About a year ago, I heard that a friend of mine had organized and executed a TED conference at her high school. This was a TEDx event- an independently organized and operated TED conference aimed her school community. I decided then this would be an excellent addition to Baldwin High School. My students this year are doing 20% Time projects and I figured a TED talk would be a great way for them to present their findings to the community. I sent an application into TED about a month ago and hoped for the best.
I found out late last night that my application was accepted. Pending administration approval (I'll be Monday to talk about this if you're reading....) we'll be hosting TEDxBaldwinHighSchool this Spring! Of course, once I realized the school was accepted, I realized just how much more work will be involved. While my original intention was just to use my own students, there's actually a lot of potential and value to pull in members of the community and other local/regional experts and make a truly landmark event. The students will still be deeply involved, and I hope to work many 20% project presentations into the show, but it'll be great if they can also gain exposure to some real world innovations. In the coming few weeks, I'll need to put together a team of teachers and students, recruit students and adult speakers, and start to plan the first ever TED conference at Baldwin. It's daunting but it has a great potential.
Students, teachers, parents...if you're interested, curious, or simply want updates, let me know. Once the final theme is set, we'll start prepping for the big event. Until then!