In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

This presentation by James Veitch: “This is what happens when you reply to spam email”is one of the best I have seen so far. 

TEDx has been 6 times hosted in Tacoma and it is called TEDxTacoma,  where x=independently organized TED event:

  • April 22. 2016 Tacoma, WA
  • March 21, 2015 Tacoma, WA

  • February 28th 2014 Tacoma, WA
  • May 3rd, 2013 Tacoma, WA
  • April 17th, 2012 Tacoma, WA
  • Apr 23, 2010  Tacoma, WA

TED is a nonprofit 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 talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. 2 major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference and TEDGlobal.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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, self-organized 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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

One of the greatest things about TED is their so-called TEDx program. TEDx gives communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.  

TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently all over the world, and many of those events have separate websites from the main one. Just last month, 72 TEDx events took place in 35 countries!

The Online Education Degree – A Course in Discipline

It is the noblest of pursuits, the want and desire to become an educator. To shape young minds and to inform and influence the future. It is a course of education that requires thought, concern and discipline.

And while the pursuit of any degree requires discipline, the path of an online degree requires even that much more. For anyone who has finished and undergrad degree program, you know the ‘sticktoitiveness’ and fortitude that it requires to get up every day, make it to class, finish projects, complete assignments and finish your degree. For some, the path was pretty straightforward and began shortly after graduating high school. In these instances the difficulties faced were that of youth. It’s tough to get up with a hangover on a weekday and make it to an 8:30 class when in all likelihood you’re living on your own for the first time in your life. No parents to tell you when to be home, only a dorm room and a roommate in the same situation to keep you on your path.

If you took a different path and chose to go to school later in life, then perhaps the challenges you faced were more of a mature nature. From juggling work and children and school… adult education presents its own unique set of challenges.

But no matter your situation or walk of life, the choice to get an online education degree is one that can’t be entered into lightly. This is a path to a wonderful and rewarding career that requires a steady, patient and disciplined mind. There are no real life professors who can give you a stern look for a missed assignment, nor can you excuse away late submissions. There are no deans coming to check your attendance. There is only you and your discipline. Such a degree requires you to move away from the distractions of daily life. The decision to get to class is an easy one. The far more difficult choice is to shut down the television, put the kids to bed, and get in front of your laptop and get to work.

But if you are choosing to seek a degree in education then it is discipline that will guide you, not just in attaining your degree… but also during your career. It’s not easy to grade papers every night, or dealing with the challenges of reluctant youth, it is something that takes guided fortitude. So with that said, maybe choosing to pursue your education degree online is, after all, the best choice that you could make.


The most important learning targets for all those who are involved in teaching must be:

1 – Becoming familiar with all of the similarities and dissimilarities between the requirements to successfully pass the current GED exam and the new, entirely computer-based 2014 GED examination. It is critical that GED preparation teachers are aware of all the implications for instruction.

2 – Acquiring and maintaining knowledge of which new educational material is required to properly prepare applicants for the 2014 GED test. This means teachers have to become aware of all new and relevant available material and the differences regarding all four subject areas.

3 – Learning significantly more about the new item types, and the cognitive competencies they are are supposed to to examine.


1 – Most of the new exam are computer-based, so try to include as much as possible the use of technological innovation in your GED preparation classes, and eliminate the dependence on textbooks completely.

2 – Implement online testing for NRS reporting. This way, your students will become accustomed to computer-delivered examining. NRS is short for National Reporting System for Adult Education. It is a reporting system for the State-administered, federally funded adult education program, developed by the the US Department of Education’s Division of Adult Education and Literacy.

3 – Start organizing online networking in your community and state to present and discuss suggestions for and reviews of appealing educational materials.

People who decided to go back to school as the adult deserve a lot of respect and website that help them should be well known. Here are a few of them: