The other day, I passed on a link for an Al Gore talk at a TEDtalks event, but in reality, the reason why I initially went to the site was to check out a talk by Hans Rosling. Briefly:
Hans Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden's world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit that brings vital global data to life. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, he debunks a few myths about the "developing" world.
You've got to check this out. His talk seriously kicks some ass, in that he does an amazing job of providing insight to a complicated issue in both an entertaining and informative manner. Really, this is the sort of stuff that inspires you as a teacher. Best of all, all of his visual aids are all available for free at gapminder.org.
(Thanks Celeste for the tip)
Absolutely great! It's amazing how important passion (for lack of a better word) is for anybody who wants to get a message across, or inspire others to action. Combine that with data, and your audience will leave the room fired up!
I have seen the gapminder interactive graphs before and have to admit that I was mesmorized playing with the data. Seeing it presented by Hans Rosling in such an incredible way - means I will most likely be playing with it again at lunch today.
It also shows how beautiful graphics combined with beautiful presentation can so clearly communicate a message.
You are right, this is exactly what we strive to be as teachers.