Friday, May 4, 2012

Blog Response to Nancy Lublin, Texting that Saves Lives

Blog Response to Nancy Lublin, Texting that Saves Lives
                Nancy Lublin’s TED talk about how texting can save lives was very eye-opening and challenged many ideas. Everyone knows that texting is a very big part of many teens lives. Most of us (myself included) are on our phones nearly 24/7. It’s how we stay connected, entertained, and according to Nancy Lublin, safe. Lublin created a hotline for kids to be able to text if they are ever undergoing trouble in their lives or having bad thoughts such as suicide. This hotline is a great place for kids to go to just vent about bullying, school, family, or any problems they may have and they are able to get answers and advice. The great thing about this hotline is that it can be accessed anywhere. Anyone who has a phone is able to get advice around the clock and I personally think this is a great idea.
                One thing that made this TED talk so inspiring was the way Lublin presented it. It was obvious that she was very passionate about this topic and she really did a great job of connecting with the audience. She gave examples that everyone can connect with and let’s be honest, every person in the world has been teased or bullied at one point in their life and this is a great way for these people to find relief.  Lublin is very energized during her speech which is great for keeping the audience involved but when she talks about these kids that are getting bullied she becomes quiet and serious which really helped me understand the severity of the presentation.  Not only was I intrigued it was obvious that the audience was very intrigued by her amazing speech. She made her point clear and I personally think that her hotline is just one of the many things that will change the world.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Blog Response to Dave Eggers’ Wish Upon a Schoo

Blog Response to Dave Eggers’ Wish Upon a School


    Dave Eggers’ TED talk about his idea for creating a place for students to go for academic help that is free and comfortable was amazing. He talked about the creation of his tutor center which was located behind his pirate supply store and how it was packed everyday and why. Eggers secret to success was his ability to make the tutor center comfortable. Students always were able to receive one on one attention. Since the tutor center was also in the same building as his writing company students were often working right next to other writers and could simply lean over and ask any question and be given a response from a very experienced writer. I believe that this idea is an amazing way for students to get help with school but be comfortable about it to. Lets be honest, tutoring centers are not the funnest place for the average student but making an easy environment Dave Eggers has made tutor centers a whole new world for struggling students. 
Dave Eggers presentation was very inspiring but not given as well as it could have been. It was obvious that Dave was nervous and he many times said “uhm” or “uh” during his sentences which was a bit distracting. Eggers’ presentation was based mostly on example, which I liked. He had great pictures for every example he gave and it was really easy to understand what he was getting at. Eggers’ was also very funny. He had the audience in roaring laughter many times but he was also able to really connect to them with his TED wish.
Eggers performance was unique because at the end he asked something of the

Audience, a TED wish. A TED wish is when you ask something of the audience and Eggers’ wish was “I wish that you — you personally and every creative individual and organization you know — will find a way to directly engage with a public school in your area, and that you’ll then tell the story of how you got involved, so that within a year we have 1,000 examples of innovative public-private partnerships.” This wish really connected to me personally and I know that it left a lasting impression in my mind. Dave Eggers’ TED talk was truly phenomenal.