The history of our world in 18 minutes

13 Jan 2015
Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

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The power of believing that you can improve

11 Jan 2015
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solv...

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The Power of Yet

09 Jan 2015
Some people fail and some people succeed, or at least that’s the way most students look at tests. Sadly, for many people, learning means either passing or failing, and they do not really consider their learning curve. Well, maybe you just have not succeeded “yet”!

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Avoid Using Double Negatives

08 Jan 2015
In standard English, only one negative word is enough per sentence, and so, you must not use two negative words in the same sentence.

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Underwater astonishments

07 Jan 2015
David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. This short talk celebrates the pioneering work of ocean e...

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Writing: from Teaching to Assessment (Part Two)

06 Jan 2015
In part one we went over writing test content and scoring criteria. We also took a glance at useful tips for assessing writing answers. In this part, however, the focus is on the measures we should take in preparing candidates for the writing test.

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See invisible motion, hear silent sounds.

01 Jan 2015
Meet the “motion microscope,” a video-processing tool that plays up tiny changes in motion and color impossible to see with the naked eye. Watch Video researcher Michael Rubinstein recreates a conversation by amplifying the movements from sound waves bouncing off a bag of chips.

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Living beyond limits

29 Dec 2015
When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now ... she's a pro snowboarder. In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life's obstacles.

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Christmas: The Day Gunfire Gave way to Gifts

25 Dec 2014
On December 24, 1914, during the first World War (WWI), an unofficial ceasefire (or truce) was announced between the German and British armies. Both sides put down their weapons, shook hands and even played a football match against each other to honor the spirit of Christmas. This year, Prince Willi...

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Writing: from Teaching to Assessment (Part One)

23 Dec 2014
Writing is the most difficult part of most exams to be tackled by students. Or is it? Let’s see how we can help our students write better.

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