This weeks blog is on TED-ED. http://ed.ted.com/
What is TED-Ed? TED-Ed is TED`s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed is designed to help students and educators create and share interesting and engaging content. There is an extensive library of both professionally created lessons and user created lessons. There is also TED-Ed originals,which are ” are our signature content: short, award-winning animated videos about ideas that spark the curiosity of learners everywhere”. These Originals are collaborative efforts from TED speakers, TED Fellows and experts in many fields from animations to space exploration. The Originals have questions a resources attached so educational professionals can use them in their class rooms.
Creating these lessons is very easy and can be save and used over and over. These lessons are very affective in a flipped classroom set up. Heres a screenshot of the set up page
Here is a Original. You can chose filter these by
As you can see it provides great prompt (Think) which then goes to a quiz type feature.The quizzes ask higher level thinking questions that get students more engaged. They are a good summative assessment.
(Dig Deeper) then loads resources.
Dig deeper allows the students further their learning with great resources and links. Many of these are TED talks on the exact subject or linked subjects.
These is a great discussion section as well. I think that requiring students to participate in these discussions is great.
So overall I think that TED-Ed is a great weapon in the arsenal any any teacher. I mentioned the flipped classroom before TED-Ed is a wonderful and user friendly tool. Multilayered collaboration is worldly and expands the students and teachers view of the world.