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Ideas in Action: Bill Shribman on TED Ed

Posted by Maura Welch  November 7, 2013 02:25 AM

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bill-shribmanBill Shribman, a Senior Executive Producer at WGBH, the Public Broadcasting Station in Boston, is making education more fun (again).

Bill gave a passionate talk about the camera and how it’s transforming education at TEDxBeaconStreet 2012. In his talk he highlights how this, now ubiquitous, technology allows us all – children and adults alike – to consume, produce, share and learn information through photography.

Bill’s talk inspired a collaboration with TED Ed and now there is a beautifully designed original TED Ed lesson called What cameras see that our eyes don’t. TED-Ed original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators.  Bill’s lesson has been viewed 8,473 times garnering more than 1,000 positive reviews, and the video of the lesson has been viewed more than 63,000 times on the TED Ed YouTube Channel.

Bill shines light on his animating experience below:

The process for creating the animation for my TED Ed video was very streamlined. I have written and produced animation myself so I was very familiar with the process and was able to begin it at WGBH by recording and editing the audio in the studios at WGBH Radio. I’m not usually the one in the recording booth, so I brought a colleague to direct me.

From there I was in the very capable hands of our animators, and I was delighted to be asked for feedback at each iteration of the visual design.

The topic of photography remains dear to me, as I discussed in my original TEDxBeaconStreet talk. Since then I’ve been able to continue development of a citizen scientist photo app as part of an environmental science project for PBS. And I’m also please to note my daughter has recently learned the art of pinhole photography, taking stunning pictures with nothing more than photographic paper and an old coffee can and exhibiting them at her college.

There is so much that the new ubiquity of cameras offers us all for creativity and for sharing our experiences in the world and I was very happy to be able to spread the word through TEDxBeaconStreet and TED Ed.

We’re proud to have our first speaker featured on TED Ed! Judging by our 2013 class of speakers, we have a feeling that TED Ed will soon be seeing even more lessons from our community.  Enjoy this lesson on the wonders of the eye and photography…



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