TED Talks: Why We Need to End The War on Drugs

In this TED talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann pleas to his audience why the “War on Drugs” or drug trade needs to end. Nadelmann leads his discussion by talking a little about the war between police officers and security vs. people when it comes to them performing checks on people and then they end …

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TED Talks: The Neuroscience of Restorative Justice

In this TED talk, Daniel Reisel wants people in the community to rethink how the justice system treats criminals when it comes to rehabilitation by using a murderer in Russia, Reisel calls him Joe, as an example to talk about. Reisel became interested in about how people change behavior so he decided to study psychopathic …

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“The beauty of data visualization”

In this ted talk David McCandless focuses on that everyone is experiencing data overload in some form. He states “So, visualizing information, so that we can see the patterns and connections that matter and then designing that information so it makes more sense, or it tells a story, or allows us to focus only on …

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“How PhotoSynth can connect the world’s images”

I found this ted talk especially interesting after taking a GIS course this past summer. Mr. Blaise Agüera y Arcas does an overview of utilizing all of different photo capturing technologies and how a program a called “Microsoft Photosynth” that can potentially combine all of the pictures from everyone in the entire world and create …

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Infographic: The reality of violence against women

This brings awareness to women surviving everyday violence, assault, and rape- along with a daily struggle of poverty. Providing five facts to help us pay closer attention. Infographic: The reality of violence against women

Data become art in Julie Freeman’s “We Need Us”

Artist Julie Freeman uses nature-generated data as art material to create sculptures. She records all kinds of things like birds, insects, and buildings. Each sculpture uses the metadata found on Zooniverse to relate to a project scene. You will see in the clip, how each scene has its own sound and movement. Data becomes art …

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Ted Talks Pertaining to Psychology

http://www.ted.com/talks/philip_zimbardo_on_the_psychology_of_evil?language=en This Ted Talk describes WHY seemingly normal people cross over to the dark side of immoral behavior.*caution GRAPHIC images My Second TED Talk is by individual reading author, Elyn Saks and her battle through college, law school and daily life with schizophrenia. http://www.ted.com/talks/elyn_saks_seeing_mental_illness

Beyond Surface-level Pedagogy

This article is worth the read.  It is a fresh take on teachers staying up to date on how to use technology in the classroom.  The author references a story that really brings attention to the fact that often times teachers think they are truly embracing digital scholarship, when really they are already behind the …

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Confessions of a Self-Taught College Instructor: Embracing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

This is an interesting piece calling for professors and teachers to approach their work as a form of scholarship in itself. The article provides an neat perspective on teaching and learning as “an act of intellectual invention”. http://www.digitalpedagogylab.com/hybridped/confessions-self-taught-college-instructor-embracing-scholarship-teaching-learning/

TED Talk: Depression, the Secret We Share

In this TED talk, Andrew Solomon concisely and effectively offers insight to many unspoken and misunderstood facets of depression from what it feels like, what it is, to alternative solutions and socionomic prevalence and implications.  He opens up about his own experience with depression and how he was able to overcome it.  Solomon uses experiences …

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