can start here.

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Why a good book is a secret door

Mac Barnett delves into the wonders of a good book.

3 ways to speak English

3 ways to speak English

In this beautiful slam poem, Jamila Lyiscott shares with us the different ways we speak English; from speaking in class, to talking on the street.

 texting is killing language

Txting is killing language. JK!!!

John McWhorter shares how texting is impacting our culture and linguistic skills

education paradigm

Changing education paradigms

Ken Robinson challenges the traditional ways we’re taught.

 

teachers

Teach teachers how to create magic

Christopher Emdin entrances us to show how inspiring teachers can be.

 

daring women reading

For these women reading is a daring act

Laura Boushnak shares the empowering capabilities of reading for women. 

John-Green

John Green: The nerd’s guide to learning everything online

John Green uses the metaphor of cartography to explain the wonders of finding your way in learning. Well read in John Green? Try to count how many things he mentions that have ended up in his novels.

 

what if

Comics that ask “what if?”

Randall Munroe explores science, math, and the hypotheticals through comics.

 

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Why I love a country that once betrayed me

From his memories and history’s heroes, George Takei gives a powerful history lesson about Japanese internment during World War II. 

TED Talks by Students

Think you can’t make a difference? Think again. Here are TED Talks by students making social change and scientific bounds.

gender neutrality

Want to be an activist? Start with your toys

Inspired by her younger brother, McKenna Pope shares her story of fighting gender stereotypes by petitioning to Hasbro to challenge the traditions.

 

galaxy

What we can learn from galaxies far, far away

Intel Science Fair award winner Henry Lin looks at the big picture, distant galaxy clusters to be exact, to share how discoveries are yet to be made.

 

google science fair

Award winning teenage science in action

Three winners of the first Google Science Fair discuss their remarkable projects and where their passion comes from. 

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