Need An Online (educational) Distraction? Try TED.

Brain by BB Luhring 1/2/12It’s not like any of us really need more online distractions but I’m going to share my favorite anyhow. Three simple letters – TED. TED stands for “Technology Entertainment Design” and was planned as a one time conference in 1984. The conference grew in popularity and emphasized the design and technology aspects with a heavy dose of Silicon Valley celebs.

Since 2006, TED conferences, which now take place all over the world are taped and available FREE for online viewing. TED is one of my very favorite 12 to 25 minute distractions on the Web. Everytime I watch a TED video I learn something I never knew or learn MORE about something I thought I knew a lot about.

My favorite TED category (I assume I am not alone!) is “Jaw Dropping.” And while the largest percentage of presenters are male, women are well represented. Below are a few of my favorites. But don’t rely on my recommendations. Visit and find your own favorites!

Isabel Behncke:Evolution’s gift of play, from bonobo apes to humans

2011 Google Science Fair Winners – Teen-age Girl Scientists

Julie Sweeney on letting go of God

Check out TED once and you’ll have a new Online distraction too!