Posts Tagged ‘TEDxDirigo’


Eepy Bird and TED

January 11, 2013

Technology, Entertainment, Design – Maine’s

I know that many of the Maine readers are familiar with TED talks but periodically I meet someone who is not familiar with TED so before I launch in to what this one is I just want to say a few words about TED. I think of TED talks as a fabulous resource for me personally, as a teaching tool, and a way to connect with others. I learn something every time I watch a TED talk.

The mission of TED is that they “believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.” TED started in 1984 to bring people from the 3 worlds together; technology, entertainment, and design. They have branched out to include a variety of other topics. People are challenged to give the “talk of their life” in 18 minutes or less. There are over 1400 TED talks available online and more are added each week.

In addition TEDx was created and follows the TED mission, “ideas worth spreading” and supports communities, organizations, and individuals to bring about conversations and change by sharing ideas at the local level.

Logo from the TEDxDirigo site

Logo from the TEDxDirigo site

Since 2010 in Maine we have had TEDxDirigo whose goal is to “be a catalyst for positive change in the state and world, where new ideas are supported for the greater good of all.” I have attended three TEDxDirigo events where I have picked up ideas, been encouraged to think, and met interesting people. On top of that I had a GREAT time!

I have posted about Eepy Bird in the past when they performed in Portland on an early summer evening. Fritz Grobe and Steven Voltz use over 100 bottles of soda and over 600 Mentos candies in their live performances. Eepy Bird has has also presented a TEDxDirigo talk that is very interesting. You can enjoy it as well by clicking here.

Several teachers have emailed to tell me that they use the TED talks that I posted and others in their classrooms. Do you have a favorite TED talk that you’ve used as an instructional tool? If so, please share which one but posting a comment below.


Figures of Speech TEDxDirigo

January 20, 2012

Puppet as metaphor

Many of you are familiar with Figures of Speech, the puppeteers from Freeport. This is a brief explanation from their website to give you an idea of how much more they are then “just puppets”.

Figures of Speech Theatre incubates the creative energies of its artist members, catalyzes the creation of theater rooted in the expressive power of the puppet as a distillation of life forces, and challenges audiences to venture into realms that are mythic, larger-than-life, animated explorations of the numinous boundary world between being and becoming.

If you’ve had the chance to see them performing I am sure you’ll agree with me that they are fantastic. John and Carol Farrell started Figures of Speech, I think, 32 years ago. In September they contributed at the TEDxDirigo that was held in Maine and recently I was sent the link to their presentation that was about the”puppet as metaphor”.

Take a look at their presentation by clicking here and let us know what you think by posting a comment below.

Several years ago after returning from three weeks in Japan through the Fulbright Memorial Fund program Carol Farrell spent a week with my students creating puppets which we linked to a social studies/Language Arts unit on Immigration. It was a wonderful opportunity for my students to expand their thinking and for me as well.

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