TED Education Helps Educators Bring TED Into the Classroom

I overheard hubby listening to a TED Talk the other day and I overheard him exclaim, "All Ted Talks should be animated!" My first thought was, "Huh?" never having caught an animated TED Talk before, myself. So I did a little digging and it turns out that the smart folks over at TED have developed a resource for educators called, TED Education or TED-ED.

The idea might seem somewhat redundant, considering that the TED Talks site is pretty much a giant learning repository. But the idea is to enable educators to contribute their best lessons to TED, for sharing with other educators. Here's how it works:
  • First teachers submit a lesson plan and if accepted, create a recording of 10 minutes or less.
  • TED-ED selects the best lessons, has them animated (by animators who also go through a submission and selection process) 
  • The videos are then shared on the TED-ED website
But they're not done yet.

You see, the TED-Ed site is more like a mashup site: educators are invited to convert (or "Flip") TED videos and re-share them back to the site with lesson plans. They can then use the site to track the class or a student's progress. Flipped lessons are subject to voting by other site members, and the best ones are showcased with a higher profile.

It's like a TED social network to promote education and the propagation of big ideas among the younger generation. So of course, I completely love the idea of it. The Dude is more engaged working on projects where he can use multiple sources of information: for his latest science project, he reviewed government research papers he found online, videos and blogs. The ability to switch between reading and watching videos kept his engagement level up during the weeks he worked on the project. It's easier to reach kids when there are a variety of tools to spark their enthusiasm. This TED-Ed project has just become a family resource, for sure.

Here's an overview of TED-Ed:

And here's the video that hubby was originally watching (a good one!):

(Source: Hubby)

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