I'm going to dispel a myth for you. Teachers don't teach just for the summer and winter vacations. We teach because we are creative and curious and love inspiring others to be the same way. In fact, we often spend our time off out learning something new to bring back to the classroom.
Hence my passion for TED Talks. They've been criticized for making serious topics too trivial or for appealing to the lowest common denominator, but I would strongly disagree. Ideas need to be shared in ways that excite people. If a TED Talk does a good job, the audience won't be able to help but investigate the topic in more detail on their own time.
So, in previous classes, we watched a couple talks that I found interesting and pertinent to our ePortfolios and Presentations of Learning (body language and mindfulness). Today, students were allowed to choose their own TED Talks.
So far? Awesome! I can't wait to see the presentations on Feb 13th.