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Today's educators need to be willing to learn from the past as well as embrace the future and their students' needs. The internet gives access to insights of thousands of professionals who make their work available online. Sometimes, just a few minutes of inspiration is all that is needed to reignite your passion for teaching.

A global phenomenon, TED talks are viewed by more than 1 billion people every year. Powerful ideas, brought to the stage by those who are passionate about their lives and careers, are available in full-length videos on the TED website. Especially useful for educators are the TED Talks Education initiatives created to inspire both students and educators.

In Part I of our series, we walk through numbers 10 through 6 on our list of the top 10 TED talks every educator should watch:

10. Ken Robinson: "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"

According to creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson, we should rethink how we are educating our children. He believes that cultivating creativity means acknowledging multiple types of intelligence.

9. Michelle Obama: "A Passionate, Personal Case for Education"

First Lady Michelle Obama shows how education can bridge the world's largest gaps, and why it's important that students never take their own education for granted.

8. Sal Khan: "Let's Teach for Mastery - Not Test Scores"

Founder and CEO of Khan Academy Salman "Sal" Khan has created an online world where anyone can become a scholar. In this talk, Khan expresses the importance of By helping students master complicated concepts at their own pace., Khan has created an online world where anyone can become a scholar.

7. Peter Doolittle: "How Your 'Working Memory' Makes Sense of the World"

"Life comes at us very quickly, and what we need to do is take that amorphous flow of experience and somehow extract meaning from it." Educational psychologist Peter Doolittle shows us how to make sense of the present moment.

6. Ziauddin Yousafzai: "My Daughter, Malala"

The father of the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize is a Pakistani educator. He talks about emancipation and education in the developing world, and why it matters.