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

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Here is a Original. You can chose filter these by

How art can help you analyze

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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.

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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.

Discussion link

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.



3 thoughts on “TED-ED

  1. Hi Matthew,

    If you keep up with your selected topics, will will see a comment from me each week. First ISTE and now this, please keep the topics rolling.

    What do your students think of this tool? I am a huge fan of the TED videos and TED-Ed Lesson platform. Having been able to directly with the TED-Ed team, they love seeing multiple uses for use, including the flipped format. What I have found most successful has been the students creating use the platform to either Jigsaw a unit or as a presentation tool for a project. Either way, the kids found the tool easy to create with and versatile. Thank you for sharing!



  2. Matthew,

    I enjoy the TED videos and so does my principal. It has become even better with the create a lesson option. This also expands the teachers PLN, by having access to other teachers ideas and lessons, thus building our own knowledge. We can also create our own lesson with multiple choice questions, options to dig deeper, and discuss the learning that took place. Not only can the students discuss the learning with themselves, they can extend someone else’s thinking by posting a comment on that response. I think this is important to expose and model this type of learning for the students! Well done!



  3. Hi Matthew,

    I have used TED videos but I have never done the lesson version with the question or thinking question built in. I never built a lesson within it. I would use them to enhance a lesson or use them as inspiration. I will have to look into this option too. I really wish their was a TED jr. videos for our younger students. They all have great messages but sometimes it would be nice to talk to a different age or audience.

    Thank you for sharing this great tool.



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