The innovative folks at TED (short for Technology, Entertainment, and Design) who believe passionately that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world, have started a new initiative for educators, TED-Ed. Just as TED is known for short videos on “ideas worth spreading,” TED-Ed allows anyone to “create a lesson worth sharing.”
There are two types of TED-Ed lessons. The first, TED-Ed’s award-winning original lessons, represent collaborations between expert educators, screenwriters and animators. This growing library of lessons are carefully curated educational videos and nominated through the TED-Ed website. Each collaboration aims to capture and amplify a great lesson idea suggested by the TED community.
The second type of TED-Ed lesson can be created by any website visitor. Teachers take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. It involves adding questions, discussion topics and other supplementary materials in which creators add links to any educational video on YouTube to encourage learners to watch, think, dig deeper, and discuss. The lessons can be distributed publicly or privately and users can track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student. Over 100,000 lessons have been shared to date. There is also TED-Ed Selects that are exceptional, user-created lessons that are carefully selected by volunteer teachers and TED-Ed staff.
The site is unusually user friendly—students can minimize each three- to eight-minute videos on the webpage so they can keep watching while answering questions, and, if they get a multiple choice question wrong, the “Video Hint” automatically directs them to the exact point in the video where the question is answered. Teachers, meanwhile, can monitor whether students have watched the video and keep track of their progress. All TED-Ed lessons can be edited to accommodate specific needs.
For more deatails watch this 2.5 minute tour of TED-Ed.