George Smoot • “Astrophysicist, cosmologist and Nobel Prize winner George Smoot studies the cosmic microwave background radiation - the afterglow of the Big Bang. His pioneering research into deep space and time is uncovering the structure of the universe itself.” • “At Serious Play 2008, astrophysicist George Smoot shows stunning new images from deep-space surveys, and prods us to ponder how the cosmos - with its giant webs of dark matter and mysterious gaping voids - got built this way.”
2aQuestions: When you look around you,what do you see? What wasthe process that lead to whatwe see around us?
2bEngagement: Smoot used a slide show with many photographs,diagrams, and video simulations to maintain attention with theaudience.
3 The TEDCommandmen ts • III. Thou Shalt Reveal Thy Curiosity and Thy Passion. • It was clear Smoot was passionate about his work and he was extremely knowledgeable. One must be curious to search for meaning in the cosmos.
4I feel the speaker could have told more stories totie his speech together with some laughs. He alsoconstantly said “right” which made the speechrather bothersome.
5 Tips:• Nancy Duarte: - Help them see what you’resaying• Smoot’s presentation was mostly visual. This helped me to fully comprehend his speech.
6Learned:• Visuals enhance your audiences experience and help to get the point across.• It’s important to completely understand what you’re talking about. You come across more confident and the audience will be more likely to be engaged in what you have to say.
7a “School Kills Creativity” wasa wonderful speech, I wish I couldhave attended. Sir Ken Robinsonis a very dynamic speaker. Heuses stories to get his pointacross. I found him quite funnywith great energy. George Smootwas a good speaker although helacked in utilizing stories to gethis point across. His visualshowever were great. “School KillsCreativity” could have used somevisuals but Robinson as aspeaker was better than Smoot.
7bCompare &Contrast “Changing Education Paradigms” was a wonderful speech. I really support Sir Ken Robinson ideas. The visuals in the speech were perfect. The time lapse was extremely interesting and I was engaged in the speech. George Smoot’s speech had wonderful visuals also. All his images were computer generated and super crisp. It didn’t mesh as well with his speech as “Changing Education Paradigms” did. I just like the human touch in Robinsons speech and it was all part of a bigger picture.
8Advice:• In this digital age Visual aid is key to keeping your audience engaged and ensuring full saturation of the speech.• Know your information well. If you throw your speech together at the last minute, it most likely won’t be a crowd pleaser.
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Referenceslook around you: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2009/01/education-spoof/big bang expansion: http://matthiasbreimann.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/der-blick-zum-urknall/dark matter: http://www.formspring.me/r/what-is-your-opinion-of-dark-matter-purple-is-the-proposed-dark-matter-the-bright-blobs-are-clusters-of-galaxies/324991643155453363/topPlank: http://bccp.berkeley.edu/planck.htmlTED Commandments: FS online, Public Speaking classVisual learner: http://whoamiasalearnerandateacher.blogspot.com/2010_08_01_archive.htmlThe Thinker: http://bigthink.com/big-think-top-5/the-biggest-thinking-of-summer-2011PowerPoint: http://powerpointpresentationwriting.com/George Smoot bio:http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/george_smoot_on_the_design_of_the_universe.htmlGeorge pic: http://www.lbl.gov/Publications/Nobel/