I have been in conversation with the organizations of TEDx http://www.ted.com/tedx
. There is a desire to bring the TED talks into the schools within the mission of TEDX:
In the spirit of "Ideas Worth Spreading," TEDx is a program that enables schools, businesses, libraries or just groups of friends to enjoy a TED-like experience through events they themselves organize, design and host. We're supporting approved organizers by offering a free toolset that includes detailed advice, the right to use recorded TEDTalks, promotion on our site, connection to other organizers, and a little piece of our brand in the form of the TEDx label.
Do you want to become a TEDx classroom? Help reinvent education? I agreed (passionately) to help organize a group of a few 6th to 12th grade teachers who want to develop and pilot curriculum to go along with the TED talks. This is a grassroots initiative with no agenda other than to use TED talks (free and inspiring tools!) as springboards for additional instructional strategies . . . and to connect it all to standards for legitimacy. As its development is based on a participatory model, no curriculum, goals, nor agenda has been established. It is truly a from the group-up effort. Let me know if you'd like to help with its development and we will go from there.