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A Small World

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The world came to Bell Island today or vice versa I suppose. Today we created an amazing global collaboration with the help of TED. TED Ed has over 2000 clubs in 120 countries. During TED’s Connect Week, clubs were asked to write a short essay or send a picture that answers the question, “Why explore?” The best responses were granted coveted camera spots in our pilot virtual classroom experience. As preparation for our online meeting, the participants have been studying the IntoThePlanet.com website and reading the Newfoundland blog as well as watching my recent TED Talk. I gave a short presentation and then we opened the mic for questions that ranged from “how do you handle the pressure of deep diving?” to “what was it like the first time you went underwater?” with lots of questions about the mine and wrecks too.

In our first session, we welcomed students from Mumbai India from Podar School (it was really, really late for them). WH Morden School in Oakville, Ontario tuned in from very close to my hometown. Mrs. Smith’s class from White Oak Elementary in Georgia enthusiastically waved from their classroom. Case Middle School might have been the closest to Newfoundland at the time of the call and Crossroads Intermediate got the recognition for the biggest delegation with Ms. Debreuill, Ms. Zufelt, Ms. Croke and Mr. Vasquez all bringing groups online. There were other viewers that I was not able to see on my screen.

Our second invited groups from Turkey, Spain, California, Massachusetts and Anchorage Alaska. North High School members got to skip 6th period class for the session and I was really happy to see my friend Chelsea Ha in that group. She and I shared the TED stage together last November and discovered a common passion for protecting our planet’s resources. South Anchorage high School and East Bridgewater School in Massachusetts tuned in and all groups shared some of their own personal goals and TED talk ideas.

We’re working on ways to keep the conversation alive and will further this venture in the summer when I return with more diving adventures on the shipwrecks offshore of Bell Island. I will post links to today’s efforts soon!

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Happy Birthday from TED

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Today was my birthday and when I woke up this morning I did not expect the beautiful surprise that landed in my inbox. TED.com reached out to tell me that I was the features TED talk on the front page of TED. You could not wipe the grin off my face all day. Participating in TEDYouth in New York was one of those life affirming moments when I knew I was doing precisely what I wanted to do with my life. As I enter the second half of my life, it was incredible to be surrounded by a venue full of inspiring young people at the beginning of theirs. Thanks TED!

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TEDYouth 2015

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The following links take you to Session Three of the day where Jill spoke around :50 into the feed.

More information and feeds are available at TEDYouth.

TEDYouth 2015

TEDYouth is a day-long event for middle and high school students, with live speakers, hands-on activities and great conversations. Scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists, performers (and more!) share short talks on what they do best, serving both as a source of knowledge and inspiration for youth around the globe. The show was stream worldwide to over on hundred events in English, Spanish and Arabic. I was able to speak about underwater exploration and the importance of understanding our human connections to our water resources.

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TEDYouth November 14, 2015

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I’m proud to be speaking at TEDYouth in New York.

TEDYouth is a day-long event for middle and high school students, with live speakers, hands-on activities and great conversations. Scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists, performers (and more!) share short talks on what they do best, serving both as a source of knowledge and inspiration for youth around the globe. All speakers volunteer their time and attendees are offered free admission based on an application essay that highlights their desire to participate.

TEDYouth 2015: Made in the Future

TEDYouth 2015 is taking place at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, November 14, from 11am to 6pm.

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