Friday, August 12, 2011

Why I want to talk at @TEDxDetroit

I saw a tweet come across from former student about TEDxDetroit. I followed the link and thought about attending. I have never been to a TED event and I've heard it is awesome.

As I was reading more about what there was to see and hear at TED, I felt like there wasn't a voice for education in the mix. Right now, especially in Metro Detroit, people need to be talking about education and ways that we can all make it better.

So, I've decided to volunteer to be a voice for education at TEDxDetroit. My presentation will be Knocking Down Walls: Connecting Students with Social Media. I will focus on my work with Van Meter and The Epic Romeo and Juliet Project. I want to show the Metro Detroit community that there are great things going on in education and they should get involved to support the teachers out there that are striving to bring a top notch education on a shoestring budget to students.

I've presented at ISTE, MACUL and online, but I feel like this is bigger than all of those combined. I'm going to be speaking to a group of people that are not educators. It's a big challenge, but I feel I'm up for it. I feel like I can't let the politicians have the only voice in education. I'm ready to bring it.

Wish me luck and I hope I get a chance to spread the great things all of you do every day.

- @TheNerdyTeacher


  1. Go for it. TED events are fantastic. Attended TEDxGrand Rapids last year. You are right that education is under represented. Good luck.

  2. I am so excited for you! You will be fantastic!! We need to get a lot of educators there for the event!

  3. Good luck! Let us know if you need us to tweet the TEDxDetroit people for an extra boost! :)


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