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22 May 2012

HOW DID IT START?

TEDxYouth@BIS 2011

Social media is the great networker of the 21st century. In March 2011, inspired by Adora Svitak’s TED talk, Tosca Killoran sent out a short message on Facebook: “Who wants to help me set up an event for kids?” The results were surprising. People from all over the globe responded, but it was BIS teachers, Tosca Killoran and Brenna McNeil, who worked collaboratively to make the first TEDxYouth@BIS event happen in June 2011. With the support of a handful of teachers, and under a hundred euros out of pocket, they scraped by to make the event a reality. It was worth it, as the speakers were powerful and the ideas they shared were inspiring.

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In November 2011, Tosca attended the TEDx European Organizers’ Summit and was given the feedback by Lara Stein, the director of TEDx, that the BIS students’ ideas were indeed amazing- but BIS needed to make the next event of higher production value. Tosca, worried about taking on the event organization alone, considered letting the event license expire and the SHAPING dream end. YOUR

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Luckily, a dynamic grade 5 teacher, Jeff Hoffart, j o i n e d To s c a a s a n o r g a n i z e r f o r TEDxYouth@BIS. This was the boost the event needed. With renewed enthusiasm, Jeff and Tosca worked many extra hours to not only educate the BIS community about TEDx, but to involve more of the parents, teachers and administrators in the event process- and it worked! The community rallied and TEDxYouth@BIS started to receive inkind donations of time, skill and goods from all over the BIS community. The Parent Volunteer Committee, the Development Office, and the Extracurricular Activities Coordinator all donated funds. Individual parents designed posters and worked on sets; and teachers took on mentoring speakers, volunteering their time for voice coaching workshops and editing speeches. All told the TEDxYouth@BIS 2012 event community grew to 36 volunteers, 17 mentor teachers and 17 speakers! Without their [2]

generous support the event would never have been the great success it was. In addition, special guest blogger, Tudor Tarlev, who travels the world attending TEDx events, contacted the organizers and asked to join this year’s BIS event. This highlights the reach of TEDx and the global community that TEDxYouth@BIS is now part of. Perhaps most essential to the event success was the decision that the TEDxYouth@BIS theme this year mirror the grade 5 PYP exhibition. Jeff and Jillian Priestly then were able to teach the students the skills to develop their ideas and turn them into action. This enabled the students to use their TEDxYouth talk as merely another vehicle to spread their ideas and inspire action in others. What an amazing result! Not only the grade 5 students, but other students in the MYP and DP years were able to confidently share the actions they had taken with the ENTIRE world.


WHAT IS TEDX, and why should the BIS community be invested in it? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, selforganized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. These events provide a professional platform for speakers to share ideas with the globe. There are many success stories of youth speakers

on TEDx who have gone on to sign book and movie deals, to be sponsored by multimillion dollar corporations and to be invited to speak at a Inspiring TED conference. young minds to take action

So, what is TED?

T E D i s a n o n p r o fi t organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the

To help the community understand more about TED, TEDx and all the TED initiatives, Jeff, Tosca and volunteer parent, Janet Hannah wrote an ebook entitled, TED-ucate Yourself. This is available for free download on itunes here: http:// itunes.apple.com/us/book/ted-ucateyourself/id526065224? ls=1&fb_source=message

talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

You can also download the book as a PDF file by visiting Jeff and Tosca’s Ed-ucation Publishing website here: http://www.ed-ucation.ca/ted.html

Look for Eddie to help guide your way...

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SHARING IDEAS BUT, HOW DOES TEDXYOUTH RELATE

TO BIS AS AN IB SCHOOL?

of TEDxYouth events happens, and TEDxYouth@BIS would like to be part of it. The aim is to have live streamed events from all over the world simulcast from and to BIS, so that youth around the globe can be inspired by one another. TEDxYouth@BIS is about, young speakers who are passionate about changing the world and about people who attend the event to share ideas, engage in conversations that matter, and be inspired to take action themselves. With that in mind, have you been inspired, and how can you help? IDE KNOWLEDGE

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The learner profile is the tie that binds all the programs of the IB. Early in the PYP, children are invited to be risk-takers, aspire to be inquires and strive to be communicators. And at the end of their explorations, the IB has an expectation that children will be inspired to take authentic action. Action as defined by the IB is not a one-off, tick box event; it is a sustained state of mind. It is a desire children develop to be change agents in their world. Jeff and Tosca believe that TEDxYouth@BIS provides students the skills and opportunities to take action and sustain it throughout their educative careers.

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